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Congratulations to Sarah Donaher for becoming the 2019 NC Coastal Research Fellow!
Sarah will be conducting a study this summer to determine if filter-feeding bivalves (hard clams) can facilitate seagrass recovery from disturbance and enhance overall habitat resiliency. Read more about her fellowship project here:
Gittman Lab Master's student Emory Wellman was one of ten graduate students to receive the Ecological Society of America's 2019 Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Award (GSPA). As a GSPA recipient, Wellman traveled to Washington, DC in March 2019 to receive policy and communications training and meet with congressional policymakers on Capitol Hill, discussing with them the importance of federal support for the National Science Foundation. Wellman met with the staff of Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis and Congressman G.K. Butterfield, emphasizing her own experience receiving NSF funding and the ways in which robust support of biological and ecological sciences benefits the state of North Carolina. Wellman hopes to apply the lessons learned during this trip in future interactions with policy makers at the state and local level, especially those meetings relate to her own research.
Check out this great article by Rowan Jacobsen featuring Gittman lab members and collaborators on living shorelines in Scientific American!