Now in its second year, New Hampshire Sea Grant's Brian E. Doyle Undergraduate Marine Extension Fellowship has proven to be a sea of opportunity. Four new fellows spent the summer gaining hands-on experience in their chosen fields while helping NHSG preserve and protect the state's coastal resources.
The fellowship program honors the memory of N.H. Sea Grant's former associate director, who passed away in 2008 after more than 25 years with the program. The fellowship seeks to focus students on connecting marine-related research to extension, education and communications.
James Quadrino, a junior studying biology and ecology at Dartmouth College, discovered his passion for marine science at a young age when he saw stripers jumping out of the water off the shores of Staten Island. As a Doyle fellow in fisheries and aquaculture, he was finally able to conduct the research he's been craving while working on projects to culture rainbow trout, shellfish, oysters, scallops and mussels. "I really love my job," he said. "I get dirty, I get wet. I'm pretty much always wearing Grundens and just having a great time while learning a lot."
UNH senior Ian Young, whose dream job is to work in alternative energy, has finally been able to discover what the field is all about through his work this summer. "I really enjoyed working with Sea Grant this summer," he said. "By attending meetings through the N.H. Coastal Adaptation Workgroup, I was able to witness and take part in projects that are happening in the seacoast to deal with the impacts of climate change. I worked with everybody from city and regional planners to climate change scientists from UNH, and even some officials from FEMA. The hands on experience I gained from my fellowship is truly something I value very highly and is something I know will help to forward my professional career."
This year's fellows also included two students in the communications fields. "I am absolutely in my element," said Brittany Debelis, a senior at UNH Manchester. "I've spent the entire summer filming various NHSG projects and editing all the footage I've collected, while in the meantime learning about all the various opportunities the organization offers to citizens. The entire experience has helped me hone my skills as a student filmmaker, and the support and encouragement I've received from the N. H. Sea Grant staff has been incredibly rewarding."
"The best part is being out on the water," said UNH senior Sarah VanHorn, who's on a mission to help introduce local fishermen to the public and spread awareness of current fishing practices and the future of the fishing industry. By traveling with fishermen and conducting numerous interviews with them, she's been able to write their biographies to share on her blog.
The Doyle Fellowship provides a wide range of opportunities for students.
For more information about the fellowship, view the fellowship informational page.