Announcing the 2012 Delta Science Fellows Class!
The Delta Science Program has awarded seven new Fellowships in coordination with California Sea Grant. Four postdoctoral researchers and three doctoral students have been selected as the 2012 Delta Science Fellows class to address priority issues for the San Francisco Bay-Delta.
Since 2003, the Delta Science Fellows Program has paired graduate students and postdoctoral researchers with Bay-Delta agency scientists and senior research mentors at universities in order to address pressing science questions of the Bay-Delta system. The goal of funding this research is to invest in knowledge that will advance the understanding of the complex environments and systems within the Bay-Delta to aid policymakers and managers, and to train the next generation of research scientists to tackle water issues in California.
The Class of 2012 represents the seventh class of fellowships funded by the Delta Science Program in coordination with California Sea Grant. The 2012 recipients are:
|2012 Postdoctoral Fellows|
|Iryna Dronova||University of California, Berkeley||Model wetland plant cover to better estimate carbon fluxes and identify wetland bird habitats.|
|Emma Gatti||Stanford University||Develop a seismic hazard map to identify levees at high risk of failure during an earthquake.|
|Emily Howe||University of Washington||Study whether and how marsh habitat loss has altered the base of the estuarine food web.|
|Brittany Kammerer||University of California, Davis||Investigate salinity tolerances of longfin and delta smelt.|
|2012 Doctoral Students|
|Lisa Komoroske||University of California, Davis||Investigate potential impacts of climate change on sensitive species such as delta smelt.|
|Gavin McNicol||University of California, Berkeley||Explore methane production and carbon sequestration in wetlands.|
|Matthew Young||University of California, Davis||Study the causes of recent resident fish population declines in shallow nearshore waters of the Delta.|
For 2012, the Delta Science Fellows Program encouraged the submission of research proposals that addressed one or more of the following five main policy areas in the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Plan:
Provide a More Reliable Water Supply for California
Protect, Restore and Enhance the Delta Ecosystem
Protect and Enhance the Unique Cultural, Recreational, Natural Resources and Agricultural Values of the California Delta as an Evolving Place
Improve Water Quality to Protect Human Health and Environment
Reduce Risk to People, Property and State Interests in the Delta
Each approved fellowship includes a team consisting of the fellow and mentors from a university and from an agency or other organization engaged in Bay-Delta Science.
During the fellowships, the fellow, community mentor, and research mentor will collaborate on the approved project. The research mentor will be in charge of the project, providing broad oversight and first-level peer review. A mentoring plan-a new component added this year-must be developed by the fellow in collaboration with the mentors.
In addition, the 2012 Class will attend an early career/leadership training program in January 2013 developed by the Delta Science Program and the Sea Grant Program. The mentoring plan and workshop will help ensure a quality experience for the fellow and provide a springboard to an exciting career in scientific research and application.
For more information and profiles of the 2012 fellows, visit the California Sea Grant page.