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The 2012 Fellows Program

The Class of 2012 represents the seventh year of fellowships awarded by the Delta Science Program in conjunction with California Sea Grant. Here are the recipients of the two-year 2012 Delta Science Fellowships:

2012 Postdoctoral Fellows
Fellow Lead Institution Funding Topic
Iryna Dronova University of California, Berkeley $161,709 Model wetland plant cover to better estimate carbon fluxes and identify wetland bird habitats.
Emma Gatti Stanford University $163,063 Develop a seismic hazard map to identify levees at high risk of failure during an earthquake.
Emily Howe University of Washington $169,376 Study whether and how marsh habitat loss has altered the base of the estuarine food web.
Brittany Kammerer University of California, Davis $169,376 Investigate salinity tolerances of longfin and delta smelt.
2012 Doctoral Students
Fellow Lead Institution Funding Topic
Lisa Komoroske University of California, Davis $102,875 Investigate potential impacts of climate change on sensitive species such as delta smelt.
Gavin McNicol University of California, Berkeley $102,875 Explore methane production and carbon sequestration in wetlands.
Matthew Young University of California, Davis $96,472 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 outlined in the Delta Plan:

  1. Provide a More Reliable Water Supply for California
  2. Protect, Restore and Enhance the Delta Ecosystem
  3. Protect and Enhance the Unique Cultural, Recreational, Natural Resources and Agricultural Values of the California Delta as an Evolving Place
  4. Improve Water Quality to Protect Human Health and Environment
  5. Reduce Risk to People, Property and State Interests in the Delta

The approved research teams will include a community mentor, usually an agency scientist who has direct experience in the collection of the data to be analyzed. During the fellowships, the Fellow, community mentor, and research mentor will collaborate on the approved project and together they will provide updated progress information and drafts of any published material to the Science Program. The research mentor will be in charge of the project, providing broad oversight and first-level peer review. A mentoring plan among the Fellow, the research mentor and the community mentor(s) will ensure a quality experience for the Fellow and provides 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.

Click here to return to the current Delta Science Fellows page.

Coequal goals

The Delta Stewardship Council was created in legislation to achieve the state mandated coequal goals for the Delta. "'Coequal goals' means the two goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. The coequal goals shall be achieved in a manner that protects and enhances the unique cultural, recreational, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Delta as an evolving place." (CA Water Code §85054)