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CCRM Fellowship Program

The Center for Coastal Resources Management at the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences of the College of William and Mary conducts basic and applied research and provides advisory services with the primary mission of informing public policy and management in coastal systems. The Center supports several programs focused specifically on wetlands, shorelines and coastal watersheds. Center staff members have research expertise in a wide variety of subjects, and all are actively engaged in provision of technical advice to policy makers and managers at all levels of government.

The Center Fellowship Program is designed to enhance capabilities to provide the very best research and advice by ensuring a constant influx of new ideas and perspectives. The goal is to bring dynamic young scientists into close collaboration with Center staff on a continuing basis. Each year one or two researchers from other institutions will be appointed to a two-year term as Center Fellows. Each Fellow will be expected to spend a minimum of one week in residence at the Center giving seminars and leading workshops in areas of their particular expertise. In addition, Fellows will be engaged in development of proposals for collaborative research that may extend well beyond their formal appointments. Fellows are selected by the Center's leadership based on nominations from Center staff or colleagues at other institutions. The selection process emphasizes the goal of bringing in post-doctoral scientists who have begun careers as independent researchers, with expertise that compliments but does not duplicate Center staff expertise. Fellowship Program success is measured by the number of new research topics and approaches developed from these collaborations. The first appointments in the Fellowship Program were made on May 1, 2004.

Anamarija Frankic

Dr. Anamarija Frankic is an assistant professor in the Environmental Earth and Ocean Science Department of the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She is interested in coastal ecosystem management, and particularly in adaptive management applications to establish sustainable practices in coastal environments. Anamarija recieved a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Ecology and Limnology from the University of Natural and Mathematical Sciences in Zagreb, Croatia, her homeland. Her Ph.D. was earned at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary. Anamarija is currently teaching and conducting research on management of aquaculture, protected areas, and tourism/ecotourism. She has worked as a contractor and consultant for the World Bank and Global Environment Facility on a variety of ecosystem conservation projects in Croatia, and she has been an active participant in multiple workgroups sponsored by the United Nations. Anamarija also has experience as a Knauss Fellow working on aquaculture issues with Senator Akaka (HI), and as a Project Specialist working for the Coastal States Organization. She has worked with CCRM staff in establishing collaborations with coastal centers in Croatia and Ireland. She has also directed and/or participated in several research projects focused on integrated coastal management involving CCRM staff and students.

Denice Wardrop

Dr. Denice Wardrop is a research faculty member in the Cooperative Wetlands Research Center at Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Wardrop has been engaged in investigation of nontidal wetlands structure and function in the ridge and valley province of Pennsylvania. She has also been an active participant in a number of technical advisory committees at the state, regional, and federal level, including the national committee on Biological Assessment of Wetlands. Dr. Wardrop's expertise is particularly important to the VIMS' Center staff as they undertake development of new wetlands assessment protocols for the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is currently collaborating with the VIMS' researchers in a multi-institutional project to develop indicators of aquatic ecosystem health. This work is now evolving to pursue related lines of research through new proposals.

Chris Pyke

Dr. Chris Pyke is a senior fellow at the Conservation International Center for Applied Biodiversity Science. Dr. Pyke graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in geography. He has a background in environmental science and research interests in climate change, land-use, and natural resources management. He is particularly interested in problems that span multiple spatial scales, involving linkages between physical, ecological and social-economic systems. Dr. Pyke has expertise in a number of quantitative methods for analyzing complex ecological systems. He is collaborating with CCRM staff on a multi-institutional project to provide technical information to land-use managers about climate change related impacts. He is also working with CCRM staff on development of a collaborative proposal to investigate relationships between environmental and social conditions across multiple scales in the coastal zone.