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UW Graduate Student Receives NOAA Fellowship

August 25, 2009 — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) awarded one of its prestigious Fisheries Service/Sea Grant Fellowships to University of Wyoming graduate student Chris Kennedy.

Kennedy's award is for research involving "Biological complexity and economic reality in fisheries management: A study of the Georgia, U.S.A. blue crab fishery." He is one of two students to receive fellowships in the area of marine resource economics.

"My research incorporates higher-order biological relationships and the interaction between biological variability and fishermen behavior in economic fisheries models," says Kennedy. "By doing this I hope to shed light on the importance of individual fishery characteristics when designing management schemes."

NOAA established this unique graduate fellowship program in 1999 to focus on changes in fish populations, what influences those changes, and what drives marine resource economics, says Leon Cammen, director of NOAA's National Sea Grant College Program.

"Training and recruiting candidates in these highly specialized disciplines is important to NOAA's Fisheries Service and to the National Sea Grant Program," Cammen says.

A native of Rochester, N.Y., Kennedy received a B.S. degree in chemical engineering at Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y. His major professor at UW is Edward Barbier, the John S. Bugas Professor of Economics, recognized internationally for his worldwide coastal ecosystems and habitats research work.

Chris Kennedy received a Fisheries Service/Sea Grant Fellowship from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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