Graduate student joins White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Marnie Riddle named Knauss Marine Policy Fellow

Marnie Riddle
Marnie Riddle

Marnie Riddle, a Ph.D. candidate in environmental studies, has begun a one-year stint in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as a John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow.

Riddle, whose fellowship began February 1, is part of the Division of Ocean and Environment, where she is helping guide the administration's ocean policy and address issues such as illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing; aquaculture; ocean spatial data; and ocean exploration.

Riddle is one of four graduate students from California universities who is working on coastal and marine policy issues in Washington, D.C. As Knauss Fellows, she and her counterparts were matched with host agencies in the legislative and executive branches of the federal government.

Sixty students from around the United States received the prestigious fellowship, which has been offered to early-career professionals by the National Sea Grant College Program since 1979. Recipients are chosen through a competitive process that includes several rounds of review at both the state and national levels.

Riddle is poised to graduate with a doctorate in environmental studies in 2019.