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Science Policy Fellow - Kathryn O'Shaughnessy

Implementing Organization

The National Academies of Sciences and Engineering Gulf Research Program (NASEM GRP)


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Funding Organization

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine – Gulf Research Program (NASEM - GRP)

Funding Program

NASEM Gulf Research Program Fellowships


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Education and Outreach

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Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

Dr. O’Shaughnessy holds a Ph.D. in environmental science from the University of Plymouth, an M.S. in coastal marine and wetland studies from Coastal Carolina University, a B.S. in marine biology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and a B.A. in communication from the University of Dayton. Her Ph.D. research focused on comparing the ecology of man-made coastal structures versus natural habitats, and exploring how to enhance these structures to support more natural assemblages of flora and fauna. As part of this research, she worked with the World Harbour Project, testing different habitat enhancement designs, and with the Welsh Government’s Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management unit. Dr. O’Shaughnessy’s research interests are focused on creating nature-based solution guidance tools tailored to coastal developers and practitioners and using scientific research to inform sustainable coastal adaptation designs.


Gulf Research Program
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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD)

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