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Science Policy Fellow - Kelcee Smith

Implementing Organization

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD)


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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


Project Category

Human and Social

Project Actions

Education and Outreach

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Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

Ms. Smith is currently a Ph.D. student at Louisiana State University, where she studies genetic and population dynamics of the federally endangered smalltooth sawfish. She has worked with smalltooth sawfish since 2009 as both an intern and fisheries biologist for NOAA Fisheries. She received her Bachelor’s degree in marine biology with minors in chemistry and mass communication from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. Her experience working with endangered species and communicating complicated science to the public has led to her interest in science policy. Upon completing her degree at LSU, Ms. Smith plans to work as a liaison between scientists and policy makers to ensure effective and efficient use of resources affecting imperiled species recovery. Ms. Smith is a founding member of the LSU Women in Science organization, where she works to bring together female graduate students, faculty, and staff across disciplines.


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