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News and Notes - Winter 2019
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Designing for Water: Strategies to Mitigate Flood Impacts
VOLUME 31, NUMBER 4, Winter 2019      
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Cannizzo, Lundsted, and Weinstock Earn Fellowships

Zachary Cannizzo

S.C. Sea Grant Consortium nominees Zachary Cannizzo, Justine Lundsted, and Stacey Weinstock have been selected for the 2019 Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, providing them the opportunity to spend a year living, working, and learning in the Washington, D.C. area.

The competitive fellowships are offered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program. Recipients are matched with host organizations in the legislative and executive branches of government.

Justine Lundsted

Cannizzo earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and biological aspects of conservation from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and recently completed his Ph.D. in marine science at the University of South Carolina. His research work focused on climatemediated range expansion of the mangrove tree crab Aratus pisonii into the salt marshes of northern Florida and southern Georgia.

During his fellowship year, Cannizzo will work in the Marine Protected Area Center of NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. His role will be to support collaborative interagency efforts related to climate vulnerability and adaptation of Marine Protected Areas and the protected species found within them.

Lundsted obtained her bachelor’s in marine science at Coastal Carolina University before entering a joint Peace Corps Master’s International and M.S. in Environmental Studies program at the College of Charleston. On the way to earning her master’s degree, she spent 26 months in the Philippines, where she worked as a coastal resource management advisor with a local government evaluating Marine Protected Area effectiveness, conducting socio-economic assessments, and assessing coastal ecosystem health.

Stacey Weinstock

Lundsted’s Knauss fellowship will be a joint coastal resource management position between the Environmental Protection Agency and the nonprofit Coastal States Organization.

Weinstock has two B.S. degrees from Virginia Tech – one in fisheries science with a focus on marine fisheries and one in wildlife science with a minor in biology. She worked as a graduate research assistant in the S.C. Sea Grant office while earning her M.S. in Environmental Studies from College of Charleston.

Weinstock’s thesis work concerned trip satisfaction among recreational charter fishing stakeholders. She will continue in that field during her Knauss year as an international policy fellow in the Office of Law Enforcement at NOAA with a focus on illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing.

Davis and Knapp Join Consortium Staff

Marlena Davis

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium has two new staff members – Human Resources Manager Marlena Davis and Coastal Resilience Specialist Landon Knapp.

Davis has 15 years of experience in the human resources field in the health care, education, and hospitality industries. She also has worked as an airline customer service representative and as a music teacher in schools.

Davis grew up in Charleston and earned a bachelor’s degree in music at Furman University. She provides music instruction, specifically in strings, for youngsters and adults at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where she is active in the women’s ministry and leads the Praise Dance team.

Landon Knapp

Knapp has more than 10 years of experience in coastal environmental science and management, including time with a nonprofit, in a biological laboratory, and doing research work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Most recently, he was a project manager with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management.

Knapp earned a B.S. from Old Dominion University in Virginia and both Master of Public Administration and M.S. in Environmental Studies degrees from the College of Charleston. His thesis work focused on analyzing the relationships between environmental quality, biodiversity, and stakeholder value for a National Estuarine Research Reserve site. In his new role, Knapp will provide hands-on operational and technical support to coastal communities, resource managers, and interest groups to foster coastal community resilience.

S.C. Environmental Awareness Award Goes to Educator

Sean Poppy, an outreach educator at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL), is the latest winner of the S.C. Environmental Awareness Award.

In his nearly 20 years with the U.S. Department of Energy facility, Poppy has presented live animal shows that introduced hundreds of thousands of children to the ecological diversity found on the 200,000-acre Savannah River Site. The hands-on presentations have become so popular that schools and youth groups have to book them months in advance. In addition to the animal shows, Poppy conducts wildlife safety talks and manages the SREL Conference and Education Center and its animal care complex.

Sean Poppy, the 2016 S.C. Environmental Awareness Award winner, uses native animals to introduce school children to the wonders of nature. Scooter the coyote was malnourished and dehydrated when found near a school in Jackson, South Carolina. He recovered and now serves as an education animal. PHOTO/SEAN POPPY/SAVANNAH RIVER ECOLOGY LABORATORY

The Savannah River Site is home to dozens of species of reptiles and amphibians. One of the stars of Poppy’s shows is Scooter, a wild coyote Poppy rescued. Scooter helps educate the public about the impacts of invasive species.

“When you think about snakes, alligators, toads, frogs, turtles, and even coyotes, they are not always considered the animal candidates that the public eagerly embraces,” wrote one of Poppy’s co-workers in nominating him for the award. “However, when you see children and adults open their eyes, hearts, minds, and arms to these creatures, you really understand how special an environmental educator Sean Poppy is.”

The annual award, established in 1992 by the S.C. General Assembly, recognizes outstanding contributions toward protection, conservation, and improvement of South Carolina’s natural resources. Poppy was presented with the award at an event at the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) headquarters in Columbia on November 27, 2018.

Members of a committee made up of representatives from SCDHEC, S.C. Forestry Commission, S.C. Department of Natural Resources, and S.C. Sea Grant Consortium select the award winner from nominations submitted by the public.

See more information on the S.C. Environmental Awareness Award and for details on how to nominate someone for the 2018 honor.

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Last updated: 2/27/2019 1:25:19 PM


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