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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 17, 2018
Contact: Chuck Perrodin
Public Information Director 1
(o) 225-342-7615 
CPRA selected by NAS to host 
Gulf Research Program Science Policy Fellowship recipient
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) was selected by the prestigious National Academies of Sciences (NAS) Engineering and Medicine to host a one-year Gulf Research Program Science Policy Fellowship recipient.  “Through a competitive process that took into consideration the needs, goals, and capacities of both fellows and host institutions, CPRA was matched with a one-year NAS fellowship recipient,” states Angelina Freeman, Ph.D., CPRA Planning and Research Scientist.  

“CPRA is honored to be selected by NAS to host a science policy fellow again this year.  Highly skilled with impressive resumes, the fellows contribute considerable technical expertise to CPRA.  In turn, CPRA provides leading edge restoration and protection science and policy experience to these talented early-career scientists,” says Bren Haase, CPRA Deputy Executive Director.  

One of ten NAS Science Policy Fellowship award recipients, Dr. Elizabeth Robinson, will fulfill her fellowship at CPRA. Dr. Robinson earned a B.S. in biology from Centenary College of Louisiana, a M.S. in biology from Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi, and a Ph.D. in oceanography and coastal sciences from Louisiana State University, August 2018.  Prior to graduate school, Dr. Robinson interned at Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium where she worked on a project pertaining to hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico.  Her master’s thesis focused on the effects of changing hydrodynamics (water velocity and turbulence) on green crab foraging ability and her dissertation centered on the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on mollusk and crustacean populations, behaviors, and predator-prey interactions (Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative funded).  Robinson’s general research interests include coastal ecology, benthic ecology, and aquatic toxicology.

“I am eager and excited to learn how scientific information is conveyed in public policy, and to experience monitoring, research, and restoration efforts outside of an academic environment,” stated Robinson. Click for Robinson Photo.
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Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority is the single state entity with authority to develop, articulate, implement, and enforce a comprehensive coastal Master Plan of unified vision, to reduce tropical storm surge flood impact, to restore our bountiful natural resources, to build land to protect our nation’s critical energy infrastructure, and to secure Louisiana’s coast now and for future generations.
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