Graduate Research Fellowship Discussion Panel

Graduate Research Fellowships and Opportunities

Monday, November 16, 4:00-5:00 pm CST

Come learn about available graduate research fellowship opportunities!  Four speakers representing various environmental organizations around the coast will give a 10 minute presentation on their organization's mission and opportunities they have for graduate students.  Questions will be open at the end of the presentations.

To Participate:

1. Register (free for current GERS members) for the GERS 2020 Virtual Meeting HERE. Not a member?  Join HERE

2. An email with the Go-To-Meeting link and further instructions will be sent to you via email prior to the event.


Niki Pace, LA Sea Grant 

Niki Pace is currently the Sustainability coordinator for LA Sea Grant. She will be discussing the Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship



Mia Zwolinksi, TX Sea Grant

Mia Zwolinski is the Research Coordinator for Texas Sea Grant at Texas A&M University. She oversees the program’s research grant competitions, fellowship opportunities, Texas Sea Grant’s Grants-In-Aid of Graduate Research Program and the Texas Sea Grant Scholars Program for undergraduate research. As Assistant Director of Fiscal Administration, she assists the Director of Texas Sea Grant in program fiscal oversight and sponsored awards management.

Melissa Ladd, Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship through NOAA

Melissa Ladd is currently the Fellowship Learning Coordinator with Lynker Tech at NOAA, and she has been involved with launching NOAA's new Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship at the National Estuarine Research Reserves. She, and three current Davidson Fellows in the Gulf, will be discussing this new federal research opportunity for graduate students. 



Kira Allen, Davidson Fellow at Apalachicola NERR, University of Central Florida

Matthew Virden, Davidson Fellow at Grand Bay NERR, Mississippi State University

Kristine Zikmanis, Davidson Fellow at Rookery Bay NERR, Florida International University


Maeesha Saeed, Gulf Research Program

Maeesha Saeed is currently the Associate Program Officer with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She is responsible for supporting the fellowship programs under the Gulf Education and Engagement program with the Gulf Research Program since 2019.



GERS is an affiliate society of the Coastal Estuarine Research Federation (CERF). We encourage you to join and support CERF! CERF members receive great benefits, influding access to an international job board and tools for early career scientists to become leaders in their fields. Regular GERS dues may also be paid at the same time as CERF dues. Join or renew your CERF membership today!


Other CERF Affiliates:

  • Southeast Estuarine Research Society (SERS)
  • Atlantic Estuarine Research Society (AERS)
  • Pacific Estuarine Research Society (PERS)
  • California Estuarine Research Society (CERS)
  • New England Estuarine Research Society (NEERS)
  • Atlantic Canada Coastal Estuarine Research Society (ACCERS)


Contact Us

Please email us with any questions at GERSSecretary@gmail.com

Gulf Estuarine Research Society 

703 E. Beach Dr., 

Ocean Springs, MS 39564 USA




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