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UNC-CH Student Receives Coastal Policy Fellowship


Lisa Schiavinato, 919/515-1895,
Sharon Settlage, 919/515-1092,

Posted Thursday, November 29, 2012

North Carolina Sea Grant and the N.C. Coastal Resources Law, Planning and Policy Center awarded its 2013 Coastal Policy Fellowship to Sierra Schelegle, a doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology program.

                       Sierra Schelegle

The fellowship is the first of its kind for Sea Grant and the Center, says Lisa Schiavinato, Sea Grant coastal law, policy and community development specialist and co-director of the Center. The program is designed to foster research on coastal policy issues within North Carolina, including exploration of the legal implications.

Schelegle will compare and contrast climate adaptation practices in North Carolina and Maryland. Her study's focus is on assessing factors that influence a community's degree of planning for sea level rise.

"This fellowship is an amazing opportunity to delve into a subject of great personal interest and extreme importance to coastal North Carolina," Schelegle says.

A native of Davis, Calif., Schelegle received her bachelor's degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from Princeton University.

"Schelegle has a dynamic background and demonstrated commitment to climate change research. Her research on the motivations of sea level rise planning will add value to conversations occurring in our coastal communities and amongst coastal resource managers. We look forward to seeing her research results," Schiavinato says.

Schelegle's academic advisor is Philip Berke, deputy director of the UNC Institute for the Environment and a faculty member in the University's Department of City and Regional Planning.

For more information about the N.C. Coastal Resources Law, Planning and Policy Center, see: Information about North Carolina Sea Grant fellowships can be found at:


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