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Hawai‘i Sea Grant launches coastal and marine resource management fellowship program

April 8, 2019

(Honolulu, HI) – Today, in honor of Emeritus Professor E. Gordon Grau, the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program’s (Hawai‘i Sea Grant) visionary former director, a unique graduate student fellowship is being launched in his name.

The E. Gordon Grau Coastal and Marine Resource Management Fellowship Program (Grau Fellowship) will provide talented students focusing on coastal or marine science, policy, or management the unique opportunity to obtain relevant policy experience in Hawai‘i.

The two-year paid fellowship will place early-career professionals with municipal, state, or federal host agencies to receive hands-on experience transferring science to management and policy.

The Grau Fellowship is modeled after the highly competitive and successful John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program which sends recent graduate students to Washington, D.C. for one year to work in either the legislative or executive branch of government. Now, students with advanced degrees from Hawai‘i colleges or universities, or local students who are from Hawai‘i but obtained their degree(s) elsewhere, have the opportunity to remain in the state and become tomorrow’s leaders.

During his illustrious tenure as director, Professor Grau elevated the program in Hawai‘i to be one of the top in the Sea Grant network, which is comprised of 34 programs located in every coastal and Great Lakes state, Puerto Rico, and Guam. His vision and outstanding leadership brought Hawai‘i Sea Grant to the forefront of issues that are of critical importance to the state and region, and through Sea Grant he worked tirelessly to transform coastal communities into places that are economically prosperous, socially and culturally inclusive, and have the smallest environmental footprint.

Dr. Darren T. Lerner, Hawai‘i Sea Grant’s director who took the helm when Dr. Grau retired, noted “He has not only transformed the Sea Grant College Program here in our state, but has contributed to the dramatic reshaping of Sea Grant nationally, reflecting the understanding that the problems we face in the ocean and on our coasts are in large part due to our activities on land.”

In addition to serving as Sea Grant director for over 14 years, Dr. Grau was a full professor in the UH Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology for over 30 years, researching fish endocrinology and environmental physiology at his laboratory at the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) and serving as the HIMB interim director for six years.

For more information on the Grau Fellowship visit: or contact Maya Walton, Hawai‘i Sea Grant program leader, at (808) 956-6992 or

Cindy Knapman
(808) 956-7410

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The University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program is part of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s prestigious School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology. It supports an innovative program of research, education, and extension services directed to the improved understanding and stewardship of coastal and marine resources of the state, region and nation. Science serving Hawai‘i and the Pacific since 1968.