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Fri, 14 Dec 2007

Former SBC graduate student, Stu Levenbach, accepts position with NOAA Office of Management and Budget
In November 2007 former SBC LTER graduate student Stu Levenbach started a position as the Program Examiner for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the agency's Office of Management and Budget (OMB). As an examiner for NOAA, Stu reviews the agency's annual budget request and helps recommend the level of funding referred to Congress as part of the President's budget. In addition to budgetary responsibilities, the examiner performs in-depth program evaluations, reviews proposed regulations, approves agency testimony, and analyzes pending legislation. The examiner is often called upon to provide analysis for the Executive Office of the President. Stu served as the SBC LTER Graduate Student Representative until 2006 and he represented California as a Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow placed with staff of the Senate's Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Stu completed his PhD in June 2007. His dissertation research focused on community-wide ramifications of an associational refuge on shallow rocky reefs.
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