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WPO Interns


Current Interns


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Steve Elliott is a Science and Technology Policy Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and is placed at WPO. He studies the social organization, economics, and reasoning strategies of research, with a particular focus on topics related to data governance.

Prior to joining NOAA, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology at Arizona State University, where he studied the development of new STEM education research communities funded through the Broadening Participation portfolio of the National Science Foundation. He also contributed to award-winning and university-wide institutional analyses related to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Earlier he received a PhD in biology with a focus on evolutionary theory. He also helped lead a large open access science outreach publication about the history of biology, for which he and his team garnered a career achievement award in teaching and outreach from the History of Science Society. Steve earlier earned degrees in philosophy and in journalism and mass communication.

Alexus Moore is a Pathways intern at NOAA's Weather Program Office (WPO). She is working on designing a social science knowledge transfer google site, as well as writing value stories, and creating website content. Alexus is an upcoming second-year graduate student at The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and chose advertising as her field of study since it incorporates many of her natural skills and hobbies, such as drawing, writing, and creating video content. 

Upon graduation, she will seek out careers in government public affairs. Alexus has been known to run outside versus inside when thunder sounds, and one day dreams of chasing a tornado. 

Contact Alexus.

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Renee Richardson is a Sea Grant Knauss fellow in the 2021 class of the NOAA Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program. Renee serves as the Weather Observations Fellow where she supports the hurricane supplementals and the weather observations program under Dr. Mark Vincent’s mentorship. Renee is a Ph.D. candidate at Florida State University and will receive her doctoral degree in meteorology in 2021.

For her dissertation, Renee is investigating sea spray effects on hurricane intensification. Renee received a B.Sc. in marine science with a concentration in atmosphere/ocean dynamics from Coastal Carolina University. Outside of learning all things hurricanes, Renee is either off on an adventure with her two dogs, surfing, or baking way too many treats.

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