National Park Foundation Science Fellowships

National Park Foundation Science Fellowships are an opportunity for post-doctorate study and innovative science research that can help inform management of parks within the National Park System. The initial fellowships were funded through the generous support from National Park Foundation board member Karen Swett Conway and her husband Brian Conway.

The first research projects feature three important resource management challenges:

  1. Addressing increasing visitor use by integrating social science and resource stewardship

  2. Enhancing ocean and coastal resource stewardship

  3. Embracing collaborative conservation at the landscape scale.

  • A person hikes on a a designated trail of rocks on a mountain
    Social Science

    Landscape scale habitat fragmentation, visitor use and associated infrastructure.

  • Coral reef with a underwater diver
    Ocean Coastal

    Identifying, characterizing, and assessing the role of mesophotic coral reef ecosystems in preserving coastal resources.

  • Desert bighorn sheep with curled horns looking directly ahead
    Landscape Scale

    Enhancing collaborative conservation of an increasingly fragmented metapopulation of desert bighorn sheep.


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Find out more about the National Park Foundation Science Fellowships and other National Park Foundations programs that support and protect our National Parks.

National Park Foundation Programs

Last updated: September 5, 2023