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July 2017 Announcements

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Funding Opportunities

Research Experiences for Undergraduates; REU
  Biological Oceanography; Division of Ocean Sciences, NSF
  Chemical Oceanography; Division of Ocean Sciences, NSF
  Physical Oceanography; Division of Ocean Sciences, NSF
  Marine Geology and Geophysics; Division of Ocean Sciences, NSF
  Ocean Technology and Interdisciplinary Coordination; Division of Ocean Sciences, NSF

Position Vacancies

Program Manager, Partnerships; 11th Hour Racing
  Associate professor in Fisheries Science; University of Bergen, Department of Biology
  Marine Educator and Volunteer Coordinator; MAREX/GA-SG
  Communications Manager, Government Affairs; Ocean Conservancy
  Development and Operations Assistant; National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
  Community Engagement Specialist; National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
  Partner Support Technician; Blue Ventures
  Head of Development; Blue Ventures
  Research Technician; Department of Biological Sciences, Florida State University
  Research Scientist; Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources, Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University
  Program Manager, Inside Passage Waters Program; Southeast Alaska Conservation Council
  Communications/Media Specialist; Gulf Research Program
  Planning Coordinator; The National Parks Trust of the Virgin Islands
  Environmental Education & Outreach Officer; The National Parks Trust of the Virgin Islands
  Policy Analyst; NOAA’s National Ocean Service
  Development Director; Sailors for the Sea

Post-Doc Position

Science Communication/Cnidarian Genetics and Cellular Biology; Oregon State University


Smith Fellows 2018; Society for Conservation Biology

Upcoming Conferences

Coastal Science at the Inflection Point: Celebrating Successes & Learning from Challenges; CERF
  Where Land Meets Ocean: The Vulnerable Interface; ECSA Focus Meeting


11th Graduate Climate Conference; MIT


Coastal Hazard Wheel; UNEP
  New version of Coral Health Atlas is now live
  Improved Visualization of Community Level Impacts from Coastal Flooding or Sea Level Rise


Landscape & Vertical Living Walls; filtrexx™

Living Shoreline Restoration; filtrexx™

  The new He'eia National Estuarine Research Reserve
  Identification of Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Indicators using an Ecological Resilience Framework
  Completing and Using Ecosystem Service Assessment for Decision-Making: An Interdisciplinary Toolkit for Managers
  iMarine Data e-Infrastructure Initiative for Fisheries Management and Conservation of Marine Living Resources
  Marine and Coastal Datasets of Biodiversity Importance
  Toolkit for Ecosystem Services Site-based Assessment (TESSA)
  Takeaways from the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS)
  The Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Tool for Coastal Habitats
  NOAA Digital Coast Series and other NOAA Seminars

Student Resources

Online Environmental Science Programs and Resources; Affordable Colleges Online
  Outdoor Career Guidebook; Affordable Colleges Online
  Guide to Green Careers and Degrees; Affordable Colleges Online


Ocean Health Index-Science (webpage redesigned)
  Hurricane Safety Guide (webpage)
  GaClimate.org (website)
  Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene (journal)
  Water Quality Metadata Access
  Inundation Analysis Tool (NOAA)
  Social Coast Forum Presentations and Abstracts
  Abstracts from 23rd The Coastal Society meeting
  Marine GIS Training (Mappamondo)
  Marine Science Reviews (SeaWeb)
  Free book download: GIS for the Oceans
  Application: Fishery Analyst Online
  Tool: Marine Mapping Applications
  Tool: Vertical Datum Transformation (NOAA)
  Ecosystem-Based Management Tools Network
  Coastal & Estuarine Science News (Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation)
  Materials Available: Planning for Climate Change (NERRS)
  Gulf of Mexico News (NOAA Ocean Service)    

Documents of Interest

Living Shorelines: The Science and Management of Nature-Based Coastal Protection; CRC Press

  Living Shorelines Strategic Needs Assessment
  Summary of Coastal Management Policies Relevant to Sea-Level Rise in Georgia
  Living Shorelines in the Southeast: Research and Data Gaps
  Presentations from the South Atlantic Living Shoreline Summit, April 12 & 13, 2016
  Coastal Georgia Ecosystem Report Card
  State of the Climate in 2014 (Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 96(7): S1–S267)
  Mapping Human Uses of the Ocean (MPA Center)
  Adapting to Climate Change: A Call for Federal Leadership (Policy paper from the Pew Center)
  Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers (NOAA)
  Working Waterways & Waterfronts Symposium
  Ocean Research Priorities Plan (National Science and Technology Council)
  Next Generation Strategic Plan (NOAA)
  Coastal Sea-Level Change Needs Assessment Report (NOAA)
  America's Ocean Future (JOCI)

Projects of Interest

South Atlantic Regional Research Planning

In the News


Regional Science and Research
  Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Information

- Funding Opportunity: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Program Guidelines: NSF 13-542

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. (2) REU Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects.

Undergraduate student participants in either REU Sites or REU Supplements must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.

Students do not apply to NSF to participate in REU activities. Students apply directly to REU Sites or to NSF-funded investigators who receive REU Supplements. To identify appropriate REU Sites, students should consult the directory of active REU Sites on the Web at http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm.

More at: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5517&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

Deadline for REU Site proposals:  August 23, 2017

- Funding Opportunity: Biological Oceanography; Division of Ocean Sciences, NSF

Full Proposal Target Date: August 15, 2017
Program Guidelines: PD 98-1650

The Biological Oceanography Program supports research in marine ecology broadly defined: relationships among aquatic organisms and their interactions with the environments of the oceans or Great Lakes. Projects submitted to the program for consideration are often interdisciplinary efforts that may include participation by other OCE Programs. 

Apply to PD 98-1650 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide proposal preparation guidelines apply.

For full proposals submitted via Grants.gov: the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov Guidelines applies. (Note: The NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=grantsgovguide)

For more information, contact:

David  L. Garrison     dgarriso@nsf.gov    (703) 292-8582   
Michael  Sieracki      msierack@nsf.gov (703) 292-7585   
Daniel  Thornhill        dthornhi@nsf.gov   (703) 292-8143   
Julie  B. Kellner        jkellner@nsf.gov    (703) 292-2688   
Gayle  Pugh             gpugh@nsf.gov     (703) 292-7589   
Joann  King              jking@nsf.gov        (703) 292-7596

More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=11696&WT.mc_id=USNSF_46&WT.mc_ev=click

- Funding Opportunity: Chemical Oceanography; Division of Ocean Sciences, NSF

Full Proposal Target Date: August 15, 2017
Program Guidelines: PD 98-1670

The Chemical Oceanography Program supports research into the chemical components, reaction mechanisms, and geochemical pathways within the ocean and at its interfaces with the solid earth and the atmosphere. Major emphases include:  studies of material inputs to and outputs from marine waters; orthochemical and biological production and transformation of chemical compounds and phases within the marine system; and the determination of reaction rates and study of equilibria. The Program encourages research into the chemistry, distribution, and fate of inorganic and organic substances introduced into or produced within marine environments including those from estuarine waters to the deep sea.

Apply to PD 98-1670 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide proposal preparation guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via Grants.gov: the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov Guidelines applies. (Note: The NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=grantsgovguide)

For more information, contact:

Henrietta Edmonds hedmonds@nsf.gov (703) 292-7427

Simone Metz smetz@nsf.gov (703) 292-8582 

William Miller wmiller@nsf.gov (703) 292-8582 

Caroline Belleman cbellema@nsf.gov (703) 292-2611 

For further information visit the OCE Division Home Page located on the GEO Directorate Home Page
More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=11698&WT.mc_id=USNSF_46&WT.mc_ev=click

- Funding Opportunity: Physical Oceanography; Division of Ocean Sciences, NSF

Full Proposal Target Date: August 15, 2017
Program Guidelines: PD 98-1610

The Physical Oceanography Program supports research on a wide range of topics associated with the structure and movement of the ocean, with the way in which it transports various quantities, with the way the ocean's physical structure interacts with the biological and chemical processes within it, and with interactions between the ocean and the atmosphere, solid earth and ice that surround it.

Apply to PD 98-1610 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide proposal preparation guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via Grants.gov: the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov Guidelines applies. (Note: The NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=grantsgovguide)

For more information, contact:

Eric  C. Itsweire           eitsweir@nsf.gov    (703) 292-8582   
Baris  M. Uz                 bmuz@nsf.gov     (703) 292-4557   
Alberto  Mestas-Nunez amestas@nsf.gov   (703) 292-7706
Xujing  J. Davis             xdavis@nsf.gov    (703) 292-7592   
Courtney  Ellliton          celliton@nsf.gov   (703) 292-2307

More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12729&WT.mc_id=USNSF_46&WT.mc_ev=click

- Funding Opportunity: Marine Geology and Geophysics; Division of Ocean Sciences, NSF

Full Proposal Target Date: August 15, 2017
Program Guidelines: PD 98-1620

The Marine Geology and Geophysics program supports research on all aspects of geology and geophysics of the ocean basins and margins, as well as the Great Lakes.

The Program includes:

  • Structure, tectonic evolution and volcanic activity of the ocean basins, the continental margins, the mid-ocean ridges, and island arc systems
  • Processes controlling exchange of heat and chemical species between seawater and ocean rocks
  • Genesis, chemistry, and mineralogic evolution of marine sediments
  • Processes controlling deposition, erosion and transport of marine sediments
  • Past ocean circulation patterns and climates and
  • Interactions of continental and marine geologic processes

Apply to PD 98-1620 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide proposal preparation guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via Grants.gov: the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov Guidelines applies. (Note:

The NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=grantsgovguide)

For more information, contact:

Candace  O. Major  cmajor@nsf.gov       (703) 292-8580   
Barbara  Ransom    bransom@nsf.gov   (703) 292-7792    
Deborah  K. Smith   dksmith@nsf.gov    (703) 292-7978   
Maurice  Tivey         mtivey@nsf.gov      (703) 292-7710   
Andrea  Portier        aportier@nsf.gov    (703) 292-8474

More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=11726&WT.mc_id=USNSF_46&WT.mc_ev=click

- Funding Opportunity: Ocean Technology & Interdisciplinary Coordination; Div. of Ocean Sciences, NSF

Full Proposal Target Date: August 15, 2017
Program Guidelines: PD 98-1680

The Oceanographic Technology and Interdisciplinary Coordination (OTIC) Program supports a broad range of research and technology development activities. Unsolicited proposals are accepted for instrumentation development that has broad applicability to ocean science research projects and that enhance observational, experimental or analytical capabilities of the ocean science research community. Specific announcements for funding opportunities are made for additional projects involving Improvements in Facilities, Communications, and Equipment at Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories (FSML) and the National Ocean Partnership Program.

Apply to PD 98-1680 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide proposal preparation guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via Grants.gov: the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov Guidelines applies. (Note: The NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=grantsgovguide)

For more information, contact Kandace Binkley at kbinkley@nsf.gov or (703) 292-7577

More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12724&WT.mc_id=USNSF_46&WT.mc_ev=click

- Position Vacancy: Program Manager, Partnerships; 11th Hour Racing

11th Hour Racing, a Newport, RI based program of The Schmidt Family Foundation (TSFF),is committed to an innovative approach blending sport event partnership and philanthropic giving to protect the health of our oceans and waters. We are looking for a truly exceptional person to manage the 11th Hour Racing partnership strategy and relationships through a portfolio covering a spectrum of sailing teams, events, as well as marine industry, community, and technology partners.

The Program Manager must have an excellent work ethic, be highly skilled with time and project management, and possess a willingness to jump in with both feet on multiple projects at a time. The successful candidate will be confident, smart, and highly productive; prepared to take the lead on varied and dynamic projects in a high-performing and agile organization where standards are high and the expectation is for work to be completed quickly, efficiently, and accurately.

This position is based in Newport, RI and reports to the Program Director.

Principal Duties
Partnership Management

  • Maintain partnership portfolio: including strategy, content management, evaluations, and metrics reporting;
  • Manage relationships and expectations with 11thHour Racing partners to ensure contractual obligations are met;
  • Review and analyze partnership proposals;
  • Evaluate partners and related organizations including site visits and/or travel to organizations, conferences, events, and meetings;
  • Engage in ongoing research in a defined area, identify potential opportunities for transformational change, and develop partnership recommendations to achieve program objectives;
  • Gather and analyze monitoring and evaluation data to assess program impacts, gaps, and challenges in the program’s strategy, and generate learning that informs future partnerships;
  • Present partnership strategies and recommendations to Executive Director and Board;
  • Direct content strategy for relevant website and social media outreach;
  • Highlight traditional media opportunities and work in close regard with Communications team to incorporate and implement media strategies into the 11th Hour Racing partnership projects;
  • Maintain/share knowledge of current events in the environmental movement and marine conservation as they relate to programmatic outcomes; and
  • Assist with other projects and activities as assigned.

Organizational Management

  • Work closely with finance teams to ensure partnerships are processed and managed in a timely, accurate and compliant manner;
  • Foster a dynamic, collaborative environment with other members of the 11th Hour Racing team, The 11thHour Project teams and TSFF management to work together to achieve program goals as well as TSFF goals overall; and
  • Keep The Schmidt Family Foundation Executive Director and Program Directors apprised on key strategic areas.

Minimum Ability, Skill, & Knowledge Requirements

  • Brings a passion for the mission of 11th Hour Racing and The Schmidt Family Foundation;
  • Ability to work effectively in a small organization with an emphasis on teamwork;
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills;
  • Ability to speak, read, and write effectively in English;
  • Strong interpersonal skills to interface and coordinate professionally with a number of diverse; internal and external contacts, including partners, vendors, and fellow team members;
  • Strong ability to work through administrative processes with a keen attention to detail;
  • Flexibility to work simultaneously on a wide range of projects and ability to prioritize tasks, manage time effectively, and meet deadlines; and
  • Ability to work legally in the United States.

Minimum Previous Experience, Training, and Education

  • College degree or greater in Marine or Ocean Sciences, Environmental Studies, or equivalent education, with a record that demonstrates suitable preparation for this position;
  • Experience with large scale events, sporting events preferred;
  • Excellent word processing skills and fluency with MS Office and online databases;
  • Proficiency with social networking sites, including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, etc.;
  • 5 plus years relevant management experience knowledge of ocean and marine industries strongly preferred;
  • Non-profit experience and/or volunteering experience strongly preferred; and
  • Sailing and sailboat racing experience preferred.

Organization: 11th Hour Racing
Job Location: Newport, Rhode Island
Duration: Full-time
Application Deadline: Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Application Website: http://11thhourracing.org/press/11th-hour-racing-job-opening-program-manage...

- Position Vacancy: Associate professor in Fisheries Science; University of Bergen, Department of Biology

The purpose of fisheries science is to increase understanding of population dynamics within and between fish populations in relation to the rest of the environment and to promote sustainable exploitation through ecosystem-based management. Scientists at FMB conduct research and education from organisms to population and ecosystems with theoretical, experimental and field-related approaches.

BIO is working closely with Norway’s national Institute of Marine Research (IMR), both in research and supervision of master’s students and doctoral students. Collaboration with IMR's fisheries research program in developing countries in Africa and Asia is also a key activity. We offer an exciting and out-reaching education and research environment within a broad field, with many opportunities for national and international interaction and collaboration.

The position will be within the field of fisheries science and specifically aimed at fish stock assessment and ecosystem-based management. Theoretical and practical competencies in the scientific basis for modern fisheries management, such as mapping and estimation of stocks, as well as ecological interactions between populations, are important elements in the sustainable management of our aquatic resources and ecosystems.
The work will include research and teaching in the field of fisheries science as well as planning of Master's theses and supervision of students at both the master's and doctoral level. Pedagogic qualifications and previous teaching experience will be emphasized and applicants should briefly outline their research plans and philosophies related to teaching in this field.

Applicants should also have experience and a high motivation for obtaining external research funding.

Organization: University of Bergen, Department of Biology
Job Location: Bergen, Norway
Duration: Full-time
Salary: NOK 553,200 – 650,200
Application Deadline: Sunday, August 27, 2017
Application Website: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/140598/associate-professor-i...

- Position Vacancy: Marine Educator and Volunteer Coordinator; MAREX/GA-SG

Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant provide research, education, training and science-based outreach to assist Georgia in solving problems and realizing opportunities for its coastal and marine environments. By advancing research, education and training, and outreach, Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant promote the economic, cultural and environmental health of Georgia’s coast and prepare citizens to become good stewards of coastal ecosystems and watershed resources.

Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant is a unit of Public Service and Outreach at the University of Georgia. The Marine Education Center and Aquarium on Skidaway Island near Savannah GA serves as the education arm of the unit.  The Center provides year round hands-on, feet-in marine science and coastal ecology education programs. Audience includes PK-12 students and teachers, summer campers, undergraduates, and the general public. Programs are delivered in field, laboratory, boat-based, and discussion formats.

Position Summary

This is a full time, benefits eligible, non-tenured Public Service Faculty track position to be assigned to the Marine Education Center and Aquarium.  Primary responsibility of the position is to lead, instruct, and insure the safety of student participants in marine science and coastal ecology.  These education programs include over forty (40) field explorations, laboratory studies, discussion sessions and boat-based classes.  The latter are conducted aboard 24-foot open boats (Carolina Skiffs) and the 43-foot trawler R/V Sea Dawg. A secondary responsibility of this position is the development and management of the unit’s volunteer and friends program. Additional responsibilities include program development, collaborative citizen science projects, and grant writing to secure extramural funding.

Responsibilities and Duties:

50% Youth Education and Curriculum Development

  • Lead and instruct marine science classes for PK-12 students, teachers, undergraduates and the general public.
  • Lead and instruct 5-day summer marine science camp sessions.
  • Develop new curriculum, supplemental material, and publish evidence-based articles in professional journals.
  • Serve as US Coast Guard boat captain or crew aboard university passenger vessels.
  • Insure the safety of student/participant groups while on university led programs and boat trips.

30% Program Coordination:

  • Develop, manage, and coordinate Volunteer and Friends Program that includes: volunteer application and training, data management, organization and planning of volunteer socials and recognition, grant writing to support the effort.

20% Additional Duties:

  • Develop collaborative funding proposals to support education efforts.
  • Conduct applied research or engage in other scholarly activities related to coastal issues.
  • Represent Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant at public festivals, school outreach events, professional meetings, collaborative working groups and partnerships with other organizations in the field of marine science/ environmental education.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree in marine science, biology, environmental science or related field is required for hiring as a public service faculty member. A Bachelor’s degree is acceptable for a Public Service Professional position. A Public Service Professional may apply for a regular public service faculty appointment upon completion of an advanced degree or successful progression through the public service promotion process. See the University of Georgia Guidelines for Appointments and Promotions for Public Service and Outreach Academic Rank for complete details http://outreach.uga.edu/policies/appointment-and-promotion-guidelines/.)
  • Considerable content knowledge in marine science, biology, coastal ecology and natural history.
  • Effective verbal/written communication skills related to public outreach and education with non-scientists.
  • Ability to collaborate and work effectively with a small team of educators, researchers, interns, volunteers, and other public stakeholders.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 3 years minimum teaching experience and experience teaching student groups aboard boats preferred; 
  • Volunteer program development and management desired.
  • Small boat handling experience and U.S. Coast Guard Captains License preferred.
  • Grant writing experience and record of grant submission.

Application Procedure: Candidates are encouraged to submit their materials by August 9, 2017 for priority consideration at http://facultyjobs.uga.edu in reference to posting number 2017_00361F. Screening will continue until the position is filled. Application packets will include a cover letter expressing interest and qualifications for the position, curriculum vitae and a list of 3 – 5 professional references. Questions about the position should be directed to Anne Lindsay, lindsaya@uga.edu, 912-598-2496.                                 

Organization: Marine Education Center and Aquarium, Skidaway Island, Georgia
Location: Savannah, GA
Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications          
Application Deadline: All applications received by August 9, 2017 are assured full consideration.

- Position Vacancy: Communications Manager, Government Affairs; Ocean Conservancy

Ocean Conservancy is investing in a Communications team that will help start a new conversation about conservation – focusing on using inspiration, passion, creativity to tap into Americans’ shared values about the ocean and securing solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it. We need an experienced communications strategist with a proven track record in driving action and winning support among decision-makers and influencers in Washington D.C. With a passion for politics and a keen understanding of advocacy levers, our ideal candidate will be adept at not only planning and implementing long-term strategies but also skilled at leveraging external opportunities. We are looking for an excellent writer with a keen instinct for stories to engage media and sharp messaging to resonate with our supporters. Robust relationships with U.S. and international media, experience in leading advocacy campaigns and strong interpersonal skills are essential. Prior conservation experience is not. Congressional experience strongly preferred.

You will be part of smart, creative and fun team. Communications is a priority for Ocean Conservancy’s leadership and valued throughout our organization. You will report to the Director of Communications and have the opportunity to work closely with our teams on the ground from Alaska to Florida and in partnership with our Digital and Government Relations teams.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Create and deliver effective communications to help deliver conservation wins.
  • Proven track record in securing media and responding quickly and effectively to breaking news.
  • Exceptional journalist cultivation skills. Adept at writing engaging, relevant pitches. Must understand the news cycle and have a proven track record of working with journalists to meet their needs, resulting in coverage.
  • Grow Ocean Conservancy’s credibility and influence in key media markets including Washington D.C.
  • Increase Ocean Conservancy’s visibility through appropriate venues and events for thought leadership
  • Deliver high quality content and compelling, immersive stories to engage our key audiences
  • Serve as a trusted partner within the organization and a credible ambassador of our work externally.

Required Skills/Qualifications/Experience

  • Superior written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrable experience in using communications to secure policy support
  • Adept at creating and executing multilayered strategies
  • Exceptional success at pitching and placing media stories
  • A creative, collaborative team player


  • Bachelor’s degree with 3-5 years of experience in program communications, media relations, campaigns and advocacy

Apply For The Position:

If you think you have what it takes to join Ocean Conservancy’s team, please send a cover letter speaking to your qualifications and abilities, along with your resume and salary expectations, to jobs@oceanconservancy.org and note “#17-06 – Communications Manager, Government Affairs” in the subject line. This position will remain open until filled.

Job Location: Washington D.C.
Duration: Full Time
Salary: Position commensurate with experience

Application Deadline: Open until filled

- Position Vacancy: Development and Operations Assistant; National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (Foundation) – a private, non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening and promoting U.S. national marine and Great Lakes sanctuaries – seeks a Development and Operations Assistant to support the Director of Development and the Director of Operations.  This is an excellent position for an individual with a strong administrative background who is interested in developing experience in fundraising and contracts management.

Overview of Position
The Development and Operations Assistant will have oversite and responsibility for tracking and responding to all donations coming into the Foundation and supporting the Director of Development, as well as serving as an internal point of contact for vendors. In addition, the position will compile contracting details and generate contracts for numerous vendors and independent contractors.

Approximately 60 percent of the assistant’s time will support the Director of Development with the following administrative fundraising responsibilities:

  • Record all incoming donations in money log and donor tracking database.
  • Log all incoming grants and efficiently route paperwork and – work with the Director of Development to track reporting requirements.
  • Coordinate all aspects of workplace campaigns (e.g. federal Combined Federal Campaign).
  • Provide administrative support for special events such as the Ocean Awards Gala, including assisting with mailings, phone inquiries, in-kind gift tracking and other clerical duties and database module maintenance and updates.
  • Draft administrative memorandums, letters of correspondence, and thank you and acknowledgement letters. Research prospective donors and foundations. Schedule site visits and meetings, compiling necessary information for the meetings; maintain the development calendar and proposal tracking system; attend board development committee meetings to take minutes and produce materials for presentations; and assist in coordinating the Annual Benefit Auction.
  • Maintain the development calendar and proposal tracking system, and produce materials for donor presentations.
  • Support reconciliation of donor database and financial database records.

Approximately 40 percent of the position’s time will support the Director of Operations with the following office management, contracts, and grants responsibilities:

  • Draft contracts from template, and compile related information including statements of work, DUNS numbers, W-9s, contact information and contractual terms for all independent contractors and vendors.  Upload documents and track contract terminations as appropriate; prepare amendments as necessary.
  • Administration of Foundation’s internship program, including drafting and tracking internship agreements, and disseminating pertinent information to those bringing on interns.
  • Request quotes and order services that support Foundation operations, including phones, Information Technology, supplies, etc.

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Exacting attention to detail, skill in proofreading and formatting documents.
  • Ability to prepare reports and records.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate multiple work assignments.
  • Ability to engage and work with donors and grantors tactfully and courteously.
  • Ability to distinguish among competing priorities and balance demanding workloads; 
  • Skill in developing and maintaining relationships both internally and externally.
  • Ability to work on multiple priority tasks concurrently.

Requirements and Qualifications: The successful candidate will have an Associate’s degree or higher and at least 2 to 3 years of experience in administrative functions, donor relations, and/or operations.  Also required are excellent computer skills with proficiency in Excel, Word, and database maintenance, strong verbal and written communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills, and a collaborative work style. A demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards and a diverse workplace is also important.

Compensation and Benefits: The Foundation offers a competitive benefits package that includes health and dental insurance, life insurance, and a retirement savings plan. 

To apply: Applications should include a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to applicants@marinesanctuary.org.
Organization: National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
Job Location: Silver Spring, Maryland
Duration: Full Time
Salary: Position commensurate with experience: $38,000 - $42,000

Application Deadline: Saturday, August 5, 2017

- Position Vacancy: Partner Support Technician; Blue Ventures

Blue Ventures is an award-winning marine conservation organization working to rebuild tropical fisheries with coastal communities. We’re committed to protecting marine biodiversity in ways that benefit coastal people. We work in places where the ocean is vital to local cultures and economies, and where there is a fundamental unmet need to support human development.

Job Description

We are currently recruiting a Partner Support Technician to lead our efforts supporting local partner organizations in Indonesia. The role will entail providing technical assistance to Blue Ventures’ partner organizations involved in community-based fisheries management, and sharing technical and marine resource management experiences.

The successful candidate will provide bespoke training and technical support to local partners in all aspects of fisheries assessment and management, including monitoring and evaluation of landings − particularly in the design and use of mobile-based data collection systems − and supporting local partners in efforts to assist communities in the management of target small-scale fisheries.

Additional responsibilities will include working with partner organizations and colleagues in Blue Ventures’ conservation team to plan community exchanges to share learning and best practice in tropical small-scale fisheries management and locally-led marine conservation.

Provision of technical support to partners, and facilitation of grassroots learning through community exchanges, forms a key part of Blue Ventures’ outreach strategy within Indonesia. This role will comprise extensive field visits to community-based marine and coastal conservation sites nationwide.
The successful candidate will be a motivated, proactive and highly organized individual, who enjoys independent working. You will have an excellent knowledge of the small-scale fisheries, marine conservation and development sectors, as well as a proven track record of project management and partnership building, and excellent communication skills. Ideally, you will demonstrate practical experience of community-based conservation and development initiatives in Indonesia or regionally within Southeast Asia.

You will thrive in environments that are dynamic, fast-paced, collegiate and ambitious, and be able to demonstrate experience of working independently and solving complex problems in challenging situations.

The Partner Support Technician will report to Blue Ventures’ UK-based partner support team, and be based at field locations alongside local partner organizations, with regular national travel to work with partners and field teams.

Organization: Blue Ventures
Job Location: Makassar, Indonesia
Duration: Full time- 12 month contract, with opportunities for renewal
Salary: Competitive salary based on experience
Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Application Website: Blue Ventures

- Position Vacancy: Head of Development; Blue Ventures

Blue Ventures is an award-winning marine conservation organization working to rebuild tropical fisheries with coastal communities. We’re committed to protecting marine biodiversity in ways that benefit coastal people. We work in places where the ocean is vital to local cultures and economies, and where there is a fundamental unmet need to support human development.

Job Description

We are currently recruiting an expert fundraising professional to lead Blue Ventures’ fundraising and development efforts. This new position will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of development to secure funding to support our growing portfolio of field conservation programs.
We’re looking for someone with excellent relationship management skills, particularly attuned to the sensitivities of developing senior and high value relationships. This will be a pivotal role within our UK​-based team, working closely with senior managers, field colleagues and partner organizations to ensure the resourcing of effective, scalable marine conservation interventions in line with our mission. The position will help drive innovation in the marine conservation sector by helping secure resources needed for the ongoing acceleration of our impact in pursuit of our 2020 vision.
We are seeking to appoint a highly motivated individual who will be pragmatic and resourceful, entrepreneurial in identifying opportunities for potential future conservation funding partnerships, and sensitive to the needs and interests of Blue Ventures’ partner communities and stakeholders.
We are looking for a creative, open minded and discerning individual, with excellent partnership development, leadership and communications skills, and a strong technical background in environmental conservation and community development.

The successful candidate will thrive in environments that are dynamic, fast-paced, collegiate and ambitious, and have a proven track record in communicating effectively and professionally with funders, delivering high quality written work and managing competing priorities to meet deadlines reliably.

The role entails working as part of an interdisciplinary and international team, with excellent opportunities for professional development. The successful candidate will report to Blue Ventures’ Executive Director, and will be based in one of our UK offices in London or Bristol, with occasional overseas travel to work with partners and field teams.

Application Process

Applicants should apply using the online form via the Blue Ventures website, by 31st July 2017.
Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and first-round interviews may be conducted with short-listed candidates before the application deadline.
All shortlisted candidates will be contacted within two weeks of the closing date.

Organization: Blue Ventures
Job Location: Bristol or London, UK
Duration: One year contract, with opportunities for renewal
Salary: Competitive salary based on experience
Application Deadline: Monday, July 31, 2017

Application Website: Head of Development

- Position Vacancy: Research Technician; Department of Biological Sciences, Florida State University

Responsibilities: The research technician will be based in the Department of Biological Sciences at FSU in Tallahassee, Florida, supervised by Dr. Andrew Rassweiler, but will also work closely with Dr. Sarah Lester in FSU’s Department of Geography.  The technician will help support an exciting portfolio of projects focused on the topics of marine biodiversity, coral reef resilience, ecological state change, marine spatial planning, and sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Research in the lab is inherently interdisciplinary, focusing on addressing fundamental questions in marine ecology, but also on applying those insights to conservation and management. The position includes a broad diversity of responsibilities and the ideal candidate is excited to participate in a range of research activities.

The initial focus of the position will be on measuring marine biodiversity as part of a multi-institution Marine Biodiversity Observing Network project (http://sbc.marinebon.org/about/).  For this project, the technician will help to develop a tradeoff framework to estimate costs and benefits of alternative sampling methods and guide decisions about the design of future monitoring.  The technician will work with ecological data from diverse sources, and will participate in the development of cutting-edge techniques for biodiversity monitoring.  In addition to this focal project, there will be opportunities to engage in other research projects in the lab, including field work.
The research technician will be expected to:

  • Assist with data acquisition, management, processing, and analysis of large disparate datasets.
  • Help with parameterizing and running simulation models.
  • Conduct literature reviews and assist with preparing scientific manuscripts and presentations, with the potential to be involved as a co-author on papers.
  • Assist with managing the lab, including purchasing supplies and equipment, organizing the lab, coordinating lab logistics, and recruiting and coordinating undergraduate research assistants.
  • Participate in local marine fieldwork in coastal, intertidal and possibly subtidal habitats.



  • Bachelors or Masters degree in Marine Science, Ecology, Environmental Science, or related field.
  • Strong quantitative and statistical skills and/or interest in developing those skills
  • Experience with programming or scripted analysis in programs such as R, SAS, Matlab or similar.
  • Strong skills in data acquisition and management.  
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently
  • Strong initiative and problem-solving skills

Preferred (but not required): AAUS certification, experience operating small boats, proficiency with GIS.

Terms: Ideally the position would start in September 2017, but start date is flexible. Initial appointment would be for one year, with strong potential for renewal contingent on performance. Salary commensurate with experience.

How to apply: Apply by submitting a cover letter, CV, and names and contact information for three professional references as a single PDF to rasster.lab@gmail.com.  Contact Dr. Andrew Rassweiler at rassweiler@bio.fsu.edu with any questions. This position will remain open until filled.  Application review will begin on July 15, 2017, although all applications received before August 1 will be considered.

Organization: Department of Biological Sciences, Florida State University
Job Location: Tallahassee, Florida
Duration: Full-time; 1 year appointment with potential for renewal

Application Deadline: Tuesday, August 1, 2017

- Position Vacancy: Research Scientist; Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources, Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University

The Fisheries and Marine Institute (Memorial University) on the east coast of Canada is currently advertising a permanent Research Scientist position. The position is part of an applied research team called the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources.

The successful applicant is expected to develop and lead a dynamic grant supported research program that compliments and extends existing CSAR capabilities. This will involve leading applied research initiatives related to the reduction of ecological impacts of fishing (ie. bycatch, fuel consumption, carbon emission and seabed impacts), which will aid in shaping sustainable seafood policy as well as responding to industry requirements for standards and certification. This will involve combinations of industry engagement, proposal/grant writing, at-sea experiments, data collection and analysis, report writing, publication in peer reviewed journals, supervision of graduate students, and liaison with provincial and federal departments and non-government organizations, including fish harvesters and processors.

The successful applicant will have a Ph.D. in fisheries science or closely related discipline, with related experience in sustainable fishing practices.

Organization: Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources, Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University
Job Location: St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Duration: Full-time, Permanent
Application Deadline: Monday, July 31, 2017

Application Website: https://www.mun.ca/hr/careers/job.php?id=6731

- Position Vacancy: Program Manager, Inside Passage Waters Program; Southeast Alaska Conservation Council

SEACC’s Inside Passage Waters Program Manager is responsible for coordinating all of the water quality and mining-related program work at the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council. The Inside Passage Waters Program seeks to protect the waters of Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage by: monitoring and watchdogging existing and planned regional and transboundary mining policy and mine projects; advocating for more stringent clean water policies, regulations, legislation and enforcement; and working with Southeast communities and water users to build grassroots local capacity for water quality monitoring, stewardship, advocacy, and engagement in public process. Organizationally, the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council employs strategies including policy development and advocacy, grassroots outreach to communities, members and the public, lobbying and liaising with local, state and federal government representatives, and collaboration with Indigenous organizations and Environmental Nonprofits.
The Inside Passage Waters Program Manager will lead SEACC’s mining and clean water program in close collaboration with our Staff Scientist and Indigenous Engagement Lead, Guy Archibald. This includes working with the Executive Director to continually refine our strategy to defend the integrity of Southeast Alaska’s waterways by identifying emerging threats to Inside Passage waters, including taking a close look at impacts related to cruise ships, ocean acidification, climate change, and potentially problematic local, state, and federal legislation.

A successful Inside Passage Waters Program Manager will be highly self-motivated, a “people person” who enjoys interacting with and meeting new people and engaging them in our work. Confidence stepping into a leadership role while working with volunteers, the grassroots, and grasstops partners will be an asset, and an ideal candidate will have experience working in or studying mining, or water quality, conservation, or management. This could be through a water quality-related or scientific degree, previous work for government agencies, or work in a related industry. Background in advocacy lobbying, and/or policy are highly desirable attributes, as is knowledge of and a strong commitment to working in partnership with Indigenous communities.

She/he will report to the Executive Director, but will work closely with SEACC’s E.D., Staff Scientist and Indigenous Engagement Lead, Grassroots Attorney, and Operations team. This position requires travel throughout Southeast Alaska 1-2 times per month, and periodic work before and after traditional 9-to-5 workdays and on weekends.

The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council is a small but mighty environmental advocacy nonprofit nestled within the Tongass National Forest in Juneau, Alaska. Our office is a cozy former residence located in Downtown Juneau, a short walk from amenities such as dining, cinemas, shopping and nightlife. The greater City and Borough of Juneau is rich with a cross-section of all the best the region has to offer. Favorite outdoor activities include hiking, fishing, hunting, foraging and subsistence gathering, and outdoor summer and winter sports. Juneau acts as a cultural hub for the region, and is home to a vibrant arts community including but not limited to the Juneau Arts and Culture Center, Perseverance Theater, and the Sealaska Heritage Institute. We have two public swimming pools, multiple fitness clubs, many city parks and libraries, and a variety of schooling options for families of all ages. The city is famous for its rainy and sometimes gray coastal climate, and is only accessible by air travel or the state ferry system, which are considerations for those contemplating a relocation from “the lower 48,” as we call the contiguous United States. A small relocation benefit may be negotiable for those relocating from outside of Southeast Alaska.

SEACC’s compensation package is consistent with those of small, regional nonprofits, and includes health insurance and a retirement plan (401k) with a matching contribution after the first year of employment. Flexible hours are available as a benefit after the first year of employment, with approval of the staff person’s manager.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Develop a campaign in defense of Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage Waters which includes education, outreach, and engagement with people across all of the Southeast communities we serve, and which specifically addresses potential threats from: continued mine expansion and new mine development, specific transboundary mine proposals, federal deregulation, and the weakening of state and municipal mining policies through Southeast;
  • Work with SEACC’s Grassroots Attorney to advocate for beneficial and against detrimental water-related legislation and identify opportunities to advance strategic litigation on Inside Passage Waters program issues;
  • Develop and execute a public engagement strategy that educates and engages decision- makers and the public on the issues around mining and clean water;
  • Advocate for water protections at the local, state, and federal level by preparing position papers, written comments and testimony, and meeting with government officials;
  • Work with the Executive Director to prioritize, improve, and grow SEACC’s efforts around Indigenous Engagement and Outreach, especially with regards to our work on water quality testing and monitoring;
  • Participate in regional and statewide coordination meetings with environmental nonprofit groups;
  • Manage consultants and future field staff;
  • Work with the Executive Director to manage and periodically refine SEACC’s Inside Passage Waters Program Strategy.

Required Qualifications:

  • At least 2 years of professional experience or study in mining, water quality, water conservation or management, water policy, advocacy, or biology. An advanced degree is specifically not required for this position in order to solicit a wide range of potential candidates, but relevant professional or academic experience is required. This could include work for government, with industry, for Indigenous organizations, or traditional educational or professional background working in conservation, the biological sciences, or policy;
  • Background in, or exposure to environmental policy or advocacy work (lobbying), or a desire to acquire these skills;
  • Interest in and desire to work with a wide variety of people throughout Southeast Alaska. SEACC’s work takes us to communities throughout Southeast Alaska, so a genuine interest in the people and places of Southeast Alaska, and the ability to sustain a high level of energy and engagement over visits lasting several days is required.
  • Comfort outdoors and in communities – SEACC staff travel in small planes, skiffs, larger boats, and by foot, in addition to traveling by commercial planes and ferries, and visit and work on rivers and streams when in the field, including in inclement weather. Staff also largely stay in SEACC supporters’ homes when we travel. Flexibility and adaptability are key requirements for this role.

Desired Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of professional experience or study in a related field;
  • Experience managing outreach staff, field staff, or volunteers;
  • Experience managing program or project work including identifying, setting, and meeting achievable deadlines;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Background or interest in learning to do media interviews;
  • Experience with social media.

To Apply:
Applications should be submitted by Monday, July 24th 2017, but will be considered on a rolling basis beginning Monday, July 10th. If position description is still posted, it is still open.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, three references, and a short writing sample or excerpt (less than three pages; a single page is fine) that emphasizes strategy development, water policy or mining- related background and conversance, public outreach and engagement, or conservation communications around water-related issues.

Organization: Southeast Alaska Conservation Council
Job Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: Full Time - Permanent
Application Deadline: Monday, July 24, 2017

Application Website: http://www.seacc.org/employment#IPWPM

- Position Vacancy: Community Engagement Specialist; National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (Foundation) -- a private, non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening and promoting U.S. national marine sanctuaries -- is seeking a Community Engagement Specialist in Port Angeles, WA, who will work with the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (NMS).  The incumbent is responsible for managing the Olympic Coast Discovery Center, volunteer coordination, coordination of the Sanctuary Advisory Council, and assisting with social media.    

Overview of Position

The Community Engagement Specialist is responsible for managing the Olympic Coast Discovery Center (OCDC); volunteer coordination; coordination of the Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC); and assisting with sanctuary social media.

Due to the nature of the work, workdays will vary according to operational needs. In general, operations will be conducted Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with some days requiring additional hours. Due to seasonal fluctuations in need, particularly for the OCDC, the number of hours required per month will vary, but will average 32 hours per week throughout the term of employment.  In addition, there will be 8 hours/week available through December, 2017 for the wrap up of a marine debris program project.

The nature of this position requires close coordination of work schedules with Olympic Coast NMS staff.  Due to the necessity of utilizing specific files, which contain Privacy Act information, along with the location of the OCDC, much of the work involved will take place in the offices of Olympic Coast NMS. The sanctuary will provide a workstation at the sanctuary office.

Primary Responsibilities

Community Engagement Specialist Tasks:

  • Manage Olympic Coast Discovery Center (OCDC);
  • Supervise and staff OCDC five days a week during opening hours and during scheduled appointments, including coordinating shift coverage;
  • Opening/closing OCDC when on duty, proper use of security systems and protecting government property;
  • Communicate and coordinate with OCDC Weekend Manager regularly, fill in as needed;
  • Maintain and update existing exhibits, including light maintenance of display items (vacuum, dust, clean screens and bubble theater);
  • Maintain cash donation box, deposit funds to National Marine Sanctuary Foundation OCNMS account;
  • Maintain and create partnerships with local tourism and business affiliations, and other visitor centers and organizations (Feiro Marine Life Center, NatureBridge Olympic, Olympic National Park, Port Townsend Marine Science Center, etc.) to promote OCDC and OCNMS;
  • Produce sanctuary education and outreach content (e.g., training materials, posters, flyers, web content, etc.), communicate sanctuary related information clearly and effectively to a wide variety of audiences, and support education programs as requested; and,
  • Participate in regular meetings/conference calls including national Visitor Services calls, monthly Olympic Peninsula Tourism Commission meetings, Olympic Peninsula Tourism Summit, West Coast Regional Travel and Recreation calls, etc.

Volunteer Coordination Tasks:

  • Recruit new volunteers using multiple media sources (newspaper, radio, fliers, social media, etc.). Plan, coordinate and provide formal training for volunteers;
  • Be familiar with national Volunteer Handbook and implement volunteer policies at Olympic Coast NMS;
  • Monitor docent formal and informal presentations for accuracy;
  • Manage all volunteer paperwork (agreements, task descriptions, etc.), including submission of OCDC volunteer fingerprints and security clearance paperwork to NOAA regional office in Seattle;
  • Track visitor center statistics, report on volunteer hours to ONMS Volunteer Coordinator, and enter hours into national VolunteerNet database. Submit weekly situation report on Visitor Center operations; and,
  • Coordinate all aspects of volunteer appreciation events (annual appreciation event, winter holiday party, volunteer exchanges, enrichment activities, and submission of Volunteer of the Year (VOY) nomination to Superintendent).

Sanctuary Advisory Council Tasks:

  • Organize and execute all aspects of Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) meetings including assisting with agenda development, meeting logistics (secure location, equipment, refreshments/lunch, etc.), advertise meetings, record meeting electronically and take notes, and draft meeting minutes;
  • Provide support for all SAC Working Groups and subcommittees;
  • Assist with administration of the Advisory Council including coordination of travel requests/claims, maintaining the AC website to ensure accurate meeting information and documentation, Track and report AC member participation to ONMS Volunteer Coordinator and submit their hours on annual basis into national VolunteerNet database;
  • Lead bi-monthly SAC Executive Subcommittee meetings to develop meeting agendas and track Work Plan;
  • Participate in bi-monthly national SAC coordinator conference calls and follow up as needed and attend annual Council Chair/Coordinator meeting (funding dependent);
  • Draft and distribute monthly bi-monthly Office Report of Olympic Coast NMS main accomplishments;
  • Prepare and submit resolution letter memos and acknowledgement letters to the West Coast Regional Director and Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Director after approval from Superintendent; and,
  • Prepare quarterly reports of OCNMS Sanctuary Advisory Councils actions to West Coast Regional Office.

Marine Debris Tasks (8 hrs/week through December, 2017):

  • Maintain and enter data for 11-12 marine debris monitoring conducted by volunteers;
  • Site surveys at Tongue Point and Neah Bay (Tsoo-yess South and Wa’atch Beach);
  • Coordination of marine debris volunteers; and,
  • Assist NOAA Marine Debris Program with content for their monthly newsletter/blog and their Annual and 5-year report on this project.

Teamwork and Professional Accountability

Safety and Environmental Compliance:

  • Read and comply with all NOAA safety plans, policies, and procedures as established by NOAA’s Safety and Environmental Compliance Office;
  • Participate in and attend all mandatory safety training and exercises (fire drills, shelter in place, etc.) or make alternate arrangements as directed by supervisor;
  • Complete all mandatory safety training by ONMS deadlines;
  • Promptly report all known and suspected safety problems to supervisor in writing;
  • Maintain records of all safety-related training requirements and keep certifications up to date;
  • Stay up to date on First Aid/CPR Certification and Information Technology (IT) Security;
  • Complete the annual IT security training course by established deadline and follow all NOAA IT security policies referenced in the training;
  • Continually abide by the directives in the document “Appropriate Use of Government Equipment”;
  • Minimize the risk of Privacy Act violations by not keeping unnecessary copies of PII on unprotected media (e.g., open network drives, laptops, portable media); and
  • Report missing equipment within 1 hour.

Resource Management:

  • Comply with all Department of Commerce and NOAA property regulations and procedures;
  • Safeguard all government assigned property (cell phones blackberries, etc.) and report missing laptops (or situations where it is believed that a laptop is missing) per agency guidelines;
  • Comply with domestic and international travel regulations and policies including use of the government travel and purchase cards and the safekeeping between uses; and
  • Comply with all National Marine Sanctuary Foundation T&A policies and keep NOAA Locator information up-to-date.

Education and Experience

  • A bachelor's degree or higher in life sciences, environmental studies and/or education or related field (Master’s preferred).
  • At least two years of professional experience in developing, implementing, managing and evaluating products or services for diverse audiences.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills specifically in writing for, and speaking to, diverse audiences.
  • Basic knowledge of regional marine resource issues and the organization of governments and agencies with jurisdiction over marine resources found within Olympic Coast NMS.
  • Experience working with diverse organizations and groups.
  • Demonstrated organizational and interpersonal skills.  Specific experience in organizing and supporting meetings and workshops, agendas,  skills in developing comprehensive meeting notes, correspondence and reports Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment and carry out assignments independently.
  • Skill and experience with computers, word processing, databases, graphics and web software and use of the Internet.
  • Willingness to travel in support of sanctuary activities.
  • Physical Demands - The work involves some physical exertion such as walking over wet, rough, uneven or rocky terrain; standing for long periods of time, bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, lifting, or similar activities. The work requires average agility and dexterity.  Must be physically able to set up and break down meetings. Require lifting up to 25 pounds.
  • Must have a valid U.S. driver’s license and occasional use of a personal vehicle.

Reporting: The incumbent shall work closely with, and receive direction from, the on-site coordinator, Kevin Grant, Deputy Superintendent for Operations and Administration. The OCNMS office in Port Angeles, WA, will include access to a computer and other IT equipment, telephone, copier and facsimile machine. This position will be monitored and managed through frequent verbal and email contact with the Foundation, the OCNMS Education and Outreach Coordinator and Sanctuary Superintendent.

Government Vehicles: The use of government vehicles may be available to the Community Engagement Specialist. However, proof of an insurance endorsement called “extended non-owned coverage” (or broad form, drive other car coverage) and successful completion of a GSA Defensive Driving course are required. If a government vehicle is not available, the incumbent should have a person vehicle that can be used, with reimbursement based on Federal government reimbursement rates.

Start Date: As soon as possible 

To Apply: Applications should include a cover letter, resume, list of references and three writing samples to applicants@marinesanctuary.org.  Be sure to reference Olympic Coast Community Engagement Specialist in the subject line of all email correspondence

Organization: National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
Job Location: Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, Port Angeles, Washington
Term of Employment: July, 2017 – July, 2018
Duration:     32 hour work week is the usual standard. However, the position requires full-time, 40 hours per week, from July, 2017 through December, 2017

Salary: $21.00 and $24.00 per hour (commensurate with qualifications) plus benefits

- Position Vacancy: Communications/Media Specialist; Gulf Research Program

Under general guidance and direction, the Gulf Research Program (GRP) Communications/Media Specialist plans, develops, and coordinates internal and external communications efforts, funding opportunity outreach, events, and other outreach and dissemination activities in order to expand awareness of the GRP’s activities and accomplishments. This includes planning, developing, and advising on communication and dissemination strategies and designing, overseeing, and implementing communication, media, and dissemination projects using various media including print, electronic, video, and social media and web.

Basic Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Communications or related field, or equivalent experience and three years of related professional experience.

Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree is a plus, but not required. Previous experience working on communications at a grant-making organization or foundation, particularly involving promotion of program accomplishments, is desirable. Graphic design or other visual media skills are desirable.

Organization: Gulf Research Program
Job Location: Washington, D.C.
Application Website: https://chk.tbe.taleo.net/chk06/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=NAS&cws=1&r...

- Position Vacancy: Planning Coordinator; The National Parks Trust of the Virgin Islands

The ideal Candidates should possess a Bachelors or Masters degree in Environmental Management, Protected Area Management, Natural Science, Project Management or a related field with at least three to five years’ experience. Any suitable combination of qualification and experience will be considered.

The main responsibilities of this position include:

  • Plan and implement special projects with international partners
  • Develop and maintain inter-Governmental linkages
  • Prepare grant applications and manage grant-funded projects
  • Manage a Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • Conduct presentation to local and international audiences
  • Prepare monthly/annual budgets, project plans & technical reports using MS Office

Candidates should be highly personable and diplomatic; highly organized and self-motivated project managers with expert (written/oral) communication skills adept at coordinating multiple projects/priorities; a proven ability to lead teams; physically-fit and able to function well in public engagements, technical meetings and in outdoor/wilderness conditions doing extensive field work. Experience in budget, grant, presentation, and report writing is essential. Familiarity with the VI’s natural environment and SCUBA diving experience are a plus.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The successful candidate should be able to commence work immediately.
Interested applicants from all nationalities may apply; however, Virgin Islanders or Belongers preferred.

Organization: The National Parks Trust of the Virgin Islands

Application Information: PDF icon2017_job_ad_-_planning_coordinator.pdf

- Position Vacancy: Environmental Education & Outreach Officer; The National Parks Trust of the Virgin Islands

Ideal Candidates should possess a Bachelors degree in Communication, Public Relations, Environmental Science or a related field with at least three to five years’ experience. Any suitable combination of qualification and experience will be considered.

The main responsibilities of this position include:

·  Develop/deliver presentations to schools, and a wide cross-section of audiences
·  Help develop and execute marketing and environmental awareness campaigns
·  Develop multimedia content for website and social media, as well as other promotional and educational materials
·  Aid the coordination and execution of National Parks Trust events
·  Support teachers and volunteers involved in environmental education
·  Prepare monthly/annual budgets, project plans & technical reports using MS Office

Candidates should be highly personable and diplomatic; physically-fit and able to function at a high-level in a variety of environments and engagement activities. Candidates should be very computer proficient; enthusiastic self-starters with excellent communication, public speaking and presentation skills. Well versed in desktop publishing, multimedia and web-content production/management using relevant software including Adobe Creative Suite and/or other creative software. A proven ability to lead and work well within a team is essential. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The successful candidate should be able to commence work immediately. Interested applicants from all nationalities may apply; however, Virgin Islanders or Belongers preferred.

Organization: The National Parks Trust of the Virgin Islands
Application Information: PDF icon2017_job_ad_-_env_edu_outreach_officer.pdf

- Position Vacancy: Development Director; Sailors for the Sea

Sailors for the Sea is the world’s only ocean conservation organization that engages, educates, inspires and activates the sailing and boating community toward healing the ocean. Founded in 2004, Sailors for the Sea is building a community of ocean stewards through our programs which offer tools, education and inspiration to take action for their local waterways. Sailors for the Sea is headquartered in Newport, RI and has affiliates in Japan Portugal and Chile.

Reporting to the President, the Development Director serves as a key team member and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting the organization. In partnership with the President, this position is responsible for all fundraising, development activities and strategic partnerships. It is expected that the amount raised by the organization will increase in future years as the Development Director systematically and effectively strengthens the organization's overall fundraising capacity.


  • Support and partner with the President and board members on all major fundraising initiatives
  • Collaborate with the President and Finance Director to develop and implement the organization’s financial strategy by developing key external alliances and cultivating individual and foundation support
  • Primary responsibility for establishing and implementing the infrastructure needed to grow the budget through the solicitation of major individual gifts, special events, and corporate and foundation support
  • Expand and diversify the organization’s donor base to increase visibility, impact and financial resources; monitor all donor information
  • Research funding sources and trends to help position the organization ahead of major funding changes
  • Write and execute grant proposals with an emphasis on building and maintaining a long-term relationship with the funder
  • Provide and present statistical analysis of all fundraising initiatives to the staff and board
  • Work closely with the President and board members to support their fundraising efforts
  • Monitor and report regularly on the progress of the Development program


  • Five or more years of professional experience at a nonprofit organization, demonstrating success in a development role (managing and forging relationships with multiple donor sources)
  • Experience with cultivating and expanding existing high net worth donor relationships over time
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships
  • Have a professional, resourceful and flexible style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and fundraising initiatives
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative, and to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously
  • Ability to construct, articulate and implement annual strategic development plan
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • High energy and passion for the organization’s mission
  • Knowledge of and contacts in the sailing and powerboating sectors is helpful
  • Bachelor’s degree required

To apply please send cover letter and resume as a combined document in PDF format to resumes@sailorsforthesea.org.
Organization: Sailors for the Sea
Job Location: Newport, Rhode Island
Duration: Full-time
Salary: $80,000-$100,000/yr
Application Deadline: Friday, August 11, 2017

- Position Vacancy: Policy Analyst; NOAA’s National Ocean Service

This position requires the candidate to provide timely, accurate and comprehensive insight and analysis of legislation and policy relating to the diverse missions of our client, NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NOS), including the formulation and dissemination of guidance to NOAA and NOS programs.  Duties include gathering, analyzing and reporting information and performing administrative duties. The scope includes current and proposed legislation, Administration and Agency-specific policies, constituent outreach, and review and analysis of external correspondence on strategic priorities including: Safe and Efficient Navigation and Commerce; Coastal Preparedness and Risk Reduction; and Stewardship, Recreation and Tourism.  Subject matter areas include coastal zone management, estuarine reserves, marine sanctuaries, coral reefs, oil spill response and restoration, marine debris, coastal research, hypoxia, harmful algal blooms, coastal erosion, water levels and flooding, coastal mapping, hydrography, nautical charting, coastal, geodesy and positioning. The ideal candidate shall be highly motivated and a self-starter with a strong interest in promoting basic principles of ocean and coastal science, service and stewardship.

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental and/or Coastal Sciences, Resource Management, Policy or Law, and Related Fields; Master’s preferred

In this position a successful candidate will exhibit: 

  • An ability to edit, analyze and synthesize information from multiple sources into a single coherent statement
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build coalitions and relationships
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to draft, edit and analyze reports, speeches, and presentations
  • An ability to prioritize multiple concurrent tasks often on short deadlines
  • Strong organizational and record-keeping skills
  • Computer skills- word processing, spreadsheets and presentations using modern communication, editing and email systems such as Windows, Office, Google Email/Docs and Adobe Dreamweaver
  • An ability to work as part of a team and commitment to supporting a “one for all” approach

Organization: NOAA’s National Ocean Service
Job Location: Silver Spring, Maryland
Duration: Full Time- One Year
Application Website: https://issmgmt.catsone.com/careers/index.php?m=portal&a=details&jobOrderID

Salary: Based on Experience

- Post-Doc Position: Science Communication/Cnidarian Genetics and Cellular Biology; Oregon State University

The Department of Integrative Biology invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Research Associate (Post Doc) position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Department Head.

This is a postdoctoral position in science communication and coral symbiosis cell biology and genetics. We are seeking a cell biologist or geneticist trained in cell, molecular and genetic techniques with an interest in developing a career path in science communication.

This position will participate in a large collaborative project between Oregon State University, Stanford University, Carnegie Institute of Science, and Florida International University, funded through an award from the National Science Foundation, to develop a sea anemone as a model system for the study of coral symbiosis. The position will have two primary responsibilities: to act as the Science Communications point person for the entire team and, to participate in development of genetic and cellular techniques in the model system that will assist in the ability to understand the basic biology of coral-dinoflagellate symbiosis.

Organization: Oregon State University
Job Location: Corvallis, Oregon
Duration: Full-time, 12-months
Application Website: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/45668

Search Job ID: P01368UF

- Post-Doc Position: Smith Fellows 2018; Society for Conservation Biology

The Society for Conservation Biology is pleased to solicit applications for the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program. These two year postdoctoral fellowships provide support for outstanding early-career scientists who want to better link conservation science and theory with policy and management, improving and expanding their research skills while directing their efforts towards conservation problems of pressing concern for the United States.

Each Fellow proposes a team of at least two mentors: 1. an academic mentor who encourages the Fellow’s continued development as a conservation scientist and 2. a conservation practitioner who connects the Fellow and her/his research to practical applications. Fellows may be administratively based at either an academic institution or conservation organization, typically the location of either the academic or practitioner mentor. We encourage applicants to explore both options and consider being based at the non-academic institution as that is the world less familiar to most early-career scientists and can provide valuable experience.

Fellows will spend up to three weeks per year during their fellowship attending Program-sponsored professional development retreats each year. These retreats provide opportunities to cultivate skills typically not covered during their academic education including: leadership, communications, professional and funder networks, and to gain better understanding of policy-making and application of research.

The Smith Fellows Program and its administrative host, the Society for Conservation Biology, are committed to equity, inclusion and diversity and invites individuals who bring a diversity of culture, experience and ideas to apply. We envision that the cadre of scientists supported by the Smith Fellows Program will eventually assume leadership positions across the field of conservation science. Fellows are selected on the basis of innovation, potential for leadership and strength of proposal.

The Program expects to select five Fellows in January 2018 for appointments to start between March and September 2018. Fellowship awards include an annual salary of $55,000, benefits, and generous travel and research budgets.

Questions may be directed to Shonda Foster, Program Director, by emailing sfoster@conbio.org.
Organization: Society for Conservation Biology
Salary: $55,000
Application Deadline: Friday, September 8, 2017

Application Website: https://conbio.org/mini-sites/smith-fellows/apply/proposal-guidelines

- Upcoming Conference: Where Land Meets Ocean: The Vulnerable Interface; ECSA Focus Meeting

October 16 – 20, 2017; Shanghai, China

The Estuarine Coastal Sciences Association (ECSA) and the State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research (SKLEC) are jointly organizing the ECSA 2017 conference during October 16-20, 2017, in Shanghai, China.

Rivers run into the sea loaded with sediments, chemicals, detritus and organisms while at the same time seas often transport them in coastal direction. This means that estuaries and coasts are “rich interfaces” between land and ocean. This interface hosts a rich diversity of species varying from birds, fishes, and small benthic and pelagic species that not only rely on the water masses but also on the extensive tidal flats and saltmarshes of profound ecological value. The coastal zone is also of high economic value since it is “home” to millions of people, and provides a linkage and access to water transportation and recreational activities. Nature and humans compete for space and resources within a sometimes extremely dynamic coastal zone. This requires in-depth knowledge of the functioning of these coastal systems and it asks for human wisdom to find the balance and harmony between nature and use. How to compromise the benefits for multiple stake holders under increasingly intensified human intervention and global climate change forms the challenging situation with many critical questions to be answered by coastal scientists and policy makers.

To register online, go to: http://ecsa.ecnu.edu.cn/user/register. For conference details, go to: http://ecsa.ecnu.edu.cn/

- Upcoming Conference: Coastal Science at the Inflection Point: Celebrating Successes & Learning from Challenges; CERF

November 5-9, 2017; Providence, RI

The Coastal Estuarine Research Foundation (CERF) 2017 scientific program offers four days of timely, exciting and diverse information on a vast array of estuarine and coastal subjects. Presentations will examine new findings within CERF's traditional science, education and management disciplines and encourage interaction among coastal and estuarine scientists and managers. Additionally, the Scientific Program Committee plans to convene special sessions and workshops that promote intellectually stimulating discussions. Join us and over a thousand of your colleagues to network, celebrate our work, learn from each other and grow within our amazing profession. 

Registration has begun and advance registration ends October 6th. To register online, go to: https://cerf.memberclicks.net/registration-2017-conference. For conference details, go to: https://cerf.memberclicks.net/cerf-2017-biennial-conference

- Upcoming Conference: 11th Graduate Climate Conference; MIT

When: November 10-12, 2017
Where: MIT’s Marine Biological Laboratory, Cape Cod, MA

Graduate students in MIT's Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are pleased to announce the 11th Graduate Climate Conference! GCC 2017 is scheduled for November 10-12, 2017 at the Marine Biological Laboratory on the south shores of Cape Cod, MA. This is a conference for grad students, organized and run by grad students.

This year's conference is focused on bringing together graduate researchers who think about climate from all disciplines, including but not limited to atmospheric, biological, earth, and ocean sciences, geography, anthropology, public policy, and economics. The conference is unique because only students attend, providing a rare opportunity for the next generation of climate researchers to interact without the inhibitions that accompany the presence of faculty and senior scientists.

Applications are now open. The deadline for abstract submission is June 15th. Food, lodging, and conference registration fees are provided by our generous sponsors; travel grants will be provided on an as-needed basis to as many participants as possible.

For more information, and a link to the application page, visit the official website: http://gradclimateconf.mit.edu. Feel free to contact the organizing committee with questions at gcc-2017@mit.edu.

- Tool: Coastal Hazard Wheel; United Nations Environmental Programme

The Coastal Hazard Wheel is a universal coastal adaptation system that allows users to address all coastal challenges simultaneously with the aim of boosting adaptation action and bridging the gap between scientists, policy-makers and the general public.
The Coastal Hazard Wheel can be used for three main purposes:

  • Multi-hazard-assessments at local, regional and national level;
  • Identification of hazard management options for a specific coastline; and
  • As a standardized coastal language to communicate coastal information.

The Coastal Hazard Wheel currently provides global coastal classification and adaptation information with low-moderate accuracy and will be continuously improved as various adaptation projects are implemented.
For more information, go to:

- Tool: Improved Visualization of Community Level Impacts from Coastal Flooding or Sea Level Rise

NOAA’s Sea Level Rise Viewer has a fresh new look and improved functionality. We’ve also increased the amount of local data available. Upgrades include:

  • Locally relevant scenarios (based on the Third National Climate Assessment) for most coastal locations
  • More intuitive links to map services and data download options
  • Improved marsh migration visualization
  • Larger photo simulations of local flooding
  • Ability to zoom to a specific location or address

Contact Doug.Marcy@noaa.gov should you have questions.

- Tool: New version of Coral Health Atlas is now live

Via Coral Health Atlas

"The goal of this website is to provide interactive access to coral health data and immersive data visualizations at study sites throughout the Hawaiian Archipelago. Users can also access information pertaining to the importance of corals and coral health, research methods, historical information about each study site, and recent news. Aims and applications of our research are contextualized in worldviews indigenous to Hawaiʻi. Cultural significance of study sites and relationship between coral and people is also included in this website to enhance our understanding of why it is important to study health of the coral and coral reefs.

The interactive map allows users to view each site in a spatial context and examine coral health data selecting multiple various parameters such as prevalence, severity, disease-type, and species. In order to enable users to virtually explore each location first-hand, we have embedded 360 panoramic videos for each location. Users can use their mouse to drag and look in any direction while the video plays, thus simulating the experience of diving at each study locations. The 360 videos are housed on YouTube, so they can also be viewed with smartphones and VR headsets. Lastly, we have embedded 3D reconstructions of the coral reef at each site. User can manipulate and explore each 3D reef model and view the various morphologies and habitat complexity among the sites."

Click here to read the full article from its source

- Webinar: Landscape & Vertical Living Walls; filtrexx™

Wed. July 26, 2017, 11am-12pm EDT (offered multiple times)

Landscape & Vertical LivingWall Systems add unique, dramatic vertical greenery to interior or exterior walls. Attend this one-hour to learn more about the benefits and uses of Landscape & Vertical LivingWall Systems.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/1748216174603304193

- Webinar: Living Shoreline Restoration; filtrexx™

Wed. Aug. 2, 2017, 11am-12pm EDT (offered multiple times)

In this one-hour webinar, learn about emerging Living Shoreline restoration applications that mimic nature, utilizing locally available, sustainable materials. Living Shoreline systems are alternative shoreline stabilization techniques that help maintain the natural interface between land and water, while preserving the habitat, protecting the environment, and enhancing coastal resilience to reduce erosion.
Join us to learn more about the following systems/applications:

  • Beaches: Prevent dune scarps and enhance new beach dune establishment
  • Lakes & Ponds: Long-term protection against the elements with native vegetation
  • Rivers & Streams: Maintain native vegetation and reduce erosion

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/8334766913516154881

- Webinar: The new He'eia National Estuarine Research Reserve

This webinar was presented by Matthew Chasse of NOAA and Robert Toonen of HIMB.

The newly designated He'eia National Estuarine Research Reserve is the 29th in the National Estuarine Research Reserve system and the first in Hawaii. The 1,385-acre reserve includes upland forests and grasslands, wetlands, reefs, and seagrass beds, as well as the largest sheltered body of water in the Hawaiian Island chain. The reserve also includes significant historic and cultural resources. This webinar will cover the process leading to the designation, and the reserve’s partnerships and management goals, including the integration of traditional Hawai'ian ecosystem management with contemporary approaches. Learn more about the new reserve at https://coast.noaa.gov/nerrs/reserves/hawaii.html.

Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org).

- Webinar: Completing and Using Ecosystem Service Assessment for Decision-Making: An Interdisciplinary Toolkit for Managers

Event Date: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 1 pm EDT

This webinar will be presented by Susan Preston of Environment and Climate Change Canada.

This new toolkit contains key tools and resources for planning and undertaking an ecosystem services assessment and the analyses that contribute to such an assessment. It provides practical step-by-step advice on determining if an “ecosystem services” approach is needed in a given situation; completing a robust ecosystem service assessment; understanding what the results of such an assessment mean and what they do not mean; and incorporating ecosystem services analyses and considerations in a wide range of policy, decision, and management processes. The Ecosystem Services Toolkit is freely available for download at http://biodivcanada.ca/default.asp?lang=En&n=B443A05E-1.

Webinar co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org) and MEAM.

To register, visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1707170305298006018

- Webinar: Identification of Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Indicators using an Ecological Resilience Framework

Event Date: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 1pm US EDT

This webinar will be presented by Kathy Goodin of NatureServe.

Resource managers must monitor ecologically appropriate indicators to effectively evaluate the performance of their activities and to guide adaptive management. To support indicator monitoring efforts, we developed a set of ecological condition and ecosystem service indicators for five ecosystems in the Gulf using an ecological resilience framework. With input from ecosystem experts, we created conceptual ecological models that identify the drivers, stressors, major ecological factors and their key ecological attributes. Using the models as a guide, we identified indicators, metrics and assessment points that will allow monitoring programs to better gauge ecological condition and ecosystem service provision. This work can be used directly by resource managers and restoration practitioners to guide and evaluate the performance of their efforts.

Webinar co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org) and MEAM.

To register, visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/461234515490711555

- Webinar: Takeaways from the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS)

This webinar originally aired on 14 July 2016.

The International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS), being held from June 19-24, 2016, in Honolulu, Hawai’i, is the primary international meeting focused on coral reef science and management. ICRS will bring together an anticipated 2,500 coral reef scientists, policy makers, and managers from 70 different nations to present the latest research findings, case histories, and management activities and discuss the application of scientific knowledge to achieving coral reef sustainability. This 13th iteration of ICRS expands outside its traditional science realm to also include policy and management with the overall theme of "Bridging Science to Policy." Alongside the symposium, a concurrent Leadership Forum with heads of state from the Pacific is convening to talk about the most pressing issues their local reefs are facing. The presentation will share outcomes from the Leadership Forum as well as high-level scientific findings from the conference, drawing direct links to management and policy. View the conference agenda at https://sgmeet.com/icrs2016.

This webinar was presented by Paulo Maurin, Jason Philibotte, and Bob Richmond; and it was co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, MPA News, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.

Click here to download a copy of this webinar from our Vimeo page
Click here to watch this video on YouTube

- Webinar: The Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Tool for Coastal Habitats

This webinar was presented by Jen Plunket of the North Inlet-Winyah Bay NERR, Scott Lerberg of the Chesapeake Bay NERR, and Robin Weber of the Narragansett Bay NERR. Changes in climate affect ecosystems directly and interact with current stressors to impact vital coastal habitats. Adaptive capacity imparted from a system’s natural traits or potential management actions can lessen these impacts. The Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Tool for Coastal Habitats (CCVATCH) is a spreadsheet-based decision support tool that utilizes a team of local experts - land managers and researchers - to assess the possible interactions of climate change, stressors, and adaptive capacity to understand the climate vulnerabilities of a habitat. The CCVATCH Guidance Document provides background information and assessment questions for each climate-stressor interaction and adaptive capacity considerations. The spreadsheet itself calculates scores for sensitivity-exposure, adaptive capacity, and overall vulnerability. Learn more at http://www.ccvatch.com. Webinar co-sponsored by MEAM, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.

- Webinar: Toolkit for Ecosystem Services Site-based Assessment (TESSA)

This webinar was presented by Jenny Merriman of BirdLife International. The Toolkit for Ecosystem Services Site-based Assessment (TESSA) provides practical step-by-step guidance for conducting an ecosystem services assessment at the site scale. TESSA particularly emphasizes the importance of comparing estimated ecosystem service values for alternative states of a site (for example, before and after conversion to agriculture) so decision-makers can assess the net consequences of such a change and better understand how decisions affect the ecosystem services that people depend on. The toolkit targets non-expert users with limited expertise and resources. The methods have been developed through expert consultation and are grounded in scientific approaches but are also designed to be simple enough to be useful to practitioners in the field. TESSA has been used across a range of habitats around the world. TESSA is available for download at http://tessa.tools. Webinar co-sponsored by MEAM, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.

- Webinar: NOAA Digital Coast Series and other NOAA Seminars

This series introduces Digital Coast tools and data through demonstrations, case studies, and opportunities to engage with field experts and colleagues. Recordings are posted for all webinars as soon as they are available.


- Webinar: iMarine Data e-Infrastructure Initiative for Fisheries Management and Conservation of Marine Living Resources

iMarine is an open and collaborative initiative aimed at supporting the implementation of an ecosystem approach to fisheries management and the conservation of living marine resources. iMarine provides an e-infrastructure that facilitates open access and the sharing of a multitude of data, collaborative analysis, processing and mining processing, as well as the publication and dissemination of newly generated knowledge. It is intended for practitioners from numerous scientific fields including fisheries, biodiversity, and ocean observation and has a variety of application bundles including ones for biodiversity (e.g. species distribution modeling), geospatial data discovery and processing, and statistics.

Learn more about iMarine at www.i-marine.eu.

This webinar originally aired on July 22, 2014. This webinar was presented by the EBM Tools Network and it was presented by Pasquale Pagano and Gianpaolo Coro of CNR-ISTI.

Click here to watch this webinar

Click here to download a copy of this webinar

- Webinar: Marine and Coastal Datasets of Biodiversity Importance

The availability and appropriate use of marine and coastal data form the foundation of effective decision-making. The United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre recently released a manual that provides an overview of global marine and coastal datasets of biodiversity importance. The intention is to address the fragmented information and guidance for users of marine data. Although not exhaustive, this review has resulted in the identification of 78 datasets and/or databases and data portals. The report also includes detailed standardized metadata for 45 of these reviewed datasets (annex 3). This webinar will present the manual and discuss the various challenges, gaps and limitations presented by coastal and marine data.

Download the manual at http://wcmc.io/01fc (Annex 3: http://wcmc.io/d6a1).

This webinar originally aired on July 1, 2014, was presented by Corinne Martin of UNEP WCMC, and co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network.

Click here to watch this webinar
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- Student Resource: Online Environmental Science Programs and Resources; Affordable Colleges Online

An environmental science degree can lead to a variety of careers: At the entry level, environmental protection techs perform inspections and investigations into the source of contaminants and pollutants. At higher levels, opportunities exist for environmental science specialists, research scientists, microbiologists, and experts in related disciplines such as oceanography or marine science.

This guide explores the various levels of degrees, types of available online programs, potential careers, and tips for academic success in web-based courses to help prospective students determine the best educational pathway.

For more information, go to:  http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/degrees/environmental-science-degrees/

- Student Resource: Outdoor Career Guidebook; Affordable Colleges Online

This website provides users with a list of prospective outdoor careers (including marine biologist) that provides an idea of the variety of careers available and some steps they can take to get them. It also lists scholoarships and job search resources.

- Student Resource: Guide to Green Careers and Degrees; Affordable Colleges Online

This website provides general information about environmentally friendly degrees (including marine science) and job options. The menu includes:

  • Reasons for pursuing a green job;
  • Popular green degrees;
  • A sustainable career map;
  • Top paying green careers; and
  • A list of job resources.
An interview with Nurit Katz, UCLA's first Sustainability Coordinator, is also posted on this site.

- Resource: Ocean Health Index-Science webpage redesigned

The Ocean Health Index team announced the launch of their redesigned OHI-Science.org website. OHI-Science.org is the primary resource for Ocean Health Index (OHI) scientific information, tools, and instruction. These resources can be used by anyone to lead independent OHI assessments, called OHI+ assessments.

Since the OHI framework was developed in 2012 (Halpern et al., 2012, Nature), eleven assessments have been completed, four of which were independent OHI+ assessments independently led by academic or government groups. The redesigned website incorporates knowledge and experience gained through these assessments to provide future groups with the best possible information and methodology for conducting an OHI+ assessment.

As the sister website to OceanHealthIndex.org, OHI-Science.org allows visitors to easily access our freely-available data and methods and explore completed and ongoing OHI assessments. New features include easy navigation and access to:

OHI-Science.org is a platform for tools used and developed by a very active open science and OHI+ community, and will be constantly updated. To receive updates, please email info@ohi-science.org or follow us on Twitter: @ohiscience.

- Hurricane Safety Guide

To help protect your home and your family from the dangers of a hurricane, here is a hurricane safety guide with step-by-step instructions for what to do at different stages of the storm as well as other important facts about hurricanes.

- Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene

Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene is a trans-disciplinary, open-access journal committed to the facilitation of collaborative, peer-reviewed research. Divided into six "knowledge domains" (atmospheric science, ecology, sustainability transitions, earth and environmental science, ocean science, and sustainable engineering) Elementa strives to expertly publish timely, peer-reviewed articles and help authors present their work in a particularly engaging way, offering the opportunity to display additional materials such as slideshows and videos alongside their research; and making all articles available in multiple formats such as PDF, HTML, EPUB and Mobipocket.

As a nonprofit initiative, the support of our collaborators BioOne, Dartmouth, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of Michigan, and the University of Washington ensures that we keep our focus on the publication of timely, high quality research to advance the intellectual agenda of science.

Journal website: https://www.elementascience.org/

- New Website: GaClimate.org

As part of the Southeast Climate Extension project whose goal is to advance climate extension in agriculture, a new website has been developed to serve as a clearinghouse for information on climate and weather in Georgia. The website is: www.GaClimate.org

The website provides the following information:

  1. A daily blog post on climate and weather from our agricultural climatologist, Pam Knox.
  2. A news feed of climate-related stories relevant to agriculture.
  3. Links to Extension fact sheets on climate (see link at top of page)
  4. A glossary of relevant terms (see link at top of page)
  5. State maps of 14 environmental parameters including soil temperature, soil moisture, air temperature, precipitation, wind direction, etc. from the Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network (GAEMN).  The maps are created by Dr. Ian Flitcroft’s group with data collected from GAEMN weather stations.  The maps can be copied for use in presentations, etc. by right-clicking on the map. The maps are:
    1. 12 maps showing current conditions
    2. 14 maps showing yesterday’s average conditions
  6. Links to a variety of useful tools such as a Degree Day Calculator, Freeze Risk Probabilities, Chilling Hours Calculator, and many others.
  7. Current drought conditions in Georgia from the U.S. Drought Monitor
  8. El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) climate phase forecast.
The GaClimate.org website is a cooperative effort between www.AgroClimate.org, GAEMN, and the Southeast Climate Consortium. 

- Document of Interest: Living Shorelines: The Science and Management of Nature-Based Coastal Protection; CRC Press

CRC Press announces the publication of Living Shorelines: The Science and Management of Nature-Based Coastal Protection edited by Donna Marie Bilkovic, Molly M. Mitchell, Megan K. La Peyre, and Jason D. Toft. A new addition to the CRC Marine Science Series, this book compiles, synthesizes and interprets the current state of the knowledge on the science and practice of nature-based shoreline protection. This volume provides a background and history of living shorelines, understandings on management, policy, and project designs, technical synthesis of the science related to living shorelines including insights from new studies, and the identification of research needs, lessons learned, and perspectives on future guidance.

International perspectives are presented from leading researchers and managers in the East, West and Gulf coasts of the United States, Europe, Canada, and Australia that are working on natural approaches to shoreline management. The broad geographic scope and interdisciplinary nature of contributing authors will help to facilitate dialogue and transfer knowledge among different disciplines and across different regions. This book will provide coastal communities with the scientific foundation and practical guidance necessary to implement effective shoreline management that enhances ecosystem services and coastal resilience now and into the future.

This book will serve as a valuable reference to guide scientists, students, managers, planners, regulators, environmental and engineering consultants, and others engaged in the design and implementation of living shorelines.
The publication date has been moved up to March 9. Log on to the CRC Press website to pre-order the book and receive a discount.

- Document of Interest: Living Shorelines Strategic Needs Assessment

The Governors’ South Atlantic Alliance (GSAA) supported a process to examine the appropriate role in the South Atlantic region (NC, SC, GA, FL) for estuarine shoreline management methods other than traditional means of shoreline hardening with particular focus on livings shorelines.  The assessment process included surveys, a summit attended by approximately 150 participants, and a workshop which all contributed to development of this strategic needs assessment. The Assessment’s intent is to highlight and prioritize the education, research, and policies needed to establish living shorelines as a desirable alternative for protecting eroding, flooding, or threatened shorelines, thereby providing better options for coastal protection that work in harmony with the land-water interface and the surrounding ecosystems.

Link: http://southatlanticalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/GSAA_LSStrategyFinal.pdf

- Document of Interest: Presentations from the South Atlantic Living Shoreline Summit, April 12 & 13, 2016

The South Atlantic’s first regional summit on living shorelines, was held April 12 – 13, 2016 and hosted by the GSAA with support from EPA Region IV and The Nature Conservancy. The Summit included expert panels and discussions examining current living shorelines practices, challenges, and opportunities in the South Atlantic States, followed by a Living Shorelines Academy Workshop and site visit at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve.

The purpose of the Summit was to share information on the management, research, regulation, and implementation of living shorelines in the South Atlantic region, building knowledge and relationships that expand the use of appropriate stabilization alternatives to traditional shoreline hardening. Researchers, regulators and policymakers, property owners and managers, planners, contractors, and non-profit organizations were all invited to attend and benefit from the expertise and networking opportunities at the Summit.

Presentations from the Summit are now available at their website: http://southatlanticalliance.org/?page_id=1635

- Document of Interest: Summary of Coastal Management Policies Relevant to Sea-Level Rise in Georgia

This document contains links to Federal and Georgia State statutes, regulations, and agencies important to responding to sea level rise. The document also contains links to Georgia coastal county and local government plans and ordinances concerning issues surrounding sea level rise such as community resilience.

Link: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/309431089_Summary_of_Coastal_Management_Policies_Relevant_to_Sea-Level_Rise_in_Georgia

- Document of Interest: Living Shorelines in the Southeast: Research and Data Gaps

The report, Living Shorelines in the Southeast: Research and Data Gaps, was prepared for the Governors South Atlantic Alliance by the GCRC. This report synthesizes scientific information relevant to living shorelines in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Whenever possible, we focus on research conducted in the Southeast although we also included work from the Gulf States and Chesapeake Bay. Where information on living shoreline was lacking, we drew on relevant material from studies of restored, submerged oyster reefs as well as natural and restored salt marshes and mangroves. Part One of the report provides a brief overview of the types of approaches that have been used in the region. Parts Two, Three and Four describe research on the physical, biological, and chemical characteristics, respectively, of living shorelines in salt marshes, which is the focus of the majority of the published studies. Part Five summarizes what little information is available regarding living shoreline projects in Florida mangroves. Part Six is a summary and a discussion of data gaps.

The report also includes information on 439 living shoreline projects in the southeastern region. Details about each project are included in Appendix A. Note that this list will likely grow as additional projects are identified.

Appendix B is an annotated bibliography of material relevant to living shoreline research in the southeast region. The bibliography contains 20 case studies of regional living shorelines, 5 databases of restoration/living shoreline projects, and information about 13 federal and state agencies and non-profit groups involved in living shorelines. It also provides summaries of 86 research papers and proceedings and 55 other publications including reports, books, book chapters, theses, and treatises.

The report can also be accessed at the Governors' South Atlantic Alliance website: http://southatlanticalliance.org/?p=1809

- Document of Interest: Coastal Georgia Ecosystem Report Card; GA-DNR Coastal Resources Division

The Coastal Georgia Ecosystem Report Card is an important tool for planning restoration activities and conservation. It provides a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of health in coastal Georgia. Coastal Georgia health is defined as the progress of indicators toward scientifically-derived thresholds or goals. The twelve indicators in the report card examine human health, fisheries and wildlife.

To view the report, go to: http://coastalgadnr.org/sites/uploads/crd/images/ReportCard/2014_Coastal_GA_Report_Card.pdf

For information about the developement process and methods that were used to draw up the Report Card, go to: http://coastalgadnr.org/sites/uploads/crd/images/ReportCard/Coastal_Georgia_Report_Card_White_Paper.pdf

To view the FAQ, go to: http://coastalgadnr.org/sites/uploads/crd/images/ReportCard/Report%20Card%20Key%20Messages%20and%20FAQs_Final.pdf

To watch the introductory webinar, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RoFB5th_ME

For the powerpoint presentation used in the webinar, go to: http://coastalgadnr.org/sites/uploads/crd/images/ReportCard/2014ReportCard.pdf

- Document of Interest: State of the Climate in 2014

Resource type: Report

Description: [From the webpage] "An international, peer-reviewed publication released each summer, the "State of the Climate" is the authoritative annual summary of the global climate published as a supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. The report, compiled by NOAA’s Center for Weather and Climate at the National Centers for Environmental Information is based on contributions from 413 scientists from 58 countries around the world. It provides a detailed update on global climate indicators, notable weather events, and other data collected by environmental monitoring stations and instruments located on land, water, ice, and in space."

"An overview of findings is presented in the Abstract and Introduction. Chapter 2 features global-scale climate variables; Chapter 3 highlights the global oceans; and Chapter 4 includes tropical climate phenomena including tropical cyclones. The Arctic and Antarctic respond differently through time and are reported in separate chapters (5 and 6, respectively). Chapter 7 provides a regional perspective authored largely by local government climate specialists. Sidebars included in each chapter are intended to provide background information on a significant climate event from 2014, a developing technology, or emerging dataset germane to the chapter’s content. A list of relevant datasets and their sources for all chapters is provided as an Appendix."

Reference: State of the Climate in 2014 (2015). Blunden, J. and D. S. Arndt, (eds.), Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 96(7): S1–S267.

Link: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/bams-state-of-the-climate/2014.php

- Resource: SE Coastal Water Quality Monitoring Metadata Project Web Portal

This website provides access to the Coastal Water Quality Monitoring Metadata Database for the Southeast region, encompassing the Department of the Interior’s South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (SALCC) from Virginia to Florida (view maps). The database was designed with National Park Service funding to store detailed information on water quality monitoring programs operated by federal, state and municipal agencies, as well as by research institutions, including monitoring station locations, measured parameters, program contacts, and links to program web pages and data downloads.

Information from 43 monitoring programs operated in the South Atlantic region is currently registered in this database, including metadata on over 44,000 stations at which 1093 distinct parameters are measured. Additional programs and stations can also be registered by interested parties in the future. This database provides an ongoing inventory of monitoring activities for the southeast region and will help to facilitate identification of data gaps or under- or over-sampled areas. On a broader scale, the project’s water quality metadata database and web portal have timely relevance to the broad community of coastal managers, researchers, planners and constituents as they make significant progress in leveraging and focusing regional associations and partnerships.

- Resource: Social Coast Forum Presentations and Abstracts

Abstracts and presentations from the NOAA Coastal Services Center’s Social Coast Forum, which took place February 18-20, 2014 (Charleston, SC), are available here:


- Resource: Ocean Research Priorities Plan (National Science and Technology Council)

The National Science and Technology Council’s Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology recently released “Science for an Ocean Nation: Update of the Ocean Research Priorities Plan.” Structured around six themes: (1) Stewardship of Natural and Cultural Ocean Resources; (2) Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards and Environmental Disasters; (3) Maritime Operations and the Marine Environment; (4) The Ocean’s Role in Climate; (5) Improving Ecosystem Health; and (6) Enhancing Human Health, this report recommends research priorities designed to advance understanding of critical ocean processes that are relevant to human health, economic well-being, environmental sustainability, adaptation to climate and other environmental change, and national and homeland security. The report also provides updates on research progress in these areas. The full report is available online at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/ocean_research_plan_2013.pdf.

- Resource: The Coastal Society meeting abstracts

The Coastal Society's 23rd International Conference, “Our Coasts, Our Heritage: Ecosystem Services for the Common Good” took place June '12 in Miami, Florida. Presentation abstracts in each of the five tracks (listed below) can can viewed at: http://www.thecoastalsociety.org/conference/tcs23/Concurrent%20Sessions%20Schedule.html#concurrent1

  • Defining and Measuring Ecosystem Services in the Context of Ecosystem Based Management
  • Planning for Emerging Coastal Issues and Threats
  • Valuing Coastal Goods and Services
  • A Social Approach to Examining our Coasts
  • Ecosystem Services in the Real World-Policy and Management Trend

- Resource: Coastal & Estuarine Science News (Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation)

CESN provides summaries of selected articles from the Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation's journal, Estuaries and Coasts: An International Journal of Coastal Science. The summary articles emphasize management applications of the scientific findings.  These are some recent CESN summary topics:

To subscribe by email, or read prior articles, please visit, http://www.erf.org/cesn-list.

- Resource: Marine Science Review (by SeaWeb)

SeaWeb's Marine Science Review compiles citations and abstracts of marine science research. Their newsletters are organized by topic. The most recent reviews are highlighted in blue.

  • Special Issue: Issues and Trends in Seafood Sustainability. Posted September 7, 2012. Topics include: Fishery Reviews; Aquaculture Reviews; Food Security; Fish and Fishery Issues; Ecolabelling, Certification, and Performance Indicators; Seafood Traceability and Labelling; Climate Change and Ocean Acidification; Fisheries Management: MPAs and EAFs; Fisheries Governance. http://www.seaweb.org/science/MSRnewsletters/MSR_SI_SeafoodSustainability_9-2012.php

    To read past issues of Marine Science Review, visit their archives.

- Resource: Inundation Analysis Tool (NOAA)

NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) has launched an innovative new tool for coastal resource managers. The Inundation Analysis Tool is a web-based application that employs data collected at NOAA tide gauge stations to provide statistical summaries of the historical frequency and duration of observed high waters. The data input for this tool is 6-minute water level data time series and the tabulated times and heights of the high tides over a user specified time period, relative to a desired tidal datum or user-specified datum. The data output of this tool provides summary statistics, which includes the number of occurrences of inundation above the threshold (events) and length of duration of inundation of each events above the threshold elevation for a specified time period. http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/inundation/

- Training: Marine GIS (Mappamondo)

Mappamondo GIS is offering an online course intended to give an in depth overview of the application of GIS mapping and analyses to marine environments. The course will cover such subjects as marine GIS datasets and methods of data collection in the marine environment (LiDAR, Multibeam, ROV, satellite data), calculation of benthic complexity parameters, habitat suitability modeling, marine protected areas systematic design, GIS methods for fisheries dynamics studies, mathematical interpolation of point data, GIS for tracking marine fauna and the ArcGIS Marine Data Model. Course duration is 16-40 hours. Each module is completed by a hands-on tutorial in ArcGIS. To download a detailed description of the program go to: http://www.mappamondogis.it/pdf/MarineGIS_en.pdf.

- Resource: GIS for the Oceans (free book download)

This book is a collection of GIS case studies in marine science introduced by Dawn Wright (Professor of Geography and Oceanography at Oregon State University and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science). The book showcases how GIS can assist meeting the challenges facing marine science. Download the book at: http://www.esri.com/library/ebooks/oceans.pdf.

- Application: Fishery Analyst Online

Fishery Analyst Online version 3.0 is an ArcGIS application developed to effectively analyze and visualize temporal and spatial patterns of fishery dynamics. The main functions are quantitative estimation and visualization of catch and effort and their variation in space and time, analysis of fishing vessel utilization, data quality control, and deriving information on the location of important economic and threatened species. Download a free trial with user manual, tutorial and demo dataset here: http://www.mappamondogis.it/fisheryanalystonline.htm.

- New Tool: Vertical Datum Transformation (NOAA)

NOAA has released the first edition of a free vertical datum transformation (VDatum) tool that allows users to produce a set of consistent geospatial data over coastal and interior areas of the contiguous United States, removing the differences between the vertical reference systems of land- and water-based data. For more information go to: http://vdatum.noaa.gov.

- Resource: The EBM Tools Network Launches New Coastal-Marine Tools Database

The Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) Tools Network has launched a new online coastal-marine tools database - www.ebmtoolsdatabase.org. The database is free to use and can help you find tools for your coastal and marine management and conservation projects. In addition, you can find projects, resources, organizations, and practitioners related to tools and can contribute your own information and expertise. For more information about the database or the EBM Tools Network, contact Sarah Carr, EBM Tools Network Coordinator, at sarah_carr@natureserve.org.

- Document of Interest: NOAA Releases Coastal Sea-Level Change Needs Assessment Report

NOAA's “Coastal Sea-Level Change Societal Challenge Needs Assessment Report” focuses on the needs of the coastal managers, planners and decision-makers who are facing existing or emerging climate issues related to coastal sea-level change. The report is intended to provide NOAA with current information on the needs of coastal decision makers in order to guide its development of trainings, engagement efforts, decision-support tools, and applications. (Sept 2011)

- Document of Interest: America's Ocean Future (JOCI)

On June 7th (2011), the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative Leadership Council (JOCI) released a new report calling on leaders to support effective implementation of the National Ocean Policy. The report, “America’s Ocean Future: Ensuring Healthy Oceans to Support a Vibrant Economy,” highlights three fundamental components JOCI believes are essential for the National Ocean Policy to achieve its potential to improve ocean governance: robust federal coordination; improved collection and delivery of science and data to support decision making; and immediate investments that increase government efficiency and effectiveness and strengthen critical information collection and delivery. The report is available on the JOCI website at: www.jointoceancommission.org.

- Document of Interest: NOAA Next Generation Strategic Plan

The NOAA Next Generation Strategic Plan (NGSP) is now available. The Plan conveys NOAA’s mission and vision of the future, the national and global issues NOAA must address, the specific outcomes NOAA aims to help society realize, and the actions that the Agency must undertake.  NOAA’s Long-term Goals (summarized in the Exec Summary):

  • Climate Adaptation and Mitigation - An informed society anticipating and responding to climate and its impacts
  • Weather-Ready Nation - Society is prepared for and responds to weather-related events
  • Healthy Oceans - Marine fisheries, habitats, and biodiversity are sustained within healthy and productive ecosystems
  • Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies - Coastal and Great Lakes communities are environmentally and economically sustainable  

To read the Summary, or the review the full document, please visit: http://www.ppi.noaa.gov/ngsp.html

- Documents of Interest: Working Waterways & Waterfronts Symposium

In 2010, the Working Waterways and Waterfronts National Symposium was held in Portland, Maine. Participants came together to discuss the economic, social, cultural, and environmental values of waterfronts and the important role of water-dependent uses in sustainable coastal communities. PDFs of the presentations as well as the recently published "Sense of the Symposium" are now available online at: http://www.wateraccessus.com. The “Sense of the Symposium” document summarizes key themes that emerged during the three days of discussion, presentations, field trips, and interaction at the symposium.

-Document of Interest: Adapting to Climate Change (NOAA - OCRM)

NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management has developed “Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers” to help U.S. state and territorial (states) coastal managers develop and implement adaptation plans to reduce the risks associated with climate change impacts affecting their coasts. The guide was written in response to a request from state coastal managers for guidance from NOAA on adaptation planning in the coastal zone and is intended as an aid, not as a prescriptive directive, and a state may choose to use individual steps or chapters or the entire guide, depending on where they are in their planning process.

-Workshop Materials Available: Planning for Climate Change (NERRS)

Materials are now available for Planning for Climate Change, a workshop that was developed as a national project for the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS). The workshop is geared primarily toward shoreline planners and developed so that Coastal Training Programs (and other agencies) around the country can customize the workshop and use it as part of their educational efforts regarding climate change. It was piloted twice (in Washington State) and, while it lays a foundation in current climate research, it primarily addresses the fundamentals of how to prepare and adapt to the anticipated impacts of climate change. Workshop materials, evaluation results, lessons learned, PowerPoint presentations, and streaming video of the training sessions are all posted on the NERRS website: http://nerrs.noaa.gov/CTPIndex.aspx?ID=455 (link corrected March 6th).

-Policy Paper: Adapting to Climate Change (The Pew Center)

The Pew Center on Global Climate Change has released a policy paper, Adapting to Climate Change: A Call for Federal Leadership. The full document is available here (PDF).

-New Tool: Marine Mapping Applications 

An updated version of the Multipurpose Marine Cadastre is now available.  Organizations use this online marine information system planning tool to screen coastal and marine spaces for new uses (including renewable energy projects and other offshore activities).  Users can pinpoint a location on a map and quickly access the associated legal, physical, ecological, and cultural information.  The new version uses Web map services, an improvement on the static data files of the past.  The updated version also contains additional marine habitat and seafloor data and improved analysis and rendering tools.  The Multipurpose Marine Cadastre is a multi-agency effort led by NOAA and the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service.  For more information, visit www.csc.noaa.gov/mmc.  Contact: Adam Bode, Adam.Bode@noaa.gov, (843) 740-1265.

-Resource: Gulf of Mexico News (NOAA Ocean Service)

There are many Gulf-specific items here, but this comprehensive, monthly resource (from NOAA Ocean Service, Office of Ocean & Coastal Resource Management) also has lots to offer GCRC website visitors: funding information, scientific entries, government updates, etc. http://coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/news/gomexnews.html.

- Document of Interest: Mapping Human Uses of the Ocean (MPA Center)

The National Marine Protected Areas Center has published a best practices manual on mapping human uses of the ocean using participatory GIS techniques. The report, “Mapping Human Uses of the Ocean: Informing Marine Spatial Planning Through Participatory GIS,” summarizes the Center’s mapping approach, provides detailed lessons learned from various participatory mapping projects throughout California, the Northeast, and Hawaii, and provides insight to the successful planning and implementation of mapping efforts to capture spatial data on human uses of the ocean in different regions and at varying scales.

- Project of Interest: South Atlantic Regional Research Planning

The National Sea Grant Program launched a program to create research plans for U.S. coastal and Great Lakes areas. Sea Grant Programs from the South Atlantic region of the coastal USA (NC, SC, GA, FL) worked together to identify priority regional-level research needs and then develop an action plan to address these needs. The project involves coordination with NOAA laboratories, state and federal agencies, and academic partners, as well as participation from politicians, representatives from industry, and other stakeholders from throughout the region. The GCRC managed this project in association with Georgia Sea Grant. Please visit the SARRP website.

In the News

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Visits Sapelo Island

April 24, 2014 - “U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island met with scientists, coastal managers and community leaders at the University of Georgia's Marine Institute on Sapelo Island April 23 as part of his Climate Change Road Trip, a multi-state tour along the Southeast Coast.” For the full story, see:

Change to Shoreline Protection Buffer Determinations for Tidal Creeks and Saltwater Marshes

Link to April 22, 2014 memorandum signed by EPD Director, Judson Turner:

Loss of Natural Buffers Could Double Number of People at Risk from Hurricanes

July 15, 2013 - A new study in Nature Climate Change (highlighted in Scientific American's ClimateWire) details how coastal wetlands and other natural barriers are disappearing, increasing the risk hurricane damage for coastal cities. The primary research was conducted through the Natural Capital Project.

Do-it-yourself CTDs?

July 5, 2013 - Nature News reporter Daniel Cressey writes, "Crowdsourcing may open up ocean science: DIY ocean instrument could create 'citizen scientists' of the seas."


Rate of Temperature Change Along World's Coastlines Changed Dramatically Over Past Three Decades

July 1, 2013 - Locally, changes in coastal ocean temperatures may be much more extreme than global averages imply. New research published in the June 18 edition of PLoS ONE entitled "Decadal Changes in the World's Coastal Latitudinal Temperature Gradients," is highlighting some of the distinct regional implications associated with global climate-change. Science Daily covered this research here.

New Secretary of Commerce

June 26, 2013 - Penny Pritzker was sworn in as the nation’s 38th Commerce Secretary. As a key member of President Obama’s economic team, Secretary Pritzker will lead the U.S. Department of Commerce (which includes NOAA, NIST, and the US Census Bureau) in carrying out the important work that gives entrepreneurs and businesses the tools they need to create jobs and keep the American economy growing, two of the administration’s highest priorities. She will also work extensively with the business community, bringing their concerns and ideas to the forefront.  

Joint Ocean Commission Report

June 20, 2013 - Today, the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative released a report entitled Charting the Course: Securing the Future of America’s Oceans, that calls on President Obama and Congress to improve the management of our ocean resources. The report describes specific recommendations for the Administration and Congress that prioritize areas where short-term progress can be readily achieved. The report outlines measures for immediate implementation that focus on four action areas:

  • Enhance the resiliency of coastal communities and ocean ecosystems to dramatic changes underway in our oceans and on our coasts
  • Promote ocean renewable energy development and reinvest in our oceans
  • Support state and regional ocean and coastal priorities
  • Improve Arctic research and management

If implemented, these measures will strengthen ocean-dependent economies, protect coastal communities and provide new opportunities for growth in thriving oceans. The Joint Initiative also urges that the Administration and Congress build off of the blueprint set by the National Ocean Policy and make oceans a priority. These recommendations set the stage for a future assessment by the Joint Initiative of progress in implementing actions that will ensure our oceans and coasts are healthy and vibrant to support our future.
Read the full report here
Read the press release here

OCRM Marks 40th Anniversary of the Coastal Zone Management Act

October 2012 - NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) joins state and federal partners in marking the 40th anniversary of the landmark Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA). The act was established by Congress on October 27, 1972, to preserve, protect, develop, enhance and restore the nation’s coastal resources. The CZMA created two cornerstone national programs in OCRM to better understand and manage our coastal areas: the National Coastal Zone Management Program and the National Estuarine Research Reserve System.  Over the past forty years, OCRM has partnered with coastal and Great Lakes states and territories to address critical coastal issues, and has invested more than $1 billion in federal funds, matched by state funding, to develop and implement 35 state coastal management programs. OCRM has also established and funds 28 estuarine research reserves which are managed by a lead state agency or University, with input from local partners. The reserves have preserved more than 1.3 million acres of coastal habitat and provide ongoing vital research, education and stewardship activities and programs. For more information on the Coastal Zone Management Act, visit www.coastalmanagement.noaa.gov.

Coastal Blue Carbon Is Recognized Trading Category

October 4, 2012 - An initiative that was aimed at creating greenhouse gas offset opportunities is paving the way for increased private investment in wetland restoration and conservation projects. The new Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) requirements for Wetlands Restoration and Conservation create a project category for measuring and crediting climate benefits from a broad range of wetlands, including mangroves, freshwater tidal coastal wetlands, salt marshes, seagrasses, floodplains, peatlands, and other wetland types. The importance of the VCS wetland carbon credit registry cannot be overstated, according to Patrick Megonigal, Senior Scientist and Deputy Director, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. “This is the first carbon-crediting standard to advance conservation and restoration across the full diversity of the world’s wetlands,” said Megonigal. http://www.estuaries.org/vcs-recognizes-coastal-blue-carbon-as-new-trading-category.html

Aquatox Update

The EPA recently released an enhanced version of AQUATOX, which predicts the fate of nutrients and organic chemicals in water bodies, as well as their direct and indirect effects on fish, invertebrates and aquatic plants. Website: http://water.epa.gov/scitech/datait/models/aquatox/new.cfm
Fact sheet: http://water.epa.gov/scitech/datait/models/aquatox/upload/Factsheet-3-1.pdf

Status of US Fisheries Report Released

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service – 2011 Status of U.S. Fisheries report* has been released. The report includes some good news about relative increases in stock health over 2010 figures.       

  • Nationally
    • 86 percent of the populations examined for fishing activity (222 of 258) were not subject to overfishing, or not fished at too high a level, compared to 84 percent in 2010,
    • 79 percent of assessed populations (174 of 219) are not overfished, or were above levels that require a rebuilding plan, compared to 77 percent in 2010.
  • Regionally (Southern Atlantic Coast)
    • Tilefish – No longer subject to overfishing
    • Black sea bass – No longer overfished

*NMFS, 2012, Annual Report to Congress on the Status of U.S. Fisheries-2011, U.S. Department of Commerce, NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service, Silver Spring, MD, 20 pp. http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/statusoffisheries/SOSmain.htm

Endangered Atlantic Sturgeon Detected By Acoustic Receivers At Gray's Reef

[quoting from Aug/Sept 2012 edition of Gray's Reef Bites:
Eight Endangered Atlantic Sturgeon Have Been Detected By Acoustic Receivers Deployed At Gray's Reef]

Healthy habitat is vital to abundant fisheries and marine life. Fish use habitat to feed, grow, reproduce, and raise their young so these places need to be in good condition for fish populations to survive and thrive. Fish that migrate between the ocean and freshwater streams, such as the Atlantic sturgeon, have declined as a result of culverts, weirs, dams, and man-made barriers to migration and spawning.

The first sturgeon was detected in the sanctuary by the receivers just over a year ago. The sturgeon count now includes one fish that was originally tagged in the New York Bight by Keith Dunton with Stony Brook University; three tagged in Delaware by Dr. Dewayne Fox with Delaware State University; three tagged in the Edisto River, S.C. by Bill Post with South Carolina Department of Natural Resources; and one tagged in the Altamaha River by Daniel Erickson, previously with University of Miami Pew Institute for Ocean Science, and Dr. Douglas Peterson, with the School of Forest Resources at the University of Georgia.

What the sturgeon are doing in Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is not yet clear. But detecting eight individuals, many tagged north of Cape Hatteras, is remarkable because acoustic tagging projects generally have a much smaller sample size than conventional tagging, and the population of Atlantic sturgeon for tagging is quite small. It is also noteworthy that Atlantic sturgeon have never been previously reported from Gray's Reef, in spite of many thousands of man-hours of SCUBA dives and recreational fishing conducted there annually.

Groundwater Monitoring on Tybee

Two groundwater wells in Chatham County* operated by the U.S. Geological Survey were recently instrumented for monitoring of specific conductance. According to the USGS press release, New System Helps Protect Tybee Island, Savannah Water),

"The U.S. Geological Survey designed and installed the innovative system that uses satellite telemetry to monitor groundwater levels and salinity daily. Tybee Island is the most seaward municipality in the Savannah area and is vulnerable to groundwater contamination from seawater.  This new system will serve as an early warning indicator of saltwater encroachment toward public supply wells.
      These real-time-monitoring wells are part of a larger network of wells that the USGS annually samples for chloride concentration to determine relative movement of saltwater in the Upper Floridan aquifer in the Savannah, Georgia area. The wells are part of a statewide groundwater level monitoring network funded by the USGS and the Georgia [sic] Environmental Protection Division. The City of Tybee Island provided funding to upgrade the wells to enable real time monitoring of groundwater levels and salinity.”

*Chatham County stations: 320127080511203 / 39Q026 & 320127080511301 / 39Q027.
Real time data for these and other well sites is available (http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ga/nwis/current/?type=gw&group_key=county_cd)
For more information, contact USGS Supervisory Hydrologist (& GCRC affiliate!), John Clarke (jsclarke@usgs.gov, 770-903-9170)

USGS Report: Sea Level Rise Accelerating in U.S. Atlantic Coast

[text from the Coastal States Organization newsletter]

June 24, 2012 - Department of the Interior. According to a new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report published in Nature Climate Change, rates of sea-level rise are increasing three-to-four times faster along portions of the U.S. Atlantic Coast than globally. Since about 1990, sea-level rise in the 600-mile stretch of coastal zone from Cape Hatteras, NC to north of Boston, MA - coined a "hotspot" by scientists - has increased 2-3.7 millimeters per year, while the global increase over the same period was 0.6-1.0 millimeter per year. The report shows that the sea-level rise “hotspot” is consistent with the slowing of Atlantic Ocean circulation, which models show may be tied to changes in water temperature, salinity and density in the subpolar north Atlantic. See the full USGS press release to learn more and access the online version of the report.

Responding to Climate Change through Coastal Habitat Restoration

April 19, 2012 - Restore America's Estuaries released a new study (Restore-Adapt-Mitigate: Responding to Climate Change through Coastal Habitat Restoration) linking ecologically important coastal habitat restoration with adaptation and mitigation strategies as a way to reduce the impacts of ongoing global climate change. The report demonstrates that coastal wetland restoration--everything from restoring salt marshes, to protecting mangroves, and creating new coastal wetlands--can be an integral part of public and private initiatives to combat climate change.

NOAA’s Coastal Mapping Program Benefit to Taxpayers

March 28, 2012 - According to a recent independent socio-economic scoping study by Leveson Consulting, for every dollar American taxpayers spend on NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS) Coastal Mapping Program, they receive more than $35 in benefits. Direct economic benefits of the program were estimated at $100 million, 15 times program costs. The study also estimated that NGS’s Coastal Mapping Program supports 1,500 jobs outside of the program. The Coastal Mapping Program provides critical baseline data for accurately mapping the nation’s official shoreline and provides geographical reference data needed to manage, develop, conserve and protect coastal resources. To learn more, see NOAA’s official press release: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2012/032812_coastalmapping-economicvalue.html

Draft EIS Released (assessing energy resource potential in the Mid- and South-Atlantic)

March 28, 2012 - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Tommy P. Beaudreau announced the release of the draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) assessing the conventional and renewable energy resource potential in the Mid- and South-Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf planning areas as well as the potential impacts of the exploration and development of these resources. The draft PEIS - now open for public comment - will help inform future decisions about whether, and if so where, offshore energy leasing would be appropriate in these areas. To access the draft PEIS and see the complete schedule of upcoming public meetings, visit http://www.boem.gov/oil-and-gas-energy-program/GOMR/GandG.aspx. The PEIS and related documents are also available in the Federal Register at http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/public-inspection/index.html.

Atlantic Sturgeons Listed Under Endangered Species Act

February 2012 (ENS) - The federal fisheries agency today announced a final decision to list five distinct population segments of Atlantic sturgeon under the Endangered Species Act. The Chesapeake Bay, New York Bight, Carolina, and South Atlantic populations of Atlantic sturgeon will be listed as endangered, while the Gulf of Maine population will be listed as threatened, the Northeast Regional Office of NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service said today. NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says these listing decisions, which will take effect on April 6, will not have an immediate impact on fishing. It has been illegal to fish for, catch or keep Atlantic sturgeon, Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus, for more than a decade. Atlantic sturgeon are large, slow-growing, late-maturing, long-lived, estuary-dependent fish that live most of their lives in salt water, but hatch and spawn in freshwater. These sturgeons may live as long as 60 years, reach lengths up to 14 feet and weigh more than 800 pounds. While the historic range of Atlantic sturgeon included major estuary and river systems from Labrador to Florida, Atlantic sturgeon are now thought to be absent from at least 14 rivers they used historically, with spawning thought to occur in only 20 of 38 known historic spawning rivers. The most significant threats to the species are unintended catch of Atlantic sturgeon in some fisheries; dams that block access to spawning areas, poor water quality, which harms development of sturgeon larvae and juveniles; dredging of historical spawning areas; and vessel strikes. As a result, NOAA Fisheries determined that listing sturgeon under the Endangered Species Act is warranted. The complete article (as it appeared in the Environmental News Service) is available here (http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/feb2012/2012-02-01-091.html).

EPA Releases Climate Ready Estuaries Annual Progress Report

January 2012 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released “Climate Ready Estuaries: 2011 Progress Report”. This document reports on 2011 program accomplishments and the new NEP projects started during 2011. The progress report uses NEP projects from 2008–2010 to illustrate how the risk management paradigm can be used for climate change adaptation. The full report is available at: http://epa.gov/cre/downloads/2011-CRE-Progress-Report.pdf.

NOAA Establishes Research Area at Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary

Under a new regulation that went into effect December 4th, 2011, the southern third of NOAA's 22-square-mile Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is now a research area where scientists will be able to study the impact of human activities on the sanctuary's marine resources. Fishing and diving is prohibited in the research area off the Georgia coast, but vessels are allowed to travel across the area as long as they don't stop. Roughly eight-square-miles and relatively free of human activity, the research area will allow scientists to design and implement habitat studies where critical variables can be controlled over long periods of time. http://graysreef.noaa.gov/management/research/research_area.html

Right Whales Return to Georgia Coasts

December 5, 2011 - The right whale, one of the world’s rarest marine mammals, is returning to Georgia’s coast. A North Atlantic right whale was seen off South Carolina on Nov. 22, the first of a watery winter migration. Biologists from Sea to Shore Alliance spotted the 29-year-old female right whale during an aerial survey offshore of South Carolina. The whale, known as “Half-Note” and identified by the unique white pattern on her head, has had four calves and could be pregnant with her fifth. Right whales swim from Canada and New England each year to bear their young along the coast of Georgia, South Carolina and northeastern Florida. Calving season is crucial for this endangered species, which numbers possibly as few as 400 animals. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Nongame Conservation Section, Law Enforcement Section and Coastal Resources Division help federal and other agencies monitor the population, respond to injured, entangled and dead whales, collect genetic samples for research, and protect habitat.

For more information about right whales and how you can help, visit the Department of Natural Resources.

Source: United States. Department of Natural Resources. “As Right Whales Return, Researchers Keep Watch”, Georgia. georgia.gov Interactive Office, November 29, 2011. Web Press Release.

Restore America's Estuaries Releases Coastal Jobs Report

On September 14th (2011), Restore America’s Estuaries released “Jobs & Dollars: Big Returns from Coastal Habitat Restoration.” The report draws on national and regional studies of coastal and estuarine restoration projects to make the case for government and private investment in the nation's coasts and estuaries. Among the key findings: coastal habitat restoration typically creates between 20 and 32 jobs for every $1 million invested; and restoration not only creates direct jobs, but also helps stimulate indirect jobs in industries that supply project materials and induced jobs in businesses that provide local goods and services to restoration workers. The full report and summary of findings are available here. To learn more about the economics of estuaries, visit:  http://www.estuaries.org/economics-of-estuaries.html.

NOAA Fisheries and USFWS Revise Loggerhead Sea Turtle Listing

On September 22nd (2011), NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) issued a final rule revising the listing of the loggerhead sea turtle under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Services have changed the listing from a single, globally threatened listing for all loggerheads to nine Distinct Population Segments of loggerhead sea turtles listed as threatened or endangered under the ESA, which the Services believe will help focus sea turtle conservation efforts in the United States and around the world. The final rule (Federal Register Vol. 76, No. 184, page 58868) is available here.

NOAA Releases "State of the Climate Report"

On June 28th (2011), NOAA released its annual "State of the Climate Report," describing trends in more than 40 climate variables. In addition to concluding that the 2010 global average surface temperature was among the two warmest on record, the peer-reviewed report also found that: Arctic sea ice shrank to its 3rd smallest area on record (for the first time in modern history, both the Northwest Passage and the Northern Sea Route were open for navigation in the month of September); the average sea surface temperature for 2010 was the 3rd warmest on record; the ocean heat content in 2010 was among the highest values in the record; sea level continued to rise across the world’s oceans on average; and the oceans were saltier than average in areas of high evaporation and fresher than average in areas of high precipitation, suggesting an intensification of the water cycle. The full report and a highlights document are available online: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/bams-state-of-the-climate/2010.php.

Policy Update: New Aquaculture Policies (Dept of Commerce and NOAA)

On June 9th (2011), the Department of Commerce and NOAA released new national sustainable marine aquaculture policies. The new policies focus on: fostering sustainable aquaculture that increases the value of domestic aquaculture production; advancing sustainable aquaculture science; ensuring aquaculture decisions protect wild species and healthy coastal and ocean ecosystems; developing sustainable aquaculture compatible with other uses; and working to remove foreign trade barriers and enforcing U.S. trade agreements. Along with its new policy, the Department of Commerce and NOAA announced additional steps to support the development of the aquaculture industry, including: a National Shellfish Initiative in partnership with the shellfish industry to increase commercial production of shellfish; and a Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Plan for Aquaculture, which would include the regulatory infrastructure needed for offshore aquaculture development in the Gulf. For more information, including links to the new policies, visit: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2011/20110609_aquaculture.html.

NOAA: El Niño Could Bring Increased Sea Levels, Storm Surges to East Coast

According to a new study by NOAA, coastal communities along the U.S. East Coast may be at risk of higher sea levels accompanied by more destructive storm surges in future El Niño years. The study examined water levels and storm surge events during the “cool season” of October to April for the past five decades at four sites along the East Coast: Boston, MA; Atlantic City, NJ; Norfolk, VA; and Charleston, SC.  From 1961 to 2010, it was found that in strong El Niño years, these coastal areas experienced nearly three times the average number of storm surge events. The research also found that waters in those areas saw a third-of-a-foot elevation in mean sea level above predicted conditions. The study was published in the American Meteorological Society’s Monthly Weather Review and can be found online here. The full NOAA press release is available at: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2011/20110715_elnino.html.

Offshore Energy Memorandum of Understanding

May 23, 2011- The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to increase coordination and collaboration on offshore energy development and environmental stewardship. This MOU, which is consistent with recommendations from the National Commission on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, specifies how BOEMRE and NOAA will cooperate and coordinate by:

  1. Defining specific processes to ensure effective and timely communication of agency priorities and upcoming activities;
  2. Identifying and undertaking critical environmental studies and analyses;
  3. Collaborating on scientific, environmental and technical issues related to the development and deployment of environmentally sound and sustainable offshore renewable energy technologies; and
  4. Increasing coordination and collaboration on decisions related to OCS activities, including with respect to research and scientific priorities.

Reports from the National Research Council

  • Critical Infrastructure for Ocean Research and Societal Needs in 2030

    The report identifies ocean science questions anticipated to be significant in 2030; defines categories of infrastructure needed to support ocean science research over the next two decades; identifies criteria to help prioritize the development of new ocean infrastructure or the replacement of existing facilities; and recommends ways to maximize the value of investments in ocean infrastructure. http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13081.

  • America's Climate Choices

    is part of a series of climate change studies requested by Congress. Recommendations include calling on the federal government to lead on efforts to combat climate change with emissions cuts and support adaptation programs. http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=12781.

  • Ocean Acidification: Starting with the Science (report & booklet)

    Last year, the National Research Council’s Ocean Studies Board produced a congressionally-requested report that reviewed the current state of knowledge and identified gaps in understanding ocean acidification. The report also provided scientific advice to help guide the national ocean acidification research program. Based on the report’s conclusions, the board recently released a booklet that describes the chemistry of ocean acidification and explores the many remaining questions about the impact of ocean acidification on marine life and coastal dependent industries. The full report and new booklet are available online at: http://oceanacidification.nas.edu/.

Coastal States Organization Submits Comments to National Ocean Council

April 28, 2011 - In response to its call for comments for the Strategic Action Plans on the National Ocean Policy’s nine priority objectives, Coastal States Organization (CSO) submitted seven sets of comments this week.  CSO’s comments focused on the seven priority areas of Ecosystem Based Management (Objective 1), Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (Objective 2), Coordinate and Support (Objective 4), Resiliency and Adaptation to Climate Change and Ocean Acidification (Objective 5), Regional Ecosystem Protection and Restoration (Objective 6), Water Quality and Sustainable Practices on Land (Objective 7), and Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes Observations, Mapping and Infrastructure (Objective 9).  Many thanks to the work group chairs, members and CSO staff that contributed to the effort. The documents are available at www.coastalstates.org. All public comments are available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/oceans/comments.

NASA Satellites to Track Biological Impacts of Climate Change

April 22, 2011 - NASA announced 15 new research studies to examine how climate change will affect key species and ecosystems. NASA's Earth Science Division is funding the new research projects to see whether environmental data collected by satellites can be used to improve ecological models that predict the behavior of a species or ecosystem. Projects NASA and its partners are funding include efforts to understand how climate change will affect coastal salt marshes and Atlantic bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Mexico. A complete list of projects is available online at: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/climate_partners.html.


Regional Science and Research

Draft Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Research Plan Available

The development of a Regional Ocean Research Plan for the Mid-Atlantic Region is a four-year project that began in August 2008 with funding support from the National Sea Grant College Program. The project has identified and analyzed research needs associated with ocean and coastal issues in the Mid-Atlantic Region along the Atlantic Coast from northern New Jersey to Cape Fear, North Carolina. The states in the Mid-Atlantic region face a number of similar challenges regarding the coastal ocean they share, including climate change impacts, offshore energy development, fisheries management, land-based pollution, and population growth. The project envisions to advance coordinated research that promotes economic and environmental sustainability in the Mid-Atlantic region.


South Atlantic Alliance Action Plan Finalized

December 2010 - The Action Plan of the four-state Governors' Alliance has been finalized and posted to the South Atlantic Alliance website (http://www.southatlanticalliance.org/documents.htm). The implementation plan is underway. For more information about the Alliance and other opportunities for collaboration in our region, visit the Alliance website (http://www.southatlanticalliance.org/).

Background: The South Atlantic Alliance was formally announced (link to news release) on October 19th, 2009 at a meeting of the Coastal States Organization in Charleston. Representatives from the four partner states (South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida) each had an opportunity for comment, and the federal government was represented by Mr. Michael Boots from the White House Council on Environmental Quality. GCRC staffer and SARRP Coordinator, Christine Laporte was also present: she is a member of the Alliance Executive Planning Team (representing SARRP).

The mission of the Alliance is to "significantly increase regional collaboration among South Atlantic states, with federal agency partners and other stakeholders, to sustain and enhance the environmental (coastal/marine), natural resource, economic, public safety, social, and national defense missions of the respective states and the South Atlantic region."

SARRP Research Plan Released

April 2010 - The South Atlantic Regional Research Priorities Plan 2010 has been posted here. This plan benefited from, and is intended for use by all federal, regional, state and academic partners. The document includes project background and methods along with the Regional Research Priorities identified by our partners in the region. Readers will also find a discussion of how the plan might be moved forward. For more information about SARRP, please visit our partner website.

Please contact Christine Laporte at claporte@uga.edu with questions or requests for hard copies.

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Information


Online Clearinghouse for Education & Networking: Oil Interdisciplinary Learning

The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) and our partners invite you to use and contribute to the most comprehensive, free, peer-reviewed resource troves about the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the Online Clearinghouse for Education & Networking: Oil Interdisciplinary Learning (OCEAN-OIL):  www.eoearth.org/oceanoil 

Resources now available on OCEAN-OIL include:

South Atlantic Sea Grant, Oil Summit II - Chemical Considerations

June 29th 2010, the South Atlantic Sea Grant programs convened a second summit concerning the Deepwater Horizon (DH) oil, this time with petrochemical and chemical oceanographic experts from the region.  This panel met at the University of North Florida to discuss the chemistry of the DH material that might reach the East Coast. Discussion at the summit focused on three main areas: I) the properties of the compounds being released from the Gulf of Mexico spill site, II) the processes that will likely affect their form and composition before they reach the southeastern U.S., and III) recommendations for monitoring the presence of DH material in the region.   Workshop report (PDF).

South Atlantic Sea Grant, Oil Summit I - Physical Oceanography

June 9th 2010, at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Savannah, GA, the four South Atlantic state Sea Grant programs jointly convened a roundtable of recognized physical oceanographic experts from the region to consider, discuss, and answer questions on if, how, and when Gulf of Mexico oil might arrive in regional waters.   Workshop report (PDF).

Video: Arthropod Studies

National Geographic has produced a short video on NSF-sponsored work by Steve Pennings (Univ of Houston professor & GCRC affiliated scientist: GCE-LTER). "Using huge hoses, researchers are vacuuming up marsh bugs along the oiled Gulf coast. By comparing their samples to bugs collected before the spill, teams hope to determine the effects of oil on creatures near the bottom of the food web."

Video: Effect of oil on coastal marshes

Irv Mendelssohn (LSU) and Karen McKee (National Wetlands Research Center) put together an informative video regarding the potential effects of oil on marshes.  (~10 minutes long.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syGM13egoc0

Oil and Dispersant Monitoring Report

December 17, 2010 - The Operational Science Advisory Team report, "Summary Report for Sub-sea and Sub-surface Oil and Dispersant Detection: Sampling and Monitoring" is available online.  It includes analytical chemistry data from 17,000 samples, making it the most comprehensive data set and analysis yet completed since the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill in April. To view the report and associated data, please visit

Oil Plume Research Blog

Mandy Joye, UGA Professor of Marine Sciences kept a weblog during her foray to the Gulf of Mexico to explore the plumes of oil drifts in the region affected by the Deep Horizon oil well. To read the blog, visit -- www.gulfblog.uga.edu

State of Louisiana Oil Trajectory Maps


Flow Rate Measurements

Daniela Di Iorio, UGA Professor of Marine Sciences was a member of the team of experts who used a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to collect flow rate measurements on May 31, 2010 (after the top-kill attempt had ended and before the riser was cut.)  For more information on this effort, please visit the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution site.

Additional Web Resources about the Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster

University of Georgia Oil Spill Website


NOAA’s Emergency Response Program


Deepwater Horizon Joint Information Center

Restore the Gulf


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