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Funding Opportunities

Research Experiences for Undergraduates; REU

Position Vacancies

Marine Science Educator; Sanibel Sea School
  Florida Keys Community Relations Manager; Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium
  IC2R3 Coral Resilience Technician; Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium
  IC2R3 Biological Research Technician; Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium
  Writer/editor and social media specialist; Freestone Environmental Services, Inc.
  Staff Scientist; Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
  National Research Council (NRC) Research Associateships; The National Academies
  Director, WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute; World Maritime University
  Head of Research, WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute; World Maritime University
  Research Officer, WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute; World Maritime University
  Associate Research Officer, WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute; World Maritime University
  Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability, Project Manager; FishWise
  Resident Lecturer in Tropical Coastal Ecology; The School for Field Studies
  Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability, Project Director, FishWise
  Community Engagement Specialist; National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
  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
  Communications Manager, Government Affairs; Ocean Conservancy
  Associate professor in Fisheries Science; University of Bergen, Department of Biology

Post-Doc Positions

Community Engagement and Outreach Postdoctoral Associate; DataONE
  Postdoctoral Research Scientist; Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Fellowship

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

Tools

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

Webinars

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

Resources

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

- Position Vacancy: Consultant to support marine plastics systemic approach; United Nations Environment Programme

UN Environment Economy Division, Consumption and Production Unit, through its experience on circular economy and sustainable value chains, and in coordination with the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA) is engaged in a Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded project entitled “Addressing Marine Plastics – A Systemic Approach”. Its role is to provide a holistic approach to the issue of marine plastics, improve understanding of priority strategic intervention points in the plastics value chain and provide integrated strategic guidance on the reduction and sound management of marine plastics.

The consultant’s assistance is needed to support activities related the different stages of the value chain of plastics that end up in the marine environment, focusing on the most problematic products and polymers. It will be closely articulated with the lifecycle mapping and analysis conducted for the same project.

Job Location: Home-based
Duration: 14 months
Application Deadline: Monday, August 28, 2017
Application Website: https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=83720
Application Information:  un_cons_prev_marine_plastics_systemic_apporach_consultant.pdf; quick_guide_consultant_registration.pdf

- Position Vacancy: Science Writer and Communications Specialist; Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

This new position is an exciting opportunity for you to help communicate the wonder and importance of cutting-edge ocean research to non-scientific audiences.

Bigelow Laboratory is a nonprofit research institute that studies the life at the base of food webs in the ocean. Most of these organisms are microscopic in size, but they have a massive influence on the health of our oceans and our planet. Our scientists conduct research in every ocean and bring what they learn back to our state-of-the-art laboratory in East Boothbay, Maine.

In this science communications role, you would work closely with the director of communications, research staff, and advancement team to create engaging content in support of Bigelow Laboratory’s expanding communications strategies.

Excellent science writing ability, attention to detail, critical thinking, creativity, strong work ethic, and interpersonal skills will be key to success. You would report to the director of communications. Your focus would be on content creation, primarily writing. However, as the second member of a small communications team, you would need to be flexible and ready to fully apply yourself to any assigned task.

Organization: Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
Application Deadline: Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Application Website: https://www.bigelow.org/about/careers.html#scs-2017-1

- Position Vacancy: Florida Keys Community Relations Manager; Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

This is a full-time position that supports communications and development activities for Mote Marine Laboratory in the Florida Keys and the institutional goals of: 1) promoting Mote’s research, 2) generating attendance for Mote public exhibits, education programs and events and 3) supporting fundraising efforts. This position also supports and enhances the institution’s reputation, integrity and partnerships in the Florida Keys.  Emphasis is on community, media and donor relations.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Media relations – developing and maintaining strong professional relationships with members of the media at the local, state and national level.
  • Working with CRC department colleagues to develop story ideas, place stories, and handle inquiries (works with media on site and fulfills requests).
  • Serves as a spokesperson for Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium as appropriate in the Florida Keys.
  • Handles inquiries from the general public via phone, Web site and in person, and lead VIP tours of IC2R3.
  • Implements outreach initiatives to build awareness of Mote research.
  • Makes public presentations to area groups and organizations.
  • Supports and enhances institutional partnerships, including representing Mote at off-site events and in professional organizations.
  • Supports and enhances institutional partnerships, including representing Mote at off-site events and in professional organizations.
  • Assists in establishing and leveraging relationships with donors, identifying their interests and articulating programmatic aspects of Mote Marine Laboratory’s work that would appeal to them.
  • Coordinates and conducts donor visits to Mote facilities.
  • Develops relationships with local corporate and community stakeholders.

Job Location: Summerland Key, Florida
Duration: Full-time
Application Website: https://mote.org/about-us/employment-opportunities

- Position Vacancy: IC2R3 Coral Resilience Technician; Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

This position is primarily responsible for the implementation and management of several coral resilience experiments being conducted within the outdoor raceways at the Mote Marine Laboratory’s Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research and Restoration (IC2R3), Summerland Key, Florida.             

Primary Duties:

  • Oversee and manage coral experiments including experimental set up, data collection, data analysis, and report writing
  • Maintain database of coral measurements assessing health state
  • Conduct tank maintenance associated with ongoing coral resilience related projects at IC2R3
  • Maintain equipment used to assess water quality and coral health state
  • Undertake assays and process samples for various biological analyses
  • Apply laboratory assays to assess coral holobiont health

Additional duties will include supervising interns and volunteers and conducting education and outreach activities as needed.

Job Location: Summerland Key, Florida
Duration: Full-time
Application Deadline: Friday, September 8, 2017

Application Website: https://mote.org/about-us/employment-opportunities

- Position Vacancy: IC2R3 Biological Research Technician; Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

This position is primarily responsible for assisting scientists with ongoing research projects, often coral-reef related, conducted by Mote staff and visiting scientists. This position will also be responsible for maintaining equipment located within the Microbiology and Molecular Biology Dry Laboratory space at the Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research and Restoration (IC2R3), Summerland Key, Florida facility.                    

Primary Duties:

  • Conduct tank maintenance associated with ongoing marine research related projects at IC2R3
  • Undertake assays and process samples for various biological analyses for Mote staff and visiting scientists
  • Ensure the proper functioning of all microbiological and molecular equipment at IC2R3 and oversee the use of this equipment by visiting scientists
  • Conduct basic molecular biological applications including DNA extractions and PCR
  • Apply other laboratory assays using physiology equipment, microscopy, and microbial culture techniques

Additional duties will include assisting Mote staff with various duties related to the daily operation of a full service marine laboratory, supervising interns and volunteers, assisting with field and lab support to visiting scientists.

Job Location: Summerland Key, Florida
Duration: Full-time
Application Deadline: Friday, September 8, 2017

Application Website: https://mote.org/about-us/employment-opportunities

- Position Vacancy: Marine Science Educator; Sanibel Sea School

The Marine Science Educator is responsible for assisting with the development and delivery of a marine biology curriculum that supports the mission of Sanibel Sea School.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals executing this job. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

  • Ensure the safety of children and adults in a variety of outdoor and marine environments
  • Convey knowledge of marine science and a passion for the natural environment
  • Foster an appreciation for marine ecosystems and encourage students to practice good ocean stewardship, leading by example
  • Maintain an excellent standard of quality when teaching field programs
  • Maintain a working knowledge of marine and local biota as well as significant developments and trends in marine science, coastal ecology, and marine conservation, especially related to Southwest Florida
  • Act as an ambassador of Sanibel Sea School, working to promote our programs within the local, regional, and national community
  • Assist with the maintenance and upkeep of facilities and equipment
  • Provide support for Sanibel Sea School projects as needed To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The QUALIFICATIONS, PHYSICAL DEMANDS, and WORK CONDITIONS listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities perform the essential functions.

Qualifications/Experience and Skills Required

  • A college degree with a background in Environmental Education, Biology, Marine Biology, Early Childhood Education, Elementary/ Secondary Education, or a similar field
  • Experience working with children
  • Certifications (or capable of obtaining certifications) in CPR, First Aid, and Lifeguarding
  • Strong and competent swimmer, comfortable in outdoor settings and physically capable of leading groups of children in a variety of natural environments
  • Desire to promote marine conservation by sharing his or her passion and knowledge of the natural world with students

Job Location: Sanibel, Florida and Captiva, Florida
Duration: Full Time - Permanent
Application Deadline: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Application Website: http://www.sanibelseaschool.org/jobs-volunteers/

Application Information:  marine_science_educator.pdf

- Position Vacancy: Coastal Lands Program Coordinator (Junior or Assistant Extension Agent); Hawaii Sea Grant

The function of the University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program (Hawaii Sea Grant) is to administer funding and promote the wise use and stewardship of marine and coastal resources in the state, region and nation. This Program is one of thirty-three Sea Grant College Programs in the United States. Funding for this program is partially provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Position funding for the Coastal Lands Program Coordinator is provided by NOAA and the State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR). The position will be based in the Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands (OCCL) at the DLNR in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The primary purpose of this position is to provide scientific and policy support and program coordination support to the OCCL on issues such as improved understanding of coastal geomorphic processes, mitigating coastal erosion and other coastal hazards, beach conservation and restoration, appropriate coastal land use, environmental document and regulatory permit reviews, and coastal management policy compliance and development. This effort will include identifying and interpreting appropriate scientific information for decision-making utilizing conventional extension and outreach methods. The position will assist the DLNR with its climate change and sea level rise adaptation efforts. The position functions and responsibilities will be fulfilled in part through coordination and collaboration with the Hawaii Sea Grant Center for Coastal and Climate Science and Resilience and Center Program Manager, Waikiki Beach Management Coordinator, and other Hawaii Sea Grant coastal-hazards-focused extension faculty.

Desirable Qualifications

  • A Master of Science degree from a college or university of recognized standing with major work in oceanography, coastal engineering or coastal geology, with relevant work in coastal processes or related field.

Job Location: Oahu, Hawai'i
Duration: Full-Time, Temporary - Not to Exceed: March 31, 2018
Application Deadline: Monday, September 4, 2017

Application Website: Job Description

- Position Vacancy: Writer/editor and social media specialist; Freestone Environmental Services, Inc.

Freestone Environmental Services, Inc., (www.gofreestone.com) a multi-disciplinary consulting firm, seeks a talented individual to serve as a Writer/Editor and Social Media Specialist to support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R -- www.response.restoration.noaa.gov). OR&R’s headquarter is in Silver Spring, MD, with additional offices in Seattle, WA and other locations throughout the US. This position will be located in Seattle, WA.

OR&R is a program office in the National Ocean Service (NOS) that responds to pollution threats in order to protect and restore coastal resources. To do this OR&R provides scientific response to releases of oil, chemicals, and contaminants; works to reduce, remove and better understand the impacts of marine debris; and protects and restores the nation’s trust natural resources.

Duties

  • Writer, editor and social media specialist supporting OR&R’s Outreach Team.
  • Manage OR&R blog and social media accounts (currently Facebook, Twitter).
  • Gain and maintain knowledge of government use compliance.
  • Manage and execute OR&R social media and blog calendar.
  • Manage stakeholder newsletter.
  • Support OR&R Outreach and Web Teams on the maintenance of the OR&R Web site, with a specific focus on writing and editing of web content.
  • Support development and implementation of annual OR&R Outreach Strategic Plan.
  • Provide support to OR&R’s Outreach Team and Directorate with writing and editing of outreach and communications products for a variety of audiences, including agency leadership, partner organizations, U.S. Congress and the public.
  • Communicate regularly with OR&R communications and technical staff and NOS communications team.
  • Responsible for assisting with short and long-term special projects as needs arise and as outreach/communications requirements evolve.
  • Recommend and develop creative solutions to achieve OR&R’s outreach and communications goals.
  • Support usability testing for various OR&R Web sites and public tools.

Required

  • Proven writing and editing ability.
  • Accurate proofreading skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, journalism or related field with a minimum of three years’ experience in a writing, editing and communications capacity.
  • Experience in web content management.
  • Experience in web editing and social media (entry and editing).
  • Social media analysis and reporting.
  • Knowledge of web content management systems, e.g., Drupal.
  • Proficiency in basic HTML coding, Google sites, and Adobe Photoshop.
  • Self-motivated, creative and energetic with an ability to work well individually and cooperatively with a range of individuals.
  • Impeccable written and oral communications skills.
  • Strong organization skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work on several projects simultaneously and to shift priorities as needed.

Preferred

  • Experience working for an organization in a marine science or emergency response related field.

TO APPLY: Please submit your resume, a writing sample, a completed Freestone application form, (found at: http://www.gofreestone.com/careers/), contact information for three (3) references, and a cover letter explaining how your qualifications meet the requirements of the position to: jobs@gofreestone.com with the following subject line: Writer/Editor.

Organization: Freestone Environmental Services, Inc.
Job Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: Full Time - Permanent

Application Website: Career page; Application pdf

- Position Vacancy: Information Technology Coordinator; Maryland Sea Grant

Our opening is a great opportunity for someone interested in both IT and environmental science. Our IT coordinator will do web development in a university setting on a variety of projects while providing support for our office's software and hardware needs. This job is particularly well suited for someone with an interest in the development and application of environmental science research and education products to help restore and preserve the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland's coastal natural resources.

The IT Coordinator will implement, administer, and strengthen Maryland Sea Grant's use of existing and new information technology to improve administration, education, outreach, and staff efficiency. S/he will provide leadership in the use and development of software, online applications, and other technologies to enhance Maryland Sea Grant's mission and online presence (e.g., education modules, program administration systems, Drupal-based website). The coordinator will be encouraged to network with other IT professionals in university departments and institutions to effectively use available resources and develop new approaches as well as be offered professional development opportunities to advance programming and other IT skills.

Job Location: College Park, Maryland
Duration: Full-time
Salary: Low-$80s
Application Deadline: Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Application Website: http://www.mdsg.umd.edu/employment
Application Information:  mdsg_it_position2017.pdf

- Position Vacancy: Research Biologist / Ecologist; Jekyll Island Authority

The Jekyll Island Authority is seeking a Research Biologist or Ecologist to manage the Georgia Sea Turtle Center’s Research program.  Under limited supervision, the Research Biologist/Ecologist is responsible for collaborating with Jekyll Island Authority’s GSTC, other JIA staff and other professional organizations (Universities, wildlife agencies, other rehabilitation centers) to plan and manage programs and services. Overall responsibilities include: management and providing expertise for various GSTC turtle field, education, and health related research projects; supervision of a research specialist; grant writing, data collection, analysis and reporting; establishment and maintenance of working relationships with other state agencies and professional organizations.  

Description:

  • Provide research expertise in support of the JIA/GSTC mission and work directly with other JIA/GSTC staff to develop a broad and collaborative research program in support of the JIA conservation plan.   
  • Supervise Research Specialist who manages the loggerhead sea turtle loggerhead saturation tagging program. Develop specific research centered on this project.
  • Assist Research Specialist in coordinating the AmeriCorps/Volunteer Program for the JIA/GSTC research department.
  • Manage the budget for the research program including the maintenance of accurate records of purchases, purchasing, processing invoices in accordance with GSTC, JIA and AmeriCorps requirements, and related financial tasks.  
  • Develop and maintain relationships with other related professional organizations for research and management collaborations. 
  • Seek out grant opportunities; publish in peer reviewed journals; produce reports and articles to highlight research department efforts and products; respond to media and marketing requests. 
  • In collaboration with other departments, develop and conduct outreach and education activities that promote conservation research and stewardship for Jekyll Island. Focal areas of research: sea turtles, diamondback terrapins and other local chelonians, but also provide research expertise for the rehabilitation, education, marine debris, and diamondback terrapin conservation programs. Interface heavily with the Conservation Department on JI. Concentration areas will be turtle related and may integrate population ecology, ecosystem sciences, environmental conservation, eco-physiology, species health, toxicology, and potentially other areas depending on expertise. 

Qualifications:

  • Completion of PhD degree in marine sciences, wildlife conservation, program management, or related field from an accredited institution.  
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in marine science with research emphasis or wildlife research management.
  • Must possess strong communication and interpersonal skills, including writing and public speaking; competence in various computer applications (e.g. GIS, various statistical programs) and web-based technology.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with others.
  • Familiarity with budget management, program planning, and program evaluation desirable. 
  • Must have a valid drivers license 

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions:

  • Exert up to 65 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds constantly to move objects.
  • More than 50% of the typical work day may be spent walking, standing or sitting.
  • Between 25 and 50% of the day may be spent lifting, reaching, stooping, kneeling, crouching.
  • Less than 25% of the day will be spent climbing, balancing, crawling, pulling and grasping.  
  • Sensory abilities required include vision, hearing and touching with more than 50% of the day spent communicating; talking and hearing.  
  • Must have close visual clarity to perform up close work such as working with a computer as well as visual clarity to operate motor vehicles.       
  • The position requires a level of fitness and mental resiliency for variable distances walking through thickly-vegetated woods and on the beach. 
  • Work will be performed both inside and outside. Work will be subject to inclement weather including extreme cold and extreme heat, high humidity, and rain. 
  • Work includes exposure to bugs, wildlife, infectious diseases, vibrations, hazards, and moving vehicles. 
  • Noise level is considered normal to loud, may require shouting.

This description of job responsibilities is intended to reflect the major responsibilities and duties of the job, but is not intended to describe minor duties or other responsibilities that may be assigned from time to time.

This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified.  Applicants who complete the online application process will receive an email receipt of submission to the email address provided.  If email confirmation is not received, applicant may contact Human Resources at 912-635-4086 for confirmation, however, due to the volume of applicants received, we are unable to provide information on application status after receipt. 

All qualified applicants will be considered, but may not necessarily receive an interview. Incomplete applications or applications without accompanying documents when required will not be considered.  Selected applicants will be contacted for the next steps in the selection process. Relocation expenses are not authorized, applicants should consider this when applying.

To apply:  Complete application, submit resume, cover letter and two letters of recommendation.  Letters of recommendation may be submitted in the "Other" upload OR submitted with cover letter as one file.  Applications submitted without the appropriate documents will not be considered.
Application website: http://www.jekyllisland.com/jekyll-island-authority/employment/?gnk=job&gni=8a7886a35da1879e015dbe4c90d328af&gns=Other

Department: Georgia Sea Turtle Center (GSTC)
Status: Regular, Full-time Employee  
Pay: $43k - $48k (Depending on qualifications)
Reports to: Director/Veterinarian  
Benefits: Full benefits eligible, Amenity Pass, Parking  
Retirement: State Employee Retirement System (GSEPS)

Closing date:  4pm September 1, 2017  *Note: This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified.

- Position Vacancies: 5 Staff Scientists; Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) has openings for 5 Staff Scientists to pursue independent, internationally recognized research programs in the tropics. Previous tropical experience is not required. We are especially interested in hiring scientists in animal behavior, terrestrial microbial ecology, forest biology and marine science. We will consider exceptional candidates in any of our research areas. Positions are for full-time research and include internal research funds.

Job Location: Panama
Duration: Full-time
Application Deadline: Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Application Website: http://www.stri.si.edu/job-184/job-184.html

- Position Vacancy: National Research Council (NRC) Research Associateships; The National Academies

The WMU is seeking a person with an international reputation for academic excellence in ocean governance combined with strong leadership skills, who will complement the existing strengths of the University and enable it to develop new areas of research excellence.

The Director will report to the President of the WMU. He/She will provide leadership and foster excellence in ocean research, dialogue, capacity building and policy support in meeting ocean obligations, addressing existing and emerging challenges, and advancing the opportunities inherent in contemporary ocean governance and the 2015 sustainable development commitments. The Director will interact with regulators, scientists, governments, international organizations, industry, policy makers and civil society to generate objective and constructive communication on difficult ocean issues. In this capacity, he/she will be the primary representative of the University in strategic relationships with other research providers, government agencies, industry in the area of ocean governance and research.

Application Deadline: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Application Website: http://wmu.se/vacancies

Application Information:  director_of_wmu-sasakawa_global_ocean_institute.pdf

- Position Vacancy: Head of Research, WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute; World Maritime University

The Head of Research will report to the Director of the Ocean Institute. He/She will work with the Director to foster excellence in ocean research, dialogue, capacity building and policy support in meeting ocean obligations, addressing existing and emerging challenges, and advancing the opportunities inherent in contemporary ocean governance and the 2015 UN Sustainable Development commitments. The Head of Research will work with a multidisciplinary team of research staff to deliver on the mandate of the Institute.

Application Deadline: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Application Website: http://wmu.se/vacancies

Application Information:  head_of_research_wmu-sasakawa_global_ocean_institute.pdf

- Position Vacancy: Research Officer, WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute; World Maritime University

The WMU is seeking a person with an international reputation for academic excellence in ocean governance combined with strong leadership skills, who will complement the existing strengths of the University and enable it to develop new areas of research excellence.

The Director will report to the President of the WMU. He/She will provide leadership and foster excellence in ocean research, dialogue, capacity building and policy support in meeting ocean obligations, addressing existing and emerging challenges, and advancing the opportunities inherent in contemporary ocean governance and the 2015 sustainable development commitments. The Director will interact with regulators, scientists, governments, international organizations, industry, policy makers and civil society to generate objective and constructive communication on difficult ocean issues. In this capacity, he/she will be the primary representative of the University in strategic relationships with other research providers, government agencies, industry in the area of ocean governance and research.

Application Deadline: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Application Website: http://wmu.se/vacancies
Application Information:  director_of_wmu-sasakawa_global_ocean_institute.pdf

- Position Vacancy: Associate Research Officer, WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute; World Maritime University

The Associate Research Officer will work under the supervision and guidance of the Head, Research. He/she will contribute to ocean research, dialogue, capacity building and policy support in meeting ocean obligations, addressing existing and emerging challenges, and seizing the opportunities inherent in contemporary ocean governance and the 2015 sustainable development commitments. The Associate Research Officer will undertake research assigned by the Director or Head of Research. 

Application Deadline: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Application Website: http://wmu.se/vacancies
Application Information:  associate_research_officer_wmu-sasakawa_global_ocean_institute.pdf

- Position Vacancy: Professor in Aquatic Ecology; Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

A position as full Professor in Aquatic Ecology is open at the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Environmental Studies (VFM), at SLU's Faculty of Forest Sciences. VFM’s base is in Umeå with operations throughout Sweden and abroad. VFM's collective responsibility is research, education, environmental monitoring and assessment as well as cooperation in the field of zoology. VFM has four subject areas: animal ecology, aquatic ecology, molecular ecology, and restoration ecology in both terrestrial and aquatic systems. The subject areas support SLU's national responsibilities in terrestrial and aquatic environments for fish and wildlife, are needs-driven, and open for collaboration both internally and externally. VFM's activity is broad and well-grounded in basic research, and it is highly interdisciplinary – our research and teaching regarding the human dimensions of natural resources means that we are in high demand as a collaborator for other disciplines, both within and outside SLU. Overall, our responsibility is to study trophic interactions and the factors that influence them, as well as to improve the management of fish and wildlife in Sweden. VFM has about 60 employees and a yearly turnover approximately SEK 60 million a year. Our employees come from more than 10 countries, which means that we regularly use English as a working language. Our Masters’ Program in the Management of Fish and Wildlife Populations attracts many students from around the world, which contributes further to our friendly international atmosphere.

Job Location: Umeå, Sweden
Application Deadline: Monday, September 4, 2017
Application Website: http://www.slu.se/en/about-slu/jobs-vacancies/read-more/?eng=1&Pid=5335

- 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: 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

Education/Training

  • 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: 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: Extension Assistant Professor, Sustainable Fisheries & Coastal Resilience; University of Massachusetts Amherst

The Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (http://eco.umass.edu/) seeks talented applicants for a permanent 12-month, non-tenure-track appointment as Extension Assistant Professor in Sustainable Fisheries & Coastal Resilience. This faculty will be based at the UMass Gloucester Marine Station in close proximity to North Shore communities and State, Federal and non-governmental collaborators. Earliest appointment date is October 2, 2017.

Candidates should understand the critical link between applied research and extension in fulfilling the mission of a land grant institution (see https://ag.umass.edu/extension-outreach). The candidate is expected to develop and lead outreach and extension programming in the broad fields of community resilience, and adaptation-related actions to mitigate impacts of changing fisheries and/or natural hazards in coastal Massachusetts communities. Examples of relevant foci include, but are not limited to: (1) development of sustainable harvesting practices for commercial fisheries stocks, (2) integration of new fisheries products into the supply chain, (3) socioeconomic impacts of a changing environment, (4) coastal conservation and habitat restoration, (5) adaptation to sea-level change and other climate-related impacts, (6) community engagement in emerging coastal issues, such as wind energy, and (7) improving the integration of marine science into K-12 classrooms through development of curricula incorporating research and modern technologies.

High priority will be given to the overall originality and promise of the candidate's work in engaging local and regional partners, rather than to the sub-area of specialization. We expect the candidate to help lead development of the UMass Gloucester Marine Research Station towards a vibrant multi-disciplinary research and teaching platform; develop a collaborative research program that meets the needs of local, state, federal and non-governmental organizations; and engage graduate and undergraduate students in projects with direct application to coastal and marine resource management and planning. Thus, experience in extension or related activities that emphasize personal relations, team-building, inter-organizational collaboration and leadership will be great assets. 

Teaching responsibilities will include 2 courses per year in marine science and conservation focused on the candidate's area(s) of expertise. Successful applicants will serve, as do all other faculty, as a mentor to students and be expected to supervise graduate students at the Master's and Ph.D. levels, as well as undergraduates in the Honors College and the Five College Coastal and Marine Sciences Programs and through the development of internship opportunities.

Job Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Duration: Full-time
Application Deadline: Sunday, August 27, 2017
Application Website: https://umass.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp;jsessionid=A0A799E2...

- Position Vacancy: Seabed 2030 Project Director; Nippon Foundation and GEBCO

The General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) and The Nippon Foundation are seeking an experienced professional to lead and represent all aspects of the Seabed 2030 Project. The Project vision is to produce the definitive, high resolution bathymetric map of the entire world’s oceans by 2030. This initiative is driven by the motivation to empower the world to make policy decisions, sustainably use the ocean and undertake scientific research based on detailed bathymetric information of the Earth’s seabed.

The Project Director will deliver on the Seabed 2030 Business Plan by leading the Project team, coordinating activities across 5 project centers, developing and executing a funding model that includes securing resources from external organizations and capital markets to expand the project and advocating for governments and other organizations to finance and carry out new seafloor mapping initiatives to map known gaps in seafloor bathymetric coverage. The Project Director will serve as the external face of the project, networking and partnering with key international marine programmes, industry, NGOs, academic institutions and government agencies while overseeing the implementation of a comprehensive marketing and communications strategy.

Successful applicants will have proven experience in managing complex international projects and coordinating culturally diverse groups of people and organizations. They will have a track record of cultivating a culture of mutual respect, collaboration, innovation and accountability with an ability to rapidly adapt to change to achieve results.

Application Deadline: Friday, August 25, 2017
Application Website: http://seabed2030.gebco.net/

- Position Vacancy: Marine Mammal Program Leader; Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking qualified applicants to lead our marine mammal program.  In this job, you will lead a small dedicated team in marine mammal research, population monitoring, and management.  You will work with the department’s upper management on applying the best available science to tackle complex issues such as managing sea lion impacts on endangered salmonids.  Work will encompass the ocean off or Oregon, Oregon estuaries, and the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. 
Preference will be given to applicants with the following experience:

  • Leading research or monitoring projects on pinnipeds.
  • Leading natural resource management activities.
  • Applying research or monitoring results to management of marine mammals.
  • Management of interactions between pinnipeds and fisheries or between pinnipeds and their prey.
  • Knowledge of marine mammal biology and ecology.
  • Scientific study design.
  • Knowledge of laws and regulations pertaining to marine mammals.
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills.

Job Location: Corvallis, Oregon
Duration: Full time - permanent
Salary: $62,772 - $88,224 /year
Application Deadline: Friday, August 25, 2017
Application Website: Marine Mammal Program Leader
For a full job description and application materials go to: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/oregon/jobs/1802710/natural-resou...

- Position Vacancy: Marine Science Instructor; Greater Farallones Association

The Marine Science Instructor delivers engaging hands-on ocean science programs for the Oceans After School, At Your School, and Visitor Center Field Trip education programs as well as assists with special public programs for adults and families. This is a part time position through the Greater Farallones Association and work is primarily in classrooms at school sites and in the Greater Farallones Visitor Center. This position requires a flexible schedule and commitment to work six to eight-hour days Sunday-Thursday each week to assist with Visitor Center staffing and delivery of public programs.

Job Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 29 hours/week
Application Deadline: Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Application Website: https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/edu/d/marine-science-instructor/6247109271...

- Position Vacancy: Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability, Project Manager; FishWise

FishWise is a sustainable seafood consultancy that promotes the health and recovery of ocean ecosystems through environmentally and socially responsible practices. FishWise uses market-based approaches to achieve responsible business practices and create change on the water. This science-based and business-appropriate approach has allowed FishWise to build partnerships and strong working relationships with industry, government, and NGOs that seek to address the greatest challenges in seafood sustainability.

The Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability (SALT) is an anticipated five-year project that will engage a vast network of participants, including market-state governments, source country governments, industry, and other stakeholders seeking to improve traceability in seafood supply chains. To begin the work, FishWise and a third-party consultant, will lead an extensive co-design process. USAID, the Walton Family Foundation and other funders, and a cross-sector group of leaders will provide extensive input in the co-design, while other stakeholders will be invited to participate at various steps in the process. The desired result of SALT is to create a collaboration platform that leads to improvements in fisheries sustainability and marine biodiversity through enhanced traceability and transparency that enables and incentivizes stronger fisheries management and increased industry self-regulation. SALT will work toward the achievement of these goals:

  • Expand accessible, interoperable, electronic catch documentation and traceability.
  • Increase source country capacities to apply electronic catch documentation and traceability to strengthen fisheries management and to verify fisheries data within these systems.
  • Increase incentives and capacities for industry to apply electronic traceability to ensure the legality of wild-caught fisheries products in their supply chains.

These outcomes will be achieved through increased collaboration, application and scaling of good practices for traceability and transparency, fisheries management, as well as responsible business processes through engagement in a multi-stakeholder community of practice. Targeted and facilitated learning within and between pilot sites will also be a key strategy to achieve the outcomes.

For more information on FishWise and SALT, please visit https://www.fishwise.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Seafood-Alliance-for-Legality-and-Traceability.pdf

SALT Project Manager

FishWise is seeking a Project Manager to provide internal management and support to the Project Director, and the multi-stakeholder Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability (SALT) project. Working with the Project Director, the Project Manager will be charged with planning and executing a variety of key processes that will progress the work of SALT to improve traceability in seafood supply chains, fisheries management, and biodiversity. S/he will be tasked with ensuring the team is progressing and tracking against the strategic plan, and will provide the team with timely and effective communications related to traceability and illegal fishing. The ideal candidate will have strong personal and interpersonal communication skills, a passion for ocean stewardship, and superior project management experience.
In coordination with the Project Director, the Project Manager will assist in the creation of a platform to achieve the traceability goals by coordinating strategic convenings, implementing a knowledge management platform, coordinate with seafood companies and market and source country governments at meetings and conferences, and create a SALT website. This position reports to the SALT Project Director.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The Project Manager will perform the following and other duties as assigned:

  • Support the Project Director’s communications with USAID and the Walton Family Foundation.
  • Contribute to and organize logistics for the SALT co-design process, resulting in the creation of a governance structure, work plan, monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) plan, set of stakeholder engagements, and launch of SALT.
  • Support SALT’s strategic and long-term goals.
  • Plan, coordinate, and execute the work plan, in collaboration with the Project Director.
  • Coordinate meetings, travel, logistics, and communications for the project.
  • Advance FishWise and SALT’s prominence in the field by working with global traceability and IUU experts, engaging in multi-stakeholder collaborations, and networking at industry and NGO conferences and events.
  • Review technical documents, reports, legislation, and news on traceability and illegal fishing to: 1) stay educated, updated and informed on latest developments, 2) summarize into publications and business friendly briefing documents for diverse audiences and, 3) use this information and resulting deliverables to inform the activities, work plan, and strategic plan of SALT.
  • Support the implementation of a MEL plan, marketing and branding strategy, and results chain for the project.
  • Work with the Project Director to implement and execute knowledge management, communication and process systems for all components of SALT.
  • Lead all communications under the direction of the Project Director, including the creation and maintenance of the SALT website, press releases, meeting correspondence, public information briefs, and various other communications vehicles.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Dedication and passion for the stewardship of the oceans, biodiversity, food security, and human rights
  • Two plus years of relevant work experience and a Bachelors degree required; three years of experience and an advanced degree preferred
  • Excellent Mac-computer skills including Microsoft Office & Adobe Suite
  • Ability to quickly learn and use project management software (e.g. Podio) and other programs
  • Superb written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines and to manage multiple simultaneous work streams
  • Experience working in a collaborative office and professional environment
  • Self-starter, motivated, and able to work with limited oversight
  • Experience breaking down complex topics and documents into materials that can be easily understood by target audiences
  • Established network within the seafood industry, ocean conservation, or biodiversity fields preferred
  • An understanding of seafood stakeholder interests, concerns and motivations related to improving seafood traceability and addressing IUU fishing and human rights abuses
  • Foreign language skills a plus

Job Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Duration: Full-Time
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Application Website: http://www.fishwise.org/about-us/careers

- Position Vacancy: Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability, Project Director; FishWise

FishWise is a sustainable seafood consultancy that promotes the health and recovery of ocean ecosystems through environmentally and socially responsible practices. FishWise uses market-based approaches to achieve responsible business practices and create change on the water. This science-based and business-appropriate approach has allowed FishWise to build partnerships and strong working relationships with industry, government, and NGOs that seek to address the greatest challenges in seafood sustainability.

The Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability (SALT) is an anticipated five-year project that will engage a vast network of participants, including market-state governments, source country governments, industry, and other stakeholders seeking to improve traceability in seafood supply chains. To begin the work, FishWise and a third-party consultant, will lead an extensive co-design process. USAID, the Walton Family Foundation and other funders, and a cross-sector group of leaders will provide extensive input in the co-design, while other stakeholders will be invited to participate at various steps in the process. The desired result of SALT is to create a collaboration platform that leads to improvements in fisheries sustainability and marine biodiversity through enhanced traceability and transparency that enables and incentivizes stronger fisheries management and increased industry self-regulation. SALT will work toward the achievement of these goals:

  • Expand accessible, interoperable, electronic catch documentation and traceability.
  • Increase source country capacities to apply electronic catch documentation and traceability to strengthen fisheries management and to verify fisheries data within these systems.
  • Increase incentives and capacities for industry to apply electronic traceability to ensure the legality of wild-caught fisheries products in their supply chains.

These outcomes will be achieved through increased collaboration, application and scaling of good practices for traceability and transparency, fisheries management, as well as responsible business processes through engagement in a multi-stakeholder community of practice. Targeted and facilitated learning within and between pilot sites will also be a key strategy to achieve the outcomes.

For more information on FishWise and SALT, please visit https://www.fishwise.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Seafood-Alliance-for-Legality-and-Traceability.pdf.

SALT Project Director

FishWise is seeking a Project Director to co-create, and serve as a key leader of the multi-stakeholder Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability (SALT) project. Working with the Traceability Division Director and Executive Director, the Project Director will be charged with managing and progressing the work of SALT to improve traceability in seafood supply chains, fisheries management, and biodiversity. S/he will provide the internal management of the project, including creating and tracking against the strategic plan, staff management, and technical oversight. If timing allows, the Project Director will consult with the Traceability Division Director and the Executive Director in the hiring of the SALT Project Manager. Externally, the Project Director will be a key ambassador for the project, engaging with stakeholders and experts to advance the goals and reach of SALT. Importantly, the Project Director will serve as the primary point of contact to USAID, the likely funder of the project. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal and management skills, a passion for ocean stewardship, and a demonstrated strategic orientation.

In coordination with a diverse Cross-Sector Leadership Group, the Project Director will plan and implement strategic convenings, build a constituency, facilitate cross-site learning for traceability pilots via knowledge management, and actively engage seafood companies and market and source country governments at meetings and conferences. To support these efforts and serve as a central hub for information, the Project Director will work with the FishWise Communications Project Manager and other staff to create a SALT website. Together, these activities will form a collaboration platform overseen by the Project Director, in addition to all necessary logistics and communications. This position reports to the Traceability Division Director.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The Project Director will perform the following and other duties as assigned:

  • Serve as FishWise’s Chief of Party with responsibility for direct communication to USAID and the Walton Family Foundation.
  • Contribute to the SALT co-design process, resulting in the creation of a governance structure, work plan, monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) plan, set of stakeholder engagements, and launch of SALT under the guidance of the Traceability Division Director and Executive Director.
  • Advance SALT’s prominence in the field by working with global traceability and IUU experts, engaging in multi-stakeholder collaborations, and networking at industry and NGO conferences and events.
  • Manage SALT’s strategic and long-term goals.
  • Plan, coordinate, execute, and revisit on a timely basis the MEL plan, marketing and branding strategy, and results chain for the project.
  • Supervise and manage a Project Manager, providing them with direction, input, and feedback regarding their role, responsibilities, and work plans; support relevant FishWise staff in the accounting, fundraising, and other operational tasks necessary for the successful operation of the project.
  • Review technical documents, reports, legislation, and news on traceability and illegal fishing to: 1) stay educated, updated and informed on latest developments, 2) summarize into publications and business friendly briefing documents for target audiences and, 3) use this information and resulting deliverables to inform the activities, work plan, and strategic plan of SALT.
  • Recruit, interview, and select well-qualified staff to advance the project, in consultation with the Traceability Division Director and Executive Director
  • Implement a comprehensive and thoughtful approach to knowledge management, including outreach, education, and communication systems and processes for all components of SALT.
  • Oversee all communications for the project, including the creation and maintenance of the SALT website, press releases, meeting correspondence, and public information briefs.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Dedication and passion for the stewardship of the oceans, biodiversity, food security, and human rights
  • Advanced degree in related field and a minimum of 5 years experience
  • Excellent project management skills with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop a high-performance team and achieve strategic objectives
  • Strong background in, and demonstrated success of, knowledge management in complex, multi-stakeholder processes
  • Proficiency in Mac computers including Microsoft Office and Adobe Suite
  • Ability to quickly learn and use project management software (e.g., Podio) and other programs
  • Excellent professional writing and editing skills and verbal communication, public speaking, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and to manage multiple simultaneous work streams
  • Experience working in a collaborative office and professional environment
  • Self-starter, motivated, and able to work with limited oversight
  • Experience breaking down complex topics and documents into materials and channels that can be easily understood and implemented by diverse audiences spread around the globe
  • An understanding of seafood stakeholder interests, concerns and motivations related to improving seafood traceability and addressing IUU fishing and human rights abuses
  • Excellent network within the seafood industry, ocean conservation, or biodiversity fields preferred
  • Fluency in Spanish, Indonesian, and/or other languages preferred

To Apply

CEA Recruiting is assisting FishWise with this search. To be considered for this position, interested candidates must follow the link below to submit a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements through FishWise’s job portal. Please direct all applications to FishWise. http://www.fishwise.org/about-us/careers

Job Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Duration: Full-Time
Salary: Commensurate with experience

Application Website: http://www.fishwise.org/about-us/careers

- Position Vacancy: Resident Lecturer in Tropical Coastal Ecology; The School for Field Studies

The Tropical Coastal Ecology is a course that will provide fundamental knowledge necessary to understand the main ecological processes and interactions in a fragile marine island ecosystem. Basic ecological principles will be paired with field observation and measurement to understand the interdependencies of species, populations, communities and ecosystems in the coastal and marine environment, and with particular attention to the management of resources and environments for consumptive and non-consumptive use.

Our studies will focus on the benthic, neritic, and on-shore coastal environments of Bocas del Toro with emphasis on coral reef, seagrass, and beach and intertidal zone, and mangrove habitats. Coastal terrestrial environments, such as swamps, streams and forest will also be considered for their interactions with the marine environment. We will also study the biology, ecology and behavior of important marine and coastal species in the area. These include the leatherback and hawksbill sea turtles, reef fish, lobster, and marine mammals. Finally, we will consider the impact of anthropogenic disturbance and global climate change to the fragile island ecosystem and the habitats and species upon which the livelihood and well-being of island residents depends.
 
The successful candidate will provide high quality, modern and experiential teaching in critical environmental issues in an interdisciplinary curriculum and participate fully in the implementation of the program’s research plan that addresses these issues. The publication of research results is critical. The successful candidate will work closely with the other program lecturers to deliver an interdisciplinary program through education and research in a field setting. Each lecturer is expected to provide high quality, inquiry-based teaching and will lead students in Directed Research projects defined in the program’s research plan.

Organization: The School for Field Studies
Job Location: Bocas del Toro, Panama
Application Website: https://fieldstudies.catsone.com/careers/index.php?m=portal&a=details&jobOr...

- Post-Doc Position: Community Engagement and Outreach Postdoctoral Associate; DataONE

The University of New Mexico is recruiting a postdoctoral associate to work in the education and engagement of scientists and other stakeholders in the collaborative process of improving access to scientific data across Earth and environmental sciences and in supporting the community in the use of DataONE tools and services. The postdoc position is funded by an NSF award to the DataONE project (www.dataone.org).

Role & responsibilities: 
The responsibilities of this postdoctoral position include participation in a team effort to inform development of cyberinfrastructure for the environmental sciences through collaboration with DataONE’s Community Engagement and Outreach Working Group, in addition to individual activities in support of the community engagement and outreach objectives of DataONE. More explicitly, position requirements include participation in the creation and enhancement of training materials to convey best practices in data management, the development of tutorials / learning aids for the promotion of software and tools associated with the DataONE project, oversight of a webinar series and associated outreach, among other duties. The ideal candidate will have excellent written and verbal communication skills to facilitate collaboration within a broad network of colleagues across disciplines and for engagement with the wider DataONE community.

Many research projects could be complementary to the role envisioned for this postdoctoral position, depending on the candidate’s background and interests. For example, opportunities exist for research projects related to science education, community management, sociology of science, or ecology and environmental science at the interface with technology.

Application Website: https://www.dataone.org/open-positions

- Post-Doc Position: Governing for resilience and equity in small-scale fisheries; ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University

This position provides the opportunity for an exceptional candidate to pursue research on governing for food security, equity and resilience in Pacific small-scale fisheries.  The appointee will work alongside a WorldFish team working with regional authorities (e.g. the Secretariat of the Pacific Community) and national governments (e.g., Solomon Islands, Kiribati and Vanuatu). The research will contribute to WorldFish’s Resilient Small Scale Fisheries Research Program. The joint appointment will provide the opportunity to collaborate with leading social scientists in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies program on policy, institutions and governance. The candidate will be provided with exceptional support to develop an ongoing social science program of research linked to the objectives of the position that suits her or his interests and abilities.

WorldFish and the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies have common interests in improving the governance of fisheries. The ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies is an internationally renowned research centre encompassing >200 researchers and graduate students, with ongoing research projects in 30 countries. The vision of the Centre is to provide the scientific knowledge necessary for understanding the world’s coral reefs and their interactions with people in order to foster their sustainable use, secure the benefits they provide to the tropical societies and economies, and enhance the effectiveness of coral reef management world-wide.  WorldFish is an international non-profit scientific agency working in Africa, Asia and the Pacific to ‘reduce poverty and hunger through improving fisheries and aquaculture’. WorldFish has a global staff of about 330, permanent offices in 7 countries and ongoing projects in 25 countries. This position will benefit from an exceptional mix of research excellence, policy relevance, and access to development networks.

Job Location: Townsville, Australia
Duration: Full-time, 3-years
Application Deadline: Sunday, August 27, 2017
Application Website: https://www.coralcoe.org.au/about/careers-employment

- Post-Doc Position: 2017-2019 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program; Mote Marine Laboratory

This Fellowship will be awarded in 2017, start in 2018, and last for two years assuming appropriate first-year progress. An earlier start date is possible. The full-time position includes an annual salary of $47,800.  Partially-subsidized health insurance is also provided for the Fellow, with family options available. Benefits include an opt-in retirement plan with employer matching, leaves for holidays, illness, and vacation, and other benefits. The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will have an established Mote scientist assigned to serve as a dedicated mentor, and both will participate in Mote’s Postdoctoral Mentoring Program. The Fellow will receive office/laboratory space and funds for startup, operations, publication costs, and travel.
This fellowship will be awarded to support an eligible Ph.D. as an independent investigator. Applications are invited from recent (since January 1, 2015) Ph.D. graduates including those with firm expectation of graduation by December 31, 2017.  However, at time of appointment, the doctoral (or equivalent professional) degree must have been awarded.

Applications are invited for any field of marine research in the natural sciences. Competitive applications will focus on research programs that are relevant to conservation and the sustainable uses of marine biodiversity, healthy habitats, and natural resources; will bring or propose new multi-investigator/institutional collaborations to Mote, and will be cognizant of global issues.

Job Location: Sarasota, Florida
Duration: Full-time, 2-years
Salary: $47,800
Application Deadline: Thursday, August 31, 2017

Application Website: https://mote.org/about-us/postdoctoral-research-fellowship-program

- Post-Doc Position: Postdoctoral Research Scientist; Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences (www.bigelow.org) is seeking a qualified and highly motivated individual for a postdoctoral research scientist position. Prompted by the development of cheap, fast, and more reliable sequence technology during the last decades, we have mined genomes from the deepest water in the ocean to Central Park. These findings have resulted in an almost overwhelming list of predicted genes with unknown function in non-culturable organisms. Characterization of these genes requires in some cases the use of surrogate organisms, not yet realized regarding apicomplexan parasites were large amounts of the protein are needed for vaccine validation, drug screening, and crystallization studies. The hired scientist will work on a project developing a new heterologous expression system based not on the conventional systems, but on the marine protozoan Perkinsus marinus. We expect to provide new insights into protein targeting and secretion at the industrial scale for a marine protozoan parasite, and a new, potentially transformative tool, for use in the study and production of proteins difficult to express in other systems. This project is a collaborative effort with the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at University of Maine (Orono) and Southern Maine Community College. The project also offers the opportunity to engage in STEM education participating in the training of students in hypothesis formation and testing in a research environment, and learning skills necessary for a successful career in science and technology.

The project is led by Dr. José Antonio Fernández Robledo and utilizes cutting-edge molecular and cell biology techniques. The project takes advantage of the ability to culture the parasite in the absence of the host and the availability of transfection methodologies. Bigelow Laboratory’s new campus is located in scenic, coastal Maine and is a nurturing scientific community with an active postdoctoral program, including a postdoctoral education and ethics-training program. Candidate Postdoctoral researchers are also encouraged to participate in Laboratory-wide educational and outreach programs (https://www.bigelow.org/education/postdoctoral-training.html). Maine is a RURAL state offering great outdoors opportunities for hiking, canoeing, and skiing.

Organization: Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
Application Deadline: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Application Website: https://www.bigelow.org/about/careers.html#pd-2017-6

- 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

- Fellowship: 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

- Internship: Education and Outreach Intern; National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation supports and strengthens the national system of marine sanctuaries and plays a vital role in connecting the American public to the ocean and Great Lakes through these special places. By engaging targeted audiences and the wider public in national marine sanctuary resources, and by offering opportunities for adults and children to learn about sanctuaries, the Foundation can inspire stewardship leading to long-term conservation of public waters.

Education and Outreach Intern

The intern’s primary responsibility will be to assist the Foundation’s Vice President with the implementation of a competitive grant program designed to build awareness and boost public perception of national marine sanctuaries.
Education and Outreach programs offered by the Foundation fall under four primary themes: • Recreation: Engage in efforts to facilitate and enhance recreation and tourism throughout the National Marine Sanctuary System. Facilitating and enhancing recreation and tourism in sanctuaries will increase public use and enjoyment of sanctuaries. People will gain an improved understanding of the benefits that sanctuaries have for them and how better to use national marine sanctuaries. • Education: Serve as a catalyst to coordinate education initiatives and identify important marine education messages. By coordinating ocean-based education and outreach programs focused on increasing environmental literacy in traditional and non-traditional settings, the Foundation will increase awareness of sanctuaries and the marine ecosystem, including habitats, wildlife, watersheds, conservation issues, science, and maritime heritage. • Cooperation: Foster opportunities for the public to engage and participate as volunteers, creating vocal change-makers who help advance the awareness of conserving special marine and Great Lakes area through sanctuaries, as citizen scientists, interpretive naturalists and docents, and supporting programs throughout the National Marine Sanctuary System. • Vocation: Increase the use of national marine sanctuaries as living laboratories, valuable sentinel sites that inform the overall health of American ocean and Great Lakes waters, and providing empirical evidence to promote the value of national marine sanctuaries as critical resources that bolster the economies of neighboring communities.

Activities: Primary tasks include helping implement the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation’s signature competitive grant program, known as the Hollings Awards. Activities will include tracking applications, communicating with applicants, reviewing and coordinating review of applications, prepping senior staff for award decisions, and supporting public announcement of awards.

Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree or near completion preferred • Exceptional writing and analytical skills • Experience creating communications materials • Ability to perform under tight deadlines • Demonstrated initiative, ability to work both independently and with others • Attention to detail and highly organized • Ability to work quickly and prioritize multiple projects • Familiarity with a range of software, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint • Experience with ocean and Great Lakes conservation, or the implementation of education and outreach programs preferred • Available 20-24 hours per week, flexible weekday schedule, at Foundation offices in Silver Spring, Md.

How to Apply: Please send cover letter, resume, 1-2 writing samples (3 pages max per sample) and 3 professional references to applicants@marinesanctuary.org with subject line ‘Education & Outreach Internship.’ Applications received before August 18th will be given priority review.

*Internship will run September through December. Internship is unpaid but parking or public transportation expenses will be reimbursed.

- Internship: Communications Internship; National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening and promoting US national marine sanctuaries, is seeking a communications intern from October 2017 to April 2018. This position will assist the strategic communications director in creating and publishing content that promotes the Foundation’s work. The internship is paid and the term runs for six months. The communications intern will work 24 hours per week at the Foundation’s office in Silver Spring, MD.

Overview of Position

The communications intern will assist in planning and developing written and graphic content for the various platforms the Foundation uses to communicate its messages. This position is ideal for a current student with strong communication skills and knowledge of marine science and policy who may want to pursue a career in the field. Typical tasks may include:

  • Planning, drafting, and editing content to be used in print and online
  • Creating infographics
  • Designing materials for print
  • Drafting news releases
  • Archiving and organizing content
  • Attending meetings

Requirements

  • Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited college or university. Majors in communications, public relations, environmental science, marine science, or other related fields are preferred
  • Approximately three days per week with possibility of flexible scheduling
  • Experience with applications such as Microsoft Word, Adobe Creative Cloud, and Google Suite
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with an ability to adapt tone and style
  • Ability to prioritize projects and deliver on strict deadlines
  • Proficient working independently and collaboratively
  • Knowledge of marine science policy or environmental policy a plus

To apply

Interested applicants should e-mail a resume and cover letter, three samples of original work (writing sample, graphic design sample, video sample, or other media), and two letters of recommendation to applicants@marinesanctuary.org with the subject “Communications Intern”. The deadline to apply is 8:00 am EDT on Monday, August 21, 2017. Files should be saved as PDFs and attached to the application email; letters of recommendation should be emailed by the author.

Job Location: Silver Spring, Maryland
Duration: Oct 2017 - April 2018

Application Deadline: Monday, August 21, 2017

- Internship: Development Internship; National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to conserve treasured places in our ocean and Great Lakes for current and future generations of Americans to enjoy. The Foundation promotes citizen science, research, conservation, education and community engagement to conserve marine habitats, protect places of cultural significance, and preserve our maritime heritage. We provide vital program support and advocacy on behalf of National Marine Sanctuaries and Marine Monuments through public-private partnerships and a growing constituency of individual and organizational donors.

Development Intern

The intern’s primary responsibility will be to assist the Foundation’s Director of Development with ongoing programs designed to achieve the goals listed below. 

Fundraising and Outreach Goals

  • Plan and manage fundraising events across the country with the help of local partners
  • Develop partnership, planned and annual giving programs that support the long-term goals of the Foundation and the National Marine Sanctuary System
  • Support local fundraising chapters with logistical and administrative needs
  • Support Policy and Conservation efforts through donor outreach

Educational Opportunities

  • Learn to use research tools and analytical skills to identify and qualify prospective funders
  • Develop skills related to creating written fundraising materials
  • Assist in planning development strategy, including cultivation and stewardship of major donors
  • Gain experience working with local chapters in their fundraising efforts
  • Assist in the planning of a yearlong calendar of fundraising events

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in progress preferred
  • Possess solid verbal and written communication skills
  • A high degree of discretion is required
  • Demonstrated initiative, ability to work both independently and with others
  • Attention to detail and highly organized
  • Familiarity with a range of software, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Experience working with donor databases preferred
  • Desire to learn more about fundraising and philanthropy

How to Apply:

Please send cover letter, resume, 1-2 writing samples (3 pages max per sample) and 3 professional references to applicants@marinesanctuary.org with subject line ‘Development Internship’. Deadline for applications is August 28, 2017.
*Internship will run September through December and is unpaid. The Foundation can offer academic credit.

Job Location: Silver Spring, Maryland
Duration: September-December
Salary: Unpaid

Application Deadline: Monday, August 28, 2017

- 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.

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- 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.

http://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/webinar

- 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.

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- 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.

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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:

http://www.csc.noaa.gov/socialcoastforum/2014AbstractsandPPTs/SocialCoastForum2014AbstractsandPresentations.pdf

- 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:
http://news.uga.edu/releases/article/us-senators-climate-change-tour-stops-at-ugas-sapelo-island-marine-institut/

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

Link to April 22, 2014 memorandum signed by EPD Director, Judson Turner:
http://www.gaepd.org/Files_PDF/techguide/wpb/GAEPD_Tidal_Creeks_Saltwater_Marshes_JHTMemo_Apr2014.pdf

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.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=loss-of-natural-buffers-could-double-number-of-people-at-risk-from-hurricanes

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."

http://www.nature.com/news/crowdsourcing-may-open-up-ocean-science-1.13341?WT.ec_id=NEWS-20130709

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.
http://www.estuaries.org/images/stories/RAE_Restore-Adapt-Mitigate_Climate-Chg-Report.pdf

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.

http://www.midatlanticoceanresearchplan.org/sites/www.midatlanticoceanresearchplan.org/files/u6/DraftMidAtlanticOceanResearchPlan.pdf

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.

http://www.gcrc.uga.edu/SARRP/Documents/SARRP_ResearchPlan_2010.pdf
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
http://www.restorethegulf.gov/release/2010/12/16/data-analysis-and-findings.

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


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This page was updated September 5, 2017