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Position Vacancies

Marine Policy Faculty; Sea Education Association

  Communications Specialist; Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism Secretariat
  Naturalist Position; Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment
  Marine Science Instructor; College of Marshall Islands
  Director of New Hampshire Sea Grant; New Hampshire Sea Grant
  Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Marine Fish Ecology; Humboldt State University, Department of Fisheries Biology
  University of Hawaii Sea Grant Agent Based at the College of the Marshall Islands; University of Hawaii Sea Grant
  Mary Derrickson McCurdy Visiting Scholar; Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University
  Coral Reef Ecologist; American Samoa Government: Department Of Marine & Wildlife Resources
  Crime/Trade Analyst - Vessel Monitoring System Technician; Ocean Associates, Inc. (for NOAA, NMFS)
  Senior Analyst; Ocean Associates, Inc. (for NOAA, NMFS)
  Natural Resource Specialist; Ocean Associates, Inc. (for NOAA, NMFS)
  Scientist 8; Ocean Associates, Inc. (for NOAA, NMFS)
  Scientist 9- Scientific Analyses of Harvest Management Strategies for Puget Sound Chinook; Ocean Associates, Inc. (for NOAA, NMFS)
  Scientist 7-Hatchery Management Plan; Ocean Associates, Inc. (for NOAA, NMFS)
  Data management officer; MedPAN
  Assistant Professor (Data Science in Biology or Marine Science); University of Hawai'i at Hilo
  Coordinator of SAFE (Saving Animals from Extinction); Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)
  Senior Research Associate - Coral Reef Ecologist; Lancaster University
  Communications and Social Media Coordinator; American Society for Microbiology
  Director, Marine Conservation Policy and Leadership; New England Aquarium
  Conservation Programs Director; Blue Ventures
  Research Associate; School of Marine and Environmental Affairs; UWA
  Research Associate; University of Glasgow
  Assistant Professor in Marine Conservation/Fisheries Science; University of California, Santa Barbara
  Coral Planner - Program Specialist IV; Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources
  National Research Council (NRC) Research Associateships; The National Academies
  Multicultural Faculty Fellow in Coastal and Marine Environmental Studies; University of Rhode Island, Dept. of Marine Affairs
  5 Staff Scientists; Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Post-Doc Positions

Sea Ice Prediction; University of Washington - Department of Atmospheric Sciences
  MarineGEO; Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network, Smithsonian Institution
  Postdoctoral Position in Coastal Ecosystem-based Management; University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
  Postdoctoral Fellow position in Marine Policy, Outreach, & Education; Woods Hole Sea Grant

Upcoming Conferences

Tenth International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Responses; UC-Berkeley

  2nd National Living Shorelines Technology Transfer Workshop; REA
  3rd Annual Coastal Ecology Symposium; College of Coastal Georgia
  Coastal Science at the Inflection Point: Celebrating Successes & Learning from Challenges; CERF

 

11th Graduate Climate Conference; MIT

Tools

Green Infrastructure Effectiveness Database; NOAA
  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

Resilience Webinar Series; FHWA Office of Planning - Environment - and Realty – HEP
 

Third Thursday Web Forum: Intersections between coastal protection and fisheries; South Atlantic LCC

  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

- Position Vacancy: Marine Policy Faculty; Sea Education Association

Sea Education Association (SEA), www.sea.edu, a non-profit educational institution located in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, invites applications for a full-time 9-month faculty position at the assistant or associate professor level in Marine Policy.

SEA offers innovative undergraduate programs (SEA Semester©) which combine marine sciences, leadership training, history and policy in an interdisciplinary study of the ocean and its relation to society. We are seeking candidates who possess strong training in marine and environmental policy, law and conservation with significant experience or training in the Atlantic, Caribbean or Pacific.

The successful candidate will have the desire to join and contribute to a deeply committed educational community and to pursue a professional agenda of innovative interdisciplinary teaching and excellent scholarship, working in a team with a marine scientist/oceanographer and nautical science instructor/licensed captain for 12-week programs on shore and at sea. A PhD or JD in a relevant field is required.

The position is a renewable appointment for nine months of work over a twelve-month period, involving approximately 14 weeks per year sea service with the remaining 25 weeks of work based in Woods Hole (Falmouth), MA. Teaching schedule will begin approximately January 2018. TBD

A review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, one-page statement of teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information for three professional references. Email materials to MarinePolicySearch@sea.edu. Questions about this position may also be sent to this email address.

SEA is committed to the development of a multicultural environment. We value input of multiple viewpoints and perspectives across the organization; our goal is to create an academic and working community that is rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity. Salary includes a competitive benefits package. SEA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Organization: Sea Education Association
Job Location: Woods Hole, MA
Duration: Full time
Application Deadline: Sunday, December 31, 2017 

- Position Vacancy: Communications Specialist; Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism Secretariat

Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified individuals to fill the position of CLME+ Communications Specialist with assigned duty station in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia where he/she will work with the CLME+ Project Coordination Unit.

Organization: Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism Secretariat
Job Location: Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Application Website: http://www.crfm.int/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=584%3Avacancy-anno...
Application Information:  clme_communication_specialist_2017_tors.pdf

- Position Vacancy: Naturalist Position; Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment

The Naturalist is responsible for developing and leading programs for guests ages 4+, as well as family and group activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, underwater photography and videography, land excursions, sustainable living lessons, nature art & craft and much more. Using the local and cultural heritage and the learning center as their base, the naturalist will lead groups of 8-12 people on morning, afternoon and/or evening activities. Naturalist will be responsible for preparing for each activity, ensuring that the co-naturalist is also prepared with any necessary materials, and guiding the group at all times.

Place of Work: Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment at Zadun, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Requirements
Degree in marine biology
Fluent in Spanish and English

Qualifications:
• Bachelors degree in Marine Biology
• Working knowledge and experience in coral reef ecology and environmental education
• Ability to understand verbal instructions
• Ability and desire to lead, organize, and supervise children
• Ability to plan, originate, organize and carry out daily and special programs
• Ability to relate to one’s peer group
• Ability to maintain and organize accurate records
• Ability to accept supervisor and/or director’s guidance
• Strong, positive character, integrity, and adaptability

Skills:
• Professional telephone skills
• Ability to work without direct supervision
• Ability to interact successfully with guests and clients
• Ability to prioritize and organize work assignments
• Ability to interact successfully with hotel management / staff

Essential Job Functions:
• Greet guests at reception area with a warm smile and using the guests name
• Assist guests with program check in
• Engage guests in pre-program activity until the desired module begins
• Prepare for activity and prepare co-naturalist/attendant
• Follow safety procedures at all times
• Keep track of all guests at all times
• Actively participate in all activities
• Contribute positively to discussions and share information with guests
• Replace and keep organized all program materials and equipment
• Request materials from Supervisor when things are missing
• Attend appropriate hotel meetings
• Continually improve program and make suggestions

Interested candidates should contact:
Richard Murphy, Ph.D. Director, Science and Education

Ocean Futures Society
rmurphsurf@gmail.com

Organization: Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment
Job Location: San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
Duration: Full Time - Permanent
Application Website: http://www.oceanfutures.org/job-opportunities/naturalist-position

- Position Vacancy: Director of New Hampshire Sea Grant; New Hampshire Sea Grant

The Director provides leadership and programmatic oversight for the New Hampshire Sea Grant College Program, a state-federal partnership based at the University of New Hampshire. The mission of New Hampshire Sea Grant is to promote responsible stewardship of New Hampshire’s ocean, coastal, and estuarine resources that supports coastal communities, economies and ecosystems through integrated research, education and extension efforts.

As Director, this position oversees all aspects of the New Hampshire Sea Grant College Program, including administrative, budgetary, office, and personnel issues. The Director will lead the development, submission, management and implementation of the 4-year omnibus Cooperative Agreement. The position represents the University through collaboration and partnerships with the academic and research community in New Hampshire and beyond, with in- state stakeholders, and with out-of-state and national institutions, such as the Sea Grant Association and NOAA. The Director reports to the Executive Director of the UNH School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering, and is advised by the New Hampshire Grant Policy Advisory Committee. This position requires some domestic and occasional international travel

Organization: New Hampshire Sea Grant
Job Location: Durham, New Hampshire
Duration: Full Time - Permanent
Application Deadline: Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Application Website: http://jobs.usnh.edu/postings/27926

- Position Vacancy: Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Marine Fish Ecology; Humboldt State University, Department of Fisheries Biology

Candidates should be committed to teaching excellence and to building a strong record of publication and grantsmanship. The successful candidate will complement existing strengths in freshwater fish ecology, genetics, aquaculture, and quantitative fishery science.  Expected areas of instructional assignments may include Marine Fish Ecology, US and World Fisheries, Fisheries Science Communication, Ichthyology, and specialized courses within the candidate’s area of expertise. Specific instructional assignments will be consistent with the expertise of the successful candidate and the programmatic needs of the Department of Fisheries Biology. Other expected duties include direction of graduate student research in the Fisheries option of the MS in Natural Resources.
The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching; research, scholarship and creative activity; and service to the University, profession and to the community.  These responsibilities include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions. Probationary faculty are typically provided ongoing mentorship to be a successful member of the faculty. During the first two years of the probationary period, a reduced workload supports the establishment of research, scholarship and/or creative activities required for retention, tenure and promotion. 

Organization: Humboldt State University, Department of Fisheries Biology
Job Location: Arcata, California
Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Application Website: https://apply.interfolio.com/46224

- Position Vacancy: University of Hawaii Sea Grant Agent Based at the College of the Marshall Islands; University of Hawaii Sea Grant

Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the University of Hawai'i Sea Grant College Program, located in Honolulu, Hawai'i.  Physical work location will be in Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) at the College of the Marshall Islands (CMI). Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws.

Duties

  • Works with natural resource management agencies to help with the review and assessment of coastal land use projects, land use planning, and coastal and marine hazards mitigation.
  • Works with the government, public and private sectors to identify best coastal and marine land use practices.
  • Conducts site visits and writes technical reports and provides technical assistance to diverse stakeholders. 
  • Assists in the development and implementation of research and planning projects.
  • Teaches one course annually at the CMI that is related to coastal processes and/or coastal resource management.

Primary Qualifications

Education/Training

Master's Degree from an accredited college or university in Ocean or Earth Science, Marine Biology, Engineering, or Geography with major coursework in biological sciences, coastal processes or land use, coastal science, ocean policy, coastal zone management, natural resource or ecosystem management or planning or related field.

Experience

At least three (3) years of successful experience in Cooperative Extension work, Sea Grant Extension work, or equivalent in research relevant to coastal processes.
Ability/Knowledge/Skills:

  • Knowledge of computer programs and geographical information systems including oceanographic wave and beach numerical modeling.
  • Skilled in facilitation and experience with collaborative research and outreach projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-lingual setting in independent roles. 
  • Must be SCUBA certified (NAUI, PADI, etc.) and meet the standards established by the University of Hawai'i's and/or programs diver certification process (which meets the standards set by the American Academy of Underwater Science) and hold the current certifications in CPR, First Aid, and Emergency Oxygen Administration, and maintain throughout duration of employment.

Physical/Medical Requirements:  Ability to lift and carry up to fifty (50) pounds. 

Policy and/or Regulatory Requirements

As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies and procedures and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawai’i's and/or business entity's policies and procedures.  Violation of RCUH's, UH's, or business entity's policies and/or procedures or applicable State or Federal laws and/or regulations may lead to disciplinary action(including, but not limited to possible termination of employment, personal fines, civil and/or criminal penalties, etc.).

Secondary Qualifications

  • PhD from an accredited college or university in Ocean or Earth Science, Marine Biology, Engineering, or Geography with major coursework in biological sciences, coastal processes or land use, coastal science, ocean policy, coastal zone management, natural resource or ecosystem management or planning or related field.
  • Familiarity with and ability to analyze data and information related to coastal processes and hazards, including climate change and oceanographic and meteorological data, and familiarity with statistical methods of interpreting these data.
  • Knowledge and ability to train others in Geographic Information System (GIS) applications. 
  • Familiarity with basic surveying and mapping techniques.
  • Familiarity with island shoreline characteristics and cultural/recreation practices including:  historical shoreline erosion rates and trends, seasonal wave dynamics, coastal processes and hazards, and wave reef interactions. 
  • Familiarity with common coastal hazard mitigation strategies and impacts on natural resources from resource extraction and restoration operations, beach erosion and formulation, littoral budgets, and impacts of alternative shore stabilization technologies and situations.
  • Previous experience in international coastal management and policy.

Inquiries: Darren Okimoto (808)956-7031 (Oahu).

Application Requirements: Please go to www.rcuh.com and click on "Job Postings." You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Salary History, 4) Supervisory References, 5) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s). All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawai'i Standard Time/RCUH receipt time) as stated on the job posting. If you do not have access to our system and the closing date is imminent, you may send additional documents to rcuh_employment@rcuh.com. If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-8344 or (808)956-0872.

Organization: University of Hawaii Sea Grant
Job Location: Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI)
Minimum Monthly Salary:  Salary commensurate with qualifications.

Duration: Full-Time - Regular

- Position Vacancy: Marine Science Instructor; College of Marshall Islands

The successful candidate will teach a mixture of 100 and 200-level marine science classes to support the new Marine Science Certificate program at CMI. These classes may include: Introduction to Marine Biology, Environmental Science, Tropical Marine Ecosystems, Marine Conservation and Management, Integrated Coastal Management, Marine Field Research Methods, Principles of Aquaculture, or Communicating in Natural Sciences. Teaching assignments include both lectures and lab sessions. The candidate also has opportunities to collaborate with local marine and environmental organizations on Majuro for research or monitoring projects.

Classification Type: Faculty

Required Qualifications
A Master's in Marine Science or related degree OR a Master’s in Education with Bachelor’s in Marine Science or related degree.
Experience teaching Marine Science or related subjects
Scuba diving certification or proficient snorkel skills

Preferred Qualifications
Experience teaching science at the post-secondary level
Experience teaching science in a community college setting, including leading lab sessions
Experience working or living internationally, especially in the Pacific region or within small, remote communities
Experience with ESL students
Dive Master or Dive Instructor certifications

All CMI employees are expected to demonstrate the following attributes:
1. Respect
2. Integrity
3. Cultural sensitivity
4. Customer relationship
5. Teamwork

Essential Duties
1. Teaching at least 15 credits per semester which typically include three science courses with weekly labs.
2. Advising students during early registration and registration periods.
3. Service to the college in areas of expertise.
4. Participation in on-going assessment and alignment of courses/programs and services.
5. Providing services to support the on-going expansion and advancement of the STEM Department, such as the development of new courses within areas of expertise.

Location: Uliga Campus

Required Documents
   1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
   2. Curriculum Vitae
   3. Unofficial Transcripts

Optional Documents
   1 Letter of Recommendation

Posting Link: https://jobs-cmi.peopleadmin.com/postings/491

- Position Vacancy: Mary Derrickson McCurdy Visiting Scholar; Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University

The Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University invites applications for the Mary Derrickson McCurdy Visiting Scholar, based at the Duke Marine Laboratory on the North Carolina coast. We seek an early career scholar who will benefit from support that allows her/him to pursue self-directed research, while engaging in the intellectual life of the Marine Laboratory. The PhD must be complete for the fellowship to commence.

We value diverse ways of knowing, understanding and learning and encourage applicants from all areas across the spectrum of Marine Science and Conservation, broadly construed (e.g., oceanography, biogeochemistry, marine technology, remote sensing, coastal geomorphology, ocean energy, deep-sea science, environmental toxicology, natural hazards, microbial ecology, marine biology and ecology, fisheries, conservation science, and human-environmental interactions at various scales and from different perspectives, e.g., political ecology, theories of collective-action and governance, economics, livelihoods and well-being). Individual qualifications, academic excellence appropriate to career stage and home discipline, and collegiality, rather than specific research area will be the primary criteria in selecting the successful candidate.

Job Location: Beaufort, North Carolina
Application Deadline: Sunday, December 3, 2017
Application Website: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo?action=joblist&id=10163&send=Go&.cgifiel...

- Position Vacancy: Coral Reef Ecologist; American Samoa Government: Department Of Marine & Wildlife Resources

The American Samoa Coral Reef Advisory Group is hiring a Coral Reef Ecologist who will provide the scientific and other technical support for the American Samoa Coral Reef Monitoring Program and other programs that conduct research on the status of coral reefs and the distribution of coral
reef fishes in the territory.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Conduct and develop local staff capacity in coral monitoring surveys at established sites, using SCUBA and snorkel techniques;
  • Develop training materials and train local staff in established coral reef monitoring protocols used by the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources in coordination with the Chief Fisheries Biologist;
  • Implement and manage the SCUBA dive and boating safety program;
  • Develop and implement protocols to respond to disturbances within coral reef ecosystems (e.g. ship groundings, coral bleaching and crown of thorn starfish outbreaks);
  • Manage monitoring data and conduct statistical data analysis techniques to inform and provide recommendations to local stakeholders on spatial and temporal trends of coral reef ecology in the territory. Perform logistic coordination for fieldwork and follow ups on project administration-related activities;
  • Provide technical expertise to other resource management agencies and the public as needed about the territory’s marine resources;
  • Chair the Climate Change Local Action Strategy Group and participate in relevant management activities through the Coral Reef Advisory Group, to help support territorial efforts for science-based management; and
  • Draft and publish department biological reports and submit performance reports; and scientific manuscripts.

Additional Requirements

  • Experience working on coral ecology research such as coral disease and coral demography;
  • Have experience working with a diverse group of stakeholders including (and especially local) communities, government agency staff, researchers, educators, and enforcement personnel;
  • Be culturally sensitive and have experience living and working in another culture, preferably a Pacific island community;
  • Have strong inter-personal, leadership and organizational skills;
  • Must be highly motivated and passionate about coral reef conservation; and
  • Must be independent worker but also a team player.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Be a highly-experienced SCUBA diver with at least 300 dives;
  • Have high coral species identification skill, with identification of algae and coral reef invertebrates an advantage;
  • Have been involved in basic or applied coral research and/or coral reef management for at least 3 years and preferably have worked in, the Pacific (Work experience in American Samoa is a definite advantage.);
  • Have experience in coral monitoring sampling design and implementation;
  • Have significant experience in univariate and multivariate statistics, with coral reef benthic data an advantage;
  • Experience in implementing and managing a SCUBA dive and boating safety program,
  • Experience in developing and implementing protocols to respond to disturbances within coral reef ecosystems ( e.g. ship groundings and coral bleaching events)
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills in English, including experience with writing and successfully acquiring grants;
  • Have significant experience in writing technical reports and preparing scientific manuscripts and presenting these reports in regional and international conferences; and
  • Have experience in managing grants, budget and project staff.

Minimum Qualifications: Preferable a PhD, however the minimum requirement is a Master’s Degree in biology, marine biology, fisheries or related field, with experience.

To Apply

Applicants must send a cover letter and a resume and their contact details (phone numbers and email addresses). Applicants should email these documents to the DMWR HR Manager, Caroline Tafeamaalii at: c.tafeamaalii@gmail..com, c.tafeamaalii@gmail.com with email subject: Coral Reef Ecologist Position. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews.

Attachments when submitting application must include the following:
1. Cover Letter
2. CV / Resume
3. References
4. Copy of degrees / official copy of transcripts

Please email alicelawrence.mpa@gmail.com with any questions about the position.
Job Location: American Somoa
Application Deadline: Friday, November 17, 2017

- Position Vacancy: Crime/Trade Analyst - Vessel Monitoring System Technician; Ocean Associates, Inc. (for NOAA, NMFS)

Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) is seeking a Crime/Trade Analyst - Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) Technician to provide support to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Office of Law Enforcement, in Gloucester, MA. OAI supplies personnel support services on contract to government and industry clients for marine fisheries and protected species. This position involves monitoring the location and movement of commercial fishing vessels operating on the Atlantic Ocean using GIS based systems. 

Duties

Provide Crime/Trade Analyst and VMS support services, including:

A.   Developing and maintaining, on a global level, expert knowledge in matters related to the harvest, processing and trade in living marine resources (fisheries and protected species). Execute confidentially agreements and maintain privacy, confidentiality, and secrecy of information and documents to which they receive access in the performance of their duties in accordance with U.S. Government, DOC, NOAA, NMFS, and OLE rules, regulations, and policies.

B.    Monitoring vessel activity to ensure compliance with assigned fisheries plans and all declaration and reporting requirements.

C.    Responding to and reaching out to industry owners, operators and others to ensure they are knowledgeable of declaration and reporting requirements.

D.    Collecting, reviewing, interpreting, evaluating, and integrating information from multiple sources, assessing the relevance and significance of information relative to international and domestic fishing rules and regulations. Estimates and recommendations are often made under conditions of urgency and pressure based upon mature judgment, experience and recognized professional standing.

E.    Reviewing reports prepared by other sources or agencies for technical accuracy and logical interpretation of the information. Preparation of justification for assessments/conclusion and brief OLE staff or others as directed.

F.    Identifying information requirements, information gaps, specify collection requirements to fill gaps, and evaluate the information collected in response to those requirements. Developing analytical tools and methodologies to analyze data and present conclusions.

G.   Tracking product or assets including vessels through multiple ownership or “flag state” changes. Analyze complex business transactions, and relationships.

H.    Utilizing various software analytical tools, including link analysis, and is proficient with GIS to produce computer-generated maps displaying violation activities.

I.     Creating reports on civil violations and criminal activities, including changing trends and patterns.

Required Knowledge and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university with a field of study emphasizing marine biology, fisheries, oceanography or similar.
  • One (1) – three (3) years of working with complex regulations, interpreting data from multiple sources, and communicating verbally and in writing with the public or a regulated industry.
  • Familiarity, experience and proficiency with software analytical tools, including link analysis and GIS based VMS equipment.
  • Familiarity with Federal and State fisheries and/or vessel regulatory practices.
  • Knowledge in matters related to the harvest, processing and trade in living marine resources (fisheries and protected species).
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Proficiency in data entry and report generation in both computer based forms and compiling formal papers.
  • Attention to detail and technical accuracy.

Additional Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with Herring, Long-fin Squid, and Mackerel fisheries with knowledge of multispecies, Scallop, Surf Clam, and Ocean Quahog fisheries.
  • Law enforcement, marine fisheries or Geographic Information Systems (GIS) background preferred.

This is a full-time 40-hr/week position (7:30am-4pm) with excellent employee benefits, including medical insurance, holiday, vacation, and sick leave.  Salary commensurate with experience.
Job Location: NMFS Greater Atlantic Region Fisheries Office, Office of Law Enforcement in Gloucester, MA
Expected position start date: As soon as possible
Application Website: https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=oceans&jobId=21...

- Position Vacancy: Senior Analyst; Ocean Associates, Inc. (for NOAA, NMFS)

Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) is seeking a Senior Analyst to provide support to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Office of Protected Resources (OPR) in Silver Spring MD. OAI supplies personnel support services on contract to government and industry clients for marine fisheries and protected species. The responsibilities of the position include writing and editing a variety of documents, memoranda, and reports related to OPR responsibilities for the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act, tracking progress on regulatory documents and regulations, ensuring that products are appropriate for the intended audience and consistently reflect the OPR Mission; assist the OPR Deputy e Director and the management support team with tasks needed to ensure the OPR Director is briefed and ready for meetings and engagements; perform analysis, evaluation and advisory functions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of OPR program and administrative operations; conduct or assist in conducting detailed inquiries to obtain all necessary information to fully support the OPR Director and Deputy in advance of meetings.The position requires working in a fast paced environment with strict adherence to deadlines.

Duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Managing taskers by tracking and assigning them to the appropriate staff. Review and edit responses and clear responses with the OPR Deputy Director  prior to submitting the response.
  • Preparing weekly reporting materials to track OPR  regulatory actions and the status of materials submitted for clearance.
  • Attending meetings to review weekly reports, provide updates on status of regulatory actions and materials submitted for clearance, and field questions from upper management related to items in the reports.
  • Taking notes at regularly scheduled OPR Division Chief meetings and compile them for Office-wide distribution.
  • Preparing the OPR Director and Deputy Director for meeting and presentation activities by developing agendas, presentation slides and talking points, as well as arranging logistics.
  • Working with OPR Division managers and their staff to solicit input, distill key points, and develop documents for use by the OPR Director and Deputy or in response to requests from Fisheries Management or Congressional Staff.
  • Special projects as needed for the OPR Director.  

Qualifications:

Selected individual(s) must have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study and with an emphasis in fisheries, , social science, natural science, plus three (3) years of experience in related field to the stated duties  or combination of such totaling seven (7) years combined education/experience.  
  • A Master’s Degree may be substituted for experience.

Specialized Experience

  • Experience providing support during the development of, preparation for and execution of meetings, presentations, testimony, roundtables, hearings, or conferences, including materials collection and/or development and ensuring quality control and completeness and consistency.
  • Experience tracking activities and tasks that result from meeting participation or incoming requests, as well as proactively monitoring action items, researching needed information, and managing due dates.
  • Ability to work well with people in all levels of an organization, staff, management, and leadership.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in writing and speech, especially the ability to edit and distill key points.
  • Ability to be well organized and handle multiple tasks at once.

This is a full time position based on 40 hrs/week with generous employee benefits. Hourly rate is commensurate with experience. The position needs to be filled as soon as possible.

Only qualified applicants that meet minimum experience or background requirements stated above need apply.

Job Location: Silver Spring, Maryland

Duration: Full Time - Permanent

Application Website: https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=oceans&jobId=21...

- Position Vacancy: Natural Resource Specialist; Ocean Associates, Inc. (for NOAA, NMFS)

Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) is seeking a Natural Resource Specialist to provide support to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), in Santa Rosa, CA. OAI supplies personnel support services on contract to government and industry clients for marine fisheries and protected species. This position will provide technical assistance on protecting, restoring, and monitoring submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) within the San Francisco Bay Estuary (the Bay), and help streamline the regulatory process for mitigating the adverse impact on SAV in the Bay. The incumbent will also help manage eelgrass (Zostera marina) mitigation funds from the California Department of Transportation for adverse impacts on eelgrass resulting from the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge East Span Seismic Safety Project. This is an excellent opportunity for a person with a strong estuarine background to contribute to NOAA’s effort to mitigate adverse impacts on eelgrass in the Bay. 

Duties

  • Provide assistance in managing eelgrass mitigation funds from the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Project and provide periodic updates to project managers.
  • Provide technical assistance and seagrass expertise for implementation of eelgrass restoration and monitoring projects.
  • Lead and complete regulatory reviews and associated Endangered Species (ESA)/Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) consultations for projects with potential impacts or benefits to submerged aquatic vegetation in the Bay.
  • Present results of seagrass protection and restoration at an applicable San Francisco Bay Estuary Conference. 

Required Knowledge and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree and six years’ experience or Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in biology or field of study relating and four (4) years’ experience relating to the specific duties
  • Expert knowledge of estuarine and marine habitats, including seagrasses and kelp.
  • The ability to evaluate effects of proposed federal development actions on seagrass and its function as fish habitat.
  • The ability to manage and track projects, and solve problems while working independently.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills. 

Preferred Knowledge and Experience

  • Experience with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA)
  • Experience with the Endangered Species Act (ESA)
  • Experience with the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (FWCA)
  • Experience with Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) and ESA Section 7 Consultations
  • Experience developing and managing budgets

Expected position start date: As soon as possible
Location: NMFS California Coastal Office in Santa Rosa, CA
Salary and Benefits: This is a full-time 40 hr/week position with excellent employee benefits, including medical insurance, holiday, vacation, and sick leave.  Salary commensurate with experience.
Duration: Full Time - Permanent
Application Website: https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=oceans&jobId=21...

- Position Vacancy: Scientist 8; Ocean Associates, Inc. (for NOAA, NMFS)

Ocean Associates, Inc.(OAI) is seeking a Scientist 8 to provide support to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), in Portland, Oregon. OAI supplies personnel support services on contract to government and industry clients for marine fisheries and protected species. This position will support the recovery planning of 36 marine and anadromous species listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The incumbent will assist NOAA’s West Coast Region (WCR) in providing staff and external recovery partners with scientific analyses and data summaries to inform recovery action planning, prioritization, implementation, and subsequent evaluation of performance measures and program effectiveness. This will involve providing general scientific and analytical support for the WCR’s ESA recovery program, providing program analysis of the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund program, and providing training and support for internal and external users of the WCR’s Recovery Action Mapping Tool. This is an excellent opportunity for a person with a strong scientific background to contribute to NOAA’s effort to recover threatened and endangered species. 

Duties

Provide general scientific and analytical support for the WCR’s ESA recovery program, including:

  • Coordinating with area office staff, recovery coordinators, and external recovery partners in identifying needed data layers, scientific analyses, and data summaries.
  • Providing mapping services, database management, and geospatial analyses in support of all WCR divisions.
  • Assisting WCR staff with Critical Habitat designations.
  • Coordinating with the Northwest Fisheries Science Center staff on databases, updating and providing public access to data, and connecting systems to provide strategic program planning.
  • Supporting recovery plan development and implementation by providing summary maps, spatial analyses, and other data summaries to guide recovery implementation and action prioritization.
  • Supporting West Coast Region Section 7 consultation biologists by providing access to current data, producing summary maps, spatial analyses and other data summaries to assist them in their analyses.
  • Assisting with scientific and policy analyses, technical writing, and document preparation (tables, graphs, maps, etc.)
  • Analyzing recovery action and project implementation data; prepare summary reports and other materials.

 Provide program analysis of the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund (PCSRF) program including:

  • Evaluating and analyzing program performance measures.
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of program and project implementation.
  • Conducting spatial analyses of salmonid limiting factors and threats to guide priority project locations and work types to help guide project implementers.
  • Assisting with reviewing projects, tracking progress, providing data QA/QC, and revising the reporting framework.
  • Analyzing project data and preparing summary reports and other materials.
  • Developing a method to link PCSRF projects to ESA recovery actions in the Recovery Action Mapping Tool.

 Provide training and support for internal and external users of the WCR’s Recovery Action Mapping Tool (RAMT) including:

  • Managing the content in the RAMT Oracle database.
  • Providing trainings as needed for West Coast Region staff on data entry and use of the RAMT.
  • Assisting internal NOAA and external parties in making RAMT data accessible in other data systems.
  • Designing potential RAMT improvements to include actions for other ESA-listed species under NMFS’ jurisdiction such as sea turtles, marine mammals, groundfish, eulachon, green sturgeon, etc.
  • Coordinating with the Northwest Fisheries Science Center on maintenance and refinement of RAMT.
  • Assisting WCR recovery coordinators and staff in QA/QC of recovery action data entry.
  • Evaluating effectiveness of recovery action implementation, and generate action implementation targets to meet recovery goals.
  • Evaluating and analyzing recovery action performance measures.
  • Managing the RAMT user list. 

 Required Knowledge and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study as related to the requirements of the position with emphasis in fisheries, oceanography, social science, natural science, mathematics or hydrology, plus six (6) years of experience in a related field or combination of such totaling ten (10) years combined education/experience. Master’s degree in related field plus two (2) years of experience or Ph.D. may be substituted for experience.
  • Two (2) years direct experience in Pacific coastal salmon recovery planning, coordination, and implementation
  • Working knowledge of WCR’s Recovery Action Mapping Tool and system requirements
  • Working knowledge of NMFS, WCR programs, ESA recovery planning and implementation statutory requirements, and West Coast ESA recovery programs and projects
  • Expertise using GIS mapping tools and analyzing GIS data

Expected position start date: As soon as possible
Salary and Benefits: This is a full-time 40 hr/week position with excellent employee benefits, including medical insurance, holiday, vacation, and sick leave.  Salary commensurate with experience.
Job Location: NMFS West Coast Region Office in Portland, Oregon
Duration: Full Time - Permanent
Application Website: https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=oceans&jobId=21...

- Position Vacancy: Scientist 9- Scientific Analyses of Harvest Management Strategies for Puget Sound Chinook; Ocean Associates, Inc. (for NOAA, NMFS)

Ocean Associates, Inc.(OAI) is seeking applicants for a Scientist 9 position to provide technical analyses, including harvest management strategies for Puget Sound Chinook salmon, and scientific writing support to NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service West Coast Regional Office.

This is a part-time position for 385 regular work hours with a Base performance period ASAP through December 31, 2017 and an Option period with 150 regular work hours with a performance period of 1/1/18-12/31/18. Average estimated hours per week are 10 to 20. The work may be done remotely at a location convenient to the incumbent and approved by the NMFS Project Leader for this Task Order. 

Duties 

Provide technical analyses and scientific writing services to NMFS associated with (1) the revision of the Puget Sound Chinook Rebuilding Exploitation Rates; (2) evaluation and assessment under the Endangered Species Act of a new Puget Sound Chinook Harvest Management Plan; (3) evaluation and assessment of a new U.S. V. Oregon Management Agreement; and, (4) evaluation and assessment of a new Pacific Salmon Treaty Agreement, all of which are currently under development. 
These tasks will require close coordination with NMFS staff in Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon regional offices who are familiar with the scope and content of the proposed harvest strategies and management plans, and the risks and benefits for listed salmon and steelhead populations in the region. Aspects of the technical analyses may also require close coordination with Northwest Fisheries Science Center scientists. 

Qualifications

Selected individual must have the following minimum qualifications:

  • BS degree, or higher from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study as related to the requirements of specific task order with emphasis in fisheries, oceanography, social science, natural science, mathematics, or hydrology, plus six (6) years of experience in related field or combination of such totaling twelve (12) years combined education/experience. MS degree in related field plus four (4) years experience or Ph.D degree may be substituted for experience.
  • Proven, extensive scientific expertise regarding anadromous salmonid life history, habitat requirements, andlimiting factors to survival and productivity in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Technical writing experience completing analyses, reports, or studies addressing Pacific Northwest anadromous salmon and their habitat.
  • Experience with harvest management models and data use to manage Pacific Northwest salmon fisheries.
  • Experience conducting technical analyses and assessment for anadromous salmonids, particularly related to life-cycle modelling and assessment of management actions on Pacific Northwest salmonids.
  • Knowledge of the fisheries management frameworks in the West Coast region.

Application Website: https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=oceans&jobId=18...

- Position Vacancy: Scientist 7-Hatchery Management Plan; Ocean Associates, Inc. (for NOAA, NMFS)

Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) is seeking a Scientist 7 to support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), California Coastal Office in Santa Rosa, CA. OAI conducts research, offers policy advice, and provides personnel support services to government and industry clients for marine fisheries and protected species.

The NMFS California Coastal Office (CCO) together with salmon resource co-managers, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), the US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), and others participate in Hatchery Coordination Teams (HCTs) which assemble, organize and apply the best available scientific information in providing guidance and recommendations to improve anadromous hatchery operations, reduce hatchery impacts to natural populations, and support commercial, recreational and tribal fisheries. Hatchery programs within the CCO are largely implemented to provide adult fish for harvest in state fisheries, as mitigation for lost natural-origin salmonid production in the region, and/or are also implemented to preserve and recover salmon and steelhead populations that are at risk of extirpation. There are several Endangered Species Act (ESA) -listed “threatened” anadromous salmonid populations under NMFS regulatory purview that may be affected by operation of these hatchery programs. As such, these programs require Hatchery Genetic Management Plans (HGMPs) under the ESA with review and approval by NMFS to ensure their effects (“takes”) do not jeopardize the continued existence and recovery of listed salmon and steelhead.

The NMFS review and determination processes require completion of HGMPs that identify program goals and operations, performance standards and identification of indicators, associated monitoring, and identification of future research to study and adaptively manage various program elements. Additionally, Fishery Evaluation Management Plans are required for programs that provide fish for recreational harvest. Permits are issued following development of these documents, following appropriate environmental evaluation including National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements.

The Division seeks contractor support services to satisfy the overall operational objectives of promoting the protection, conservation, and recovery of anadromous fish and their habitat. The primary objective is to work implementing the statutes and mandates of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) with particular emphasis on Sections 4, 7, and 10(a)(1)(A), and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Description of Work and Services

The NMFS seeks contractor services to assist with the drafting of HGMP, ESA and NEPA documents, and to perform technical editing, update and revisions of existing documents to ensure they are well written and legally defensible, for co-manager review prior to the responsible agencies submitting to NMFS.

Under the guidance of HCTs, independently write and edit ESA and NEPA documents for California Coastal Office area hatchery programs and associated fisheries. Review and edit ESA and NEPA documents to create clarity and logical flow of analysis. Revise draft HGMP and ESA documents and NEPA effects evaluation and determination documents based on review comments from NMFS, HCTs, States, responsible agencies and the general public to complete final versions of the documents.
The contractor shall attend HCT meetings and work under the guidance of NMFS and co-managers to write and edit HGMP’s, ESA and NEPA documents for CCO Steelhead programs, incorporating recommendations from the HCT in making revisions to draft versions of the documents for co-manager review and approval, prior to the finalization of final document by responsible agencies for NMFS review.

Specific tasks include:

Attend regular HCT meetings, meet together with co-managers and develop, revise, and edit planning documents for steelhead hatchery programs, including chapters describing the program objectives, operations, purpose, and effects, performance standards and indicators, broodstock origin, identity, collection and mating protocols, incubation, rearing and release mechanisms and monitoring/research.

Travel is required to meet with State/Federal responsible agencies regarding fishery and hatchery programs. Exact dates of travel will be determined based on need to attend meetings, and complete site visits in support of tasks.

Deliverables

Respond to and incorporate technical review comments from NMFS and co-managers on up to three draft HGMP’s for co-manager review and approval, in preparation for co-manager final document submittal to NMFS.

Qualifications

Selected individual(s) must have the following minimum qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study as related to the requirements of specific task order with emphasis in fisheries, oceanography, social science, natural science, mathematics, or hydrology, plus four (5) years of experience in related field or combination of such totaling nine (9) years combined education/experience. Master’s degree in related field plus one (1) year experience or a Ph. D. may be substituted for experience.

Additional required qualifications include:

  1. Knowledge of salmon and steelhead hatchery and fishery programs, their objectives, and their effects on natural-origin fish populations.
  2. Experience working with the National Environmental Policy Act.

Only qualified applicants that meet minimum experience or background requirements stated above need apply. 

Expected position start date: As soon as possible
Location: NMFS California Coastal Office in Santa Rosa, CA
Salary and Benefits: This is a full-time 40 hr/week position with excellent employee benefits, including medical insurance, holiday, vacation, and sick leave.  Salary commensurate with experience.
Duration: Full Time Permanent - Contract
Application Website: https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=oceans&jobId=20...

- Position Vacancy: Multicultural Faculty Fellow in Coastal and Marine Environmental Studies; University of Rhode Island, Dept. of Marine Affairs

The Department of Marine Affairs (MAF) in the College of Environment and Life Sciences at the University of Rhode Island (URI) seeks a Multicultural Faculty Fellow with a research focus in social sciences, humanities, law, or policy relevant to marine and coastal management issues and a commitment to bringing multicultural perspectives to the curriculum, department, college and university. This position is intended to help increase the capacity of the Marine Affairs faculty and students to advance issues of diversity within MAF’s academic programs and research. The anticipated start date for the two-year appointment is August 2018. Subject to a favorable review of teaching and scholarly activities within the first twelve months, the Fellow will transition into a full-time, funded, tenure-track faculty position. 

DEADLINE: This search is open until filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by October 16.  Second consideration may be given to applications received by November 6. Applications received subsequent to second consideration date may not be given full consideration.

To view the full job posting including the Duties & Responsibilities and Qualifications and to apply online, please visit https://jobs.uri.edu/postings/2738.

Located within URI’s College of Environment and Life Sciences, the Marine Affairs department offers Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees.  The mission of the Department of Marine Affairs is to advance research on and provide leadership for the management of complex coastal and marine environments through distinction in teaching, research, and outreach.  Marine Affairs’ students develop the analytical, collaborative, communication, and leadership skills necessary to make theoretical and applied contributions to socially just, ecologically sound, and sustainable human-environment interactions associated with coastal and marine systems.  To learn more about the department, please visit http://web.uri.edu/maf/.

Organization: University of Rhode Island, Dept. of Marine Affairs
Job Location: Kingston, Rhode Island
Application Deadline: Monday, November 6, 2017
Application Website: To view full posting and apply on-line

- Position Vacancy: Coral Planner - Program Specialist IV; Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources

The Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) coral program focuses on coral reef ecosystem protection and restoration (i.e., develops new and innovative coral projects); prepares and oversees coral grants ensuring timeliness of all grant/project deliverables; and provides the agency with current information on issues of concern (e.g., disease, bleaching, etc.); and performs other related duties as assigned.

Organization: Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources
Job Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Duration: Full-time - Permanent
Application Website: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/hawaii/jobs/1789612/program-speciali...

- Position Vacancy: Assistant Professor in Marine Conservation/Fisheries Science; University of California, Santa Barbara

The Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Science (IGPMS: www.igpms.ucsb.edu) at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track position in marine conservation and/or fisheries science at the rank of Assistant Professor with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2018. Applicants should possess a PhD or equivalent or have completed all requirements for the degree by the time of appointment.

We are searching for a highly innovative and collaborative scholar of marine science who focuses on any aspect (or combination of) ecological or environmental dimensions of marine conservation or fisheries science. All marine habitats from tropical to polar and from coastal to open ocean will be considered. The ideal candidate should apply quantitative methods to answer critical questions relevant to marine resource management, conservation and/or fisheries. The successful candidate will hold an appointment in one or more academic department that participates in the IGPMS, and is expected to develop an internationally recognized research program, mentor graduate and undergraduate students in the candidate’s area of expertise, and teach both graduate and undergraduate courses.

Applicants should submit: 1) an application letter, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a statement of research accomplishments and future plans, 4) a statement of teaching experience and interests, 5) an optional statement describing commitment to diversity, 6) up to three selected publications, and 7) names and contact information of at least three persons willing to provide letters of reference (the committee will solicit letters for a short list of candidates).

Submit applications electronically to: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01111 and address questions to igpmsfisheries@bren.ucsb.edu. Applications completed by December 15, 2017 will receive priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled.

The IGPMS is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.

Job Location: Santa Barbara, Canada
Application Deadline: Friday, December 15, 2017

Application Website: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01111

- Position Vacancies: Research Associate; University of Glasgow

To make a leading contribution to bioinformatics and statistical analysis of the recently funded microbiome projects, namely and not limited to: A microbial basis for Atlantic Salmon energetics (BBSRC BB/P001203/1); Optimizing decentralized low cost infrastructure by managing the microbes (EPSRC EP/P029329/1), we seek an exceptional post-doctoral candidate to work with Dr Umer Zeeshan Ijaz and Professor William T. Sloan to advance the computational framework already in place at the Water & Environment Group (See http://userweb.eng.gla.ac.uk/umer.ijaz/#bioinformatics for details). Specifically, the job requires expert knowledge in processing and analyzing omics datasets with pivotal focus on methods development.

The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications and research proposals as well as help manage and direct this complex and challenging project as opportunities allow.

Duration: Full-time, 28-months
Salary: £34,520 to £38,833
Application Deadline: Sunday, November 12, 2017
Application Website: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BEV662/research-associate/

- Position Vacancy: Research Associate; School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, UWA

Search Number: NN25398

The College of the Environment invites applications for a Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) Actionable Science Postdoctoral Fellow. The NW CSC is one of eight regional Climate Science Centers dedicated to delivering science that helps wildlife, water, land, and people adapt to a changing climate. Established by the Department of Interior in 2010, the NW CSC is newly hosted by the University of Washington’s College of the Environment, which leads a multi-university consortium including Boise State University, University of Montana, Washington State University and Western Washington University. Research at the NW CSC provides objective scientific information and tools that Northwest managers of land, water, wildlife, and cultural resources can use to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change.

Working closely with the UW director and deputy director of the NW CSC, the Actionable Science Fellow will play a leading role in the NW CSC’s efforts to foster the region’s actionable climate science workforce. Specifically, the NW CSC Actionable Science Fellow will support the NW CSC’s education, training, and capacity-building efforts by: 1) facilitating the actionable science efforts of the NW CSC’s graduate fellowship program, including leading fellows’ capacity-building activities, supporting fellows’ co-production and communication efforts, and promoting synergistic opportunities among fellows’ projects and other regional research and management activities; 2) supporting the NW CSC regional dialogue and information-sharing activities, such as actionable science webinars and the Climate Boot Camp (an annual, multi-day workshop for regional scientists and decision-makers), including designing an agenda that supports participant learning and engagement and assisting in development of Boot Camp products (e.g., white papers, research agendas); and 3) evaluating the efficacy of these activities in promoting regional communities of practice and actionable climate science capacity. Evaluation insights will be used to adjust NW CSC co-production activities over time.

The position requires a PhD or foreign equivalent in an area of natural or social science related to climate change (e.g., earth science, atmospheric science, biology, forestry, hydrology, human geography, anthropology, political science), with demonstrated experience conducting research, assessment, and stakeholder engagement related to climate change impacts and/or adaptation. The position requires demonstrated experience in the co-creation of knowledge, co-definition of research problems, and successfully linking science and decision-making. In addition, the position requires demonstrated success in teaching and mentoring, engagement with diverse stakeholders, and superior writing and oral communication skills.
Salary will be dependent on qualifications and experience.

Job Duties:

  • Lead implementation and assessment of the NW CSC’s graduate fellowship program’s actionable science capacity-building activities (e.g., facilitating cohort meetings, developing and delivering training modules, and supporting engagement of fellows with regional management efforts)
  • Plan and implement the Climate Boot Camp (an annual, multi-day workshop for regional scientists and decision-makers), including designing an agenda that supports participant learning and engagement and assisting in development of Boot Camp products (e.g., synthesis papers, research agendas)
  • Direct other NW CSC regional dialogue and information-sharing activities, such as actionable science webinars
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the NW CSC’s efforts to build actionable science capacity and regional communities of practice
  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements:

  • Doctoral degree, in an area of natural or social science related to climate change (e.g., earth science, atmospheric science, biology, forestry, hydrology, human geography, anthropology, political science)
  • One to three years’ experience working at the interface of climate science and decision-making
  • Familiarity with climate change issues and contexts
  • Significant teaching and/or mentoring experience
  • Project coordination experience, with proven attention to detail
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Energetic, self-starter
  • Commitment to a collaborative, team environment

Desired Skills:

  • Science communication training/experience
  • Familiarity with the state of knowledge of climate impacts in the Pacific Northwest, and with adaptation efforts underway by public and private sector organizations
  • Experience with efforts where knowledge is co-produced by researchers and practitioners through close collaboration.
  • Skills and demonstrated experience as a boundary spanner, working across disciplines, sectors, and levels of governance
  • Skills and demonstrated experience in convening and facilitation

Culture of the NW CSC at UW:  Qualities and attributes that our part of our culture and highly valued include:

  • Being timely and professional in all interactions
  • Treating others with dignity and respect
  • Taking leadership and initiative
  • Holding sensitive information in confidence
  • Being willing to pitch in as needed to ensure success of team
  • Maintaining a sense of humor

Equivalent education/experience may substitute for minimum requirements.
The College of the Environment promotes diversity and inclusivity among our students, faculty, staff, and public. Thus, we are strongly seeking candidates whose experiences have prepared them to fulfill our commitment to inclusion and have given them the confidence to fully engage audiences from a wide spectrum of backgrounds.

This is a full-time position. All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service.
For questions about this position, including potential disability accommodations, please contact Adrienne Karpov at karpov@uw.edu or 206-616-5350.

Application Instructions:
Applicants should supply a curriculum vitae, a statement of experience and interest to: Amy Snover, Ph.D., at aksnover@uw.edu.

Job Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website: 

http://ap.washington.edu/ahr/academic-jobs/position/nn25398/?mc_cid=f0725f6...

- Position Vacancy: Conservation Programs Director; Blue Ventures

Organization Overview

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

Summary Job Description

We are recruiting for an experienced leader and strategist to direct BV’s global conservation team. This senior leadership position is responsible for strategic oversight and direction of program design and delivery across our growing portfolio of field operations in tropical coastal states, as well as playing an instrumental role in shaping our growing organization.

We’re looking for someone with outstanding management and leadership skills, particularly attuned to leading and empowering senior managers to design and execute innovative community-based programs in challenging settings. This is a pivotal leadership role within the organization, responsible for ensuring that BV delivers effective, innovative and scalable marine conservation and community development interventions in line with our mission. The position will be instrumental in promoting innovation in the tropical marine conservation sector by leading BV’s programming in priority regions in pursuit of our 2020 vision.

We are seeking to appoint a highly motivated, pragmatic individual who is resourceful and strategic in managing a team to deliver a diverse and evolving series of conservation interventions, while understanding and responding to the needs and interests of BV’s partner communities and stakeholders.The successful candidate will have a strong background in managing and overseeing community-based development initiatives. This will ideally include a proven track record of designing and implementing integrated natural resource management and rural development initiatives, including piloting and testing new approaches, and building robust monitoring, evaluation and learning systems.

We are looking for an individual who is open to new ideas and embraces innovation and who can demonstrate experience of building effective working partnerships for conservation and/or development. Assessment of applications will include candidates’ alignment with BV’s core values and mission to support human rights-based approaches to marine conservation and fisheries management.

The successful candidate will join the organization at a time of rapid growth, and will thrive in environments that are fast-paced, collegiate and ambitious. We are looking for a dynamic leader demonstrating practical experience of leading and inspiring an international team, and responding effectively to urgent changes and challenges to operational planning whilst staying aligned to a core mission and strategy.

The successful candidate will report to BV’s Executive Director, and lead a team of five that is responsible for managing and supporting a growing team of more than 140 field-based colleagues. The Conservation Programs Director plays a central role in BV’s five-person senior management team, and will travel regularly to work closely with overseas colleagues, partners, field teams and communities.

Application Process

To discuss this role informally please contact our recruitment team (jobs@blueventures.org) .
Applicants should apply online, via the Blue Ventures Website by Friday 17th November 2017. All shortlisted candidates will be contacted within two weeks of this date.

Job Location: London, UK
Duration: Permanent
Salary: Competitive salary based on experience
Application Website: Conservation Programmes Director- Application Link
Application Information:  bv_cpd_application_pack.pdf

- Position Vacancy: Director, Marine Conservation Policy and Leadership; New England Aquarium

The Director, Marine Conservation Policy and Leadership will play a key leadership role overseeing two emerging domains in the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at New England Aquarium (Anderson Cabot Center) Ocean Based Conservation Policy and External Affairs and the nascent Marine Conservation Leadership Program (MCLP) which develops, empowers and supports conservation leaders from around the world. These domains integrate and strengthen existing Anderson Cabot Center and New England Aquarium (Aquarium) Education Department programs to transform science into action. 

The position will work closely with Aquarium and Anderson Cabot Center leadership, staff and other Aquarium departments to lead, define and implement tactical frameworks, priorities, external relationships, and short-term goals for these areas. He/she will also supervise program managers in these areas, and will report to the Aquarium's Vice President for Programs, Exhibits and Planning with additional programmatic oversight from the Vice President of the Anderson Cabot Center. 

Essential Functions

Marine Conservation Policy Program

  • In support of the newly established Anderson Cabot Center/Aquarium policy position statement and strategy, devise proactive ocean conservation policy strategies, partnerships and short-term goals to support targeted strategic outcomes.
  • Policy Program Lead the development and implementation of a policy and advocacy program that leverages and amplifies the work of the Anderson Cabot Center and Aquarium. Lead an internal policy strategy task force that works with Anderson Cabot Center/Aquarium leadership to formulate action plans with respect to the institutions' role in major policy initiatives. Serve as the point person for policy initiatives which the Anderson Cabot Center/Aquarium leads or in which its involvement or partnership is sought.
  • Networking Lead the building and maintaining of external networking relationships and involvement in select domestic and international policy and advocacy coalitions related to the Anderson Cabot Center/Aquarium's programs. Increase the Anderson Cabot Center/Aquarium's sphere of influence by strengthening relationships with NGO's, policy makers and other ocean conservation stakeholders. Serve as the lead and/or oversee staff to increase Aquarium's role as a collaborative member of the Aquarium Conservation Partnership (ACP) program.
  • Compliance Oversee the Aquarium's lobbying compliance, and serve as relationship lead with existing advocacy/outreach partners.
  • Convening Work with Anderson Cabot Center/Aquarium program leads to strategically convene workshops and other forums to help meet strategic goals.
  • Fundraising Work closely with Development staff to support philanthropic goals to achieve outcomes.
  • Communications Collaborate with Anderson Cabot Center to create a variety of internal and external communication media (e.g., editorials, public comments to proposed legislation, briefings and emails) as needed.

Marine Conservation Leadership Program

  • Oversee the newly formed Marine Conservation Leadership Program, which encompasses four programmatic initiatives focused on preparing, empowering, and convening a global network of conservation leaders.
  • Program Strategy Work closely with existing program leads and Vice Presidents of Anderson Cabot Center and Programs, Exhibits and Planning to complete strategic build out of program.
  • Conservation Entrepreneurs Align the existing Marine Conservation Action Fund with broader MCLP and Anderson Cabot Center goals.
  • Fellows Program Lead and support the formalization of an international Fellows program (presently in a pilot phase), a collaborative between the Anderson Cabot Center and Aquarium Educational programs.
  • Future Leaders Collaborate with Aquarium Education staff to provide opportunities for youth to engage with Anderson Cabot Center staff, fellows, and interns. Develop internship programs for students pursuing degrees in marine conservation. Provide Aquarium Education staff with Anderson Cabot Center content and resources to support program development.
  • Alignment Harness the collective strengths of MCLP, Education and other Anderson Cabot Center and Aquarium programs to better align with specific Anderson Cabot Center/Aquarium goals. Develop a framework for the skills, knowledge and resources needed to be an ocean conservation leader and align programs with this framework.
  • Outreach Work closely with VP of Anderson Cabot Center, Development and Marketing/Communications staff to ensure broader reach for the MCLP program, including the establishment of new partnerships, and a potential advisory committee.
  • Evaluation Oversee program evaluation, including measurement of program outputs, outcomes and effectiveness.

Qualifications

Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced degree in environmental (preferably ocean-related) science or policy.
  • 10-15 years of experience managing or leading a mission based conservation program or organization that involves U.S. (and ideally international) ocean conservation goals.
  • Outstanding leadership skills with a track record of involvement in major U.S. or international marine policy initiatives and/or coalitions.
  • Strong established external networks in the ocean conservation landscape, ideally related to ocean conservation NGOs and private foundations. Proven record of leadership and/or instrumental roles in coalition building.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Involvement (ideal) or familiarity (at a minimum) with Northeast U.S. planning, spatial and/or fisheries management.
  • Experience or exposure in state, federal, and/or international environmental policy-making arenas, as well as the non-profit sectors.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking.
  • Demonstrated leadership in designing strategic tactical frameworks for reaching environmental conservation goals that span a diverse array of both regional and distant programmatic areas.
  • Highly motivated with strong organizational and interpersonal skills to work collaboratively with other leaders/staff in the Anderson Cabot Center, the Aquarium leadership team, colleagues from other Aquarium departments, members of the Aquarium Board, donors and additional stakeholder groups outside of Aquarium.
  • Personally committed to the growth and team building environment of the Anderson Cabot Center and integration with Aquarium. 
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule, and to travel extensively (locally, nationally and internationally).

Note: The Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium was launched in June of 2016 to build upon and amplify the Aquarium's decades-long legacy of solutions-based marine conservation research and engagement. New England Aquarium's enhanced commitment to mission programs and outcomes involves a bold new strategic plan, which includes programmatic realignment and focus and the addition of new capabilities, staff and program leadership.

For more information and to apply online please visit: http://neaq.applicantpro.com/jobs/
Organization: New England Aquarium
Job Location: Boston, MA
Duration: Full Time Regular

- Position Vacancy: Communications and Social Media Coordinator; American Society for Microbiology

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) is looking for a full-time rock-star communications and social media coordinator. Based in Washington, DC, ASM is part of one of science's most exciting fields. The Coordinator will be part of a team in ASM’s award-winning Marketing and Communications department. Responsibilities include but not limited to: serving as communication account coordinator for the society’s key departments, and management of ASM's social media channels and functions. Incumbent will also be responsible for monitoring various campaign activities and use data/ findings to modify and inform future plans and actions.

If you are ready for a real challenge and to make a real difference in science, apply for this unique position today.

Duration: Full-time
Application Website:      https://www.asm.org/index.php/asm-hq-job-postings/360-asm-hq-job-postings/l...

- Position Vacancy: Senior Research Associate - Coral Reef Ecologist; Lancaster University

An exciting opportunity exists for a coral reef scientist or marine community ecologist to contribute to a Bertarelli Foundation funded project: Coral reef fish ecology and functioning in the Chagos Archipelago.

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic marine scientist to contribute to a project investigating coral reef fish ecology and functioning in the Chagos Archipelago (British Indian Ocean Territory). The Chagos Archipelago is unique in the Indian Ocean in that the northern Archipelago is uninhabited and thus direct human impacts are minimal. While some islands in the archipelago are rat infested, others are not, resulting in substantial differences in seabird colonies and the nutrients they deposit on the islands. The 2016 coral bleaching event has caused extensive mortality to hard coral assemblages in Chagos, and elsewhere in the Indian Ocean. These factors create some large scale natural experiments to ask questions such as: 1) How have reef fish communities responded to coral loss in Chagos compared to other locations in the Indian Ocean; 2) How have coral and fish communities responded to the 2016 bleaching event adjacent to islands with and without large seabird colonies; 3) How does the input of nutrients vectored to reefs by seabirds influence ecosystem functioning.

Lancaster University is a research intensive university. The Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) is a large and multidisciplinary department, tackling environmental challenges across the natural and social sciences. Within LEC, there is particular strength in high diversity tropical systems, including coral reefs and tropical rain forests.

You will have a background in marine science, and relevant experience in fieldwork, statistical modelling, and writing publications. A proactive and enthusiastic approach and excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential. Attention to detail and good English writing skills are essential to meet the exciting and challenging goals of the project.

Informal enquiries to Prof Nick Graham, Lancaster Environment Centre, +44 (0)1524 595054, nick.graham@lancaster.ac.uk.
This is a fixed term appointment for 3 years with an anticipated start date early in 2018.
Interview by Skype is possible for those unable to travel to Lancaster in person. .

Job Location: Bailrigg, Lancaster, United Kingdom
Duration: 3-years starting early 2018
Salary: £33,518 to £38,832
Application Deadline: Friday, November 17, 2017

Application Website: https://hr-jobs.lancs.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=A2061

- Position Vacancy: Coordinator of SAFE (Saving Animals from Extinction); Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)

Under general supervision: coordinates, supports, and works to advance members’ strategic and collaborative conservation of species through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums(AZA)’s conservation program, SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction. This position is responsible for coordinating the completion of species-specific three-year conservation action plans, transitioning program management to members, and assisting and advising members in conservation planning. The position focuses primarily on project management at the onset and will become increasingly focused on conservation planning over 2-3 years.

The Coordinator of SAFE will work in partnership with other AZA staff, AZA’s Field Conservation Committee, and AZA members to harness the AZA community’s collective expertise and leverage audiences to save species, build conservation capacity within the AZA community, increase field conservation spending, and raise awareness of AZA members as conservation organizations. Reports to the Vice President of Conservation and Science.

Organization: Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)
Job Location: Silver Spring, Maryland
Application Website: https://www.aza.org/jobs?job=8037

- Position Vacancy: Assistant Professor (Data Science in Biology or Marine Science); University of Hawai'i at Hilo

The University of Hawaii at Hilo is looking to fill a tenure-track assistant professor position in the Department of Marine Science. The successful candidate will be able to teach courses in biology or marine science and be able to assist in the development and implementation of a data science curriculum. Candidates with research and teaching experience in biophysical oceanography, fisheries oceanography, bio-informatics/genomics, or similar fields are particularly encouraged to apply.

Job Location: Hilo, Hawai'i
Duration: 9-months, tenure-track
Application Deadline: Friday, December 1, 2017
Application Website: http://workatuh.hawaii.edu/Jobs/NAdvert/27708/4593335/1/postdate/desc

- Position Vacancy: Data management officer; MedPAN

Under the supervision of the Scientific Manager, the tasks of the data management officer include:

  • Technical coordination of the GIS Mediterranean MPA database, MAPAMED (data collection and update, database technical specifications and evolution, data analysis...),
  • Technical contribution to the Mediterranean MPA Status report produced every 4 years, (spatial analysis, map production, data processing and analysis...)
  • Supervision of the monitoring resource center for MPA managers,
  • Supervision of the development of specific monitoring protocols useful for MPAs,
  • Collaboration with scientific and institutional partners,
  • Participation to technical meetings and conferences in the Mediterranean and at European or international levels,
  • Technical contribution to the MedPAN website. 

Job Location: Marseille, France
Duration: Full-time, Permanent
Salary: 31K€
Application Deadline: Friday, December 1, 2017
Application Information:  job_description_database_officer_medpan_bilingual.pdf

- Position Vacancy: 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

- Post-Doc Position: Sea Ice Prediction; University of Washington - Department of Atmospheric Sciences

The Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington (UW) invite applications for the position of postdoctoral researcher in sea ice prediction. This one-year position, with the possibility to renew for a second year, will be located at UW in Seattle, Washington.

This position involves research in sea ice prediction, climate analysis, and scientific programming in Python. Experience with Python is required for this position.
The successful candidate must hold a PhD or foreign equivalent in Atmospheric Sciences or a related field in order to assume a postdoctoral position. To hold a position of research associate at UW, an employee must be within six years of receiving their terminal degree, unless an exception is approved by academic human resources.
Applicants must submit electronically in one file:

  • A curriculum vitae,
  • A publication list,
  • Names of three individuals who can provide a letter of reference, and
  • A statement of professional interests.

Applications should be submitted via email to Wanjiku Gitahi.
Inquiries about the position may be made to Cecilia Bitz. Email: bitz@uw.edu

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Job Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: Full-Time - One to two years
Application deadline: 15 November 2017
Position start date: As soon as possible

- Post-Doc Position: MarineGEO; Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network, Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian’s Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network (TMON) invites proposals for the MarineGEO Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. Proposals should advance the goals of the Marine Global Earth Observatory (MarineGEO), a Smithsonian-led worldwide research collaboration dedicated to understanding changes in and relationships among the biodiversity, structure, and functioning of coastal marine ecosystems at local to global scales using comparative approaches. To learn more about MarineGEO, please visit the program website (https://marinegeo.si.edu).

The 2018 MarineGEO Postdoctoral Fellowship is a two-year fellowship that specifically addresses the goals of the Smithsonian’s MarineGEO program. Proposals must focus on comparative research across habitats and/or geographic scales utilizing MarineGEO observatories. In particular, proposed projects should address one of the following MarineGEO initiatives.

  1. Coordinated networked experiment
  2. MarineGEO pan-American predation experiment
  3. Chemical-Physical Observation Program
  4. Biodiversity baselines

For more information on these initiatives, this postdoctoral fellowship opportunity, and how to apply: https://marinegeo.si.edu/marinegeo-postdoctoral-fellowship-call-proposals

Organization: Smithsonian Institution, MarineGEO
Job Location: Multiple locations
Duration: Full-time, 2-years
Salary: Award: $65,400/year
Application Deadline: Friday, December 15, 2017
Application Website: MarineGEO Postdoctoral Fellowship Call for Proposals

- Post-Doc Position: Postdoctoral Position in Coastal Ecosystem-based Management; University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) is seeking a post-doctoral Assistant Research Scientist to work on a funded 2-year project in Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM). This unique position, coordinating with a multidisciplinary team of research leaders in EBM involving oceanographers, fisheries scientists, social scientist and science policy experts, provides an opportunity to work at the intersection of science and policy on fundamentally challenging ecosystem questions.  The successful candidate will interact with researchers, planners and policy makers in several regions of the US to help identify and address the significant information gaps that limit implementation of an ecosystem approach. The position will involve literature research, workshop development and stakeholder surveys to create implementation strategies for enabling EBM in regional coastal ecosystems. The appointee will have opportunities to collaborate with scientists across UMCES (www.umces.edu). A Ph.D. in Marine Science, Environmental Policy or a related field is preferred. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Full university health and retirement benefits are available.

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2017. Applications should include CV, copies of up to 3 publications, statement of research interests, one-page summary of Ph.D. thesis, names/addresses of four references.

Job Location: Cambridge, Maryland
Application Deadline: Thursday, November 30, 2017
Application Website: http://www.umces.edu/content/postdoctoral-position-coastal-ecosystem-based-...

- Post-Doc Position: Postdoctoral Fellow position in Marine Policy, Outreach, & Education; Woods Hole Sea Grant

The fellow will develop and carry out a research plan that is aligned with an important marine policy, outreach, or education need of the Woods Hole Sea Grant program. The research must support the broad mission of WHSG, which is to develop a better understanding of, and solutions to, coastal issues at local, regional, national, and international scales. To fulfill this mission Woods Hole Sea Grant seeks input and advice from state and federal agencies, resource stakeholders, and the public. Our outreach efforts are conducted in a cooperative partnership between the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Cape Cod Cooperative Extension. The fellow is encouraged to draw on this expertise as required to implement their research plan. 

The fellow’s research must address one or more of the focus areas of the WHSG program, which are aligned with those of the National Sea Grant College; they include: Healthy Coastal Ecosystems (HCE), Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture (SFA), Resilient Communities and Economies (RCE), and Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development (ELWD). These focus areas highlight the most critical needs in coastal regions of the United States and build on strategic goals of NOAA and the unique strengths and capabilities of the Sea Grant network.

Healthy Coastal Ecosystems
Issues related to healthy coastal ecosystems on the coast of Massachusetts and in Northeastern U.S. are similar to those issues experienced in other areas of the U.S. coastline. Examples of key challenges in our region are nitrogen over-enrichment of bays and estuaries and ocean acidification impacts on biota including shellfish. 

Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture 
Woods Hole Sea Grant has identified the revitalization of our nation’s fisheries and sustainable aquaculture as priority areas that fit within the capacity of the academic and research environment within the region served by our program. The WHSG Extension Program provides support to shellfish growers, in particular the southeastern Massachusetts oyster aquaculture industry, which is one of the largest in the nation. 

Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development 
Sea Grant has assumed the responsibility to improve the environmental literacy of the general public, to inform teachers and informal educators of new advances in science and technology, to inform decision makers of advances in science that informs policy, and to assist in the training of undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, and law students.

Resilient Communities and Economies 
Coastal communities in the U.S. provide a wide range of economic, social, and recreational opportunities. Over one third of the population of Massachusetts lives along the coastline. At the same time, coastal ponds, embayments, open coasts, and coastal resources may be impacted by society’s commercial, recreational and residential activities.

Research Direction: The proposed research will be evaluated and approved by the Woods Hole Sea Grant director.

Previous Education & Experience Desired: The successful applicant will be a recent doctoral graduate (within the past four years) in oceanography, environmental science, or marine policy with strong interests and abilities to advance the core policy, communications or outreach efforts of the Woods Hole Sea Grant program.

Physical Requirements:

Physical duties include vision requirements of the near vision, far vision, peripheral vision. Hearing ability includes normal/corrected hearing that will enable functioning in a lab and or outdoor setting. Other physical requirements include frequent standing/walking, manual dexterity and mobility, use of hands for basic grasping/manipulation. This position is mostly sedentary in nature and may require use of repetitive motion in operating computers or office/lab equipment. Physical duties are subject to change.

Organization: Woods Hole Sea Grant
Job Location: Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Duration: Full-time- Temporary
Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Application Website: http://www.candidatemanager.net/cm/p/pJobDetails.aspx?mid=YWWY&sid=FDB&jid=...

- Upcoming Conference: 3rd Annual Coastal Ecology Symposium; College of Coastal Georgia

Southeast Georgia Conference Center; November 3, 2017; 9:00 a.m. – Noon

Please join us – students, faculty, scientists, coastal managers, and community members – as we share research results and explore ways to conserve Georgia’s coastal environment and natural resources.

Guest speakers:

  • Rachel Guy, Research Coordinator, Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Jay Brandes, Professor, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography
  • Jan Mackinnon, Program Manager, Georgia Coastal Management Program, Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Students will present posters showcasing their undergraduate research and service-learning internships in coastal ecology and conservation. In addition, an information fair will feature exhibitors from public agencies, conservation NGOs, and academia.
The event is free and open to the public – no registration is necessary. Visitors may park next to the Southeast Georgia Conference Center at 4th

Street and Mariner Way. Click for Directions and Map.
Conference website: http://www.ccga.edu/page.cfm?p=1638

- 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. 

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. 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.

- Upcoming Conference: Tenth International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Responses; UC-Berkeley

2018 Special Focus: Engaging with Policy on Climate Change • 20–21 April 2018
University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, USA

Call for Papers  - We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Tenth International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Responses, held 20–21 April 2018 at the University of California at Berkeley in Berkeley, USA.

Founded in 2009, the conference aims to create an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of climate change, its causes, its eco-systemic impacts, and its human impacts. The conference also explores technological, policy, strategic, and social responses to climate change.

We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, colloquia, innovation showcases, virtual posters, or virtual lightning talks. The conference features research addressing the annual themes and the 2018 Special Focus: "Engaging with Policy on Climate Change."

For more information regarding the conference, use the link below to explore our conference website.

- Tool: Green Infrastructure Effectiveness Database; NOAA

Search this online database of literature sources containing information on the effectiveness of green infrastructure to reduce the impacts of coastal hazards, such as inundation and erosion from tropical storms and cyclones, more frequent precipitation events, and sea level rise. The database contains records from a wide range of sources, such as peer-reviewed journals, online tools, and gray literature, and includes information on 32 different coastal green infrastructure types. The green infrastructure techniques referenced cover a full range of approaches to coastal management, including natural, nature-based (e.g., low-impact development), structural, and policies.

This Database Features

  • Literature sources that document the effectiveness of green infrastructure for coastal resilience
  • The ability to filter by coastal hazard type, green infrastructure approach, literature type, or geography
  • Descriptions, key findings, measures of effectiveness, co-benefits, and other helpful information about each literature source selected
  • Links to the full literature resource where available and the ability to share results of the search with others

Link to website: https://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/training/gi-database.html

- 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."

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- Webinar: Third Thursday Web Forum: Intersections between coastal protection and fisheries; South Atlantic LCC

November 16 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

“Intersections between coastal protection and fisheries” with Simeon Yurek, U.S. Geological Survey/South Atlantic LCC

Oyster reefs were historically ubiquitous throughout the coastal areas of the southeastern United States, but have declined over recent decades in extent and abundance along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts and elsewhere. Identifying the combinations of factors leading to this decline has been difficult, because the reefs are complex and dynamic systems, are highly dependent on environmental and climatic conditions, have experienced great fishing pressure, and are hypothesized to have locally varying population dynamics (e.g., growth and reproduction).

Managing oyster reef communities is also challenging, because they are valued as a resource for both fisheries economics and coastal resilience (mitigation of low amplitude wave energy), and a tradeoff exists where provision of one service necessarily reduces the other. For that reason, restoration of reef communities tends to be treated as either an economic or conservation endeavor, often exclusively (for example, as either mariculture leases, “no-take” reserves, or living shorelines). This project explores whether this tradeoff can be mediated, and what levels of mediation are possible, using modern portfolio theory to evaluate the expected return of economic and ecosystem services across the landscape under different policies for restoring oyster reefs.

During the presentation, Simeon will present a general framework for evaluating this tradeoff, using ecological and decision modeling applied to a subset of the coast within the South Atlantic region as a case study. The primary goal of the project is to provide predictions of responses of the ecological system to management actions, with defined uncertainties (i.e., model structure, human values, future weather and climate), which can be updated and as new data become available, and for which learning of the management-ecological system can be obtained. This approach applies the same practices of the South Atlantic Blueprint of identifying areas on the landscape with shared conservation and social value, with additional framing of explicit management objectives that are conditional on stakeholder values and future environmental variation.

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- Webinar: Resilience Webinar Series; FHWA Office of Planning - Environment - and Realty - HEP

FHWA is holding seven webinars on the results of four different resilience-focused projects conducted in cooperation with its State and local partners. FHWA has developed information, examples, and lessons learned on integrating resilience concerns into planning, project development and project engineering. Information on each webinar and a registration link are listed below.

Please keep in mind that it can take 48 hours to register; same-day registration is not possible unless you already have a DOT webinars login. Each webinar will be held once; recordings will be made available here.

Green Infrastructure Pilots I
(November 2, 2017, 1:00-2:30 Eastern)
Coastal green infrastructure such as dunes, wetlands, living shorelines, reefs, and beaches can protect highways from coastal flooding. FHWA sponsored five green infrastructure pilot projects to assess the potential for such techniques to protect specific locations along coastal roads and bridges. In this webinar, staff from the departments of transportation (DOTs) for Oregon, Maine, and New Hampshire will present the results of their assessments. Oregon DOT will discuss conceptual designs the agency developed for three locations along coastal highway US 101 vulnerable to storms and coastal bluff erosion. These designs include cobble beaches, artificial dunes, sand tubes, mechanically stabilized earth, riprap, and planted terraces. Maine and New Hampshire DOTs will present the results of their joint project, analyzing nature-based solutions to protect from sea level rise and storm surge at sites along Route 209 in Maine and Route 1B in New Hampshire. Register for the webinar.

Green Infrastructure Pilots II
(November 9, 2017, 1:00-2:30 Eastern)
In this second webinar on FHWA-sponsored green infrastructure pilots, participants will hear the results from pilots in Delaware, Mississippi, and New Jersey. Delaware DOT will present its analysis of techniques including oyster reefs, tide flaps, and marsh restoration on the bay side of the barrier island to protect two locations along the state's main coastal road connecting beach towns key to the state's economy. Delaware DOT will also discuss how the project helped the agency develop design memoranda to better incorporate green infrastructure solutions into future projects. Mississippi DOT analyzed the potential for vegetated berms and other strategies to protect the reconstructed approach spans to the Henderson Point Bridge, which were destroyed during Hurricane Katrina. Working with multiple partners in New Jersey, the US Army Corps of Engineers studied high water events along Great Bay Boulevard along Barnegat Bay and marsh restoration strategies that could reduce flooding of the road. Register for the webinar.

FHWA's Climate Change & Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessment Framework
(November 16, 2017, 1:00-2:30 Eastern)
This webinar will present an updated and expanded version of FHWA's 2012 Framework. The guide provides an in-depth process for conducting a vulnerability assessment using examples from across the country over the past seven years. Register for the webinar.

- 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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