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January 2018 Announcements

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Funding Opportunities

FY18 Coral Reef Conservation Program, Domestic Coral Reef Conservation Grants; NOAA
  Identification and application of acidification thresholds in coastal ecosystems; NOAA
  Coastal Hypoxia Research Program (CHRP); NOAA
  2018 Regional Ecosystem Prediction Program (REPP): Understanding Coral Ecosystem Connectivity in the western Gulf of Mexico; NOAA

Position Vacancies

Marine Naturalist; Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

  Senior Strategy Manager, Coral Reef Conservation; Vulcan
  Associate Program Officer – Gulf Research Program; National Academy of Sciences
  Director of Marine Mammal Institute; Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center
  Marshall Islands Coastal Management Agent; Hawaii Sea Grant
  Institute Associate, Georgetown Climate Center; Georgetown University Law Center
  Miami-Dade County Resiliency Coordinator 2 (Adaptation); Miami-Dade County Office of Resilience
  He‘eia National Estuarine Research Reserve Manager; Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
  Education Coordinator, He‘eia National Estuarine Research Reserve; Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
  Research Coordinator, He‘eia National Estuarine Research Reserve; Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
  Marine Scientist; Oceana
  Government Relations Manager; Ocean Conservancy
  Assistant Professor - Marine Disease Biologist; The University of Southern Mississippi
  Strategic Communications Consultant; Ocean Foundation
  Research Associate I; University of Miami
  Education Specialist; Florida Oceanographic Society
  Marine Environmental Biologist – Endowed Professorship; College of Charleston
  Assistant Professor of Biology (Marine Physiologist); College of Charleston
  President’s Professorship in Quantitative Fisheries and Ecosystem; University of Alaska
  Assistant Professor- Ecologist; Louisiana State University
  Aquaculture and Water Quality Research Scientist; Langston University
  Associate Director, Marine Advisory Program; Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)
  Marine Science Instructor; College of Marshall Islands

Post-Doc Positions

ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies; James Cook University, Townsville, Australia

 

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
  MarineGEO; Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network, Smithsonian Institution

Fellowships

Coastal Management Fellowship; GA Sea Grant
  National Marine Fisheries-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship; GA Sea Grant
  Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship; GA Sea Grant

Upcoming Conferences

2nd National Living Shorelines Technology Transfer Workshop; RAE, Save the Bay-SF, and CA Coastal Conservancy

  4th International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans
  Georgia Aquaculture Conference; GA-Sea Grant/MAREX
  9th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration and Management
  4th International Symposium on Integrated Coastal Zone Management; Institute Of Marine Research, Norway
  12th Annual Conference: No Drought About It – A Flood is Coming; Georgia Association of Floodplain Management
  Tenth International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Responses; UC-Berkeley
  2nd National Living Shorelines Technology Transfer Workshop; REA

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

Natural Shoreline Infrastructure: Working with Nature to Increase Coastal Resilience; OneNOAA Science Seminars
  Making estuarine shoreline science relevant to managers and policymakers; OneNOAA Seminars
  Landscape & Vertical Living Walls; filtrexx™
  Living Shoreline Restoration; filtrexx™
  The new He'eia National Estuarine Research Reserve
  iMarine Data e-Infrastructure Initiative for Fisheries Management and Conservation of Marine Living Resources
  Marine and Coastal Datasets of Biodiversity Importance
  Toolkit for Ecosystem Services Site-based Assessment (TESSA)
  Takeaways from the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS)
  The Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Tool for Coastal Habitats
  NOAA Digital Coast Series and other NOAA Seminars

Student Resources

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

Resources

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

Documents of Interest

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

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

Projects of Interest

South Atlantic Regional Research Planning

In the News

 

Regional Science and Research
  Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Information

- Funding Opportunity: Identification and application of acidification thresholds in coastal ecosystems; NOAA

Grant Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Application Information: Grant information

The purpose of this document is to advise the public that NOAA/NOS/National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS and the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (OAP) are soliciting proposals for the Identification and Application of Acidification Thresholds in Coastal Ecosystems. Funding is contingent upon the availability of Fiscal Year 2018 Federal appropriations. It is anticipated that projects funded under this announcement will have a September 1, 2018 start date.

Total funding for this research: Applicants should submit proposals not to exceed $350,000 per year for projects generally 2-3 years in duration, with a total multi-year budget not to exceed $1,050,000. If funds become available for this program, up to approximately $1,000,000 may be available in Fiscal Year 2018 for the first year of about 1-3 projects with expected start dates of September 1, 2018. Funding for this program is contingent upon availability of funds, which may not have been appropriated at the time of this announcement. While projects are expected to be 2-3 years in scope, funding may be spread over 4 federal fiscal years depending on how project timelines align with federal budgets.

- Funding Opportunity: FY18 Coral Reef Conservation Program, Domestic Coral Reef Conservation Grants; NOAA

Grant Application Deadline: Thursday, February 1, 2018
Application Information: Grant information

Who: This competitive program provides funding via grants or cooperative agreements to institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, and local and Indian tribal government agencies to support coral reef conservation projects in the United States, as authorized under the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000 (16 U.S.C. §§ 6401-6409).

Where: These awards are intended to support coral reef conservation projects in shallow water coral reef ecosystems, including reefs at mesophotic depths, in American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and coral-dominated banks in U.S. portions of the Gulf of Mexico. Applicants may propose projects in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and the U.S. Pacific Remote Islands, but the CRCP does not consider these locations as priorities under this announcement.

Program Priorities: Priorities fall within four major categories: 1) Fishing Impacts; 2) Land-Based Sources of Pollution; 3) Climate Change; and 4) Local and Emerging Management Issues (coral disease, invasive species, Endangered Species Act listed corals, coral restoration, recreation use, monitoring and evaluation, and marine debris). These categories are described in more detail in the full Federal Funding Opportunity announcement. Applications should address CRCP’s national priorities or the jurisdictional priorities as detailed within the four categories.

Funding Amount: Applicants may propose projects that include a Federal funding request between $30,000 and $80,000; the CRCP expects that the average Federal funding amount for successful projects will be approximately $50,000. Applicants must provide a 1:1 match of non-Federal funds or must submit a request to NOAA to waive the matching requirement if the applicant can demonstrate 1) no reasonable means are available through which an applicant can meet the matching requirement, and 2) the probable benefit of the project outweighs the public interest in such matching requirement.

How: Applicants should apply through www.grants.gov; however, applicants unable to use www.grants.gov may mail a complete application package including the required Federal forms, which must be signed by hand and dated. All applications should follow the specific application requirements described in the funding announcement.

When: Applicants should submit complete applications via www.grants.gov by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on February 1, 2018. If submitted via mail, applications must include an official postmark or a delivery service that provides a tracking number and receipt, documenting that the application was mailed prior to the February 1, 2018 deadline. Private metered postmarks are not acceptable. In any event, mailed applications received later than 10 business days following the closing date will not be accepted.

- Funding Opportunity: Coastal Hypoxia Research Program (CHRP); NOAA

Grant Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Application Information: Grant information

The purpose of this document is to advise the public that NOAA/NOS/National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) is soliciting proposals for the Coastal Hypoxia Research Program (CHRP). Funding is contingent upon the availability of Fiscal Year 2018 Federal appropriations. It is anticipated that projects funded under this announcement will have a September 1, 2018 start date. Applicants should submit proposals not to exceed $275,000 per year for projects generally 2-4 years in duration, with a total multi-year budget not to exceed $1,100,000. If funds become available for this program, up to approximately $900,000 may be available in Fiscal Year 2018 for the first year of about 3-5 projects with expected start dates of September 1, 2018. Funding for this program is contingent upon availability of funds, which may not have been appropriated at the time of this announcement.

- Funding Opportunity: 2018 Regional Ecosystem Prediction Program (REPP): Understanding Coral Ecosystem Connectivity in the western Gulf of Mexico; NOAA

Grant Application Deadline: Friday, February 9, 2018
Application Information: Grant information

The purpose of this document is to advise the public that NOAA/NOS/National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), in partnership with the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, and the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Southeast Regional Office, is soliciting proposals under the Regional Ecosystem Prediction Program for a project up to 5 years in duration to conduct research to improve the understanding of population connectivity of key coral ecosystem species in the western Gulf of Mexico between the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary and the reefs and banks to the east of the current Sanctuary boundaries in the northern Gulf of Mexico, but can also include coral ecosystems upstream and downstream as relevant.

This information will be used to support decisions concerning current and future marine protected area (MPA) management and MPA networks for shallow and mesophotic coral ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico and provide insight into regional connectivity. Funding is contingent upon the availability of Fiscal Year 2018 Federal appropriations. If funds become available for this program, one project is expected to be supported for up to 5 years, with an approximate annual budget up to $750,000.

- Position Vacancy: He‘eia National Estuarine Research Reserve Manager; Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology

The Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology, within the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, as the lead agency and in collaboration with the He‘eia NERR community site partners, invites applicants for a permanent, full-time, 11-month, non-tenure track faculty position as an Assistant Specialist (National Estuarine Research Reserve Site Manager, hereinafter “Reserve Manager”), The Reserve Manager is the public face of the reserve and is expected to perform position duties in a manner that promotes positive relationships with the community, increases public awareness of the site and NERRS program, and builds support among the public, legislators, constituents, and people of Hawai‘i.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Treat all persons respectfully, engage in effective working relationships with all staff, demonstrate openness to constructive feedback, and contribute to a positive and productive work environment both within the Reserve and among community partners.
  • Recruit and convene an Advisory Board of key partners to create a shared vision of restoration for the site with partners as set forth in the NERRS Governance Charter and Bylaws.
  • Plan, secure funding for, and coordinate all projects outlined in the 5-year reserve management plan, and update that plan each cycle.
  • Create annual budgets, complete all required reporting, apply for required permits, manage the NERRS staff, and ensure each meets the guidelines for their respective positions.
  • Administration, oversight, and facilitation of any research or monitoring projects undertaken by local researchers, site partners, cultural practitioners and visiting scientists.
  • Coordinate with NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management (OCM) and the national NERR system to ensure both system-wide requirements and local site priorities are achieved.
  • Coordinate and ensure all monitoring and GIS mapping and spatial data get proper quality control and are uploaded to the national system in a timely manner.
  • Partner with other organizations, State and Federal agencies in relevant professional sharing and technical assistance activities.
  • Represent the NERRS on the NERRA board, foster good relations with the relevant State and Federal elected officials, and participate in annual System meetings and Reserve Manager visits to Capitol Hill.
  • Integrate research, education and outreach activities, participate in such activities.
  • Active integration of local ecological knowledge into the ecosystem restoration science and management, evaluation and oversight of annual work plans and budget estimates produced by research and education coordinators.
  • Ensure appropriate training and safety requirements for all staff.
  • Annual employee evaluations.
  • Organization of Reserve staff meetings.
  • Travel and participation in NERRS annual meetings and training sessions.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Master of Science degree from a college or university of recognized standing in a life science discipline.
  • In addition to the Master’s degree, 30 credits of graduate study from a college or university of recognized standing and in the Life Sciences field.
  • At least three (3) years of experience in the appropriate area at the next lower rank or its equivalent.
  • Documented ability to perform some duties outlined in the duties and responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage budgets and people to accomplish programmatic goals.
  • Demonstrated experience with design, implementation, data collection, analyses and interpretation, and publication of research products capable of withstanding peer-review.
  • Demonstrated ability to obtain and manage extramural funds.
  • Appreciation of restoration ecology concepts, research, and application to coastal ecosystems.
  • Appreciation for integrating local ecological knowledge into future science questions for the Reserve.
  • Desire to work with community partners.
  • Some knowledge of traditional ahupua‘a land management principles.
  •  Familiarity with the ahupua‘a of He‘eia, Kane‘ohe Bay and the Ko‘olaupoko region of O‘ahu.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Documented ability to perform all duties outlined in job description.
  • Demonstrated experience in applying restoration ecology concepts, and research to coastal ecosystems.
  • Demonstrated experience in integrating local ecological knowledge into future science questions for the Reserve.
  • Experience working among Native Hawaiian and/or indigenous organizations and/or communities.
  • Demonstrated understanding of Native Hawaiian traditional ecological knowledge and cultural practices.
  • Demonstrated experience working among Native Hawaiians and/or other indigenous groups in STEM related activities.
  • Demonstrated experience working with state and federal elected officials and/or state and federal agencies.
  • Demonstrated experience and desire to work with community partners.
  • Direct experience & knowledge of traditional ahupua‘a land management principles.
  • Demonstrated experience in working in the ahupua‘a of He‘eia, Kane‘ohe Bay and the Ko‘olaupoko region of O‘ahu.

To Apply:
Submit paper or one PDF of a cover letter indicating how you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications with the subject line “Pos 0070114 Assistant Specialist Reserve Manager;” a detailed curriculum vitae; names and contact information of three professional references; and official transcripts (copies acceptable, however, originals will be required at the time of hire) to the address below. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Electronic applications should be emailed to: Steff Nelson at email: steffiny@hawaii.edu.

HIMB
Attn: Steff (Pos 0070114 Asst Spec Reserve Mgr)
PO Box 1346
Kane‘ohe, HI 96744                                                                                                               

Inquiries may be addressed to: Dr. Robert Toonen; 808-236-7401; toonen@hawaii.edu

Position Number: 0070114
Organization: Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology / SOEST
Location: Coconut Island, Kane‘ohe
Application deadline: January 19, 2018
Salary Information: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Application website: http://workatuh.hawaii.edu/Jobs/NAdvert/28159/4702193/1/postdate/desc

- Position Vacancy: Education Coordinator, He‘eia National Estuarine Research Reserve; Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology

The Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology, within the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, as the lead agency and in collaboration with the He‘eia NERR community site partners, invites applicants for a permanent, full-time, 11-month, non-tenure track faculty position as an Education Coordinator (Junior Specialist) to develop culturally and regionally appropriate education materials that fulfill NERRS goals and further public environmental literacy and help to create a future workforce that reflects the diversity of the citizens of Hawai‘i.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate the education and outreach activities of NERRS and site partners (as appropriate).
  • Coordinate Teacher on the Estuaries (TOTE) development workshop programs.
  • Form partnerships with local schools, conducts needs assessments and then providing programming as needed by local schools directly related to the research and stewardship activities at NERRS site.
  • Translate scientific (and in our case, appropriate cultural) information from the reserve to the local community.
  • Manage volunteer efforts; coordinate other outreach activities (such as newsletter, promotional materials, Interpretive Center activities, etc.).
  • Work in close coordination with NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management (OCM) and the national NERR system to ensure national programmatic goals are met, and to evaluate effectiveness of programs, training resources, etc. and modify as needed to meet goals/objectives.
  • Supervise student interns.
  • Production of annual work plans and budget estimates.
  • Perform training and safety requirements.
  • Participate in Reserve staff meetings, travel and participation in NERRS annual meetings and training sessions.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Master of Science degree from a college or university of recognized standing in a life science discipline.
  • Documented ability to perform some duties outlined in job description.
  • Experience with K-12 curricula and/or public outreach.
  • Appreciation of Hawaiian history, language, indigenous ecological knowledge, fishponds, and land management principles.
  • Willing to encourage and include traditional indigenous knowledge into developing a locally relevant and culturally appropriate education program.
  • Familiarity with the ahupua‘a of He‘eia, Kane‘ohe Bay and the Ko‘olaupoko region of O‘ahu.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Documented ability to perform all duties outlined in the duties and responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated experience with K-12 curricula and public outreach education.
  • Knowledge of Hawaiian history, language, indigenous ecological knowledge, and fishponds.
  • Demonstrated experience in land management principles.
  • Demonstrated experience in encouraging and including traditional indigenous knowledge into developing a locally relevant and culturally appropriate education program.
  • Experience working among Native Hawaiian and/or indigenous organizations and/or communities.
  • Demonstrated understanding of Native Hawaiian traditional ecological knowledge and cultural practices.
  • Demonstrated experience working among Native Hawaiians and/or other indigenous groups in STEM related activities.
  • Demonstrated experience in working in the ahupua‘a of He‘eia, Kane‘ohe Bay and the Ko‘olaupoko region of O‘ahu.

To Apply:
Submit paper or one PDF of a cover letter indicating how you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications with the subject line “Pos 0070115 Jr Spec (Education Coordinator);” a detailed curriculum vitae; names and contact information of three professional references; and official transcripts (copies acceptable, however, originals will be required at the time of hire) to the address below. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Electronic applications should be emailed to: Steff Nelson at email: steffiny@hawaii.edu.

HIMB
Attn: Steff (Pos 0070115 Asst Spec Reserve Mgr)
PO Box 1346
Kane‘ohe, HI 96744

Inquiries may be addressed to: Dr. Robert Toonen; 808-236-7401; toonen@hawaii.edu

Position Number: 0070115
Organization: Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology/SOEST
Location: Coconut Island, Kane‘ohe
Application deadline: January 19, 2018
Salary Information: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Application website: http://workatuh.hawaii.edu/Jobs/NAdvert/28168/4702194/1/postdate/desc

- Position Vacancy: Research Coordinator, He‘eia National Estuarine Research Reserve; Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology

The Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology, within the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, as the lead agency and in collaboration with the He‘eia NERR community site partners, invites applicants for a Research Coordinator (Junior Specialist) to implement the monitoring and research needed to address the most effective ecosystem based management strategies that contribute to the resilience and integrity of Pacific Island estuarine ecosystems, considering ongoing anthropogenic impacts and a diverse suite of societal and environmental factors as outlined in the Reserve Management plan.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Implementation, maintenance and analysis of the System-Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP) the design.
  • Design and analyses of both applied and basic research at the reserve in concert with local, state, and national partners.
  • Supporting other researchers and visiting investigators to the site.
  • Writing and obtaining research grants.
  • Supervising students and managing the Reserve’s Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) Program (if applicable).
  • The position will be expected to work in close coordination with NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management (OCM) and the national NERR system to ensure data standards and standard operating procedures are followed.
  • Other duties typically include supervising research staff and technicians associated with the projects.
  • The production of annual work plans and budget estimates, research team training and safety requirements.
  • Participation in Reserve staff meetings.
  • Travel and participation in NERRS annual meetings and training sessions.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Master of Science degree from a college or university of recognized standing in a life science discipline.
  • Documented ability to perform some duties outlined in job description.
  • Appreciation for the value of indigenous knowledge as a credible source of knowledge comparable to contemporary scientific research.
  • Willing to encourage and include traditional indigenous knowledge and traditional ahupua?a land management principles in the scientific research questions.
  • Experience with instrumentation and monitoring studies and willingness to learn new techniques as needed.
  • Practical research experience with design, implementation, data collection, analyses and interpretation, and publication of scientific data capable of withstanding peer-review.
  • Familiarity with the ahupua‘a of He‘eia, Kane‘ohe Bay and the Ko‘olaupoko region of O‘ahu.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Documented ability to perform all duties outlined in duties and responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with the indigenous population and appreciation for the value of indigenous knowledge as a credible source of knowledge comparable to contemporary scientific research.
  • Demonstrated experience in encouraging and including traditional indigenous knowledge and traditional ahupua?a land management principles in the scientific research questions.
  • Experience working among Native Hawaiian and/or indigenous organizations and/or communities.
  • Demonstrated understanding of Native Hawaiian traditional ecological knowledge and cultural practices.
  • Demonstrated experience working among Native Hawaiians and/or other indigenous groups in STEM related activities.
  • Documented publication record of research experience with design, implementation, data collection, analyses and interpretation, and publication of scientific data capable of withstanding peer-review.
  • Demonstrated experience in working in the ahupua‘a of He‘eia, Kane‘ohe Bay and the Ko‘olaupoko region of O‘ahu.

To Apply:
Submit paper or one PDF of a cover letter indicating how you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications with the subject line “Pos 0070116 Jr Spec (Research Coordinator);” a detailed curriculum vitae; names and contact information of three professional references; and official transcripts (copies acceptable, however, originals will be required at the time of hire) to the address below. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Electronic applications should be emailed to: Steff Nelson at email: steffiny@hawaii.edu.

HIMB
Attn: Steff (Pos 0070116 Asst Spec Reserve Mgr)
PO Box 1346
Kane‘ohe, HI 96744

Inquiries may be addressed to: Dr. Robert Toonen; 808-236-7401; toonen@hawaii.edu

Position Number: 0070116
Organization: Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology/SOEST
Location: Coconut Island, Kane‘ohe
Application deadline: January 19, 2018
Salary Information: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Application website: http://workatuh.hawaii.edu/Jobs/NAdvert/28172/4702196/1/postdate/desc

- Position Vacancy: Marine Naturalist; Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. In addition to its global conservation programs across 60 countries, WCS manages five zoos, including the Bronx Zoo, and the New York Aquarium. WCS’s Marine Conservation Program works in over 20 countries and all five oceans to protect key marine habitats and marine wildlife, to inspire an ocean constituency, to end overfishing, and to protect key species groups, including marine mammals, sharks and rays, and corals, as well as to inspire an ocean constituency.

In 2018, WCS will bring educational programming and scientific lectures onboard the m/s Paul Gauguin, a luxury cruise ship in French Polynesia, in partnership with Paul Gauguin Cruises (PGC). Stewards of Nature (SON) is an environmental educational program onboard and ashore for children and teens (ages 7-17) and their family members. SON will engage and encourage youth and families to discover and value nature through hands-on, interactive learning, connect passengers to the environment, and foster stewardship of the oceans through education.

Objectives

The primary objective of the Marine Naturalist will be to co-lead the SON program and teach children and families about the oceans, science, nature, conservation and Polynesian culture onboard the m/s Paul Gauguin during select summer and holiday sailings in 2018. WCS will enter into a Services Agreement (consultancy) with a passionate individual, with a strong interest and experience in education, to implement the SON curriculum, teach children and families in interactive and fun ways about marine wildlife and habitats, lead games and activities, coordinate with a diverse group of people, and connect with local experts and conservation practitioners.

Activities/Tasks/Deliverables

  • Co-lead Stewards of Nature program onboard the m/s Paul Gauguin in French Polynesia, teaching children and teens (ages 7-17) and their families about wildlife, wild places, conservation science, and people in nature on seven (7) summer (June-August) and two (2) winter (December-January) sailings.
  • Engage diverse group of participants in daytime and evening activities such as, but not limited to, team-building activities and games, scientific inquiry, outdoor excursions (snorkeling, walks, visits to cultural sites, etc.), arts and crafts, and hands-on learning.
  • Work alongside co-leader to flexibly adapt activities and curriculum to ages and interests of the groups, as needed and as appropriate. Update and help develop program materials and schedule as needed, in coordination with PGC and WCS staff.
  • Coordinate with PGC staff onboard, including Cruise Director, Travel Concierge Manager, Hotel Director and others to organize program schedule and logistics, and activities on and off the ship.
  • Organize, in coordination with PGC and WCS staff, the purchase and transport of any materials and supplies needed for program, maintain storage and use of materials and supplies on the ship.
  • Maintain line of communication with WCS staff in New York and provide biweekly written updates on the program during and following each sailing; check in regularly with key PGC staff onboard, as needed.
  • Complete written Summer and Winter Sailing Reports following the last sailing in the summer and winter. WCS will provide a template to complete.

Consultant Experience and Profile

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in marine biology/environmental science or similar, or teaching and education.
  • Teaching certification a plus. Camp counselor experience desirable.
  • 1-2 years experience working with children and/or experience developing and implementing educational programs for youth in schools, camps, zoos, aquaria, marine vessels, or other settings.
  • Experience in scientific inquiry and leading hands-on activities a plus.
  • Knowledge of global conservation issues – preferably ocean conservation – and a strong understanding of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s mission, vision, and conservation action.
  • Knowledge of marine ecology and biology preferred; knowledge of the South Pacific and French Polynesian species a plus. If not already knowledgeable about French Polynesian environment and culture, willingness and interest in learning.
  • Team player and proven ability to work well with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours and consecutive days, with minimal time off during the sailing schedules (see below).
  • Sense of adventure and interest in traveling, cruising, and learning other languages and cultures.
  • Prior boating/sailing experience (i.e. time on the water, onboard a ship/vessel) is preferred.
  • Proactive and good problem-solver.
  • Native English speaker required. Conversational French highly preferred.
  • First Aid certification preferred.
  • Snorkeling experience required. SCUBA certification required.
  • Passport required, plus any applicable visas or other documentation as required; passport must be valid for at least six months after the return date of travel.

Compensation

WCS will pay the Marine Naturalist a fixed fee for all services provided under the full term of this consultancy. Payments to the consultants will be made without deductions for income taxes or social security and no benefits will be provided. A 1099 form will be provided.

Travel expenses (transportation, meals and accommodations) related to the Marine Naturalist training, up to USD $200, will be covered. All travel related expenses (airfare, ground transportation and meals) to and from French Polynesia, and room and board for all sailings, are included. Room and board accommodations include one double-occupancy room that will be shared by both Marine Naturalists. Onboard (or off-ship as necessary) amenities include three meals per day and complimentary beverages, First Aid and emergency medical services, onboard fitness center, onboard business center and library. SON uniforms will be provided and should be worn during all sailings.

Agreement Duration

Full term of consultancy: June 2018 – August 2018; December 2018 – January 2019; exact dates indicated below. The Naturalists will be required to work all sailing dates, in addition to two (2) days of training prior to the summer sailings and six (6) days of travel in total.

  • Training at WCS Headquarters:  End of May for two (2) days (dates TBD) 
  • Summer
    • Travel to Tahiti and PGC Training: June 2 – June 6, 2018 (onboard m/s Paul Gauguin)
    • Sailing 1 (Society Islands & Tuamotus, 10-nights): June 6-16, 2018
    • Sailing 2 (Tahiti & Society Islands, 7-nights) June 16-23, 2018
    • Sailing 3 (Tahiti & Society Islands, 7-nights) June 23-30, 2018
    • Sailing 4 (Society Islands & Tahiti Iti, 7-nights) June 30-July 7, 2018
    • Sailing 5 (Cook Islands & Society Islands, 11-nights): July 7-July 18, 2018
    • Sailing 6 (Society Islands & Tuamotus, 10-nights): July 18-July 28, 2018
    • Sailing 7 (Tahiti & Society Islands, 7-nights) July 28-August 4, 2018
    • Return travel from Tahiti: August 4-5, 2018
  • Winter
    • Travel to Tahiti: December 21 – December 22, 2018 (onboard m/s Paul Gauguin)
    • Sailing 8 (Tahiti & Society Islands, 7-nights): December 22-29, 2018
    • Sailing 9 (Tahiti & Society Islands, 7-nights): December 29, 2018-January 5, 2019
    • Return travel from Tahiti: January 5-6, 2019

Please note the following: Should PGC reserve m/s Paul Gauguin for a private charter during any of the sailings listed above, WCS will provide at least 60 days’ written notice to the Naturalist. WCS and PGC will use their best reasonable efforts to reschedule the SON session and staff to other sailing dates in 2018, to be determined separately. In the event that it is not possible to reschedule, the Naturalist will be relieved of his/her responsibilities with respect to the session for that scheduled sailing.

For more information about the WCS + PGC partnership and the SON program, please visit www.pgcruises.com/WCS-Family. For more information about the WCS Marine Program, visit www.wcs.org/Marine.

To express your interest for this position, please email your CV and cover letter to marineprogram@wcs.org. Please use the subject line: WCS Naturalist – [your name]. Applications received prior to February 16, 2018 will receive priority, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. If selected, please note that a background check will be conducted.

Organization: Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
Job Location: New York, New York
Duration: August 2018; December 2018 – January 2019
Application Deadline:  February 16, 2018
Application Website: marineprogram@wcs.org

- Position Vacancy: Miami-Dade County Resiliency Coordinator 2 (Adaptation); Miami-Dade County Office of Resilience

Job ID: 47269

Come to Miami and work on sea level rise adaptation in the Office of Resilience. The position below in the Miami-Dade County Office of Resilience is open for recruitment and will close on January 14, 2018.  

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree and two years of professional experience in climate adaptation, urban planning, environmental science, engineering, floodplain management, sustainability, or a related field are required.

Preferences: Knowledge and experience in professional administrative and/or project management, particularly in the areas of climate adaptation planning, sea level rise science and impacts, risk mitigation, and floodplain or water management, is highly preferred. Excellent analytical, research and writing skills and professional experience with tools that support graphic and written communication, such as GIS, Adobe Suite, and PowerPoint, are preferred.

*Spring graduates are also encouraged to apply as the County hiring process can take some time.

To view the position, go to: https://exterd.miamidade.gov/psp/GUEST/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL and search by the job title (Resiliency Coordinator).  In order to apply for the position, you must register on Miami-Dade County’s platform: http://www.miamidade.gov/humanresources/how-to-apply.asp

To apply for this job email your details to green@miamidade.gov
Organization: Miami-Dade County Office of Resilience
Job Location: Miami, Florida
Application Deadline: Sunday, January 14, 2018
Application Website: http://www.miamidade.gov/humanresources/how-to-apply.asp

- Position Vacancy: Marshall Islands Coastal Management Agent; Hawaii Sea Grant 

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 program’s 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. 

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.

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. Salary commensurate with qualifications.

Inquiries: Darren Okimoto 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: Hawaii Sea Grant
Job Location: Marshall Islands
Application Deadline: Friday, January 12, 2018
Application Website: https://hcmweb.rcuh.com/psp/hcmprd_exapp/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_S...

- Position Vacancy: Institute Associate, Georgetown Climate Center; Georgetown University Law Center

Located in a historic neighborhood in the nation’s capital, Georgetown offers rigorous academic programs, a global perspective, exciting ways to take advantage of Washington, D.C., and a commitment to social justice. Our community is a tight knit group of remarkable individuals interested in intellectual inquiry and making a difference in the world.

The nonpartisan Georgetown Climate Center seeks to advance effective climate and energy policies in the United States and serves as a resource to state and local communities that are working to cut carbon pollution and prepare for climate change.

The Institute Associate conducts research and analysis on public policy issues and prepares analytical reports and analyses for publication. S/he produces information on the implications of government actions for policy relevant to the organization and applies specific professional-level functional knowledge to solve problems requiring the identification and analysis of moderately complex variables. Reporting to the Deputy Director and the Adaptation Program Director of the Georgetown Climate Center, the Institute Associate has duties that include but are not limited to:

  • Manages projects involving the development of web-based tools and web content for the delivery of information on coastal adaptation.
  • Writes and issues reports of anticipated government actions and upcoming events and analyzes the congressional and regulatory process, closely monitoring relevant events.
  • Conducts briefings and engages with senior local, state, and federal officials, funders, and NGO and academic partners.
  • Produces superior analysis and communicates effectively through writing and presentations.
  • Coordinates adaptation efforts with GCC management, Harrison staff attorneys, and consultants.
  • Leads and conducts research and analysis on climate adaptation.
  • Conducts legal and policy research on coastal and other resilience issues, as determined by GCC leadership and state and city clients we serve.
  • Surprises student research on relevant topics including work done through practicum courses and clinical program.
  • Initiates and assists with development of grant proposals and development efforts.
  • Oversees work with staff, contractors, and outside partners, and supervises the work of students and research assistants.
  • Represents the Center at events relevant to climate adaptation and/or other projects and assists with presentations, and convenings on adaptation topics.

Requirements

  • Juris Doctor degree
  • 3 – 5 years of experience in environmental law, climate change policy or a related field or equivalent relevant work experience
  • Excellent research, writing, and speaking skills
  • Experience work on climate, adaptation policy, or coastal land-use preferred
  • Experience supervising the work of others
  • Experience managing complex projects with multiple external and internal partners and collaborators
  • Experience working with or for local, state or federal agencies

Current Employees:
If you currently work at Georgetown University, please exit this website and login to GMS (gms.georgetown.edu) using your Net ID and password. Then select the Career worklet on your GMS Home dashboard to view Jobs at Georgetown.

Submission Guidelines:
Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any position at Georgetown University you must submit a cover letter and resume for each position of interest for which you believe you are qualified. These documents are not kept on file for future positions.

Organization: Georgetown University Law Center
Job Location: Washington, D.C.
Duration: Full-Time - Permanent
Application Website: https://georgetown.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Georgetown_Admin_Careers/job...

- Position Vacancy: Director of Marine Mammal Institute; Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center

Posting number: P01699UF

The College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University is seeking a Director of the OSU Marine Mammal Institute (MMI).   The MMI uses its resources to understand how marine mammals interact with their environment and human activities affecting them. MMI works to develop solutions which will benefit both marine mammals and human endeavors. The MMI Director provides leadership to a diverse faculty, staff and students of the MMI; hires, oversees, and evaluates personnel; prepares annual work plans and budgets; reports annually to the Marine Mammal Institute Board; and cultivates/stewards donor interest in the MMI. This position is based in Newport, OR at the Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center.

Position Duties:

Scholarly Research (30%): Conduct original marine mammal research in area of expertise such as behavior, population ecology, habitat ecology, human-wildlife conflict, which improve management decisions and conservation practices.  Conduct or direct field work supporting research program. Maintain an active externally funded research program. 

Manages and Builds the Endowment (30%): Manage and build the endowment. Acquire federal grants and contracts to supplement endowed program funds to accomplish MMI mission. 

Administration and Management (25%): Provide leadership, supervision and direction for tenure-track faculty, research staff, and graduate students; implement strategic and tactical plans; and establish priorities and organizational structure. Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Service (10%): Provide support to agency partners and provide service to the university and community. Identify and develop opportunities for collaboration with organizations, agencies, volunteers, and staff to conduct research or deliver educational materials. 

Professional Development (5%):  Maintain membership and actively participate in appropriate professional organizations.  Attend appropriate activities, seminars, workshops, and classes to maintain core competencies in areas related to responsibilities

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Biology, Marine Biology, oceanographic sciences or related field.
  • Marine mammal expertise in specialty area of research.
  • Demonstrated commitment to promote diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • A successful record of securing and administering grant/contract funds to support his/her own work. 
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in communicating and working with diverse internal and external groups. 
  • National or international reputation for scientific achievements in marine mammal ecology, management, or a closely related field, meriting appointment as at rank for associate or full professor.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous administrative experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to attract donors and build mutually beneficial relationships.
  • A demonstrated appreciation for the mission of a Land-, Sea-, Sun-, and Space-Grant institution. 
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities and administrative and budget-management experience.

Organization: Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center
Job Location: Corvallis, Oregon
Duration: Full-Time - Permanent
Application Deadline: Monday, January 15, 2018
Application Website: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/

- Position Vacancy: Associate Program Officer – Gulf Research Program; National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and National Academy of Medicine work together as the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conduct other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions. The National Academies also encourage education and research, recognize outstanding contributions to knowledge, and increase public understanding in matters of science, engineering, and medicine.

In 2013, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine established the Gulf Research Program to enhance oil system safety and the protection of human health and the environment, focusing on both the Gulf of Mexico and other relevant regions of the U.S. outer continental shelf.  The Program seeks to improve understanding of the region’s interconnecting human, environmental, and energy systems and foster applications of these insights to benefit Gulf communities, ecosystems, and the Nation.

Job Summary:
This is an excellent opportunity to work at one of the Nation’s premier science institutions, known for its independence, integrity, and objectivity.  Work with a small, top-notch team to design and implement funding opportunities and contribute to program outreach, strategic planning, design of award and evaluation processes, and other program functions intended to provide lasting benefits to the Gulf region and the Nation.
Essential Job Duties:

  • Supports activities within the Gulf Research Program’s Safer Offshore Energy Systems initiative with a portfolio of projects focused on understanding risk in offshore operations and in characterizing the Gulf of Mexico deepwater processes and ecosystems. 
    • Under general supervision, leads and supports one or more of the unit’s programs, projects or activities.
  • Supports the design and implementation of award opportunities, including interacting with advisory board members and stakeholders, developing funding topics, drafting and disseminating requests for applications, communicating with applicants, managing peer review processes, analyzing review scores, preparing funding plans, and analyzing award metrics. 
    • Requires the ability to work with an online grants management system and various technologies necessary to support efficient award making.
  • Participates in strategic and activity planning. 
    • Assists in program evaluation. 
    • Identifies and gathers research materials. 
    • Prepares background papers, technical summaries, and materials for program and Advisory Board use. 
    • Ensures consistent application of unit and organizational policies and procedures.
  • Where applicable and with director/senior program officer oversight, identifies potential experts for the advisory board, meetings, workshops, and other activities (e.g., peer review or proposals). 
    • Communicates and coordinates with stakeholders and advisory board members. 
    • Facilitates the flow of information among staff, board members, peer reviewers, consultants, and other applicable parties.
  • Contributes to planning and running advisory board meetings, breakout sessions, workshops, and other meetings. 
    • Develops agendas, invites presenters and participants, oversees meeting logistics and multimedia presentation, and prepares written summaries.
  • Works with Communications Officer and other communications staff to plan and implement communications activities related to assigned programs or projects. 
    • Participates in program outreach, communication, and dissemination of program information and funding opportunities. 
    • Identifies interested audiences, contributes materials for web and social media use, and other tasks.
  • Participates in meetings and workshops. 
    • Fosters transparency and stakeholder engagement. 
    • Collaborates with experts and colleagues from federal, state, and local government agencies, foundations, schools, and other organizations. 
    • Represents the unit within and outside the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.
  • May perform related additional duties.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to solve intellectual problems that are varied and complex using originality and ingenuity. 
  • Ability to understand and share technical/scientific issues with diverse audiences. 
  • Ability to work successfully in a team environment and to form and maintain effective teams. 
  • Experience working in complex environments with a high degree of organizational effectiveness. 
  • Ability to develop relationships with co-workers, employees in other department, and external constituents through effective communication. 
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with all levels of employees and constituents. 
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally.  

Organization: National Academy of Sciences
Job Location: Washington, D.C.
Duration: Full-Time - Permanent
Application Website: https://chk.tbe.taleo.net/chk06/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=NAS&cws=1&r...

Job Req #:170206-6

- Position Vacancy: Senior Strategy Manager, Coral Reef Conservation; Vulcan

Vulcan is recruiting a senior subject matter expert in coral reef conservation to advise how substantial additional investment could significantly improve the prognosis for the world’s reefs.

As the subject matter expert, you will guide strategy development and project ideation and development and advise on project execution. Your primary goal is to maximize impact towards achievement of Vulcan’s Grand Challenge of saving the world’s coral reefs from climate change by identifying game-changing strategies and project ideas and helping deliver impactful project design and implementation. You will lead on project exploration, from landscaping subject areas to identifying Vulcan ways in to developing initial project designs and concept notes. For active projects, you will insure that decision-making and execution maximizes impact, serving on project teams for large initiatives and providing advice to the project lead for smaller ones (and occasionally acting as the project lead for Vulcan). You will partner with the execution teams and the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) team to assess the cumulative impact of multiple projects, and feed learning from existing and past projects into ideation and design of future projects. Based on your knowledge, research, and judgement, you will also provide advice and support to other Vulcan departments (e.g. Communications), responding to queries from Paul Allen and executive staff, and occasionally publication and help develop Vulcan’s expert reputation in the field including through press communications, conference presentations, etc.

Key Responsibilities and Duties

  • Subject and project exploration, strategy development, ideation, and design
    • Landscape subject areas within coral reef conservation (e.g. genetic engineering, remote sensing, coral farming), reviewing the state of the field and preeminent players and strategies
    • Identify “ways in” which maximize the impact return on investment and fit Vulcan’s criteria
    • Work with MEL team on theory of change and impact measures
    • Help identify good partners
    • Help design projects, prepare and pitch project proposals, etc.
  • Project execution
    • For large projects, serve on execution team as subject matter expert seeking to maximize conservation impact
    • For smaller projects, advise project leads also to help maximize impact (and in rare cases act as project lead)
    • For all projects within the domain but especially science ones, develop an expert level of understanding of the science and subject area in order to advise on implementation, identify next steps and future projects for Vulcan to achieve conservation objectives, and respond to internal and external queries about the project findings and material
  • Research
    • Stay abreast of developments in coral reef conservation
    • Carry out more intensive research as required for Vulcan strategy development and execution
    • Working with the MEL team, from time to time review the impact of projects and programs and assess progress towards achieving Grand Challenges
  • Deliver information
    • Present results and findings, briefings, concept notes, and proposals internally to Vulcan audiences including Paul Allen through consultations, oral briefings, written reports, etc. gauged so as to be maximally accessible and useful
    • Present results and findings externally through scientific and popular publications, press briefings, social media, presentations, etc. so as to publicize Vulcan and Paul Allen’s accomplishments, interests, and expertise in biodiversity conservation and to mobilize action towards Vulcan objectives

Key Qualifications

  • PhD in coral reef biology or conservation, or in exceptional cases a Masters degree and equivalent experience
  • At least 5 years postdoctoral research experience relevant to the domain
  • At least 5 years’ experience applying domain expertise to practical impact-driven implementation (e.g. through government, NGO, foundation, or private sector)
  • Recognition within the domain area as a clear thinking, strategic and entrepreneurial expert, including scientific and popular publications, talks, and press work
  • An effective network of expert contacts within the domain area
  • Demonstrate ability to master scientific and subject matter detail in new areas within the domain area rapidly and effectively
  • Demonstrate ability to translate that understanding into strategic, out-of-the-box, practical advice for implementation, strategies, project opportunities, policies, etc.
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate that understanding effectively to experts and non-experts both orally and in writing and translate it into practical and policy advice
  • A track record of developing innovative, effective ways in and solutions to problems within the domain area
  • A track record of contributing to rapid, effective execution of impact-driven projects within the domain area
  • Experience measuring, evaluating, and reporting on the impact of projects and programs and drawing lessons learned
  • Experience leading strategic planning including landscape assessment, development of goals and objectives, and identification of effective strategies
  • Demonstrate ability to gain support from various stakeholders for project ideas and proposals
  • A track record of working effectively in teams, and leading them
  • A track record of providing supportive advice and expertise in furtherance of others’ professional objectives within an organization
  • Ability to understand Vulcan and Paul Allen’s strengths and perspectives, to apply those to the field of coral reef conservation, and to commit fully to a strategy that leverages those strengths and perspectives
  • Ability to thrive in a fast paced and complex environment with changing responsibilities and expectations
  • Demonstrate honesty, integrity and fulfillment of commitments

The Senior Strategy Manager, Coral Reef Conservation, reports to the Director of Biodiversity Conservation. It is a full-time position based at Vulcan’s headquarters in Seattle, with approximately 20% time travel. If you need accommodation during the application or hiring process, please contact Human Resources at jobs@vulcan.com or your recruiter.

Organization: Vulcan
Job Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: Full-Time - Permanent
Application Website: http://www.vulcan.com/About/Careers/Job-Listings?p=job/opzg6fw4

- Position Vacancy: Marine Scientist; Oceana

We are looking for a Marine Scientist to play a substantive role on Oceana’s campaign team to stop expanded offshore drilling and related exploration.  The Marine Scientist will serve as an expert on oil pollution and seismic noise impacts to marine life. Marine mammal and overall ocean health expertise desired. The marine scientist will provide research to support and further campaign goals, develop written materials including reports, comments and media statements, and help to shape the strategy and direction of new and existing campaigns and initiatives. The marine scientist will have extensive contact with research scientists and representatives of government agencies and other stakeholders. They must be able to travel as necessary.         

Principal Duties and Responsibilities
Essential Functions:

  • Serve the campaign to stop expanded offshore drilling and Oceana Science team.
  • Carry out research on Oceana’s campaign topics and other subjects relevant to Oceana’s objectives, including the review of oil pollution and seismic noise impacts to marine life, and other ocean health-related research. Report findings and relevance to campaign objectives. 
  • Maintain subject matter expertise by following the current literature, attending relevant meetings, and communicating with peers in the field.
  • Research, draft and/or review content for Oceana scientific reports and other external communications, with particular attention to scientific accuracy.
  • Liaise with outside scientists to mobilize support for ocean health, fisheries and conservation objectives, including scientist sign-on letters and technical peer reviews.
  • Represent Oceana at external events as needed, including conferences, symposia, meetings, and hearings. 
  • Meet with Congressional and government agency representatives to communicate Oceana’s objectives as needed.
  • Assist in preparation of internal reports for the Board of Directors and foundations.

Job Requirements
Education and work experience:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant scientific discipline such as marine biology, ecology, oceanography, fisheries and wildlife conservation and biology, natural resource management. Relevant study and economic analysis experience also helpful.
  • At least two years of professional experience in marine science or policy.
  • Experience with U.S. marine wildlife and fisheries laws, regulations and policies as they relate to marine mammals, sea turtles and/or fisheries, as well as oil pollution and seismic impacts is preferred.

Skills and knowledge:

  • Ability to accurately synthesize large amounts of information, quickly identify relevant issues or questions, and recommend responses or solutions.
  • Excellent research, writing and editing skills. Ability to communicate technical concepts clearly and concisely.
  • Skilled at organizing and prioritizing multiple projects, and completing tasks with accuracy and independence.
  • Knowledge of the scientific underpinning of the major marine conservation issues, including oil pollution impacts, seismic noise impacts, biodiversity loss and habitat degradation. Proficiency in additional research skills (e.g., GIS, database management, statistical design and modeling, DNA sampling) desirable.
  • Ability to represent Oceana in a professional and courteous manner with scientists, policymakers, stakeholders and the media.
  • Ability to accommodate a varied workload in a fast-paced campaign environment.  Flexible and collaborative member of a multidisciplinary team. Occasional long or irregular hours and travel will be required.

TO APPLY: Please upload your resume and cover letter with your application.
Application website: https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=oceana&jobId=59183&lang=en_US&source=CC3

- Position Vacancy: Government Relations Manager; Ocean Conservancy

The Government Relations Manager will develop, implement, and coordinate efforts to advance Ocean Conservancy’s national policy and legislative agenda.  S/he will work with our conservation experts to develop principled but pragmatic policy goals, activate new constituencies, and win real policy and legislative changes that protect and promote ocean health. We’re seeking a candidate who can support policy goals across many of the organization’s programs, with a primary focus on supporting our Arctic program and Ocean Planning program. Specifically, the Government Relations Manager will be given the responsibility of developing and executing a comprehensive government relations strategy for achieving our Arctic program’s policy objectives in both congress and the administration. Other programmatic priorities for which the successful candidate might provide support could include topics like Gulf of Mexico restoration, Congressional appropriations, sustainable fisheries, and more.

Primary Responsibilities

  • This position represents the organization, and maintains close contact with Members of Congress, their staff, and the Administration on ocean conservation and funding issues.
  • The Manager will work closely with Ocean Conservancy program staff to identify and create opportunities to advance specific policy goals, and to develop and implement strategies and tactics to achieve effective policy outcomes.
  • This work will include policy analysis, legislative strategy development and implementation, selective stakeholder outreach, and coordination of the NGO community.
  • The Manager will help determine when new legislative authority is needed, draft testimony, legislation, and legislative amendments, and communicate with Congressional staff.
  • The Manager will respond to requests for information and advocate for the organization’s positions before Congress and federal agencies.

Required Skills/Qualifications/Experience

  • Minimum of one year of experience working with Congress and/or the federal government on policy issues.
  • Proven ability to understand and analyze complex regulatory and legislative issues; and develop and implement strategies to advance policy and legislative goals.
  • Superior oral and written communication skills, including capacity to communicate complex ideas compellingly to a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate across disciplines and work collaboratively with diverse teams, networks, and coalitions.
  • A strategic thinker who can identify, maximize, and create opportunities to advance Ocean Conservancy’s policy goals.
  • A high-level performer who will bring the necessary creativity, energy, and commitment; and with the ability to move rapidly in response to policy opportunities as they present themselves.
  • Understanding of Congress, the Administration, and the policy-making process.
  • Attentive to details and adheres to deadlines and deliverables while keeping a larger vision in mind.
  • Highly collaborative with an appreciation of the benefit of a multi-disciplinary team approach.
  • Experience working in a government agency, congressional office, or experience lobbying is strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of or familiarity with one or more of the policy issues listed above preferred.

Education/Training

Bachelor’s degree in political science, environmental policy, marine science or related field is required.

If you think you have what it takes to join Ocean Conservancy’s Government Relations team, please send a cover letter speaking to your qualifications and abilities with your resume to: jobs@oceanconservancy.org and note your name and #17-15 GRMGR in the subject line.

- Position Vacancy: Assistant Professor - Marine Disease Biologist; The University of Southern Mississippi

Job ID: 0004681

The University of Southern Mississippi invites applicants for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track faculty position as an Assistant Professor of Marine Disease Biology in the Division of Coastal Sciences in the College of Science and Technology to begin in Fall 2018.  A Ph.D. in a relevant discipline is required. Post-doctoral experience is also highly desired.

We are searching for an outstanding candidate working on any aspect of disease in marine shellfish, finfish or mammals. Potential research areas include, but are not restricted to: epidemiology, pathology, immunology, and parasitology of wild or cultured organisms. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a strong, externally funded research program, publish manuscripts in peer-reviewed literature, mentor M.S. and Ph.D. students, and participate in graduate instruction. Evaluation of applications will also consider the potential of candidates to develop collaboration within USM’s School of Ocean Sciences and Technology, as well as with other USM academic units including the Department of Biological Sciences.
The Division of Coastal Sciences is a research and graduate education unit within the School of Ocean Science and Technology, offering programs leading to the Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science degrees. The Division is located at the USM Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (Ocean Springs, Mississippi), a marine laboratory featuring comprehensive basic and applied research programs in coastal and marine biological sciences. Research program support includes state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and instrumentation; a fleet of small and large research vessels, including the R/V Point Sur; the GCRL Museum collection; the Center for Fisheries Research and Development; NSF I/UCRC Science Center for Marine Fisheries, and aquaculture facilities including the Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center.

Further inquiries may be addressed to the search committee chair (Kevin Dillon, kevin.dillon@usm.edu). Applicants must complete an employment application form located on the USM Human Resources web site (Job Posting # 0004681). The application package will include: 1) a cover letter; 2) a statement of research interests and career goals; 3) a statement of teaching interests; 4) a curriculum vitae; 5) relevant reprints (up to four); and 6) contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin February 1, 2018, and will continue until an appropriate candidate is found.

Organization: The University of Southern Mississippi
Job Location: Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Duration: Tenure-track
Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Application Website: https://jobs.usm.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57446

- Position Vacancy: Strategic Communications Consultant; Ocean Foundation

General Summary
A coalition of national organizations focused on defending America’s path to sustainable fisheries is seeking a communications professional to help advance our goals of healthy coastal communities, sustainable fisheries and a healthy ocean environment through smart fisheries management policies.

The Ocean Foundation is the fiscal sponsor of the coalition, which is comprised of the Center for American Progress, the Conservation Law Foundation, Earthjustice, Natural Resources Defense Council, Oceana, Ocean Conservancy and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

The consultant, in partnership with the coalition coordinator, will be responsible for developing, refining and implementing the communications strategy, which will include leading outreach and engagement with diverse media outlets, as well as facilitating and leveraging the existing communications capacity of coalition member organizations.

The consultant will report to the coordinator of the coalition over the 14-month period of the consultancy (November 2017 until January 2019). Work hours are flexible within the standard workday, and average number of hours per week is negotiable. Candidates from the Washington D.C. metro area are highly preferred, but other locations will be considered for exceptional candidates who can travel to the Washington D.C. metro area as needed for quarterly meetings.

Scope of Work
Develop, implement and update the coalition communications strategy. Elements of the strategy will include:
a. Media relations – Cultivate and maintain relationships with key reporters, primarily in national and important regional media outlets, to produce influential stories that will contribute to the dialogue on federal fisheries policy and management.
b. Content creation – Draft press releases, statements, letters to the editor, opinion pieces, and other materials as needed to amplify the coalition’s conservation goals with regard to key fisheries policy issues. Proactive and reactive content and strategies are required.
c. Thought leadership – Identify and create opportunities to connect the coalition’s policy experts and allies with influential media columnists and reporters.
d. Rapid response – Manage the coalition’s external response across mass and new media by adapting messaging and tactics for use by coalition members and allies.
e. Social media engagement – Develop and integrate social media strategies into outreach strategies. Build coalition members’ skills on best practices for select social media tools.
f. Event management – Provide support and assistance for coalition events such as educational briefings, press conferences, and stakeholder outreach events.
g. Monitoring and evaluation – Put quantitative and qualitative measures in place to track and report on progress.

Required Skills
• Proven track record of building and executing campaign-based communications strategies. Experience with environmental conservation focused campaigns a plus.
• Experience in leading and coordinating communications for a coalition or other consensus-based partnerships.
• Excellent written skills with experience producing a wide range of materials to engage media, excite advocates and influence policy-makers.
• Media relations experience that includes established relationships with journalists and editors, a nose for stories and a track record for placing influential stories beyond just the environmental beat.
• Familiarity with creating multimedia assets like videos and photo stories and experience in developing production timelines and workflows to see complex projects through to completion.
• Excellent project management with capacity to analyze communications data and adapt quickly.
• Excellent interpersonal skills. We need a team player who is able to work proactively and independently.

Please send a cover letter and resume to the attention of Regan Nelson, Coalition Coordinator, nelsonregan@gmail.com, with the subject line “Communications Consultant”. Resumes will be accepted until a contract is in place.

Organization: Ocean Foundation
Job Location: Washington, D.C. preferred
Duration: Negotiable hours- November 2017 to January 2019

- Position Vacancy: Research Associate I; University of Miami

The Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) at the University of Miami invites applications for a Research Associate I to work closely with scientists at RSMAS and NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory’s Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystem Division (AOML/OCED) on the impacts of environmental change (thermal stress and ocean acidification) on coral reef ecosystems.

The successful candidate’s duties will include, but are not limited to the following: 1) Laboratory analysis and interpretation of carbonate chemistry including pH, total alkalinity, pCO2, and dissolved inorganic carbon, 2) Field work involving SCUBA diving in coral reef environments, 3) Data QC and management for carbonate chemistry, environmental data, and coral reef ecological data, and 4) Maintaining experimental aquaria for lab studies on coral reef organisms. 

Qualifications
• Must possess a bachelor’s degree in marine science or a related field from an accredited university and some research experience gained during education/training or in employment in a research position. 
• Must be highly motivated, organized, and have the ability to adapt to a dynamic lab environment. 
• Strong analytical and laboratory skills are required, along with a proven track record of routinely conducting physically demanding field work. 
• An AAUS SCUBA diving certification is required and experience with small boats is preferred. 
• Preference will be given to candidates who possess a close familiarity with coral reef ecosystems, carbonate chemistry (analysis and interpretation of data), ocean acidification, and instrument development/evaluation. 
• Proficiency with computers is preferred, including MS Excel, MS Access, ArcGIS, and image analysis software packages. 

Curriculum Vitae, a letter of interest, and the contact information for three persons who can provide letters of recommendation are required.
Apply online at: www.miami.edu/careers 
Position #: P100033283 
For further information, candidates should contact Dr. Derek Manzello (Derek.Manzello@noaa.gov)
Organization: University of Miami

Job Location: Miami, FL
Duration: Full-Time
Salary: $32,900-$59,100
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Education Specialist; Florida Oceanographic Society

The Education Department at Florida Oceanographic Society (FOS) is currently accepting applications for a full-time Education Specialist. The Education Specialist will work as part of FOS’s Education team to carry out daily educational programming for visitors to the FOS Coastal Center. This position involves considerable public speaking. The Education Specialist will conduct formal educational presentations in front of large audiences, as well as informal educational lessons at our invertebrate touch tank, sea turtle pavilion, gamefish lagoon aquarium, butterfly garden, and inside of our nature center. The Education Specialist will oversee Florida Oceanographic Society’s field trip and birthday party programs, including trip development, scheduling, and bookkeeping. Additionally, the Education Specialist will help lead field trips, group visits, outreach education programming, summer camp sessions, and sea turtle walks. Work direction and priorities are given by the Director of Education and Exhibits as direct supervisor.

Organization: Florida Oceanographic Society
Job Location: Stuart, Florida
Duration: Full-time
Application Website:      https://www.floridaocean.org/p/34/careers-employment-opportunities#.Wh3tX7a...

- Position Vacancy: Marine Environmental Biologist – Endowed Professorship; College of Charleston

Applications are invited for an endowed professorship in Marine Environmental Biology at the College of Charleston. We seek an environmental biologist who studies the impacts of environmental variation or change on marine organisms with a research program that involves omics and/or bioinformatics. Rank for this position is open, but it is anticipated that the appointment will be made at the level of Associate Professor in the Department of Biology (see biology.cofc.edu). The appointee will maintain a modest teaching load (2 to 3 courses per year) that includes undergraduate and graduate courses in an area of expertise and service courses such as introductory biology. 

This position is one of two endowed appointments that are part of the SmartState South Carolina Centers of Economic Excellence (smartstatesc.org/) in the Marine Genomics program, and will include a joint appointment with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). The other endowed appointment will be at MUSC. Ideally, we seek a colleague who could potentially collaborate with their MUSC counterpart (whose research will focus on the linkage between marine and human health). The appointee will be expected to mentor graduate students, teach courses in an area of expertise, and interact with students and staff from the College of Charleston, MUSC, and their three other partners at the Fort Johnson marine campus (the SC Department of Natural Resources, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Institute of Standards and Technology).
The successful applicant will have a demonstrated track record as a scholar and a strong commitment to teaching at all levels and to mentoring both graduate and undergraduate students. Historic Charleston, SC provides a beautiful and culturally rich setting for developing a global perspective on marine environmental problems and solutions.

Applicants should submit electronic (pdf) copies of their cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of teaching and research interests, up to three relevant publications, and names and contact information for three colleagues capable of providing a recommendation to http://jobs.cofc.edu/postings/6721.  Additional information about this position can be obtained from Seth Pritchard, chair of the Biology Department (pritchards@cofc.edu) or Matt Rutter, chair of the search committee (rutterm@cofc.edu). Review of applications will begin December 7, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.  The College of Charleston is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, or disability

Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter / Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Research and Professional Development Statement
  5. Three Sample Publications

Optional Documents

  1. Unofficial Graduate Transcripts
  2. Student Course-Instructor Reviews
  3. Other Document

Organization: College of Charleston
Job Location: Charleston, SC
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Assistant Professor of Biology (Marine Physiologist); College of Charleston

The Department of Biology at the College of Charleston invites applications for a tenure-track position in Marine Biology at the Assistant Professor level to begin August 2018.  Candidates must have a Ph.D. in biology, marine biology, marine science or a related field and a strong commitment to teaching and maintaining an active research program involving undergraduate and graduate students.  The area of research is open but we seek candidates who would examine the physiological mechanisms underlying organism-environment interactions of marine animals.  Primary teaching responsibilities would include a graduate-level course in comparative marine physiology in addition to undergraduate courses in comparative physiology and introductory biology and/or human anatomy and physiology.  The College of Charleston, located in Charleston, SC, is a public liberal arts and sciences institution of 12,000 students, with MS programs in Marine Biology and Environmental Studies, the Grice Marine Laboratory close to the downtown campus, and a commitment to excellence in teaching and research.  Information about the department is available at http://biology.cofc.edu/.  

Applicants should submit electronic (pdf) copies of their cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of teaching and research interests, up to three relevant publications, and unofficial graduate transcripts to http://jobs.cofc.edu/postings/6769.  Questions regarding this position can be directed to Dr. Antony Harold search committee chair, at harolda@cofc.edu.  This is a nine-month appointment; salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Review of applications will begin January 8, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.  The College of Charleston is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, or disability.  

Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter / Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Research and Professional Development Statement
  5. Unofficial Graduate Transcripts
  6. Sample Publication 1

Optional Documents

  1. Sample Publication 2
  2. Sample Publication 3
  3. Student Course-Instructor Reviews
  4. Other Document

Organization: College of Charleston
Job Location: Charleston, SC
Duration: Full-Time / Tenure-Track / 9-month appointment
Application Website: http://jobs.cofc.edu/postings/6769

- Position Vacancy: President’s Professorship in Quantitative Fisheries and Ecosystem; University of Alaska

The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS), seeks a prestigious President’s Professor of Quantitative Fisheries and Ecosystems. Come join a dynamic, multidisciplinary college with 52 faculty, over 100 graduate students and more than 50 undergraduate students. Alaska offers unparalleled opportunities to contribute to a legacy of sustainable fisheries through applied quantitative fishery and ecosystem research.

Duties:
Teaching; Service; Research

Additional position details:
The College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences invites applications for an Associate Professor/Professor of Quantitative Fisheries and Ecosystems. The position is expected to be hired at the associate or full professor rank, although exceptional candidates at the assistant level may be considered. This position is a 9-month, tenure track position to begin in August 2018 or soon thereafter. The position will be based at either of our CFOS locations in Juneau or Fairbanks, Alaska. The successful applicant will guide the development of a new proposed Center for Quantitative Fisheries Excellence (CQFE) at CFOS. This center will provide the scientific basis for sustainable fisheries management in Alaska and will train the next generation of fisheries scientists and biometricians to meet workforce needs of state and federal fishery management agencies, nongovernmental and tribal organizations, and the fishing industry. The incumbent will be a nationally and internationally renowned leader in quantitative fisheries science and sustainable fishery management. The successful candidate will possess cutting-edge expertise in multispecies and ecosystem models, novel quantitative fisheries stock assessment methods, management strategy evaluations, and applications of these approaches to ecosystem-based fisheries management. The incumbent will lead a vigorous Alaska-based fishery research program that involves undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral researchers. The President’s Professor will also teach graduate courses in these subject areas, as well as upper division undergraduate courses in the new Baccalaureate Program in Fisheries and Ocean Sciences to be jointly offered by UAF and the University of Alaska Southeast.

This hire is a vital part of our strategy to strengthen the fisheries program in CFOS at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The incumbent will further enhance the profile of UA through service in both state and federal fisheries management arenas, and is expected to serve as member of organizations such as the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (NPFMC) Scientific and Statistical Committee, a group of experts responsible for setting science-based catch limits for federally managed commercial fisheries in Alaska.

UAF is Alaska’s research university and Alaska offers unparalleled opportunities for freshwater and marine fisheries research. CFOS has 52 faculty, over 100 graduate students and more than 50 undergraduate students engaged in research in Alaskan waters and throughout the world (www.cfos.uaf.edu). The College offers academic programs in Fisheries at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral levels in Fairbanks, Juneau, Kodiak, and Seward. These and other facilities throughout the state are linked by modern videoconference and distance-delivery technology. The Department of Fisheries maintains a strong program that includes 15 tenured or tenure-track faculty, two research faculty members, and four other faculty with primary appointments outside of the fisheries program. The current quantitative fisheries program is widely recognized as one of the core strength areas within the Department of Fisheries.

Qualified applicants must have a Ph.D. in fisheries biology, ecology, or a related field from an accredited university.

Applicant Instructions:
Interested applicants must apply online.  If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact the UAF Office of Human Resources at 907-474-7700. Specific questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Gordon Kruse, Search Committee Chair, at 907-796-5458 or at ghkruse@alaska.edu.

Required Applicant Documents:

  • Brief Cover Letter
  • Statement of Interest and Qualifications (including research, teaching, and outreach plans)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) 
  • Contact information for three professional references (address, email and phone number)

*Also, please note that a 10-minute overview presentation that describes the candidate’s vision for a research program based in Alaska will be required of those candidates selected for a phone interview.*

Review Date:
Review of applications will begin upon receipt. Early applications are welcome but must be received no later than February 2, 2018,by 11:55 PM Alaska Standard Time to ensure full consideration. Applications received after this time and date may not be considered for this position. This position will remain open until filled.

Education required for this position:
Qualified applicants must have a Ph.D. in fisheries biology, ecology, or a related field from an accredited university.
Type and length of experience required for this position:
Applications are encouraged from creative individuals with strong scientific and academic backgrounds who will complement the expertise of existing faculty and contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of Alaska's world renowned fishery resources.
Postdoctoral research experience (preferred).

Knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position:
Disciplinary expertise for this position should be in the area of quantitative aspects of fisheries management and multispecies/ecosystem approaches. The applicant must be proficient in English, have experience teaching at the university level, and have a strong research and publication record appropriate to their experience and date of degree. The successful applicant will be a leader in quantitative fisheries science and sustainable fishery management. S/he will possess cutting-edge expertise in multispecies and ecosystem models, novel quantitative fisheries stock assessment methods, management strategy evaluations, and applications of these approaches to ecosystem-based fisheries management.

Organization: University of Alaska
Job Location: Fairbanks, AK
Duration: Full-Time
Application Deadline: Friday, February 2, 2018
Application Website: http://careers.alaska.edu/cw/en-us/job/508265/presidents-professorship-in-q...

- Position Vacancy: Assistant Professor- Ecologist; Louisiana State University

Candidates for this position must be from an academic background in ecology, including, but not limited to fisheries ecologist, feeding relationships, environmental drivers, resource supply and demand and population, community and ecosystem level processes. Candidates who conduct empirical research related to spatial management, coastal, estuarine, or marine trophic dynamics at spatial scales ranging from estuaries to the deep ocean are encouraged to apply.

Duties include:

  • Develop and maintain a rigorous, externally funded research program that emphasizes trophic ecology in the marine environment, including coastal systems, using contemporary empirical (field and/or lab) methods, statistical tools, and other relevant approaches. Collaboration in multidisciplinary research projects with marine, coastal, and wetland scientists is expected.
  • Teach courses that emphasizes the quantitative assessment of fishery resources and other related focus areas.
  • Mentor graduate students.
  • Provide service and advice to state and federal agencies and the University as necessary.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in science field.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D in ecology, marine science, or related field
  • Postdoctoral experience is encouraged.

Competencies for position include:

  • Demonstrate potential to sustain an active research program.
  • Strong publication record, commensurate with experience.
  • Ability to provide quality mentoring and teaching to undergraduate and graduate students.

Additional Job Description:
The Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences includes faculty with expertise in wetland ecology, coastal fisheries, biophysical modeling, as well as biological, physical, chemical and geological oceanography. Located in Baton Rouge, LSU is only an hour from the Lake Pontchartrain estuary and a few hours from extensive saltmarsh and mangrove wetlands and the Gulf of Mexico. 

Special Instructions:
Attach a cover letter, CV, a Statement of Research and a Statement of Teaching with your application.
Also, provide a list of three professional references including name, title, phone number and e-mail address. Transcripts are optional at time of application; however, official transcripts are required prior to hire.

Organization: Louisiana State University
Job Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website:      https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU/job/2179-Energy-Coast-and-Environment...
Closing Date (Open Until Filled if No Date Specified)
Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2018.

- Position Vacancy: Aquaculture and Water Quality Research Scientist; Langston University

The Aquaculture and Water Quality Research Scientist will develop and implement a research and extension program tailored to unique needs of Oklahoma and the surrounding region. The incumbent will develop a productive research program with an emphasis on emerging production technologies and the marketing for commercially viable species in Oklahoma and the surrounding region and to protect water resources. The incumbent will collaborate with other faculty and staff of the School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences. The Scientist will manage and assist in work at a field research and demonstration unit consisting of three water storage/reclamation units, 46 culture ponds, hatchery, and analytical laboratory. The Scientist must be willing to teach college-level courses in his/her areas of expertise.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Required Documents: Resume, Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Official Transcript(s) (upload and mail official(s) to Employee Services), Three Current Letters of Recommendation

Position Qualifications:

Required:
Ph.D. in Aquaculture, Fisheries, Water Quality, Natural Resources, Biology, or appropriate field. Knowledge and experience in applied fisheries ecology and management. Previous experience in water quality analysis and management. Demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate with a broad range of professionals and students. Demonstrated a record of publication in peer-reviewed journals. Good communication skills. Demonstrated ability to attract extramural funding and conduct research appropriate for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Capacity to work cooperatively with others in an interdisciplinary research and extension program to support the aquaculture/fisheries industry at local, state, national, and international levels. Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills and capacity to effectively interact with producers, agribusiness personnel, and campus faculty members. 

Desired:
Previous experience working with or for natural resources agencies. Previous field and lab experience. Knowledge and understanding of principles, theories, federal and state laws, rules, regulations, and systems associated with aquaculture and aquatic organism care and water use and management. Basic knowledge of conservation genetics. Previous success in securing grants. The candidate must provide documentation of identity and eligibility for employment as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986

Organization: Langston University
Job Location: Langston, OK
Duration: Full-Time
Application Deadline: Thursday, January 18, 2018
Application Website: https://okstate.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?site=10&id=4324

- Position Vacancy: Associate Director, Marine Advisory Program; Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) seeks an outstanding advisory service, extension, and outreach program manager and scholar to fill the position of Associate Director for the Marine Advisory Program (MAP). This is a full-time faculty position with rank and tenure status determined upon review of candidate credentials.

Responsibilities: The Associate Director reports to and will work closely with the Associate Dean of Research & Advisory Services to ensure that the program is responsive to state mandates and institutional priorities. The Associate Director for MAP provides strategic leadership for this program and works closely with colleagues across the academic departments and centers at VIMS to ensure strong connections between research and advisory products. The Associate Director will also work collaboratively with the Director of Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) and the Director of the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (http://www.vims.edu/cbnerr/), both housed at VIMS.

About the Virginia Institute of Marine Science: VIMS (http://www.vims.edu) has a three-part mission to conduct interdisciplinary research in coastal ocean and estuarine science, educate students and citizens, and provide advisory service to policy makers, industry, and the public. VIMS serves as the School of Marine Science for William & Mary with masters and doctoral programs within four academic departments: Biological Sciences, Aquatic Health Sciences, Fisheries Science, and Physical Sciences. The VIMS Marine Advisory Program provides extension, outreach and public education, on a wide range of coastal topics including sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, recreational and commercial fisheries, and coastal economies (www.vims.edu/map).

Qualifications: The successful candidate will hold an earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in a marine science related field or in coastal policy, economics or social science and will have a broad understanding of coastal resources and management issues. Specific areas of specialization may include, but are not limited to, fisheries and aquaculture, coastal or marine policy or economics, and estuarine and coastal ecology. Program administration experience is required, preferably within higher education, as well as strong team and project management skills. Demonstrated experience with extension or advisory services is required. Candidates should have a history of obtaining funding for research, outreach, or other scholarly production, and a strong record of producing publications, as well as extension and outreach products and services. Teaching experience and familiarity with coastal/marine science stakeholder relations are preferred. We are seeking candidates who share VIMS' commitment to the principle that diversity and inclusion, related to ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, cultural identity, religion and more, are critical to maintaining excellence.

Application materials for the position listed above should include: 1) a cover letter describing professional education, experience, and suitability for the position; 2) a full curriculum vitae; 3) a vision statement (3 pages maximum) that includes your vision for an advisory services unit within an academic and research institution, and how your background, experience and vision fits in an institution that is committed to diversity and inclusion, and 4) the names, addresses (including titles and institutions), email addresses, and telephone numbers of five references.

Application materials should be addressed to: Dr. Mark W. Luckenbach, Search Committee Co-Chair, and will be accepted through our On-Line Application System at http://jobs.wm.edu. For full consideration, application materials are due February 15, 2018; however, applications received after February 15, 2018 will be reviewed if necessary.

Organization: Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)
Job Location: Gloucester Point, Virginia
Duration: Full-Time
Application Deadline: Saturday, January 13, 2018
Application Website: Apply Online
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- Post-Doc Position: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

One postdoctoral position in Marine Evolutionary Genomics is available at the Ravasi's Lab/Integrative Systems Biology Lab (http://systemsbiology.kaust.edu.sa) at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia (www.kaust.edu.sa). This is part of a large and funded collaborative project with the laboratory of Prof. Phil Munday at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University (www.coralcoe.org.au).

Anthropogenic activities are leading to global Climate Change at an unprecedented rate. Understanding the mechanisms of how coral reef fish cope with environmental shifts is imperative to understand their fate in a changing planet. Little is known about the mechanisms of rapid evolution/phenotypic plasticity to the adaptive response of coral reef fish to changing ocean conditions.

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to work on a long-term project that aims to understand the effects of climate change stressors (i.e. ocean acidification and warming) on coral reef fishes, specifically the damselfish (Acanthochromis polyacanthus) and the clownfish (Amphiprion percula). Our main goal is to understand acclimation to climate change at the genomic level by using a set of unique multi-generational experiments. These studies combine Next-Generation Sequencing approaches such as genome and transcriptome sequencing to understand the molecular mechanisms that underline fish responses to climate stressors. The successful candidate will be able to look at a variety of data including physiological responses, but will mainly be working on the computational analysis of comparative genomics and transcriptomics.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • PhD (completed or soon to be completed) in marine biology, biology, ecology & evolution or computational biology and genomics.
  • Research and publication track record in a relevant field, commensurate with opportunity.
  • Expertise in the analysis and interpretation of Next-Generation Sequencing datasets.
  • Demonstrated programming skills in a Unix/Linux environment (e.g. Python, Perl, R etc.)

We offer a very competitive compensation package, as well as free on-campus housing and health benefits. Applications should include a CV and contact information of at least three referees.

For further information, or to submit your application, please contact Prof. Timothy Ravasi (timothy.ravasi@kaust.edu.sa) and please visit the Employment section at the KAUST Website (http://www.kaust.edu.sa/employment/employment.html) for further information about opportunities and benefits available at the KAUST.

- Post-Doc Position: ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies; James Cook University, Townsville

We are seeking applications from candidates with postdoctoral research experience, a strong track record of publication and with broad areas of expertise which would contribute to the following research themes of the Centre:

People and Ecosystems: The key objective of this program is to improve the governance and management of natural systems and to enhance our capacity to sustain both human and natural capital. We are seeking to build an extensive international team that transcends the disciplinary constraints of the biological, oceanographic, geochemical, anthropological, economic and policy sciences. We would be interested in applicants with experience in evaluation of the ecological and social impacts of conservation interventions

Program Leaders: Professor Bob Pressey, Professor Terry Hughes, A/Professor Tiffany Morrison

Responding to a Changing World: This program will focus on advancing fundamental understanding of the key processes underpinning coral reef function and resilience. Topics of interest include coral calcification and the integrity of coral reef frameworks, physiological plasticity, and the capacity of coral reef organisms, including corals and their associated microbes, to adapt to changing conditions.

Program Leaders: A/Professor Mia Hoogenboom, Professor Ryan Lowe, A/Professor Maja Adamska

Experience with marine systems is an advantage, but is less important than a proven capacity to undertake and publish exciting, question-driven research. Successful applicants will be expected to develop their own research projects as well as work in collaboration with existing teams.

Organization: ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
Job Location: James Cook University, Townsville, Australia
Duration: Full-time, 3-years
Application Deadline: Friday, January 19, 2018
Application Website: https://www.coralcoe.org.au/about/careers-employment

- 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

- Fellowship: Coastal Management Fellowship; GA Sea Grant

The 2018-2020 Coastal Management Fellowship provides on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal management and policy for postgraduate students. The program matches postgraduate students with state coastal zone programs to work on projects proposed by the state and selected by the fellowship sponsor, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management. The fellowship period begins Aug. 1, 2018.

Applications must be submitted to Georgia Sea Grant by 5 p.m. on Jan. 19, 2018. A full list of application materials and additional information on eligibility can be found online at http://gacoast.uga.edu/education/college-students/coastal-management-fellowship/

- Fellowship: National Marine Fisheries-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship; GA Sea Grant

The National Marine Fisheries– Sea Grant Fellowship is for PhD students interested in careers related to (1) marine ecosystem and population dynamics, with a focus on modeling and managing systems of living marine resources, or (2) economics of the conservation and management of living marine resources. Fellows will work on thesis problems of public interest and relevance to National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) under the guidance of NMFS mentors at participating NMFS Science Centers or Offices.

Applications must be submitted to Georgia Sea Grant by 5:00 p.m. on Jan. 26, 2018. A full list of application materials and additional information on eligibility can be found online at http://gacoast.uga.edu/education/college-students/noaa-fisheriessea-grant-joint-graduate-fellowship-program/

- Fellowship: Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship; GA Sea Grant

The Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship places graduate students for a year in various executive and legislative branch offices throughout Washington, D.C. The fellowship provides a unique educational experience in the policies and processes of the federal government to students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting these resources. The fellowship period begins Feb. 1, 2019 and ends on Jan. 31, 2020.

Applications must be submitted to Georgia Sea Grant by 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 23, 2018. A full list of application materials and additional information on eligibility can be found online at http://gacoast.uga.edu/education/college-students/knauss-fellowship/

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Mona Behl, associate director of Georgia Sea Grant, at 706-542-6621 or mbehl@uga.edu to discuss application content and submission.

- Upcoming Workshop: 2nd National Living Shorelines Technology Transfer Workshop; RAE, Save the Bay-SF, and CA Coastal Conservancy

Oakland, CA, February 21-22, 2018

The program will cover the major development in living shorelines, including science, policy, outreach, and more. The program will be a mix of presentation and group activities, with the primary goal being to advance the community and learn from each other in order to increase the efficacy and implementation of these approaches.
The early-bird registration is $150 and will be available through Wednesday, February 7, 2018. After that time, the registration fee increases to $225.The fee includes lunch both days, snacks, and refreshments, along with an evening cash bar reception the first evening.

To register, please click here.
For answers to general questions, please contact Suzanne Simon: ssimon@estuaries.org.

- Upcoming Conference: Georgia Aquaculture Conference; GA-Sea Grant/MAREX

Macon, Georgia, January 30- 31, 2018

Researchers, extension agents, state and federal management agencies, producers and industry representatives are invited to a two-day, in-person workshop to discuss opportunities for expanding aquaculture in the state of Georgia.

Workshop Objectives

  • Strengthen existing partnerships and identify new collaborations for state and regional aquaculture opportunities
  • Advance the state of aquaculture research, extension and outreach efforts in Georgia
  • Develop 2 to 4 competitive proposal ideas for the 2018 NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiative Federal Funding Opportunity

Register for the workshop here http://bit.ly/2lOD4pg
Workshop Flyer 
For more information, contact Mona Behl at mbehl@uga.edu.

- Upcoming Conference: 9th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration and Management

Long Beach, California, December 8-13, 2018

Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) and the Coastal States Organization (CSO) are proud to host the 9th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration and Management in Long Beach, California. The six-day Summit will explore cutting-edge issues in coastal restoration and management, and will be comprised of a community restoration event, field sessions, plenary sessions, expert presentations, special evening events, workshops, a poster hall, and an award-winning coastal exposition hall. 
The Summit Program will address all aspects of coastal and estuarine restoration and management, in all ecosystems, at all scales, and in all regions, including the Great Lakes and international locales. These topics are crucial as coastal communities pursue new, more robust strategies to effectively manage, protect, and restore their resources in a changing climate. Ensuring these resources, and the communities that rely on them, are resilient now and into the future will be a particular focus.

Conference website: https://www.estuaries.org/2018-summit-general-info
Proposal submission information: https://www.estuaries.org/images/LB_Conference/2018_Summit_CFP_11-15-17_002.pdf
Proposal Submittal Deadline: April 6, 2018

For more information, please contact Courtney Lewis at clewis@estuaries.org or 703-524-0248 x5

- Upcoming Conference: 4th International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans

Washington, D.C., June 4 – 8, 2018

The 4th International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans (ECCWO) will explore the consequences of climate change for the ocean (both offshore and coastal waters), its ecosystems, and its dependent communities under a range of future scenarios and socioeconomic pathways. By convening a series of integrated discussions amongst an interdisciplinary group of ocean-oriented scientists, the Symposium will facilitate the synthesis of information on how climate-related changes will influence oceans, marine ecosystems and society. We expect this knowledge will be useful in informing societal choices for preparing for and responding to changing oceans including adaptation and management options. The Symposium outputs will provide information for use in a variety of national and international analyses of climate impacts on the world’s oceans.

Deadline for submitting proposals for Session and Workshop topics is extended to June 23, 2017.

The Symposium Organizers invite proposals (submit your proposal here) for session and workshop topics addressing the causes and consequences of changing climate on marine ecosystems within the context of evolving ecosystem drivers as outlined in the Symposium Scope.

The Symposium Organizers are looking for a broad range of topics and approaches to sharing, synthesizing and discussing information. We encourage applicants to consider innovative ways to communicate results and engage the scientific community, decision-making community and the public in dialog on the effects of – and responses to - changing climate on the world’s oceans including marine resources and resource dependent sectors, communities and economies.
The following are some key topic areas of interest to the Symposium Organizers to help inspire and guide proposals for sessions and workshops:

  • Characterization of ocean changes and the climate-ocean system
  • Extreme and abrupt changes in ocean systems
  • Impacts of changing climate on ocean physical, chemical and biological conditions
  • Impacts of changing climate on ocean-dependent sectors, societies and economies
  • Responding to climate-related changes in ocean conditions – Governance, institutional and sectoral adaptations
  • Advancing methods to project climate-related impacts in ocean ecosystems

Early registration ends on Jan. 12, 2018.
For more information and/or to register, please go to: http://meetings.pices.int/meetings/international/2018/climate-change/Background

- Upcoming Conference: 4th International Symposium on Integrated Coastal Zone Management; Institute Of Marine Research, Norway

Arendal, Norway, July 2 – 5, 2018

This multi-disciplinary international conference is intended to promote science and integration of knowledge for the sustainable management of coastal resources. It will provide a venue for scientists, engineers, managers and policy-makers to discuss recent advances and innovative ideas, to share experiences and to develop networks.
Symposium themes include: Coastal habitats and ecosystem services, Adaptation/mitigation to change in coastal systems, Understanding future climate impacts in coastal areas, Coastal governance, and Linking science and management.

January 15, 2018 - Abstract submission deadline
March 1, 2018 - Abstract acceptance notification
April 1, 2018 - Early registration deadline

To register and submit abstract, go to Registration and submit abstract here (Registration form).

For more information, please e-mail: iczm2018@imr.no, or go to http://www.imr.no/om_havforskningsinstituttet/arrangementer/konferanser/iczm_2018/en

- Upcoming Conference: 12th Annual Conference: No Drought About It – A Flood is Coming; Georgia Association of Floodplain Management

CONFERENCE DATE: March 19-22, 2018

The Georgia Association of Floodplain Management invites you to submit presentations to the 12th Annual Conference: No Drought About It –A Flood is Coming. The conference will take place at the University of Georgia Hotel and Conference Center, on the Athens Georgia campus. The new venue promises to offer new networking events, field trips, and networking opportunities. Additionally, a new conference track, DamSafety, has been added to broaden the perspective of the conference! To help create a dynamic and informative conference, attendees are highly encouraged to submit presentations to the following conference tracks:

1. Floodplain Modeling & Mapping
2. Innovations in Stormwater Management
3. National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP & CRS)
4. Mitigation & Emergency Preparedness
5. Community Best Practices & Planning
6. Dam Safety

Please direct questions to Emma Bones at conferences@gafloods.org.

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities: Sponsors and Exhibitors are vital contributors to the success of this conference. Please contact Michael Blakely, the GAFM Chair, at chair@gafloods.org

CFM/CECs: Conference attendance qualifies for Continuing Education Credits under the Association of State Floodplain Managers Certified Floodplain Manager program.

Follow this link to submit abstracts: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2BW75TR

- 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."

Click here to read the full article from its source

- Webinar: Natural Shoreline Infrastructure: Working with Nature to Increase Coastal Resilience; OneNOAA Science Seminars

Date & time: February 15, 2018 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET 
Speaker: Jenna Judge, PhD, San Francisco Bay and Outer Coast Sentinel Site Cooperative, NOAA.
WebinarAccess: To be determined; probably an Adobe Connect webinar - check back within a week of the webinar.

Sea level rise and erosion are major threats to California's coast, requiring solutions that preserve the many benefits of a natural coast that Californians enjoy: flood protection, recreation, habitat for wildlife, water quality, and more. Seawalls are commonly installed in an attempt to keep the shoreline in place and hold back the sea; however, they ultimately worsen impacts by increasing erosion along the seawall and the shoreline adjacent to it, causing already vulnerable beaches to shrink more. Natural shoreline infrastructure is an alternative that is more likely to preserve the benefits coastal ecosystems provide while also maintaining coastal access. The California coastline is heterogeneous and no single solution will address all of the challenges we anticipate in the future. Dr. Judge developed detailed case studies highlighting a range of approaches and offering lessons related to the design, permitting, implementation, and monitoring challenges encountered when pursuing nature-based solutions to climate-related coastal hazards.

- Webinar: Making estuarine shoreline science relevant to managers and policymakers; OneNOAA Science Seminars

Date & Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET, February 7, 2018
Speakers:  Beth Turner, NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and Tom Jordan, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

Shoreline management decisions are typically done on a local or state scale, but have implications for estuarine ecosystems at a wider regional scale. Our Mid-Atlantic shorelines project was developed from the need for better knowledge about how shoreline hardening influences the ecology of adjacent estuarine systems. But better knowledge does not automatically lead to better policy and management. We engaged an advisory group of managers to help guide the science towards regional management and policy goals. This seminar will discuss how the process worked to bring management and policy input to the science and vice versa. The science team was able to make modifications to their sampling and analyses based on manager’s recommendations, and the scientific results are being incorporated into the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Goal Implementation Teams, planning for NOAA Habitat Focus Areas, and state management efforts.

Remote Access: Mymeeting webinar uses phone for and internet. Audio is only available over the phone: dial toll-free from US or CAN: 1-877-708-1667. Enter code 7028688# 

For the webcast, go to http://www.mymeetings.com  Under "Participant Join", click "Join an Event", then add conf no: 744925156. No code is needed for the web. Be sure to install the correct plug?in for WebEx before the seminar starts - the temporary plugin works fine.

For more information on this or other webinars in the OneNOAA Science seminars series, go to: https://www.nodc.noaa.gov/seminars/

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

This webinar originally aired on 14 July 2016.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Webinar: NOAA Digital Coast Series and other NOAA Seminars

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

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.

Click here to watch this webinar

Click here to download a copy of this webinar

- Webinar: Marine and Coastal Datasets of Biodiversity Importance

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

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

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

Click here to watch this webinar
Click here to download a copy of this webinar

- 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


Restore the Gulf

 

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