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Funding Opportunity

Sea Grant announces 2017 National Aquaculture Initiative
  Georgia Sea Grant Request for Proposals; Georgia Sea Grant
  NOAA 2017 Coastal Resilience Grants

 

Biological Oceanography; Division of Ocean Sciences, NSF
  Chemical Oceanography; Division of Ocean Sciences, NSF
  Physical Oceanography; Division of Ocean Sciences, NSF
  Marine Geology and Geophysics; Division of Ocean Sciences, NSF
  Ocean Technology and Interdisciplinary Coordination; Division of Ocean Sciences, NSF

Position Vacancies

Coastal Energy Facility Review Specialist; Natural Heritage Trust

  Program Coordinator II, Information and Education Coordinator; Massachusetts Recreational and Diadromous Fisheries Program
  Technical Officer (lighting and engineering specialist); BirdLife Malta
  Conservation Coordinator; National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
  Research Associate II - Bioinformatics; University of Miami
  Project Manager, Coastal & Marine Conservation Project, Cambodia; Fauna and Flora International
  Assistant Professor in Fish and Wildlife Biology; McGill University
  Marine Evidence Team Leader; Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)
  Programme & Team Leader, Marine Species Advice; Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)
  Agent Associate (Maryland Sea Grant Coastal Climate Specialist); Maryland Sea Grant
  Associate Professor/Professor in Physical Geography; University of Exeter
  Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography (Education & Research); University of Exeter
  Research Scientist; Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership
  China Fisheries Project Researcher (Associate Specialist); Sustainable Fisheries Group
  Puget Sound Shellfish Manager; Washington State Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
  Planning Division Manager; Puget Sound Partnership
  Chief Operating Officer; Puget Sound Partnership
  National Water Extension Liaison; National Water Center (NWC) & NOAA
  4 Marine Ecosystems Research Technicians; Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research
  Coastal Conservation Technician; The Nature Conservancy
  Senior Programme Management Officer, GEF IWEco Project; United Nations
  All Islands Coral Reef Committee Secretariat Executive Director; NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program, via The Baldwin Group
  Manager, Lenfest Ocean Program; The Pew Charitable Trusts
  Officer, Lenfest Ocean Program; The Pew Charitable Trusts
  Field Coordinator position, Georgia Coastal Forest Research Project; UGA
  External Affairs Manager; Restore America’s Estuaries

Post-Doc Position

Post-doctoral program for young scientists, co-sponsored by the LabexMER cluster of excellence, Ifremer, the University of Brest and the Brittany Regional council
  Assistant or Associate Professor, Marine Biology; Seto Marine Biological Laboratory, Kyoto University
  Post-Doc in biodiversity, connectivity and ecosystem function in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone; University of Hawaii at Manoa
 

Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Ocean Color Research and Applications; University of South Florida

 

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Marine Biodiversity; Hakai Institute

PhD Scholarship

PhD Scholarship in Fishery and Fisheries Ecosystem Impact Modelling; National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua)

Fellowship

NY Aquarium - Conservation Education Fellowship; Wildlife Conservation Society

Undergraduate Opportunity

Research Experience for Undergraduates; Oregon Institute of Marine Biology

Internships

Blue Vision Summit Intern; Blue Frontier
  West Coast Internship; Blue Frontier

Tool

New version of Coral Health Atlas is now live

Webinars

Takeaways from the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS)
  The Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Tool for Coastal Habitats
  Toolkit for Ecosystem Services Site-based Assessment (TESSA)
  NOAA Digital Coast Series and other NOAA Seminars

For Students

Public Service and Outreach Student Scholar Program; UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant
  Environmental Internship Clearinghouse Portal (NCSE & UPS)

Resources

Ocean Health Index-Science (webpage redesigned)
  GaClimate.org (website)
  Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene (journal)
 

Website Addition: Updated search options are now available on the GCE Home Page

  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: Sea Grant announces 2017 National Aquaculture Initiative

Sea Grant welcomes proposals for two competitive opportunities to advance aquaculture research, address barriers to aquaculture, and expand aquaculture production. Up to $15 million is expected to be available over several years to support projects in the two competitions. Interested parties should partner with a Sea Grant program to apply. 

The 2017 Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiative includes two competitive funding opportunities. The first competition is focused on projects that show great promise to increase aquaculture production in the near future by clearly addressing major constraints, barriers, or hurdles limiting United States marine, coastal, and Great Lakes aquaculture production. The second competition is focused on projects that may be earlier in the exploratory/development phase that show promise to contribute to the expansion of sustainable marine, coastal, and Great Lakes aquaculture in the United States. 
The National Sea Grant Office expects all investigators to work with state Sea Grant offices to develop proposals and to integrate the work, to the extent possible, with state Sea Grant staff. To qualify for funding consideration, all proposals will be submitted by director of Georgia Sea Grant, Mark Risse, who will serve as PI on all applications. 

Guidelines for Submitting Proposals 

Grants.gov Announcements:

NOAA Sea Grant 2017 Aquaculture Initiative: Integrated Projects to Increase Aquaculture Production

NOAA Sea Grant 2017 Aquaculture Initiative: Addressing Impediments to Aquaculture Opportunities

Sea Grant works to advance aquaculture by:

Funding targeted research and development for issues that challenge sustainable aquaculture

Offering training and technical assistance to improve business profits and production efficiency

Educating consumers about safe, sustainable seafood choices.

- Funding Opportunity: Georgia Sea Grant Request for Proposals; Georgia Sea Grant

Georgia Sea Grant is soliciting two-year research proposals for the 2018-2020 funding cycle that address goals stated in the draft Georgia Sea Grant Strategic Plan, available here: 
http://georgiaseagrant.uga.edu/MAREX_GASG_StratPlan_Summary.pdf.

The overarching goal of our research program is to support outcome oriented research projects that span broad areas of natural, physical, social, behavioral and economic sciences and engineering. We aim to make research investments that will generate substantial social, economic or environmental impact in Georgia. Investigators are encouraged to integrate social science approaches, economics and the use of information technology into the research where appropriate. Some form of educational training, outreach, and/or dissemination of research results (beyond publication in peer-reviewed journals) is required for every research project.  

Pre-Proposal Submission Process 

Georgia Sea Grant uses a web-based system called eSeaGrant (eSG) that allows preparation, submission, and management of proposals online. Mandatory registration is required before the pre-proposal submission process. Proposals that are not submitted via eSG will not be considered.

Prior to submitting an application, the principal investigator (PI) must complete a one-time registration process in the eSG. It can take as long as 2 weeks to complete the registration process so it is critical to begin as soon as possible before the pre-proposal due date.

Instructions on how to register to use the system and submit your proposal are available here:
http://georgiaseagrant.uga.edu/images/uploads/media/RFP_eSG_Instructions.pdf 

Deadlines

  • Pre-proposal (required) - March 15, 2017, 5 PM EST
  • Full Proposals - July 3, 2017, 5 PM EDT.

Resources

- Funding Opportunity: NOAA 2017 Coastal Resilience Grants

The program is an integration of two existing grants programs at NOAA: the Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants program administered by NOAA Fisheries and the Regional Coastal Resilience Grants program administered by NOAA’s National Ocean Service. 

The integrated Coastal Resilience Grants program combine’s NOAA efforts to strengthen coastal communities, ecosystems and associated economies to the negative impacts of extreme weather and climate-related hazards. Funded projects will advance healthy and sustainable coastal ecosystems through habitat restoration, as well as support approaches to build resilience of coastal regions, communities, and the economy by developing plans and implementing actions to mitigate the negative impacts of extreme weather and climate-related hazards. 
The estimated $15 million in funding for this program is based on the FY 2016 appropriated funding level. The FFO will consist of two categories of activities: 1) Strengthening Coastal Communities; and 2) Habitat Restoration. 

The full Federal Funding Opportunity – NOAA-NOS-NRPO-2017-2005159 – is available at Grants.gov. Applications are due by March 15, 2017. Award amounts will likely range between $500,000 to $1 million in federal funds. Eligible funding applicants include nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, regional organizations, private (for profit) entities and local, state, and tribal government.

Grant Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Application Information: Grant Information; Grants.gov Announcement

Application Files: PDF iconNOAA-NOS-NRPO-2017-2005159 FFO Report.pdf

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

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

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

Apply to PD 98-1650 as follows:

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

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

For more information, contact:

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

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

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

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

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

Apply to PD 98-1670 as follows:

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

For more information, contact:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apply to PD 98-1610 as follows:

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

For more information, contact:

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

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

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

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

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

The Program includes:

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

Apply to PD 98-1620 as follows:

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

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

For more information, contact:

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

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

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

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

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

Apply to PD 98-1680 as follows:

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

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

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

- Position Vacancy: Coastal Energy Facility Review Specialist; Natural Heritage Trust

The Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) is a New York State public benefit corporation established for the purpose of receiving and administering gifts, grants and other funds to advance a variety of parks, recreation, land and water conservation initiatives throughout New York State. The Department of State (DOS) oversees compliance with the State Coastal Management Program (CMP) and approved Local Waterfront Revitalization Programs (LWRPs). The selected candidate for this position will be an employee of the NHT with work conducted under the supervision of DOS.
The Coastal Energy Facility Review Specialist is responsible for reviewing project proposals and recommending regulatory decisions regarding siting of facilities affecting land and water uses, natural resources, and State coastal policies in New York’s coastal area, particularly those projects involving energy generation or transmission. Proposed facilities, and activities associated with them, are reviewed for their consistency with the policies of the State Coastal Management Program (CMP) and approved Local Waterfront Revitalization Programs (LWRPs).

The individual will receive training in the provisions of the federal Coastal Zone Management Act, the New York State Waterfront Act, and their implementing regulations, the CMP and the interpretation and application of CMP policies and objectives in coastal consistency review and decision-making. 

Organization: Natural Heritage Trust
Job Location: Albany, New York
Salary: $53,000 - $68,000
Application Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017
Application Information: PDF iconCOASTAL ENERGY FACILITY REVIEW SPECIALIST_3_31_17.pdf

- Position Vacancy: Program Coordinator II, Information and Education Coordinator; Massachusetts Recreational and Diadromous Fisheries Program

The Department of Fish and Game, Division of Marine Fisheries seeks qualified applicants to serve as the Information and Education (I&E) Coordinator for the Agency. The individual in this position will coordinate all activities of the Recreational and Diadromous Fishery Program’s I&E activities and contribute on an as-needed basis to other I&E activities of the agency. Responsible for media production, web content, public outreach events and displays primarily associated with saltwater recreational fishing and species of saltwater recreational fishing importance and any public education initiatives that may be developed in the future.

This position will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Search for Job ID 1600092L

Organization: Massachusetts Recreational and Diadromous Fisheries Program
Duration: Full-time
Salary: $55,017.30 - $78,762.58

Application Website: https://massanf.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl

- Position Vacancy: Technical Officer (lighting and engineering specialist); BirdLife Malta

The successful applicant will carry out a range of duties related to light pollution affecting Yelkouan Shearwater colonies in the Maltese Islands. Click here for the full job description and person specification.
Main Duties:
Research and data gathering

  1. Develop a methodology to determine the necessary techniques and ways forward to reduce light pollution at specific localities
  2. Assist in the in the creation of a comprehensive map of the exposure of Yelkouan Shearwater colonies to light pollution and identifying light sources following a best practice protocol
  3. Desk based work to compile process and analyse data collected

Public relations

  1. Assist in the organisation of meetings and workshops involving authorities and stakeholders
  2. Assist in the organisation of events involving volunteers

Reporting

  1. Carry out a review of current policies and legislation on light pollution in Malta.
  2. To produce reports as required by the project

Other:

  1. The employee must be willing to work in outdoors whilst taking light pollution measures at night
  2. Required to maintain confidential information

For further information visit www.birdlifemalta.org/arcipelagugarnija

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to: info@birdlifemalta.org
Organization: BirdLife Malta
Duration: Fixed-term contract for one year with the possibility of extension to two years.

Location: BirdLife Malta offices in Xemxija and at various sites in the Maltese Islands

- Position Vacancy: Conservation Coordinator; National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (Foundation) – a private, non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening and promoting U.S. national marine sanctuaries -- is seeking a Conservation Coordinator in Silver Spring, MD to develop strategies that bring together partners to conserve marine and Great Lakes resources. National marine sanctuaries are living laboratories for science, research, education and conservation to better understand how changes in the climate and environment are impacting marine and Great Lakes resources.
Conservation Coordinator will assist the Foundation’s Policy and Conservation Director with planning and developing science and conservation strategies to support the mission and conservation priorities of the Foundation and national marine sanctuaries. Conservation Coordinator will be responsible for developing projects and programs by identifying and researching science, conservation, and restoration needs and opportunities at the different sanctuary sites and across the National Marine Sanctuary System. Conservation Coordinator will also produce project budgets; leverage resources and community support; and foster and strengthen partnerships for the Foundation and sanctuaries. Conservation Coordinator will work closely with partners to track and analyze progress and advancements that showcase the impact and benefit of the Foundation’s conservation efforts to the health of the ocean and Great Lakes sanctuaries. Conservation Coordinator will work with the Strategic Communications Director to create written and graphic materials to inform, educate, and inspire key audiences that include community leaders, businesses, academic institutions and university partners, government leaders, non-governmental organizations, and the public. 

Organization: National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
Job Location: Silver Spring, Maryland
Duration: Full Time - Permanent
Salary: Unknown
Application Deadline: Friday, March 17, 2017
Application Website: https://www.marinesanctuary.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/NMSF-Conservatio...

Application Information: PDF iconConservation Coordinator.pdf

- Position Vacancy: Research Associate II - Bioinformatics; University of Miami

The University of Miami, in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is seeking a full-time bioinformatician to conduct analysis of metagenomic and metatranscriptomic Next-Generation-Sequencing data from marine ecosystems. The Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) of the University of Miami invites applications for a Research Associate II position in Bioinformatics to work closely with scientists at NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory’s Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division (AOML/OCED), located at 4301 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149.

This bioinformatics research works with large-scale microbial omics datasets to study the biodiversity and interactions of microbes in marine ecosystems across organizational scales and their roles in ecosystem function and in diseases of marine organisms and communities. This bioinformatics research also works with large-scale eukaryotic omics datasets, especially of coral communities, investigating genomic aspects of coral reef health, resiliency, and adaptation to environmental changes such as sea level rise, climate change, ocean acidification, and exposure to pollutants. The primary tasks of the bioinformatician will include data analysis, such as metagenomic assembly, binning, annotation, mapping and comparisons of metatranscriptomes; development and maintenance of bioinformatics pipelines; development and maintenance of databases for microbiome and coral omics data. Responsibilities will also include the training of postdoctoral researchers, staff, graduate and undergraduate students in high-performance computing, programming, and bioinformatics applications.  The successful candidate for this position will conduct a wide range of bioinformatic analysis of community DNA and RNA sequence data collected from corals (holobiont - tissue, zooxanthella, and microbiome) and environmental (e.g., seawater) samples.The appointee will distill and compare large sequence data sets to provide comparative metagenomic and metatranscriptomic analysis for both microbiome and eukaryotic (coral) sequences, including assessments relative to environmental metadata.

Qualified candidates must hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in bioinformatics, data science, computer science, biology, or a related field with a required 2-3 years of relevant experience in bioinformatics analysis of environmental next-generation-sequencing data. Experience with Linux command line, scripting languages (Perl, Python, R, Bash, etc.), expertise with bioinformatics portals and software, web development languages and proper bioinformatic/software documentation is needed. Preference will be given towards candidates with a doctoral degree in relevant discipline and demonstrated relevant expertise in next-generation-sequencing bioinformatics analysis. Proficiency and prior experience with bioinformatics of environmental metagenomic, metatranscriptomic, and coral holobiont community sequence datasets is highly desired. 

Apply online at: www.miami.edu/careers. A statement of interest, Curriculum Vitae and contact information for 2 persons who can provide letters of recommendation are required. Position number: P100014223

For further information candidates should contact Dr. Christopher Sinigalliano (christopher.sinigalliano@noaa.gov)
Organization: University of Miami
Job Location: Miami, Florida
Duration: Full-time, 2-years
Salary: Based on education and experience

Application Website: https://um.hodesiq.com/job_detail.asp?JobID=5270808&user_id=&ViewAll=

- Position Vacancy: Project Manager, Coastal & Marine Conservation Project, Cambodia; Fauna and Flora International

FFI is seeking an experienced Project Manager (PM) to oversee the effective delivery of project outputs and to expand FFI’s existing marine portfolio in Cambodia. This position presents a unique opportunity to work with, and develop the capacity of, the government and local coastal communities of Cambodia whilst improving the conservation of the country’s marine biodiversity. You will be responsible for overall leadership and project coordination, including liaison with partner organisations to ensure both project efficacy and legacy beyond the current funding. You will have an advanced degree in marine science, or equivalent experience, and a minimum three years’ experience working on conservation projects in the field. A dynamic team player, excellent communicator and leader, you will have a strong background in conservation education, ecological research and project management (preferably in a marine conservation context).

Organization: Fauna and Flora International
Job Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Duration: Full Time- One Year
Salary: $30,000/yr
Application Deadline: Sunday, March 19, 2017
Application Website:  http://www.environmentjob.co.uk/adverts/63043-project-manager-coastal-marin...

http://www.fauna-flora.org/about/jobs/

- Position Vacancy: Assistant Professor in Fish and Wildlife Biology; McGill University

The Department of Natural Resource Sciences of McGill University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Fish and Wildlife Biology at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. We are seeking an innovative field biologist with expertise in quantitative methods and the ability to link fundamental research to applied issues in fisheries science, wildlife management and/or conservation biology. Research areas of interest include movement ecology, bioenergetics, population dynamics, trophic interactions, and food webs. Research that includes social and policy dimensions with a geographical focus on the North is desirable.

The successful applicant will hold a PhD degree in an appropriate discipline and will have post-doctoral experience and a record of publication in high-quality scholarly journals. The position will require the development of a strong externally-funded research program involving the mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students. It will involve teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as service to the university and scholarly communities. Collaboration in research and teaching is encouraged with others in the Department, Faculty and University as well as in research networks such as the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science. 

The Department of Natural Resource Sciences is a community of researchers in wildlife and fisheries biology, forest and landscape ecology, entomology, microbiology, soil science, ecotoxicology, economics and natural resource policy. The position will be a key component of the research and graduate teaching in wildlife biology and will complement our current strengths in mammalogy, ornithology, and landscape ecology. We are committed to excellent teaching in several environmentally-oriented undergraduate majors and specializations offered through the Faculty and the McGill School of Environment.

Organization: McGill University
Job Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Duration: Tenure-track
Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Application Website: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/8947

- Position Vacancy: Marine Evidence Team Leader; Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)

Evidence is an important part of JNCC’s core functions, partially fulfilling both UK coordination and offshore operational roles. In recent years both of these areas have grown for the Evidence Directorate.

JNCC has a European reputation for seabed mapping and a role in the UK in support of decisions requiring maps produced from models and from survey data. Work on human activities and their associated pressures and habitat sensitivity is contributing to many work areas within statutory nature conservation, regulation and policy-making and will be critical for future management of the marine environment. Offshore survey work is turning to the gathering of information to support management measures in protected areas and measures of their efficacy. All of this is underpinned by another core JNCC role, that of data mobilisation and access. JNCC is active in a number of initiatives such as UKMMAS and MEDIN to achieve such aims.

Organization: Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)
Job Location: Peterborough, United Kingdom
Duration: Fixed term, initially for 6-months
Application Deadline: Monday, March 13, 2017

Application Website: http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/page-7387

- Position Vacancy: Programme & Team Leader, Marine Species Advice; Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)

JNCC has a long history of specialist advice provision on marine species, primarily seabirds, cetaceans, sharks and turtles, the interaction of commercial marine practices with these species in the marine ecosystem (e.g. fisheries and energy sector activities), and the effects of those commercial practices on communities of organisms that live on or near the seabed.
We are looking for people who can provide clear and visible leadership to a team of specialists with a focus on quality science, technical delivery and advice. Applicants should have a higher degree or the equivalent level of qualification or experience plus extensive relevant additional experience of policy, practice and the management of people. 

You should have proven ability to communicate orally and in writing in a clear and effective manner, including the ability to discuss technical issues with both specialists and non-specialists.  You will be expected to develop external and internal partnerships and build consensus to deliver common objectives, to manage the expectations of customers (internal and external) around the services provided by the team, and to represent and promote JNCC at senior level within the UK and internationally.  You will have the ability to lead and manage a team, to direct, focus and prioritise their work and to inspire and motivate them.  In addition you will be able to solve problems where there is no precedent and to make decisions by pragmatically weighing up complex issues and risks.  You will have experience of project management, including identifying and allocating work and resources, target setting, risk assessment, evaluation, monitoring and reporting progress, plus ideally some experience of quality control and the use of project management systems.

Organization: Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)
Job Location: Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Duration: Permanent
Application Deadline: Monday, March 20, 2017

Application Website: http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/page-7385

- Position Vacancy: Field Coordinator position, Georgia Coastal Forest Research Project; UGA

We have an immediate opening for a Field Research Coordinator, to conduct and manage a research project on environmental stressors and tree regeneration in maritime forests on Jekyll Island, GA. Maritime live oak forests are globally rare and culturally iconic, yet we have only partial understanding of the potential effects of today’s environmental stressors on the future of these systems. This project is investigating the relative effects of deer herbivory, hurricane impacts, past fire suppression, and soil water availability on forest community dynamics.  

We seek an energetic, detail-oriented individual with experience in plant community ecology, forest ecology, or related research. The Coordinator will help construct and maintain deer exclosure plots; measure tree seedlings and associated vegetation in experimental arrays; supervise technicians and volunteers; organize and enter data; and interact with the public on behalf of the project.  As part of this position, there is scope to develop and pursue additional research questions within the project. In addition to the project’s 3 faculty investigators and 2-3 graduate students from University of Georgia, there is a diverse, active and friendly community of ecological researchers, students, interns, and managers on the island, providing professional and academic networking opportunities.

Key requirements are:  a curious, adaptable, problem-solving mindset; and ability to work independently, reliably, and carefully.  Masters degree is preferred but not required. Other desirables: GPS/GIS; experimental design; Southeastern plant identification; interest in conservation and management; already residing in the area; tolerance or enjoyment of warm, humid, and sometimes buggy conditions.  

This is a temporary position, and the employment arrangement is flexible. Several possible arrangements would meet the project’s needs, allowing us to work with the Coordinator’s availability and next plans. Our immediate need is 30-40 hrs/week for 4 months. This can be extended, potentially up to 8 months (or longer if part-time). Housing is not provided, but the network of researchers and students can help find rooms for rent and other arrangements. Hourly rate $11 to $14.50, depending on experience and skills.  

The position is available immediately, and will be open until filled.  To apply, please email a cover letter, CV with email/phone contact info of 3 references, and any other helpful info you want to include to:
egking@uga.edu
Lizzie King, Assistant Professor
Odum School of Ecology and
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
University of Georgia

- Position Vacancy: Officer, Lenfest Ocean Program; The Pew Charitable Trusts

The Officer will work with the director of the Lenfest Ocean Program to develop, implement and monitor research projects proposed for support by the Lenfest Ocean Program, consistent with the Program’s strategic plan. These projects are typically in the natural sciences, but may include projects in economics and social science.  The Officer’s project development activities include researching marine science issues, gathering input about key issues from a range of stakeholders, assessing potential grantees and partners, and evaluating a proposed project’s policy relevance.  The Officer will also manage grants, including by communicating with grantees to ensure timely completion of deliverables.  The Officer will be responsible for reviewing current scientific and policy literature, networking among scientists and key partners, and attending relevant professional conferences in order to advise the director on programmatic direction. 

The position currently is approved through June 2025. This position reports to the Director of the Lenfest Ocean Program, and is located in Washington, DC.

Job Location: Washington, D.C.
Application Website: https://jobs-pct.icims.com/jobs/4548/officer%2c-lenfest-ocean-program-%28li...

- Position Vacancy: Manager, Lenfest Ocean Program; The Pew Charitable Trusts

The outreach Manager’s primary responsibility will be to coordinate the Lenfest Ocean Program’s policy and stakeholder engagement activities, working with the Director of the Lenfest Ocean Program and colleagues in the Environmental Science Division, consistent with the program’s strategic plan. The program’s highly integrated method of supporting scientific research to inform current and emerging policy questions involves a use-driven project development process combined with targeted communications and engagement with stakeholders. The Manager will lead the activities to disseminate research results, which include identifying and networking with policy audiences across a range of marine conservation issues, connecting with non-profit and industry stakeholders interested in program supported scientific research, and identifying and framing projects within the current policy context. The Manager will lead a small outreach team to draft and implement targeted outreach plans for each program-funded project. These plans may include tactics such as webinars, briefings and other events, as well as associated written and digital materials. The Manager will also coordinate with program staff to effectively analyze supported scientific publications and translate technical results into clear language appropriate for the target audience.

The position currently is approved through June 2025. This position reports to the Director of the Lenfest Ocean Program, and is located in Washington, DC.

Job Location: Washington, D.C.
Application Website: https://jobs-pct.icims.com/jobs/4814/manager%2c-lenfest-ocean-program-%28ou...

- Position Vacancy: External Affairs Manager; Restore America’s Estuaries

Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) is the country’s leading national non-profit conservation organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of bays and estuaries as essential resources for our nation. Restore America’s Estuaries leads an alliance of 10 community-based conservation organizations representing our nation’s greatest estuaries.  For more information on RAE, please see our website www.estuaries.org.                                  

Summary

The External Affairs Manager will serve as RAE’s lead liaison to key federal agencies, U.S. Congress, and multiple national coalitions to advance coastal habitat restoration, conservation policy, and RAE funding initiatives. This position requires a highly dynamic individual who is passionate about the natural environment, thrives on creativity and collaboration, and pays close attention to detail and timeliness in a fast-paced work environment. The nature of this position requires a team player with strong communication skills and a positive attitude, as (s)he will have regular interaction with other members of the RAE staff and the RAE President (President) and Board of Directors (Board). The position is located in Arlington, VA and reports directly to the President of RAE.

Responsibilities

The External Affairs Manager will work with the President, Board, and staff to develop and implement an effective outreach and policy agenda that supports the organization’s overall mission, strategic plan, and program initiatives. This position will utilize social media for effective public engagement and to engage the community of coastal and estuarine focused non-profits, businesses, research institutions, and others involved in our work.  Main responsibilities include:

  • Develop and implement an inspiring strategy and annual agenda to advance and expand external support for protecting and restoring the health of our nation’s estuaries consistent with the RAE Strategic Plan;
  • Manage multiple external coalitions including HabNet and the Coastal Habitat Restoration and Protection Coalition;
  • Assess feasibility of creating an Affiliate Membership program;
  • Develop and manage an aggressive social media outreach strategy including: maintain social media calendar, execute day-to-day posting to drive action across major platforms, and analyze and report effectiveness to maximize results;  
  • Foster and maintain strong working relationships with key federal agencies, congressional offices, and committee staff;
  • Assist on special projects as needed, such as research projects, reports, and the National Summit; and
  • Assist RAE staff in developing proposals for funding of policy and advocacy-related projects.

Minimum Requirements

  • Must have a passion for protecting the environment;
  • Exceptional verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Proficient in Word and Excel;
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc.)
  • Experience interacting with federal agencies and/or Congress;
  • Self-starting and comfortable in small office environment;
  • Excellent teamwork skills;
  • Knowledge of Joomla CMS preferred;
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent; and
  • At least three years related work experience, preferably in a non-profit advocacy environment.

To Apply

Please send resume, two writing samples, and cover letter to apply@estuaries.org with “External Affairs” in the subject line. Please do not contact the office directly.
See more at: https://www.openchannels.org/jobs/2017-01-24/external-affairs-manager-restore-americas-estuaries

- Position Vacancy: Agent Associate (Maryland Sea Grant Coastal Climate Specialist); Maryland Sea Grant

The coastal community specialist will develop, lead and participate in extension programming related to community responses to climate change risks and to planning and development of sustainable coastal communities in Maryland. Maryland Sea Grant plays an important role in Maryland to assist with the development of science-based decision making. This position will strengthen the ability for Marylanders to understand and improve their resilience to natural hazards and respond to changing conditions. Programming should emphasize stakeholder education and problem-solving assistance to community decision-makers and planners leading to measurable benefits.  The specialist will collaborate and coordinate programming with other extension and research faculty in the University System of Maryland.  Further, the specialist will develop partnerships with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Chesapeake and Coastal Service and other appropriate state and federal agencies serving coastal communities.

Job Location: College Park, Maryland
Duration: Full Time- Permanent
Salary: $52,000/year
Application Deadline: Sunday, April 30, 2017
Application Website: http://agnr.umd.edu/careers/jobs/agent-associate-maryland-sea-grant-coastal...

- Position Vacancy: Chief Operating Officer; Puget Sound Partnership

The Puget Sound Partnership leads the region's collective efforts to restore, protect and sustain the Puget Sound. We work hard to align the work of our partners around a shared vision and strategy based on a science-driven, prioritized system.  We ensure smart investments that help us to inform decisions about the most efficient and effective ways to allocate our investments. By striving to remove financial, regulatory, and resource barriers for our partners, we are able to work as a catalyst within the system to get the job done.

As the Chief Operating Officer (COO), you will play a critical role in accomplishing our mission, goals and objectives in an efficient manner by leading the daily operations of our key agency programs.  Your assessments and recommendations will ensure we are maintaining encourage you to apply!  
Do you see the importance of regional collaboration in the development of solutions to restore our Puget Sound ecosystem?  Are you ready to support our priority actions by advancing policy and striving to remove barriers in an effort to recover and sustain the Puget Sound?  If so, and you have the ability to promote cooperation and commitment across teams and build constructive working relationships, we encourage you to apply!  

Organization: Puget Sound Partnership
Job Location: Tacoma, Washington
Duration: Full-time
Salary: $105,000 - $114,444
Application Website:      https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/1649530/chief-operat...

- Position Vacancy: Associate Professor/Professor in Physical Geography; University of Exeter

Geography at Exeter has expanded rapidly in recent years, to become an international leader across the range of contemporary geographical and environmental research. We are one of the largest Geography departments in the UK, and were ranked 7th in the UK for research intensity in REF2014, and 3rd in terms of research power in Geography by the THE.

We now seek to make a senior appointment in Physical Geography, at Associate Professor or full Professor level, depending on qualifications, track record and experience. This post is being advertised simultaneously with a second, more junior appointment in Physical Geography. The post will be based at the Streatham Campus, Exeter.

Physical Geography at Exeter is diverse and leading-edge. Our work is influential in shaping research agendas in fields that include soil and peatland carbon dynamics, ecosystem functioning in tropical forests, soil erosion and landscape restoration, river and floodplain processes, ice sheet and glacier dynamics, past and future climate change, and coastal and marine ecosystems and processes. We invite applications from candidates able to demonstrate how their current work and future ambitions would extend our current areas of research, teaching and external engagement. For this post, we especially welcome applications from those with expertise that extends our interests in the fields of glacial, coastal or river catchment science.

At Associate Professor level, applicants will be leading authorities their area, with an international reputation, as evidenced by research publications, sustained funding as principal investigator, and relationships with external organisations and funders. Applicants will have also experience of making significant contribution to the development and clarification of research strategy for their subject area. At Professor level we seek a leading international figure with significant leadership experience. Applicants will be innovative researchers with a very strong track record in terms of research funding, world-leading quality publications and well-developed relationships with external organisations and funders. Appointments at all levels will be expected to enhance the student experience at Exeter through sustained contributions to our taught degree programmes.

Job Location: Exeter, United Kingdom
Application Deadline: Monday, March 20, 2017
Application Website: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AXH894/associate-professor-professor-in-physical-...

- Position Vacancy: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography (Education & Research); University of Exeter

We now seek to appoint a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography, depending on qualifications, track record, and experience. This full-time post is available on a permanent basis. This post is being advertised simultaneously with a second, more senior appointment in Physical Geography. The post will be based at the Streatham Campus, Exeter.

Physical Geography at Exeter is diverse and leading-edge. Our work is influential in shaping research agendas in fields that include soil and peatland carbon dynamics, ecosystem functioning in tropical forests, soil erosion and landscape restoration, river and floodplain processes, ice sheet and glacier dynamics, past and future climate change, and coastal and marine ecosystems and processes. We invite applications from candidates able to demonstrate how their current work and future ambitions would extend our current areas of research, teaching, and external engagement. For this post, we especially welcome applications from those with expertise that extends our interests in the fields of glacial, coastal, or river catchment science.

Lecturer applicants will hold a PhD or equivalent in physical geography and will be developing an independent, internationally-recognised research programme. Applicants will be able to demonstrate a strong record in attracting research funding, or demonstrable potential to attract such funding; teamwork skills to work in collaboration; and an active and supportive approach to inter-disciplinary research that will help to foster interactions and links both within the University and with external partners and industry. For appointment at Senior Lecturer level, in addition to the above, applicants must be able to demonstrate a strong potential for research leadership; a strong track record in refereed publications; proven success in significant grant capture; and relationships with external organisations and funders. Appointments at all levels will be expected to enhance the student experience at Exeter through sustained contributions to our taught degree programmes.

Job Location: Exeter, United Kingdom
Application Deadline: Monday, March 20, 2017
Application Website: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AXH234/lecturer-senior-lecturer-in-physical-geogr...

- Position Vacancy: Research Scientist; Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership

The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership seeks a permanent, three-quarter time Research Scientist to work as part of the Estuary Partnership's Science Team. The Research Scientist will collect and analyze field data and help manage subcontractors in support of the Estuary Partnership's Ecosystem Monitoring and Action Effectiveness Monitoring Programs. Work entails leading data collection, analysis, and reporting; developing data collection protocols; designing monitoring and research projects; and working with subcontractors. The successful candidate will thrive in a team environment, have strong communication skills, be comfortable with a diverse project portfolio, and have a broad background based in natural resources. Knowledge of lower Columbia River issues is a plus. 

Job Location: Portland, Oregon
Duration: 32 hours/wk - Permanent
Salary: $46,500-$66,500/year - Full Time Equivalent
Application Deadline: Friday, March 17, 2017
Application Website: http://www.estuarypartnership.org/research-scientist-application-form

Application Information: PDF iconResearch Scientist.pdf

- Position Vacancy: China Fisheries Project Researcher (Associate Specialist); Sustainable Fisheries Group

Sustainable Fisheries Group (SFG) (http://sfg.msi.ucsb.edu/) is a research team affiliated with the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and the Marine Science Institute at UCSB. SFG develops innovative science, particularly using bioeconomic modeling and spatial analysis, and applies it to real-world challenges to improve the ecological and economic performance of fisheries and other ocean uses. SFG's research focuses on topics such as spatial fisheries management, marine protected area design, financing fisheries reform, aquaculture, marine spatial planning, data-poor stock assessment, catch share design, and global fisheries assessment.

Our applied fisheries projects include work in Latin America and the Caribbean, China, Tonga, Indonesia, Philippines, Mozambique, and the United States. The primary responsibility of this position will be to conduct relevant research and provide scientific support for a project focused on capacity building in China through collaborative marine research aimed at understanding the status and evaluating the management of Chinese marine resources.

SFG seeks a Master's or PhD level Associate Specialist to contribute to the development of a user-friendly generalized tool (i.e., a management strategy evaluation framework) to quantitatively assess the impacts of changes in fishery management with the flexibility to work for any species, under climate change, and considering many different potential management interventions. The researcher will work with UCSB and Chinese collaborators to apply the framework across different fisheries (e.g., small yellow croaker and blue shark) and under different scenarios of future system dynamics. The researcher will contribute to other projects as necessary, such as quantifying the impact of stock enhancement on marine fisheries, examining the link between marine fisheries and aquaculture, or developing management strategies effective in multispecies, indiscriminate fisheries. Other responsibilities may include training researchers at Chinese institutions and universities in the use of the tool, and collaborating with fellow researchers to produce peer-reviewed publications projecting the impacts of management reform for species fished by the Chinese fleets.

We are seeking an adaptable, motivated team player who is able to effectively prioritize and juggle multiple concurrent projects. The successful candidate will have the interpersonal skills to build, strengthen, and nurture relationships with Chinese and American institutions and researchers from government, academic, and NGO communities.

**The candidate must be willing to travel to China****

Additionally, the candidate will have excellent verbal and written communication skills to contribute to reports and peer-reviewed scientific publications, deliver presentations, and translate scientific concepts for diverse audiences. The successful candidate will have the ability to balance a diverse portfolio of responsibilities simultaneously and work effectively as part of a highly collaborative research team.

Job Location: Santa Barbara, California
Duration: Full time - One year with renewal possibilities
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications
Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Application Website: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF00961

- Position Vacancy: Coastal Conservation Technician; The Nature Conservancy

The Coastal Conservation Technician assists science and conservation staff with program activities at the Virginia Coast Reserve including stewardship for beach nesting shorebirds and waterbirds, marine habitat restoration, education and outreach events, and preserve management and maintenance.

Essential Functions

The Coastal Conservation Technician will assist the science staff at the Virginia Coast Reserve (VCR) with the following activities: posting and patrolling beach nesting bird habitat, educating preserve visitors about beach nesting birds, maintaining signage, conducting visitor surveys, collecting eelgrass reproductive shoots, maintaining an eelgrass seed curing facility and oyster reef and scallop restoration efforts. He/She will assist conservation staff at VCR with a variety of education and outreach events and with various preserve management and maintenance activities such as trail maintenance and general facility upkeep. Additional duties may be assigned. The position requires one to keep organized notes, ride on boats frequently and perform physically strenuous work in outdoor settings.

Job Location: Nassawadox, Virginia
Duration: 35 hours/week, 10-week duration
Salary: $10/hour
Application Deadline: Sunday, March 12, 2017
Application Website: http://jobs.nature.org/nassawadox-va/coastal-conservation-technician/7D17D4...

- Position Vacancy: Puget Sound Shellfish Manager; Washington State Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting to fill one full time, permanent, Puget Sound Shellfish Manager (WMS3) position. The position is located in the Fish Program and the duty station is located at the Port Townsend office located at Port Townsend, WA. 

The Puget Sound Shellfish Manager provides resource management leadership and is responsible for planning, development, administration, and implementation of the Puget Sound shellfish program and the statewide program for shellfish disease and pest control.  Specifically, this position leads, supervises, directs, and exercise administrative, policy, and technical control over an interdisciplinary team of biologists and technicians, to successfully manage, regulate, monitor and enhance shellfish resources in Washington State.  Functions as Department lead in collaborative resource management forums with Washington Treaty Tribes, and other state natural resource agencies including Department of Natural Resources, State Parks, and Department of Health. The end result is to develop and implement strategic agency policies that provide sustainable recreational and commercial opportunities that maximize the economic benefit to local communities and the shellfish industry. This position is key to moving the agency a significant distance toward meeting these objectives.  This position supervises WMS 03 – Puget Sound Policy Coordinator, Biologist 4 – Sound Dungeness Crab Manager, Biologist 4, Biologist 4 – Puget Sound Shrimp Manager, and Biologist 1 – Boat Operator/Field Biologist.

These responsibilities address the Department goals to 1) Achieve healthy, diverse and sustainable fish and wildlife populations and their habitats, and 2) Ensure sustainable fish and wildlife opportunities for social and economic benefit.  This position reports to the Fish Management Division Manager.
This position is critical to the agency due to the special nature of co-managing shellfish resources in Puget Sound with other state agencies and the affected treaty tribes. The department director delegates authority to this position to lead the process for management of shellfish fisheries and associated resource management strategies with other state agencies and western Washington treaty tribes, including negotiation and development of 25 annual state-tribal shellfish harvest and management agreements for Dungeness crab, shrimp, geoduck clam, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, squid, octopus and intertidal clams and oysters.  The position has overall responsibility for agency oversight and implementation of these agreements.  This position has direct oversight and responsibility for statewide shellfish aquaculture disease and pest control.

Decisions from this position directly impact state recreational and commercial fishing industries, fisheries conducted by Puget Sound treaty tribes, and the shellfish aquaculture industry.

The incumbent is directly responsible for the management, regulation, research, and enhancement of shellfish resources in Puget Sound.  Supervision of a work unit of 25 employees at 4 Department offices, and administration of annual operational and capital budgets. 

Job Location: Port Townsend, Washington
Duration: Full-time
Salary: $64,212 - $93,780
Application Website: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/1655005/puget-sound-...

- Position Vacancy: Planning Division Manager; Puget Sound Partnership

The Puget Sound Partnership leads the region's collective efforts to restore, protect and sustain the Puget Sound. We work hard to align the work of our partners around a shared vision and strategy based on a science-driven, prioritized system.  We ensure smart investments that help us to inform decisions about the most efficient and effective ways to allocate our investments.  By striving to remove financial, regulatory, and resource barriers for our partners, we are able to work as a catalyst within the system to get the job done.

As the Planning Division Manager, you are an essential member of our management team.  Your leadership will assist us in accomplishing our mission and goals and in performing ecosystem and salmon recovery planning for the agency.  Your oversight will aid in fulfilling our statutory directives in the Action Agenda (the shared regional plan for Puget Sound recovery) and Puget Sound salmon recovery planning.

Do you see the importance of regional collaboration in the development of solutions to restore our Puget Sound ecosystem?  Are you ready to support our priority actions by advancing policy and striving to remove barriers in an effort to recover and sustain the Puget Sound?  If so, and you have the ability to promote cooperation and commitment across teams and build constructive working relationships, we encourage you to apply!

Job Location: Tacoma, Washington
Duration: Full-time
Salary: $100,000 - $105,000
Application Website: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/1673775/planning-div...

- Position Vacancy: National Water Extension Liaison; National Water Center (NWC) & NOAA

As part of a growing effort for collaboration between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service and NOAA Sea Grant, The University of Alabama is seeking qualified applicants for the position of National Extension Liaison (henceforth referred to as the “Liaison”). The liaison will be located at the National Water Center (NWC) on the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Funding for this position is for five years. continuation to and beyond the initial five years will be contingent upon a favorable program evaluation, need and availability of funds.

The role of the liaison will be to ensure that new and relevant science coming from the NWC is provided to community stake holders. The liaison will work nationally as a member of the NWC and with scientists at the NWC and with Sea Grant extension professionals across the country to bring NWC research results to those who need them.
This career opportunity is for an individual who will develop an outreach program grounded in NWC priorities, related research and the needs of target audiences and also engage with the NWC and the Sea Grant Extension Assembly participating in relevant meetings. They will also participate in and help lead outreach sessions and workshop venues around The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

They will develop and deliver outreach and communications products in collaboration with NWC administration and partners which includes authoring at least three relevant water-related extension publications in the first two years, convene at least three science seminars/workshops (e.g. hosting science seminars and/or theme-based workshops) per year and contribute to other outreach activities supported by NWC and Sea Grant where appropriate.

The liaison will also convene at least three target audience input workshops in the first two years and collect and synthesize input form Sea Grant Extension professionals to assist NWC in identifying priorities and needs across the nation. 

They will also be responsible for working with and reporting programmatically to the director of the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium for national consistency, coordinator and synthesis of outreach products, conduct program evaluations and submit quarterly and annual reports.
Minimum qualifications:

Master’s degree of science (M.S.) or equivalent degree and at least four (4) years of practical experience beyond the M.S. or equivalent degree. The liaison must have an educational background and working experience in one of the following areas:

  1. Hydrology, including hydrometeorology, surface hydrology, hydrogeology, drainage-basin management water quality or closely aligned field.
  2. Chemistry, including soil science, environmental chemistry or closely aligned field.
  3. Biology, including ecology, marine biology, biological oceanography or closely aligned field.
  4. Land use planning, including behavioral science, socioeconomics, environmental risk assessment or closely aligned field.

Strong science interpretation skills and excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.

Preferred qualifications:

Doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in one of the fields described above and at least two (2) years of practical experience. A successful track record of working with diverse groups and developing and implementing outreach programs is essential.

Organization: National Water Center (NWC) & NOAA
Job Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Duration: Funding for this position is for 5 years
Application Website:      More information; Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: All Islands Coral Reef Committee Secretariat Executive Director; NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program, via The Baldwin Group

The individual in this position supports the U.S. All Islands Coral Reef Committee (AIC) through The Baldwin Group's (TBG) contract with NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP). Position will be located at the NOAA Inouye Regional Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The U.S. All Islands Coral Reef Committee comprises Governor-appointed Coral Reef Points of Contact from the seven U.S. state and territorial coral reef jurisdictions of American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Affiliate members of the committee are the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau. The committee members operate at the highest level within local governments and with cabinet-level representatives within national governments. The committee's secretariat is made up of the executive director and three advisors-on policy, natural resource management, and science.

The executive director coordinates and advises the points of contact and affiliate members. This individual also coordinates, develops, communicates, and implements priorities established by the All Islands Coral Reef Committee by facilitating the consensus decision-making process among voting members (with input from affiliate members and guidance from advisors). Other tasks include coordinating advisor input and guidance as well as assessing political and organizational environments in order to provide proactive and strategic policy support and advice to points of contact.

Additionally, the secretariat's executive director provides programmatic services, which include communication as well as partnership building and maintenance within the committee and also with members of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force; NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program; U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Insular Affairs; other federal partners; nongovernmental organizations; and relevant local, regional, national, and international organizations. This individual also initiates, coordinates, and facilitates committee interactions with executive-level federal leadership and U.S. Congressional representatives and staff members.

The executive director maintains, implements, tracks, and updates the committee's plans-including the charter, strategic plan, and communications plan-with feedback of all members, using the committee's consensus decision-making process. This person provides administrative and logistical support for general committee operations, bi-annual committee meetings, monthly calls, and other meetings as needed. Another responsibility includes coordinating committee participation in the task force's steering committee and business meetings and associated conference calls. In addition, this individual develops and maintains committee outreach tools and products that include, but are not limited to, the website and social media sites.

Core responsibilities include the following, but are not limited to them:

  • Support and coordinate All Islands Coral Reef Committee participation in task force-related meetings, calls, and efforts throughout the year, including strategy development, the Watershed Partnership Initiative Strategy, resolutions, appropriate working groups, and reports.
  • As designated by the chair, represent the committee in meetings and on calls with colleagues and partners to articulate committee priorities, issues, and positions.
  • Develop and disseminate an effective committee chair report and presentation with feedback and input from all points of contact and with the guidance of advisors. The report is presented at every task force meeting and includes committee priorities, main issue areas, requests to the task force, and jurisdictional updates.
  • Take responsibility for planning, logistics, and coordination of any committee meetings (between points of contact with partners and Congressional staff members, as needed) during each task force meeting. The task force meetings are held in Washington, D.C., in winter and in a jurisdiction in fall. Work cooperatively with task force secretariat staff members and steering committee co-chairs.
  • Track relevant legislative efforts related to coral reefs - for example, the Coral Reef Conservation Act reauthorization and the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (S. 373). In addition, provide strategic policy advice and key messaging; coordinate with partners (e.g., NOAA, Coastal States Organization); communicate with Congressional staff members; work with partners (e.g., NOAA); and coordinate point-of-contact input.
  • Strategize and develop (with points of contact and advisor input) key actions and messaging to take advantage of opportunities to effectively convey committee priorities to partners. Develop proactive and effective next steps to move committee priorities forward.
  • Draft and coordinate point of contact and advisor input and finalize the committee strategic and action plans (2016 - 2020) with committee buy-in. Ensure plan implementation and monitoring, and propose adaptive measures and changes as needed.
  • Support, facilitate, and provide guidance to points of contact on committee priorities, main issues, and efforts that include but are not limited to the National Coral Reef Fellowship Program and Integrated Partnership Plan and effort with NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program.
  • Prepare committee members for clear articulation of jurisdictional priority issues, based on committee consensus, to members of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force, high-level federal agency representatives, and Congressional staff members. Use creative resources and tools (e.g., infographics) to effectively communicate this information via visual presentations, briefing materials, scripts, infographics, white papers, and position documents, as needed.
  • Communicate and liaise on coral reef and island issues between the committee, the NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation program, the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Insular Affairs, and other federal agency members of the task force. Coordinate among points of contact to provide timely committee response to documents and other information requests from partners.
  • Update the committee's communications plan and charter, and draft (as needed) standard operating procedures with input from members and advisors.
  • Build out the committee's communications infrastructure, including new website, social media venues, intranet, e-newsletter, online calendars, and document repository. Use branding and marketing principles throughout to increase name recognition.
  • Help build and maintain teamwork and camaraderie among points of contact.

Qualifications
Required:

  • Master's degree in marine science, coastal management, or related field plus three years of related experience
  • Knowledge of issues confronting coral reef conservation
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-starter with ability to work in a team environment
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with management, colleagues, and external partners
  • Technical writing skill and ability to synthesize technical information

Preferred:

  • Experience working with state and federal agencies, tribes, academia, and nongovernmental organizations
  • Prior experience supporting senior management
  • Experience managing project budgets and tracking project milestones

Organization: NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program, via The Baldwin Group
Job Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

Application Website: http://tbgva.net/careers.html#aicrc

- Position Vacancy: 4 Marine Ecosystems Research Technicians; Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research

Works with the Coral Reef Ecosystem Program’s (CREP’s) multi-agency, inter-disciplinary program to support marine ecosystem research and conservation efforts, including surveys of fishes, corals, algae, invertebrates, marine debris, oceanographic conditions, and benthic habitats. Participates in research cruises and marine ecosystem surveys to assess, monitor and mitigate threats to the coral reef ecosystems of the U.S. Pacific Islands. Assists with all operational phases of the program to support this research, including planning, field surveys and mitigation, analyzing, and reporting. Works with the Principal Investigators to process, analyze, and summarize data from various coral reef research surveys and conservation projects. Assists in the preparation and analysis of summary statistics, presentation graphics, and reports of coral reef research and monitoring efforts. Assists in the preparation of scientific reports for publication and presentation and supports the program’s education and outreach efforts.

Organization: Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research
Job Location: Honolulu, Hawai‘i
Duration: Full-time, Permanent
Salary: Minimum $2,428 /month
Application Deadline: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Application Website: http://www.rcuh.com/

- Post-Doc Position: Assistant or Associate Professor, Marine Biology; Seto Marine Biological Laboratory, Kyoto University

This is to announce that Seto Marine Biological Laboratory, Kyoto University, will accept the Hakubi-Project assistant professor or associate professor for the field of marine biology.

Applicants working on taxonomy, phylogeny, phylogeography, ecology, behavior, conservation and other fields of natural history sciences of marine invertebrates and fish are particularly welcomed to apply.

Eligibility: Researchers with a doctoral degree (or equivalent research abilities). All nationalities are accepted.

Deadline for online registration: 13:00 (Japan time), Monday February 27, 2017
Deadline for upload of proposal: 13:00 (Japan time), Monday March 13, 2017

Job Location: Nishimuro, Wakayama, Japan
Application Deadline: Monday, March 13, 2017
Application Website: http://www.hakubi.kyoto-u.ac.jp/eng/04_rec/h28_rec.html#tab1

- Post-Doc Position: Post-doctoral program for young scientists, co-sponsored by the LabexMER cluster of excellence, Ifremer, the University of Brest and the Brittany Regional council

The aim of the program is to give creative young scientists the opportunity to develop their own research project in one of the LabexMER laboratories (France). Fellows are appointed for two years. Funding includes salary and support for travel or small equipment and supplies. Four fellowships will be awarded in 2017.

In order to be eligible, applicants must have received their doctoral degree within the past 3 years at the closing date of the call. This condition of 3 years maximum after the thesis is considered either from the defense date or the graduation date (most advantageous case) and can be extended in special cases (maternity, illness ...). Applicants showing more than 3 years after thesis (maximum 3 years + 6 months) will be considered if they can provide a support letter from one member of the LabexMER Scientific Committee.

Job Title: International Postdoctoral Fellowships in Marine Sciences
Organization: LabexMER cluster of excellence, Ifremer, the University of Brest and the Brittany Regional council
Job Location: France
Duration: 2 years
Application Deadline: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Application Website: https://www.labexmer.eu/en/labexmer-alaune/international-post-doctoral-fell...

- Post-Doc Position: Post-Doc in biodiversity, connectivity and ecosystem function in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone; University of Hawaii at Manoa

Ecosystem-wide survey of biodiversity, connectivity and ecosystem function across the deep seafloor biome of the CCZ to help assess and manage the impacts of polymetallic nodule mining, funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. This is an international study designed to survey and synthesize biological diversity and ecosystem function across the abyssal CCZ region targeted form manganese nodule mining (project PIs: Craig R. Smith, Jeffrey Drazen, Matthew Church, Thomas Dahlgren, Adrian Glover and Andrew Sweetman).

The project involves field studies of biodiversity and ecosystem function on abyssal plains and seamounts in the western Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ), particularly in areas protected from mining (APEIs) by the International Seabed Authority. The field program will involve a major oceanographic research cruise to intensively study key abyssal-floor and seamount benthic biotic components, including ROV based surveys and collections to assess biodiversity and community structure of epibenthic megafauna (especially the nodule fauna), baited-camera studies of mobile scavenger assemblages, and lander-based studies of microbial diversity, demersal zooplankton, sediment-community respiration, and sediment food-web structure. Study sites will (a) include areas of high to low predicted manganese-nodule abundance, (b) span a range of moderate to low export flux (i.e., predicted seafloor food availability) within the CCZ, and (c) include unsampled areas designed, based on environmental indicators, to be representative of exploration claims at the western end of the CCZ. The research cruise will be followed by 1.5 years of sample and data analyses and preparation of publications. Approximately 1.5 year after the cruise, a data integration workshop will be convened with mining contractors and other scientists who have collected similar data within the CCZ to generate a broad synthesis of biodiversity, species ranges, ecological connectivity and ecosystem function across the CCZ, with special emphasis in evaluating the potential efficacy of the existing network of APEIs (a representative areas protected from mining) established by the ISA.

Postdoctoral Opportunities and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will:

Lead data collection, analyses, and authorship of publications for studies of abyssal megafaunal community structure and biodiversity using ROV imaging (video and still) and animal collections.

Lead in interactions and sample exchange with international taxonomic experts to assist in megafaunal identifications.

Assemble and publish an image atlas of megafaunal morphotypes identified during the project.

Contribute to data synthesis and analyses across the project, conducting community and diversity analyses with statistical software, including univariate and multivariate statistical approaches (e.g., using Primer, Biodiversity Pro, R).

Help in project coordination, planning, and logistics, particularly for the CCZ data-synthesis workshop.

Participate in the data integration workshop to help generate a broad synthesis of biodiversity, species ranges, ecological connectivity and ecosystem function across the CCZ.

Author/co-author project reports and scientific papers, and present scientific results at project meetings and international scientific conferences/workshops.

Assist in public outreach concerning the project.

Minimum Qualifications

PhD degree in Biological Oceanography, Marine Biology, or a closely related scientific discipline.

Ocean-going experience onboard scientific research vessels, including prior involvement in deep- sea research expeditions.

Demonstrated ability to work with ROV and/or other oceanographic imaging equipment, and knowledge of sample processing and analyses while at sea.

Demonstrated ability to understand oral and written documentation, write reports, lead authorship of peer-reviewed scientific papers, and communicate effectively in a range of professional and public situations.

A track record of publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Stipend and Duration of Position

The stipend will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, and is expected to be in the range of $66,000 - $70,000 US per year. The position will be funded on an annual basis for at least two years, based on acceptable performance. The successful candidate will be expected to make a 2-yr commitment.

Application

Apply by submitting curriculum vitae and a statement of research interests, experience, and career goals by email to Craig R. Smith, Moore Project Principle Investigator (craigssmi@hawaii.edu). Please provide the name, email address and phone number for three professional references. Appointment will begin on approximately 1 October, 2017. In addition, to allow quick tracking of applications, please put in the subject line of the application email: “Moore Megafaunal Postdoctoral Application”

Job Location: Honolulu, Hawai‘i
Duration: Full-time, 2-years
Salary: $66,000 - $70,000 /year

Application Deadline: Saturday, April 15, 2017

- Post-Doc Position: Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Ocean Color Research and Applications; University of South Florida

The Optical Oceanography Lab of the College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida (USF) is offering a 2-year Postdoctoral Scholar position in the field of coastal ocean color research and applications. We are seeking an outstanding scientist with a recent doctorate in marine science, remote sensing, or a closely related field to work on Federal and state funded projects.

The successful candidate should demonstrate excellence in scholarly productivity in either field research, atmospheric correction, bio-optical inversion, or inter-disciplinary science. The successful candidate is expected to make significant improvements in remote sensing algorithms to assess algal blooms, optical water quality, and biogeochemical properties in coastal and inland waters. The successful candidate is also expected to derive customized and validated data products and apply these products in addressing inter-disciplinary Earth Science questions.

Organization: University of South Florida
Job Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
Duration: Full-time, 2-years
Application Website:      https://gems.fastmail.usf.edu:4440/psp/gemspro-tam/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM...

- Post-Doc Position: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Marine Biodiversity; Hakai Institute

The Hakai Institute and the Smithsonian Institution’s MarineGEO program seek candidates for a Postdoctoral Fellow based at the University of British Columbia to lead a detailed assessment and analysis of biodiversity in coastal benthic habitats of the Calvert Island Marine Station on the Central Coast of British Columbia.
The position is part of an ongoing research program aiming to understand nearshore biodiversity of this unique region. We seek a Postdoctoral Fellow to lead a detailed biological inventory of this region (‘BioBlitz’), and develop research that takes advantage of this inventory and existing biological datasets to advance our comparative understanding and quantitative estimates of biodiversity in the North Pacific region.  The Fellow’s time will be split equally between leading the “BioBlitz” and complementary biodiversity research, with data analysis/manuscript preparation stemming from these two activities. 

Application review begins March 27, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Go to https://www.hakai.org/marinegeopostdoc for details.

Organization: Hakai Institute
Job Location: British Columbia, Canada
Duration: Full-time; up to two years
Salary: $55,000 (CAD)/year

Application Website: Hakai MarineGEO postdoc details

- PhD. Scholarship: PhD Scholarship in Fishery and Fisheries Ecosystem Impact Modelling; National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua)

Application Website: http://www.dtu.dk/job/job?id=c67493da-801b-453d-a79a-5a4868d5a9c0

The overall aim is to model the interlinked marine fisheries, fish stock, and benthic habitat/community dynamics and their interactions with focus on ecosystem impacts of fisheries and fisheries management. This involves application and further development of bio-economic spatial and agent-based modelling techniques for simulating individual fishing vessels moving in some (e.g. virtual) marine environment. The project offers opportunity for making significant advance in an important field of fisheries research concerning estimating the various ecological and socio-economics trade-offs among fisheries incomes, the sustainability of the fish stocks harvested, and the impacts and sensitivity of the benthic habitats/communities given different fisheries management options. This further integrates aspects of fishing fleet economics and drivers linked to the varying agent´s decision making. Mitigating fisheries in time and space is considered an attractive management solution provided that recent data can support highly resolved risk assessment modelling tools and simulations to document and anticipate potential long term effects and expected related benefits of management scenarios and actions within the ecological-economic system under concern.

Organization: National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua)
Job Location: Lyngby, Denmark
Duration: Three years
Application Deadline: Saturday, April 1, 2017

- Fellowship: NY Aquarium - Conservation Education Fellowship; Wildlife Conservation Society

The WCS Education Department's summer Conservation Education Fellowship program is a unique opportunity for current college students, recent college graduates and graduate students to explore conservation education at an informal science institution. Fellows acquire the skills needed to create a classroom that invites and fosters student-directed learning, and learn pertinent information about wildlife conservation issues. Selected applicants will spend the summer working at one of the five WCS zoos or aquarium.

The summer Conservation Education Fellowship will primarily focus on teaching Zoo or Aquarium Camp. Fellows will assist full-time staff in instruction, oversight of campers, re-working activities to fit unique learning styles of students, and helping to maintain a lively learning environment throughout the summer. Fellows will work with a variety of age groups ranging from 4 to 17.

Job Location: New York, New York
Duration: 35 hours/wk - Early June through September 1, 2017
Salary: $14/hour
Application Website: 
https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGWebHost/jobdetails.aspx?SID=%5EjaPAu6N/KmLJGd...

- Undergraduate Opportunity: Research Experience for Undergraduates; Oregon Institute of Marine Biology

The Oregon Institute of Marine Biology’s research experience for undergraduates program, “Exploration of Marine Biology on the Oregon Coast” (EMBOC) offers fellowship opportunities for undergraduate students from both 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities to participate in ongoing marine science research at the University of Oregon’s marine lab during the summer months. In addition to conducting research at OIMB, students participating in the EMBOC program will participate in weekly professional development discussions and training sessions, social activities, field trips and marine biology seminars.

Participating students receive a $500/week stipend ($4500 total for 9 weeks, paid monthly). Travel to and from OIMB is covered. In addition, room and board will be provided at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology for the duration of the 9-week EMBOC program.

Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis as qualified candidates are identified, and selection may be made prior to the application closing date on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Early submission is strongly encouraged.

Job Location: Charleston, Oregon
Duration: June 19 to August 18, 2017
Salary: $500/week stipend, room and board covered, travel to and from covered
Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Application Website:      http://oimb.uoregon.edu/oimb-reu/

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- Internship: Blue Vision Summit Intern; Blue Frontier

Blue Frontier is a small, ocean conservation nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. We work to promote unity and action within the solution-oriented marine conservation community. Blue Frontier is looking for intern(s) who can commit to a minimum of 16 hours of work per week. The person(s) in this position will be helping us to coordinate and plan the Blue Vision Summit May 9-11, 2017 in Washington, D.C. This position will assist with every aspect of the Blue Vision Summit including outreach, communications, organization, design, as well as administrative and fundraising efforts. This is an unpaid internship but a travel stipend is available for interns who are available three or more days a week.

The Blue Vision Summit is an ocean conference bringing hundreds of ocean conservation leaders together every two years to network, build the blue movement and meet with the Administration, Congress and other stakeholders to restore the blue in our red, white and blue.  This spring some 500 people from local, regional and national groups, scientists, explorers and others will attend the Summit that will include a Healthy Ocean citizen lobby on Capitol Hill. This is one of the fist ocean themed conferences to take place during the new Trump administration and now, more than ever, we need to work together to protect our blue planet.

Position Overview

The intern(s) reports directly to the Executive Director and Associate Director. The intern(s) may be asked to work on any of the following aspects of the organization, including:

  • Helping organize and plan Blue Vision Summit 6;
  • Conference organization;
  • Fundraising;
  • Outreach;
  • Working with volunteers and supporters
  • Drafting correspondence;
  • Creating content for the Blue Frontier website;
  • Conducting research and attending meetings;
  • Updating our online Blue Movement Directory;
  • Other work, as required.

The internship can be tailored to match the skills and interests of the intern.

Essential skills are: professional manner, positive, can-do attitude, attention to detail, strong written and verbal skills, excellent telephone skills, proficiency with Mac computers and Microsoft Office. Our ideal candidate is a proactive self-starter who can take on projects with minimal supervision, meet deadlines, and is very organized. Fundraising, Wordpress/web design, image and video editing, or print design and clerical experience are a plus.
This position is ideal for someone with an interest in marine conservation or environmental issues and policy who is interested in working in the nonprofit sector.
This internship is unpaid. A small stipend is available based on need.

To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to info@bluefront.org. Please include “BFC Intern - ” and your last name in the subject line. Please also include your availability.

Application Deadline: Interns are accepted on a rolling basis. You are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible.

Job Location: Washington, D.C.
Duration: Spring Internship
Application Information: PDF iconBVSInternship.pdf

- Internship: West Coast Internship; Blue Frontier

Blue Frontier (www.bluefront.org) is a small, ocean conservation nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. and Richmond, CA. We work to build the solution-oriented citizen movement needed to protect our public seas through Blue Vision Summits, annual Peter Benchley Ocean Awards, media projects and other efforts such as Citizens for a Sustainable Point Molate that defends a 422-acre headland in Richmond, CA.  

We are looking for an intern majoring in journalism, marketing or ocean policy to help work with us with a strong emphasis on the marketing and book talks for the paperback edition of The Golden Shore - California’s Love Affair with the Sea written by Blue Frontier Executive Director and author David Helvarg.  Much of the tour and related activities will involve mobilizing citizens to take action to assure California remains a world leader in Ocean protection, restoration and exploration.

Additional work will involve outreach and communications to potential West Coast participants in the 2017 Blue Vision Summit in Washington D.C. May 9-11. This spring some 500 people from local, regional and national groups, scientists, explorers and others will attend the Summit that will include a Healthy Ocean citizen lobby on Capitol Hill. This is one of the fist ocean themed conferences to take place during the new Trump administration and now, more than ever, we need to work together to protect our blue planet.

Blue Frontier is looking for intern(s) who can commit to a minimum of 16 hours of work per week.  

Position Overview
The intern(s) report directly to the Executive Director and also to our D.C. based Associate Director.  She/he will work independently but visit and work periodically out of the Executive Director’s West Coast Office in Richmond, California.  
The internship can be tailored to match the skills and interests of the intern.

Essential skills are: professional manner, positive, can-do attitude, attention to detail, strong written and verbal skills, excellent telephone skills, proficiency with Mac computers and Microsoft Office. Our ideal candidate is a proactive self-starter who can take on these and other projects with minimal supervision, meets deadlines, and is very organized.
This position is ideal for someone with an interest in marketing, marine conservation, journalism or environmental issues, media and the nonprofit sector.
This internship is unpaid.

To apply: Please sent a cover letter and resume to info@bluefront.org and include “BF West Coast Intern – ” and your last name in the subject line.

Application Deadline: Interns are accepted on a rolling basis. You are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible.

Job Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Duration: Spring Internship
Application Information: PDF iconBlueFrontierWestCoastInternship.pdf

- 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: 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

- 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.

- 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. 

- Website Addition: Updated search options are now available on the GCE Home Page

A new search form is now available on the GCE Home Page that allows web visitors to limit searches to only publications, data sets, documents, imagery or locations if they are looking for something specific. These specialized searches are routed to the relevant GCE database (e.g. Bibliography, Data Catalog, etc.), and search results can then be revised or fine-tuned using the associated options. A general website search option is also available that routes searches to a Google Custom Search Engine configured for GCE-LTER.

(contact Wade Sheldonfor additional information)

- 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 Trends

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

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

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

- Resource: Marine Science Review (by SeaWeb)

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

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

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

- Resource: Inundation Analysis Tool (NOAA)

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

- Training: Marine GIS (Mappamondo)

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

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

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

- Application: Fishery Analyst Online

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

- New Tool: Vertical Datum Transformation (NOAA)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Document of Interest: NOAA Next Generation Strategic Plan

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

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

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

- Documents of Interest: Working Waterways & Waterfronts Symposium

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-New Tool: Marine Mapping Applications 

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

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

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

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

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

- Project of Interest: South Atlantic Regional Research Planning

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



In the News


Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Visits Sapelo Island

April 24, 2014 - “U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island met with scientists, coastal managers and community leaders at the University of Georgia's Marine Institute on Sapelo Island April 23 as part of his Climate Change Road Trip, a multi-state tour along the Southeast Coast.” For the full story, see:
http://news.uga.edu/releases/article/us-senators-climate-change-tour-stops-at-ugas-sapelo-island-marine-institut/

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

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

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

July 15, 2013 - A new study in Nature Climate Change (highlighted in Scientific American's ClimateWire) details how coastal wetlands and other natural barriers are disappearing, increasing the risk hurricane damage for coastal cities. The primary research was conducted through the Natural Capital Project.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=loss-of-natural-buffers-could-double-number-of-people-at-risk-from-hurricanes

Do-it-yourself CTDs?

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

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

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

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

New Secretary of Commerce

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

Joint Ocean Commission Report

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

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

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

OCRM Marks 40th Anniversary of the Coastal Zone Management Act

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

Coastal Blue Carbon Is Recognized Trading Category

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

Aquatox Update

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

Status of US Fisheries Report Released

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

Groundwater Monitoring on Tybee

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

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

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

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

[text from the Coastal States Organization newsletter]

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

Responding to Climate Change through Coastal Habitat Restoration

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

NOAA’s Coastal Mapping Program Benefit to Taxpayers

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

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

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

Atlantic Sturgeons Listed Under Endangered Species Act

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

EPA Releases Climate Ready Estuaries Annual Progress Report

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

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

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

Right Whales Return to Georgia Coasts

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

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

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

Restore America's Estuaries Releases Coastal Jobs Report

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

NOAA Fisheries and USFWS Revise Loggerhead Sea Turtle Listing

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

NOAA Releases "State of the Climate Report"

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

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

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

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

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

Offshore Energy Memorandum of Understanding

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

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

Reports from the National Research Council

  • Critical Infrastructure for Ocean Research and Societal Needs in 2030

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

  • America's Climate Choices

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

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

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

Coastal States Organization Submits Comments to National Ocean Council

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

NASA Satellites to Track Biological Impacts of Climate Change

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

 

Regional Science and Research


Draft Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Research Plan Available

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

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

South Atlantic Alliance Action Plan Finalized

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

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

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

SARRP Research Plan Released

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

http://www.gcrc.uga.edu/SARRP/Documents/SARRP_ResearchPlan_2010.pdf
Please contact Christine Laporte at claporte@uga.edu with questions or requests for hard copies.


Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Information

 

Online Clearinghouse for Education & Networking: Oil Interdisciplinary Learning

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

Resources now available on OCEAN-OIL include:

South Atlantic Sea Grant, Oil Summit II - Chemical Considerations

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

South Atlantic Sea Grant, Oil Summit I - Physical Oceanography

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

Video: Arthropod Studies

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

Video: Effect of oil on coastal marshes

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

Oil and Dispersant Monitoring Report

December 17, 2010 - The Operational Science Advisory Team report, "Summary Report for Sub-sea and Sub-surface Oil and Dispersant Detection: Sampling and Monitoring" is available online.  It includes analytical chemistry data from 17,000 samples, making it the most comprehensive data set and analysis yet completed since the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill in April. To view the report and associated data, please visit
http://www.restorethegulf.gov/release/2010/12/16/data-analysis-and-findings.

Oil Plume Research Blog

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

State of Louisiana Oil Trajectory Maps

 

Flow Rate Measurements

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

Additional Web Resources about the Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster

University of Georgia Oil Spill Website

 

NOAA’s Emergency Response Program

 

Deepwater Horizon Joint Information Center


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