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Funding Opportunities

Research-Practice Grants from the Gulf Research Program

 

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

Two Tenure-track Faculty Positions – Ecology; Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
  Senior Research Associate; Lancaster University
  Manager, Lenfest Ocean Program; The Pew Charitable Trusts
  Marine Biologist 2; Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division
  National Communications Manager, Madagascar; Blue Ventures
  2 Aquarium Wet Lab Educators; Discovery Passage Aquarium
  Cuba Manager; The Nature Conservancy
  Researcher in Ecological Network Modelling and Analysis; University of Derby
  Consultant: Management Effectiveness of National Special Fishery Conservation Areas; Caribbean Marine Biodiversity Program (via TNC)
  Associate Director, Sharks and Rays Program; Wildlife Conservation Society
  Senior Associate, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy; The Pew Charitable Trusts
  Lead Scientist, Climate Change; The Nature Conservancy
  Marine Conservation Manager; The Nature Conservancy
  Development Director; Miami Waterkeeper
  Marine Environmental Compliance Specialist (MECS); Ulix Maritime Systems (ECAP)
  Tenure Track Faculty Position - Biological Oceanography; Université du Québec à Rimouski UQAR
  Marine Biologist – Antarctica; British Antarctic Survey
  Agent Associate (Maryland Sea Grant Coastal Climate Specialist); Maryland Sea Grant
  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

Post-Doc Positions

Postdoctoral fellowship on the effects of global change on reef biodiversity and repercussions for ecosystems services; European Institute for Marine Studies and Ifremer
  Postdoctoral Fellow; Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)
  Post-doc position in molluscan ecology; Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
  Tracking of Plastic in Our Seas; Utrecht University
  Ecologically engineering Singapore's seawalls to enhance biodiversity; National University of Singapore
  Aquatic Ecology; Lund University, Department of Biology; Lund University
  Post-doctoral program for young scientists, co-sponsored by the LabexMER cluster of excellence, Ifremer, the University of Brest and the Brittany Regional council
  Post-Doc in biodiversity, connectivity and ecosystem function in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone; University of Hawaii at Manoa

PhD Fellowships

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

 

NY Aquarium - Conservation Education Fellowship; Wildlife Conservation Society
  Aquatic Ecology; Lund University, Department of Biology; Lund University
  PhD position in physical oceanography of marine plastic litter; Utrecht University

Internship

Social Impacts of Marine Protected Areas Intern; Conservation International

Upcoming Conference

Estuarine Coastal Sciences Association (ECSA) 2017

Upcoming Workshop

Sustainable Shorelines in Action: Successful Applications & Incentive Programs; VIMS

Tools

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

Webinars

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

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

Documents of Interest

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

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

Projects of Interest

South Atlantic Regional Research Planning

In the News

 

Regional Science and Research
  Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Information

- Funding Opportunity: Research-Practice Grants from the Gulf Research Program

Research-practice grants aim to advance science and its application by (1) accelerating knowledge transfer from researchers to practitioners, thereby facilitating implementation; and/or (2) encouraging the use of practitioners’ knowledge and lessons learned from experience to inform research. Proposed projects must be hypothesis-driven and seek to improve science and practice by bringing together researchers, practitioners, or other relevant perspectives.

Context: The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine produce expert consensus reports that identify research needs, opportunities, or challenges for advancing science and ensuring the application of science to address real-world problems. This funding opportunity seeks to advance concepts and opportunities outlined in two recent reports that are particularly relevant to the Gulf Research Program’s (GRP) mission to enhance protection of human health and the environment. This RFA addresses two topics:

  • Integration of Monitoring and Evaluation into Environmental Restoration Projects to Improve Outcomes in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Improving Risk-Based Evaluations to Support a Public Health Response to the Next Oil Spill

Grant Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Application Information: Grant information

- Funding Opportunity: NOAA Sea Grant 2017 Aquaculture Initiative: Addressing Impediments to Aquaculture Opportunities

Depending on appropriations, NOAA Sea Grant expects to have available a total of $3,000,000 between fiscal years 2017 and 2018 for a national initiative focused on answering key questions impeding the development and expansion of sustainable United States marine, coastal, and Great Lakes aquaculture. Successful applications must outline small scale projects, business plans, workshops, etc. that seek to address key questions, barriers, or hurdles impeding the advancement of new or developing aquaculture initiatives that will contribute to the continuing growth of United States aquaculture production.

This Federal Funding Opportunity includes information needed to apply, and the criteria for applications requesting up to $150,000 in total federal funding for a six-month to two-year period. Non-Federal matching funds of at least 50% are required (for example, a project receiving $100,000 in federal funding must include at least $50,000 in matching funds, for a total project budget of $150,000).
Applications are requested that meet all of the following program objectives: (1) supports aquaculture of ocean, coastal, or Great Lakes species (including state- and federally-managed species) and related production of such efforts occurring in the coastal zone (as defined by the Coastal Zone Management Act – to include the Great Lakes Region), including state waters and the terrestrial coastal zone, and federal waters; (2) directly addresses key questions, barriers, or hurdles of domestic aquaculture development that currently limit the development of new or developing aquaculture initiatives (these can include research, extension, technology transfer, legal activities, small scale projects, business plans, and workshops, for example); (3) utilizes a team approach that fully integrates at least one Sea Grant program, and at least one end-user or public-private partnership in the effort.

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. 

Awards are anticipated to start no later than September 1, 2017. Additional applications from this competition may be selected for funding in fiscal year 2018.

Grant Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Application Information: Grant information

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

Depending on appropriations, NOAA Sea Grant expects to have available a total of $10,000,000-$12,000,000 across fiscal years 2017, 2018, and 2019 for a national initiative to increase aquaculture production in the short-term (2-4 years). This competition is designed to foster the expansion of sustainable U.S. marine, coastal, and Great Lakes aquaculture. Successful applications must outline integrated projects that clearly address major constraints, barriers, or hurdles limiting United States aquaculture production. See full FFO for examples.

This Federal Funding Opportunity includes information needed to apply and the criteria for applications requesting between $100,000 and $1,000,000 in total federal funding for a two to three year period. Non-federal matching funds of at least 50% are required (for example, a project receiving $1,000,000 in federal funding must include at least $500,000 in matching funds, for a total project budget of $1,500,000).

Applications are requested that meet all of the following program objectives: (1) supports aquaculture of ocean, coastal, or Great Lakes species (including state- and federally-managed species) and related production of such efforts occurring in the coastal zone (as defined by the Coastal Zone Management Act – to include the Great Lakes Region), including state waters and the terrestrial coastal zone, and federal waters; (2) directly addresses major constraints, barriers, or hurdles of domestic aquaculture development that currently limit increased production (this can include research, extension, technology transfer, and/or legal activities to support production, market access, distribution, etc.); (3) utilizes a team approach that fully integrates at least one Sea Grant program, and at least one end-user or public-private partnership in the effort; (4) addresses how project impacts will be applicable to a broader geographic area through regional or topical partnerships; (5) that, upon completion, will have a high likelihood of successful implementation within 2-4 years. Applications requesting any amount between the minimum and maximum federal request are welcome.
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. 

Awards are anticipated to start no later than September 1, 2017. Additional applications from this competition may be selected for funding in subsequent fiscal years.
Grant Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Application Information: Grant information

- 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: Senior Research Associate; Lancaster University

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic quantitative fisheries/marine scientist to contribute to a project aimed at understanding how coral reef habitat degradation due to climatic disturbances is influencing fisheries potential and landings. Working closely with the Seychelles Fishing Authority, the project will analyse long-term underwater survey data (>20 years), and fish landings data (>30 years), which span 2 major coral bleaching events that have caused major habitat degradation. Spatially, these data also represent differences in fishing pressure, and management regimes.  Specific aims will include: 1) How fish availability (underwater surveys) and landings have changed through time, 2) How the composition of the catch has changed, and 3) How differing management and habitat condition have influenced these patterns.

You will have a background in fisheries/marine sciences, and relevant experience in statistical modelling. A proactive and enthusiastic approach and excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential for the collaborative nature of the research. Attention to detail and good English writing skills are essential to meet the exciting and challenging goals of the project within demanding deadlines.

Organization: Lancaster University
Job Location: Bailrigg, England, United Kingdom
Application Deadline: Monday, May 1, 2017
Application Website: https://hr-jobs.lancs.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=A1810

- 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

Organization: The Pew Charitable Trusts
Job Location: Washington, D.C.

Application Website: https://jobs-pct.icims.com/jobs/4814/manager%2c-lenfest-ocean-program-%28ou...

- Position Vacancy: Marine Biologist – Antarctica; British Antarctic Survey

British Antarctic Survey (BAS), an institute of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Its skilled science and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth and our impact on it.

BAS is looking for a Marine Biologist to assess the distribution, biomass and associated fauna and flora with the common macroalgae found in shallow waters at Rothera Research Station.

Based in Rothera, you will organizing and implementing the research program invoicing specimen collection, stereo light-microcopy, measurement of photsynthetic rates, preserving samples, quantification of feeding rates, analyze data and preparation of data for manuscript publication.
This is an exciting opportunity for a highly-motivated individual with relevant experience and an keen interest in marine biology to join a small Rothera-based team in organizing and implementing an unique research program.

Purpose

Within the Biodiversity, Evolution and Adaptations team, this project will assess the distribution, biomass and associated fauna and flora with the common macroalgae found in shallow waters near the British Antarctic Survey station on Rothera Point, Adelaide Island, Antarctica. It will further investigate the mechanisms macroalgae living at these polar latitudes employ to survive periods of months in very low light or in darkness, conditions not experienced by photosynthetic organisms outside the polar regions.

The first part of this project requires a detailed survey of macoroalgae and associated organisms at several sites covering a range of habitat types. The project aims are to describe the range of algae present and also their seasonal abundances and biomass as well as the community structure of associated organisms in sufficient detail to assess interactions between macroalgae and their consumers and the contribution to productivity in the food web. It is further hoped that this part of the project will provide a survey of these characteristics along a transect towards a retreating glaciers so that time since being exposed and the effects of the progressive change in conditions on macroalgae, and hence benthic productivity can be evaluated.

The second part of the project will aim to measure rates of photosynthesis in macroalgae collected and returned to the laboratory, and hopefully also in situ. These measures will be made progressively throughout the winter on a range of the common species. Samples will further be taken to allow the physiological status of the macroalgae to be quantified through methods including basic dry mass and ash-free dry mass to possibly genomic or metabolomic analyses back in the UK by collaborators. There is also an opportunity to work with experienced members of the team to broaden the scope of investigations.

The position involves extensive SCUBA diving to study community structure and quantify ecological parameters. This project requires extensive use of light microscopy and a range of laboratory techniques to identify species and gather the ecological information that will feed into long term studies of shallow water communities in this region.

The post involves a minimum of 1.5 years at the British Antarctic Survey’s Rothera Research Station, Antarctica and is expected to result in high quality scientific publications. The post holder will be expected to play a role in planning, organization, and implementation of this research program whilst also supporting a diverse range of marine science projects, and base activities, particularly during the summer months.

Qualification

BSc 2:1, minimum, experienced diver (minimum 80 logged dives (30 cold water and/or dry suit dives). Capable of passing HSE commercial diving course before deployment to Antarctica, Benthic marine biology (use of keys for identification), microscope and laboratory skills

Duties

  • To organize and implement the proposed research program, which involves:
    • Specimen collection, maintenance and study.
    • Stereo light-microscopy and use of keys to identify species
    • Careful measurement of photosynthetic rates, of key species, to assess productivity
    • Preserving samples for genetic/genomic/metabolomic analysis back in Cambridge
    • Quantification of feeding rates of key animals grazing on macroalgae to allow assessment of contribution of macroalgae to carbon flow in benthic Antarctic food webs.
    • Good laboratory skills to measure ecological information
    • Analyze data and prepare for publication
    • Help to prepare manuscripts for publication
  • To play an active role as a member of the marine team, being involved in a diverse range of marine projects

Due to the remote location in the Antarctic strong organizational and interpersonal skills are required for this post. In addition, you will need to be physically capable and medically fit to work in Antarctic conditions.

Job reference: BAS 40/17
Duration: Antarctic Contract (Up to 19 Months)
Salary: £23,937 per annum initially. Additionally, upon completion of a successful tour, you will receive a 10% bonus.
Benefits: We offer generous benefits
Team: Antarctic employment pool team
Location: Antarctica - Rothera
Application deadline: Sunday, May 14, 2017/Interviews are scheduled to be held on June 26, 2017

On-line application: https://www.bas.ac.uk/jobs/vacancy/marine-biologist-antarctica/

- Position Vacancy: Two Tenure-track Faculty Positions – Ecology; Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

The Department of Ecology (DECOL) includes 20 researchers some of which have joint appointments with the Faculty of Physics, Engineering, and Political Sciences & Geography. The DECOL is a diverse department that includes among its members, researchers from Argentina, Australia, USA, France, México and Uruguay. They participate in both undergraduate (Licentiate in Biology and Marine Biology) and graduate teaching (PhD in Biological Sciences / Ecology). In terms of research, the DECOL has identified interdisciplinary science as one of its priorities and the analyses of the impact of Global Change upon biodiversity and sustainability as its major cross-cutting themes.  

We are searching for creative, productive and collaborative scientists whose work addresses fundamental questions in Ecology and/or Evolution. However, for one of these positions priority will be given to applicants with the capacity to develop a research program in the area of Ecology and/or Evolution of marine organisms, specifically macroalgae.

The selected applicants should:

1) Develop an independent research program, and lead research projects in the area of Ecology and/or Evolution with emphasis in any level of ecological integration (from molecules to ecosystems) and using experimental, correlational and/or theoretical approaches.
 2) Generate interactions with researchers within DECOL, and potentially, from other Departments of the Faculty of Biological Sciences and/or other Faculties within the University.
 3) He/she should be prepared to teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate level and according to the needs of DECOL.

Desired skills and experience
Applicants should have a PhD and Postdoctoral experience. At least one of these should be in Ecology or Evolution. The applicant should show capacity to carry out an independent research program and obtain competitive, extramural funding. Teaching experience at undergraduate and/or graduate level is desirable.

To apply, complete the application form available upon request from: Xavier Figueroa, Academic Secretary of the Faculty of Biological Sciences. E- mail: secretaria.academica@bio.puc.cl

For more information and to proceed your application, please click on the "Go to application page" button. 
Request at least three letters of recommendation that make reference to the trajectory and academic credentials of the candidate. These should be sent directly to the Academic Secretary of the Faculty of Biological Sciences at the following E- mail: academica@bio.puc.cl

Deadline for Applications: Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 5:00 pm local time.

- Position Vacancy: Tenure Track Faculty Position - Biological Oceanography; Université du Québec à Rimouski UQAR

The Institut des Sciences de la Mer de Rimouski (ISMER), a multidisciplinary research center in oceanography, invites application for a regular faculty position in biological oceanography, specialized in benthic ecology and dynamics.

ISMER is looking for a dynamic individual who will contribute to the research and teaching objectives of the Institute through collaborations with existing faculty members, and who will develop an independent funded research program involving M.Sc. and Ph.D. students. He or she must be able to contribute to the M.Sc. and PhD programs through teaching and graduate student supervision.

This position is for an oceanographer with expertise in benthic structure and dynamics of coastal and estuarine systems, benthos-pelagos coupling, functional ecology, global changes, anthropogenic impacts (including commercial exploitation). Strong knowledge in quantitative ecology and statistics will be an asset. The successful candidate should demonstrate expertise in fieldwork. He/she will be encouraged to develop his/her own research program, and collaborate with biologists, chemists, physicists and geologists from the Institute and the University. ISMER is an autonomous research Institute, which is part of Université du Québec à Rimouski, and it includes twenty professors and support staff in all major disciplines of oceanography. In addition to state-of-the-art laboratories, the institute operates a sea water research station and a 50-m research vessel.
The working language is French, but strong candidates with another first language will be considered.

Desired skills and experience
The applicant should have completed a PhD in oceanography (biology), marine biology or ecology, or zoology or biology with a thesis in marine ecology with a specialization in benthic ecology and dynamics.

Research field

  • Benthic structure and dynamics of coastal and estuarine systems
  • benthos-pelagos coupling
  • functional ecology
  • global changes
  • anthropogenic impacts (including commercial exploitation) 

Candidates must provide a resume a description of research and teaching statements, and the contact information of three referees. Applications can be sent by e-mail at: Universite_du_Queb-id5ha53-886976@jobs.researchgate.net, or by regular mail:

Président de l’Assemblée institutionnelle
Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski
310, allée des Ursulines
Rimouski (Québec), Canada G5L 3A1

Starting Date: August 2017
Job Location: Rimouski, Canada
Application Deadline: Friday, April 28, 2017

- Position Vacancy: Marine Biologist 2; Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division

Job ResponsibilitiesThis position serves as the Stewardship Coordinator for the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve (SINERR). Plan, design, and implement upland and wetland habitat restoration & management projects within Reserve boundaries and elsewhere on Sapelo Island, typically in partnership with R.J. Reynolds Wildlife Management Area staff, but also with other on-island partners, and other state & federal agency staff, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions. Write grants to fund restoration & management projects, obtain required state & federal permits, monitor the results of management & restoration projects, and write and submit required project reports.  Use GIS tools & products to address natural resource management, restoration & protection issues within SINERR and on Sapelo.  Provide SINERR & Sapelo-related GIS databases to partners, researchers, etc., upon request. Assist with SINERR Research & Monitoring projects/programs and other Reserve and partner projects as appropriate.  Maintain SINERR’s historical map & photo archives and provide copies to partners, researchers, etc., upon request.  Direct the Reserve’s Stewardship Program, including developing annual work plans and budgets, contributing to semi-annual reports, and participating on all core team tasks and responsibilities. Participate fully in national NERRS Stewardship Program activities, and represent SINERR within the NERRS network more generally.

Minimum Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree in biology or a related field from an accredited college or university
AND: One year of related experience
OR: One year of experience required at the lower level Marine Biologist 1 (NRP040) or position equivalent.

Preferred Qualifications: 
Preference may be given to applicants with:

  • Master’s degree in biology, ecology, geography, natural resources or related field
  • Experience developing and implementing habitat management & restoration projects in coastal ecosystems
  • Experience writing grant proposals for habitat management and restoration projects
  • Experience obtaining state and federal permits
  • Experience developing and managing programs and projects
  • Experience utilizing GIS tools & products to address natural resource issues
  • Experience recruiting, directing & overseeing volunteers, interns, students and others

If interested in applying for this position, please submit an electronic DNR application www.gadnr.org/careers for employment to the e-mail address below or mail a completed DNR application for employment to following address:

Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Wildlife Resources Division
Office of Human Resources
Connie Hopkins
2067 U.S. Hwy. 278, SE
Social Circle, GA 30025
Connie.Hopkins@dnr.ga.gov

Position #    00191858
Job Location:  Sapelo Island
Salary: $43,063.23/year plus benefits

Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 11, 2017

- Position Vacancy: National Communications Manager, Madagascar; Blue Ventures

Do you have a passion for communication? Do you care about the marine environment and the communities who rely on it? Do you want to be part of a rapidly growing organisation as we scale our impact, catalysing conservation in some of the world’s most remote and important marine biodiversity hotspots?

We’re looking for a committed and dynamic new team member with excellent writing and communication skills to join our senior staff in Madagascar. You will assist our Digital Manager and Madagascar Country Director and help build our national communications strategy, expanding our capacity to share our learning and experiences at all scales from community to international audiences.

You will work closely with our conservation teams to document engaging and important elements of our work, using creative approaches including storytelling and new digital media, and building our voice within Madagascar and contributing to our international priorities. You will have an excellent grasp of the conservation and development sectors in Madagascar, as well as the complexity and sensitivity of the issues addressed by Blue Ventures’ work. You will be comfortable targeting communications to different audiences, in multiple languages, with a deep understanding of the potential channels available, be they traditional media or cutting edge online technology. You will lead our internal communications within Madagascar and will be expected to write and edit to a high standard, and produce digital media content for Blue Ventures’ and network websites and social media channels.

Above all, you will be motivated, adaptable and have outstanding communication skills. We want you to contribute ideas and passion and we’ll expect you to work hard to support our team. You will be based in our office in Antananarivo, but can expect to spend time traveling to our sites around Madagascar and further afield, allowing you to both produce and better coordinate content from the field, while deepening your understanding of our values and mission.

Job Location: Antananarivo, Madagascar
Duration: Full-time, Permanent
Application Deadline: Sunday, April 16, 2017
Application Website: https://blueventures.org/job/national-communications-manager-madagascar/

- Position Vacancy: 2 Aquarium Wet Lab Educators; Discovery Passage Aquarium

The Aquarium Wet Lab Educator will assist with developing and delivering marine natural history interpretive and educational programs for the Discovery Passage Aquarium and Wet Lab. This will include hosting birthday parties, summer camps, and other programs for the general public. The Educator will engage with program participants and visitors, conduct demonstrations and deliver specialized programming. This will also involve program promotion and recruitment.

Job Location: Campbell River, British Colombia, Canada
Duration: Varies between 30-40 hours/week for the summer
Salary: $12.50/hour
Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Application Website: http://discoverypassageaquarium.ca/summer-job-opportunity-aquarium-wet-lab...

- Position Vacancy: Cuba Manager; The Nature Conservancy

The Cuba Manager directs all aspects of protection, science, stewardship and community relations for the Cuba Projects of the Caribbean Division. S/he also serves as the principle contact to government agencies, other conservation organizations, foundations and the academic community.

Essential Functions
The Cuba Manager establishes the Conservancy as a major conservation partner within the geography of responsibility, defines conservation priorities and long-term conservation strategies, contributes scientific, and technical capacity in the field and develops key partnerships with public and private organizations to identify priorities and resolve technical issues and to widely communicate solutions and best practices. S/he coordinates the development of innovative scientific methods, analyses, tools and frameworks to address effective management of natural system also responding to development needs, engages government agencies and private sector to conserve and protect natural communities and ecosystem services.

Job ID: 45316
Organization: The Nature Conservancy
Job Location: Coral Gables, Florida
Application Deadline: Sunday, April 9, 2017
Application Website: https://careers.nature.org/psp/tnccareers/APPLICANT/APPL/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP...

Application Information: PDF iconConservation_250005_Cuba Manager 22March2017.pdf

- Position Vacancy: Researcher in Ecological Network Modelling and Analysis; University of Derby

Applications are invited for a Post-Doctoral Researcher to work on a funded project to develop models and statistically analyse networks derived from a range of ecological community data, and to examine the potential for using graph-theoretic concepts to underpin some of the modelling strategies adopted.

Having gained proven experience in research, and being a specialist in the discipline with a relevant PhD or equivalent, the post-holder will contribute to a project to develop models and statistically analyse networks derived from a range of ecological community data, and examine the potential for using graph-theoretic concepts to underpin some of the modelling strategies adopted. They will also contribute to teaching on taught modules and supervision of student projects, as well as publish in peer reviewed journals and present work at conferences. 

The role is based in the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre (ESRC) at the University of Derby, and is in collaboration with the Computing and Mathematics Department. This is a two year full-time fixed-term post ideally starting in May/June  2017. Interviews are proposed for week commencing 22 May 2017.

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Mark Bulling (m.bulling@derby.ac.uk) or Dr Mike Sweet (m.sweet@derby.ac.uk)

Organization: University of Derby
Job Location: Kedleston Road, Derby, United Kingdom
Duration: Fixed Term 24 months
Application Deadline: Sunday, April 30, 2017

Application Website: https://jobs.derby.ac.uk/vacancy.aspx?ref=0137-17

- Position Vacancy: Consultant: Management Effectiveness of National Special Fishery Conservation Areas; Caribbean Marine Biodiversity Program (via TNC)

To improve management effectiveness of National Special Fishery Conservation Areas (SFCA) (hereinafter referred to as “Fish Sanctuaries”) (Jamaica) by providing training, resources and support for the members of the Network of SFCA Management Partners (hereinafter referred to as “Fish Sanctuary Network (FSN)). The Fish Sanctuary Network is made up of a combination of government, non-government and private sector organizations with an interest in the management of Fish Sanctuaries. FSN members can be seen in Annex 1.
The Contractor will, but is not limited to carrying out the following activities:

  1. Produce a report on management capacity needs and conservation objectives of each Fish Sanctuary management partner.
  2. Produce a training manual for the FSN based on priority training needs coming from capacity needs assessment.
  3. Develop the minimum data collection and reporting standards for Fish Sanctuary management partner.
  4. Train at least 15 Fish Sanctuary Network members in MPA management/ Fish Sanctuary Management. Topics to include:
  • MPA management and best practices;
  • Adaptive management;
  • Work planning, report writing (including minimum standards) and evaluation (adaptive management);
  • Revenue generation, funding sources, financial management and basic accounting;
  • Networking and funding opportunities;
  • Project proposal writing and project management. 

Organization: Caribbean Marine Biodiversity Program (via TNC)
Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Application Information:  TOR for CMBP Jamaica Fish Sanctuary Network-Final3-27-2017.pdf

- Position Vacancy: Associate Director, Sharks and Rays Program; Wildlife Conservation Society

The Associate Director manages the global WCS Sharks and Rays Program. Based in WCS’s Global Conservation Program headquarters located in the Bronx Zoo, NY, the Associate Director reports to the Executive Director of WCS Marine Conservation Program, coordinates with the Vice President of Species Conservation, leads the WCS Sharks and Rays Program Team, and plays a central role with the WCS Marine Conservation Team. This is a full-time position with benefits.  

Position Responsibilities
The Associate Director of the Sharks and Rays Program develops and oversees the program’s strategic direction, manages the program activities in science, conservation and policy, and coordinates shark and ray activities throughout WCS, including with the New York Aquarium. In addition to program management, overall responsibilities include development and fundraising, and communications and marketing, relating to the Sharks and Rays Program, in conjunction with relevant WCS departments. The Associate Director supervises the Marine Policy Advisor/Sharks and Rays Coordinator and will shape additional staffing needs. With oversight and coordination by the Associate Director, administration and support for the Sharks and Rays Program are provided by the Marine Program Manager (finances), Marine Program Officer, and Marine Program Assistant.  

Organization: Wildlife Conservation Society
Job Location: Bronx Zoo, New York
Duration: Full-Time
Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Application Website: https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGWebHost/jobdetails.aspx?SID=%5ErqGEJITDtPTqEQ...

- Position Vacancy: Senior Associate, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy; The Pew Charitable Trusts

The senior associate provides program support for Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy campaign to ensure a smooth functioning program by organizing key meetings, working with scientists, coalition partners, government officials and others, and assisting with the coordination of internal operations. The position will report to the manager and is based in Washington, DC.

The senior associate will report to the manager. It is expected that this position is for a term period through December 31, 2021, with the possibility of an extension pending the success of the program, funding sources and board decisions on continued support.

Organization: The Pew Charitable Trusts
Job Location: Washington, D.C.
Application Website: https://jobs-pct.icims.com/jobs/5011/senior-associate%2c-pew-bertarelli-oce...

- Position Vacancy: Lead Scientist, Climate Change; The Nature Conservancy

The Lead Scientist will offer technical and science strategic leadership across the entire organization in areas such as: climate mitigation practices and technology, climate adaptation strategies, natural solutions to climate mitigation, climate-smart agriculture, and spatial planning for renewable energy.  S/he will drive efforts to establish TNC as a global leader in solving the global climate challenge.  S/he conducts original research, publishes findings and communicates to diverse audiences to add to the evidence base for conservation and decarbonization energy strategies in support of TNC organizational goals.

The Lead Scientist will be an active collaborator with the Science Cabinet in the Office of the Chief Scientist – a collaborative group that brings top level thought leadership to the organization’s strategy leaders, establishes and advances critical science issues with the external academic and practitioner communities, and takes on joint research to address pressing trans-disciplinary issues in conservation.

Job ID: 45287
Organization: The Nature Conservancy
Job Location: Washington, D.C. area
Application Deadline: Sunday, May 14, 2017
Application Website: https://careers.nature.org/psp/tnccareers/APPLICANT/APPL/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP...

- Position Vacancy: Marine Conservation Manager; The Nature Conservancy

The Marine Conservation Manager works under the supervision of the South Florida Program Manager and in close consultation with the statewide Marine Program Manager to provide technical and scientific support and leadership as a subject matter resource expert for The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC’s) marine and coastal conservation initiatives and projects.  These include developing and implementing habitat-based fisheries and coastal resilience strategies that include leading coral reef conservation work in the South Florida region.  The position will be located in the Southeast Florida region.

Essential Functions
The Marine Conservation Manager provides leadership, expertise and support to help guide the South Florida Program and the Florida Marine Program in advancing strategic conservation issues, primarily focusing on coral reef ecosystem conservation, sustainable fisheries, and ecosystem services of marine and coastal habitats. S/he collaborates with conservation organizations, strategic partners and/or the academic community to advance these initiatives.

Job ID: 45305
Job Title: Marine Conservation Manager
Organization: The Nature Conservancy
Job Location: Big Pine Key, Hobe Sound, or Coral Gables, Florida
Application Deadline: Monday, April 17, 2017
Application Website: https://careers.nature.org/psp/tnccareers/APPLICANT/APPL/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP...

- Position Vacancy: Development Director; Miami Waterkeeper

Miami Waterkeeper is a Miami-based nonprofit organization that advocates for South Florida’s watershed and wildlife. Our goal is to educate the public about the vital role of clean water in Miami’s clean water economy, and to empower them to take an active role in community decision-making. We hope to ensure a clean and vibrant, water-based coastal culture and ecosystem for generations to come.

Miami Waterkeeper is seeking a Development and Outreach Director. We are looking for an individual with a passion for environmental issues, exceptional written, interpersonal, and oral communication skills, an outgoing and friendly personality, ability to work well in a team, an entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, and a good sense of humor. An ideal candidate will have experience building donor relationships and fundraising plans from the beginning, as well as event and online campaign experience. Ability to attend events and activities outside of normal work hours is a must. We encourage you to apply if you are hardworking, flexible, organized, deliverable-focused, reliable, and driven to make a positive impact on your community.

This job is located in Miami, FL. This is a full-time position with potential for evening and weekend events.

Core Job Tasks
This is a broad description of all tasks anticipated. In addition, we are a small and hardworking team, and we need our team members to remain flexible and to be willing to assist with all necessary tasks.

Development

  • Identify and cultivate new and existing donors in line with Miami Waterkeeper’s mission
  • Solicit financial support from individuals, foundations, and corporations o Foster existing donor relationships including major gifts and grassroots campaigns.
  • Engage with donors in a professional and meaningful way to emphasize their role in furthering our mission
  • Develop and execute annual fundraising plan
  • Compile yearly budget in coordination with Executive Director
  • Develop and execute fundraising campaigns and strategies
  • Develop and execute events
  • Draft giving newsletters/asks
  • Manage grants and identify new grant opportunities
  • Develop and track reports for grant requirements
  • Design and implement Board of Directors and Board of Trustees engagement programs
  • Synthesize outcomes and deliverables in yearly report

Outreach

  • Manage membership and benefits
  • Grow membership base through grassroots development
  • Work with existing staff in developing marketing materials, fundraising campaigns, and social media outreach for giving
  • Organize and plan annual fundraising event (Gala)
  • Attend meetings on behalf of Waterkeeper
  • Run community outreach events along with Program Director
  • Assist with volunteer events along with Program Director
  • Remain current on fundraising best practices, including database management

Organization: Miami Waterkeeper
Job Location: Miami, Florida
Duration: Full-Time, Permanent
Salary: $35,000 - 60,000 (Salary commensurate with experience.)
Application Deadline: Friday, April 14, 2017

Application Website: Development Director

- Position Vacancy: Communications Director; Miami Waterkeeper

Miami Waterkeeper is a Miami-based nonprofit organization that advocates for South Florida’s watershed and wildlife. Our goal is to educate locals and visitors about the vital role of clean water in Miami’s clean water economy, and to empower them to take an active role in community decision-making. We hope to ensure a clean and vibrant, water-based coastal culture and ecosystem for generations to come.

Miami Waterkeeper is seeking a Communications and Outreach Director. We are looking for an individual with a passion for environmental issues, exceptional written and oral communication skills, superior grammar and editing skills, ability to work well in a team, an entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, and a good sense of humor. An ideal candidate will have some graphic design skills and media training, as well as experience with planning and executing digital and social media campaigns. Education experience is a bonus. Some development experience is also highly desirable. We encourage you to apply if you are hardworking, flexible, deliverable-focused, reliable, and driven to make a positive impact on your community.

Core Job Tasks

Communications

  • Write blogs (monthly)
  • Update website (as needed)
  • Draft newsletters (monthly)
  • Design online campaigns around issues and/or fundraising goals
  • Design social media campaigns

Media

  • Manage press requests
  • Write press releases

Online/Website/Social Media/Database management

  • Manage and grow NationBuilder database
  • Develop targeted outreach lists
  • Manage online information such as campaigns, petitions, events, donations, press, blogs, and other action items
  • Social media management
  • Grow followers that believe and support MWK mission and goals.
  • Create paid social media campaigns to targeted demographics using MWK’s database and analytics of performance.
  • Manage social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Manage online store
  • Update website (dynamically)
  • Respond to web/social media inquiries

Policy

  • Track or attend relevant county and city commission hearings and post relevant agenda items online
  • Draft advocacy/comment letters
  • Attend policy meetings
  • Conduct policy research
  • Manage petitions/sign on letters
  • Any other germane work as requested by the Executive Director

Outreach

  • Manage membership and benefits
  • Attend meetings on behalf of Waterkeeper
  • Run community outreach events along with Program Director
  • Assist with volunteer events along with Program Director

Students/Interns

  • Manage interns/student projects
  • Assist Program Director in the execution and development of Junior Ambassador program

Organization: Miami Waterkeeper
Job Location: Miami, Florida
Duration: Full-Time, Permanent
Salary: $35,000 - 60,000 (Salary commensurate with experience.)
Application Deadline: Friday, April 14, 2017

Application Website: Communications Director

- Position Vacancy: Marine Environmental Compliance Specialist (MECS); Ulix Maritime Systems (ECAP)

Ulix Maritime Systems is a new U.S. based company working conjointly with E-CAP OOD of Europe. Together the company provides innovative software solutions for regulatory compliance to the shipping industry. While using the software technologies as a base, a full consultancy service for the client is provided. 

We are currently looking for marine environmental regulatory specialist to create, develop and lead our newly formed Enviro Compliance Services Department. The main objective is to provide clients with up to date and current regulations which are affecting or could be affecting ships in their fleet. Excellent understanding of all types of regulations aimed at the shipping industry is a MUST. This will cover everything from international MARPOL regulations, down to local, state, territory and specific port areas. A particular focus is placed on marine protected areas such as MARPOL Special Areas, PSSAs, Marine Parks, National Marine Monuments, National Marine Santcuaries, NDZs, etc. This will also include all sectors of the maritime industry including: container, tanker, drybulk, breakbulk, offshore, Ro-Ro, ferry, livestock, fishing, and most importantly the cruise/ passenger vessel industry. 

A general understanding of how to achieve this information is necessary although we would like to work together to build a system for this moving forward. Building an international network to facilitate this information is vital. 

We place great interest in protecting the oceans and understand the need for compliance. We support those who go above and beyond any regulating authority or policy. 

Requirements:
Related Degree at post-grad level or greater
Experience is not necessary although preferred, and can be used in lieu of college degree
Please send CV with any requirements (location, salary, etc) to cnagy@ulixsystems.com 

Organization: Ulix Maritime Systems (ECAP)
Job Location: Remote with future possibility of joining New York, London, or Bulgaria location
Duration: Permanent with part time on call
Application Deadline: Friday, May 5, 2017

- 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: 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

- 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: Postdoctoral fellowship on the effects of global change on reef biodiversity and repercussions for ecosystems services; European Institute for Marine Studies and Ifremer

Ocean warming, acidification and other global stressors have the potential to profoundly change how marine ecosystems function, and as a consequence, alter the services they provide to society.  Reef communities built by corals and polychaetes are among the most biodiverse on the planet, but while it is clear that reef degradation impacts marine biodiversity, the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning are less well known.  How much biodiversity loss can be sustained, without compromising ecosystem functioning and services? Are there critical thresholds or indicators that can help to identify vulnerable reefs and where to direct conservation efforts?

We are searching for a postdoc candidate to further explore these questions, by mining existing biodiversity databases and using predictive modeling that will take both ecological and socio-economic variables into consideration. The candidate will help to put together a proposal for a LabexMER postdoctoral fellowship (2 years duration), which would take place at the European Institute for Marine Studies and Ifremer in Brest, France.
Interested candidates please send a copy of your CV and a short description of relevant experience (500 words) by April 9, 2017 to Flavia Nunes: flavia.nunes@ifremer.fr

Organization: European Institute for Marine Studies and Ifremer
Job Location: Brest, France

Application Deadline: Sunday, April 9, 2017

- Post-Doc Position: Postdoctoral Fellow; Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)

Successful applicants to this programme are expected to conduct scientific work independently on research topics of their own proposing or to proceed with research at JAMSTEC. The successful applicant will also have access to the necessary facilities and equipment at JAMSTEC during the contract period. A mentor will be designated to each JAMSTEC Postdoctoral Fellow, who will facilitate his/her research activities and evaluate research progress each year. During the fellowship period, the administration section of JAMSTEC will provide support regarding personal issues (e.g., preparing immigration documents, finding an apartment, etc.).

Relevant Research Fields
Any natural science or engineering field. (We welcome applicants without experience or background in Oceanography or Earth Sciences.)

Organization: Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)
Duration: April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019, maximum renewal for three years
Salary: JPY 5,250,000
Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Application Website: http://www.jamstec.go.jp/e/about/recruit/jinji_20170523.html

- Post-Doc Position: Post-doc position in molluscan ecology; Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

A vacancy has arisen for a malacologist with focus on microgastropods to support a SENACYT funded project on ecological and environmental changes in Tropical America. The project can be focused on micro-molluscan communities in coral reefs.

The position is for 18 months and pay is at the post-doctoral level and will be based at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama (http://www.stri.si.edu/) in the O’Dea lab (https://odealab.com/), with a visit to the Stable Isotope Geosciences Facility (https://goo.gl/B5Ptg2) at Texas A&M to conduct stable isotope analyses under the supervision of Dr. Ethan Grossman (https://goo.gl/9zZbgp)
The successful candidate should have:

  1. Expertise in malacology
  2. A solid publication record commensurate with position and experience
  3. Good command of written and spoken English
  4. The ability and motivation to develop their own research program

Candidates with a PhD, experience in stable isotopes, sea-going and SCUBA dive experience, and good spoken and written Spanish will be at an advantage.

For further information about the position and details on how to apply please contact Aaron O’Dea (odeaa@si.edu). Deadline for applications is 7th April 2017 and interviews will be held shortly after.

Organization: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Job Location: Panama
Duration: 18-months

Application Deadline: Friday, April 7, 2017

- Post-Doc Position: Tracking of Plastic in Our Seas; Utrecht University

Plastic in the ocean is a major problem, but our understanding of the distribution, pathways and fate of the plastic litter is very limited. The project ‘Tracking Of Plastics In Our Seas’, funded by the European Research Council, will create a novel comprehensive modelling framework that simulates plastic movement through the ocean, and uses that framework to significantly improve the understanding of the plastic pollution in our oceans.
The postdoc will develop a novel, highly efficient open-source code to track billions of individual virtual pieces of plastic through high-resolution ocean data. Building on the OceanParcels framework, the postdoc will write, test and analyse what is aimed to become the world’s most sophisticated Lagrangian Ocean modelling code.

Working within a team, the postdoc will use this code on High Performance Computing (HPC) facilities to investigate how ocean currents move plastic around the ocean, by tracking billions of individual particles in high-resolution numerical models.

Requirements

  • PhD in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Physics or similar field;
  • Very strong programming skills (preferably python and C);
  • Proven experience with the development of complex scientific models;
  • Proven experience with software development practices such as version control and unit-testing;
  • Ability to work as an independent researcher within a wider research team;
  • Ability to perform and publish high quality research, demonstrated for instance by a strong publication record in international peer-reviewed journals;
  • Excellent level of written and spoken English.

Desirable:

  • Proven affinity with physical oceanography.
  • Proven experience with High Performance Computing techniques and facilities

Organization: Utrecht University
Job Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
Duration: Full-time, 1-year with possibility of a 1.5 year extension
Salary: € 2552 - € 4691
Application Deadline: Friday, April 14, 2017

Application Website: https://www.academictransfer.com/employer/UU/vacancy/38805/lang/en/

- Post-Doc Position: Ecologically engineering Singapore's seawalls to enhance biodiversity; National University of Singapore

We are seeking to appoint an exceptional candidate to the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work on a unique new project "Ecologically engineering Singapore's seawalls to enhance biodiversity" hosted at the National University of Singapore (a leading university ranked 24th in the world) and funded by Singapore's National Research Foundation (NRF). This is a 4.5 year interdisciplinary seawall eco-engineering research project comprising multiple sub-projects represented by teams with extensive expertise in coral and intertidal biology, restoration ecology, engineering, microbiology, and materials science.

The Research Fellow will work across the sub-projects to identify new areas of synergy and cement links. The successful candidate will also be expected to implement fieldwork as well as design and conduct experiments with applied outcomes. Applicants should have expertise in two or more of the following academic disciplines: intertidal and/or coral reef ecology, civil engineering, hydrodynamics, microbiology, physical geography, materials science, statistics, and modelling.

Applicants should possess a PhD, have a publication record commensurate with their career stage, and be keen to develop a highly-productive research program. Desirable qualities include leadership, strong statistical and analytical skills, excellent writing abilities, and the capacity to work with a diverse group of scientists. This is a 2-year position with the possibility of extending for another 2 years. Singapore citizens and permanent residents are encouraged to apply. Salary range is from 55,000 to 80,000 Singapore Dollars per year. Singapore has a low tax environment. Please address enquiries to Dr. Peter Todd at dbspat@nus.edu.sg

Organization: National University of Singapore
Job Location: Singapore
Duration: 2-years, possibility of extending for another 2 years

Salary: 55,000 to 80,000 Singapore Dollars per year

- Post-Doc Position: Aquatic Ecology; Lund University, Department of Biology; Lund University

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 42 000 students and 7 400 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.
The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Sciences. The Faculty is organized into ten departments, gathered in the northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1900 students, 330 PhD students and 700 employees.

Post-doc in fish ecology

We offer a post doc position in Aquatic Ecology within the project ”Environmental effects on piscivore recruitment”, funded by FORMAS. The project will focus on how environmental drivers associated with climate change (temperature and eutrophication) affect the recruitment success of two of our most important freshwater piscivorous fish (pike and pikeperch). The success or failure of the juvenile stage is dependent on individual growth rates, which in turn is controlled by temperature and food availability. A temperature increase is predicted to affect growth rate both directly (metabolic rates) and through changes in food availability (mismatch of resources), whereas eutrophication will affect prey encounter rates through detoriation of the optical properties of water. Fish has a central role in the dynamics of lake ecosystems and changes in recruitment processes may thus affect structure and function of the whole ecosystem. Proposed research involves laboratory experiments on fish foraging rates under different environmental conditions, as well as mesocosm experiments and modeling.

You will join an exciting research group that work with the impact of predation in freshwater systems on different organizational levels, from individual behavior to effects on ecosystem structure and dynamics. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be involved also in other group projects, including bird-fish interactions and seasonal migration of fish, but the main responsibility will be within the piscivore recruitment project. The candidate is expected to conduct high quality research and to disseminate results in international scientific publications. There will be a possibility to supervise masters students within the project.

Qualifications 
We are searching for a PhD in ecology, limnology or fisheries biology with a research strong background in freshwater systems in general and specifically on the behavior and ecology of freshwater fish. Candidates for the position should be creative, independent and highly motivated and should have worked with experimental studies on fish behavior/ecology at different spatial and temporal scales. Experience of modeling of consumer-resource interactions is an added merit. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required and candidates should have a strong record of publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presenting results at international meetings. A driving license is required. The position is a full-time employment for two years.

To be eligible for the position you should have successfully completed a PhD degree no more than three years before the last date of application, unless special circumstances exist. The main criteria for evaluation of candidates are scientific skills and the potential to contribute to the research profile of the group. The application should include a copy of your exam certificates (undergraduate and graduate studies), a CV with publication list, a personal cover letter including why you are interested in this position and how you can contribute to the research group (max two pages) and names and contact details of three reference persons.

For more information contact prof. Christer Brönmark or visit our webpage at: http://www.biology.lu.se/research/research-groups/aquatic-ecology.

Organization:  Lund University, Biology Dept.
Job Location: Lund, Sweden
Duration: Two years
Application Deadline: Sunday, April 16, 2017

Application Website: https://lu.mynetworkglobal.com/en/what:job/jobID:140714/where:4/

- 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

- PhD Fellowship: Aquatic Ecology; Lund University, Department of Biology; Lund University

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 42 000 students and 7 400 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.
The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Sciences. The Faculty is organized into ten departments, gathered in the northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1900 students, 330 PhD students and 700 employees.

Project description
How do multiple threats in a landscape of fear affect the integrated phenotype of an organism? And how is the phenotype coupled to spatial and temporal distribution patterns in the wild? The project aims at answering those intriguing questions by assessing how a suite of threats affect a suite of traits in organisms, thereby molding the integrated phenotype with respect to behavior, morphology and physiology. The project will combine mechanistic experiments with studies in natural systems and use small (mm-sized) animals (zooplankton) as model organisms, allowing for lab studies at near-natural scale and easy quantification of defense traits. Moreover, our newly developed and unique nano-technological tracking platform will allow for quantification of the behavioral dimension of the phenotype. Hence, in the project we will 1) assess a “fingerprint of fear”, i.e. the integrated phenotype, quantify the threat response to different and combined threats and relate this to the distribution in the wild. Moreover, we will 2) assess if fear has trans-generational effects, i.e. if parents pass on information on the perceived landscape of fear to their offspring. Finally, we will 3) use resurrection ecology (hatching of ancient resting eggs) to assess if threat responses of the animals adapt locally to environmental change. Hence, the planned studies will generate unique understanding of the integrated phenotype and will allow for predicting spatial and temporal distribution of organisms in the wild.

Required qualifications
In addition to general competence for a PhD position the successful applicant has experience from lab- and fieldwork in aquatic systems, including water and sediment sampling. Experience and interest in ecological and evolutionary processes and theory, including molecular methods and epigenetics is a merit, as well as technical skills, image analysis and r-programming. A successful applicant has excellent skills in communicating both in writing and orally. Moreover, documented ability in synthesizing and summarizing knowledge and complicated processes in a pedagogic way is a merit. Since the studies will, to a large extent, be performed in groups, social skills are necessary, as well as an ability to take own initiatives and work independently. Driving license is necessary in order to perform field work.

Eligibility
Students with basic eligibility for third-cycle studies are those who- have completed a second-cycle degree- have completed courses of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are from second-cycle courses, or- have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or abroad.

The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. When an appointment to a doctoral studentship is made, the ability of the student to benefit from PhD-studies shall primarily be taken into account. In addition to devoting themselves to their studies, those appointed to doctoral studentships may be required to work with educational tasks, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance.

Contact information: Lars-Anders Hansson, professor, 046-2224169, lars-anders.hansson@biol.lu.se;  OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62, st@st.lu.se;  SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64, kansli@saco-s.lu.se

Organization:  Lund University, Biology Dept.
Job Location: Lund, Sweden
Duration: Four years
Application Deadline: Sunday, April 16, 2017

Application Website: https://lu.mynetworkglobal.com/en/what:job/jobID:140454/where:4/

- PhD Fellowship: PhD position in physical oceanography of marine plastic litter; Utrecht University

The amount of plastic in our ocean is growing exponentially, with recent estimates of more than 5 million metric tons of plastic reaching the ocean each year. This plastic infiltrates the ocean food web and thus poses a major threat to marine life. However, understanding of the distribution, pathways and fate of plastic once in the ocean is very limited. The project ‘Tracking Of Plastics In Our Seas’, funded by the European Research Council, will create a novel comprehensive modelling framework that simulates plastic movement through the ocean, and use that framework to significantly improve the understanding of the plastic pollution in our oceans.

This PhD position will contribute to the development of numerical parameterisations of how plastic moves through the ocean, compiling and analyzing interdisciplinary data from published observations and lab experiments on the fate of plastic in the ocean and converting that data to relations between the ocean-state (wind, currents, waves, tides, phytoplankton concentration) and movement of virtual plastic particles. The PhD will then use these parameterisations to investigate how ocean currents move plastic around the globe.

Requirements

  • MSc in Physics, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics or similar field;
  • Strong skills in python programming;
  • Ability to cooperate within a wider research team;
  • Excellent level of written and spoken English.

Desirable:

  • Proven affinity with physical oceanography;
  • Strong skills in C programming;
  • Experience with software development practices such as version control, and unit-testing.

Organization: Utrecht University
Job Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
Duration: Full-time, 4-years
Salary: € 2191 - € 2801
Application Deadline: Friday, April 14, 2017

Application Website: https://www.academictransfer.com/employer/UU/vacancy/38804/lang/en/

- 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...

- Internship: Social Impacts of Marine Protected Areas Intern; Conservation International

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) or marine parks are increasing used to conserve marine biodiversity and foster sustainable development around the world. Nonetheless, there is considerable uncertainty with regard to the impacts of MPAs on adjacent coastal communities. To advance scientific understanding of the social impacts of MPAs, this research will document the impacts of MPAs on coastal populations in the U.S. and around the world. This research will utilize large spatial datasets from different geographic regions to examine changes in social and economic conditions over time. 
The Social Science team at CI seeks a self-motivated intern to support a component of this project with geographic focus on the Caribbean and Pacific islands. Project output will include spatial database, maps, graphs, statistical analyses, and a PowerPoint presentation.

Job ID: 899
Job Location: Arlington, Virginia

Application Website: http://chc.tbe.taleo.net/chc01/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=CONSERVATION...

- Upcoming Conference: Estuarine Coastal Sciences Association (ECSA) 2017

Conference Date: Monday, October 16, 2017 to Friday, October 20, 2017
Theme is: "Where Land Meets Ocean: The Vulnerable Interface"
Location: Shanghai, China
Link: http://ecsa.ecnu.edu.cn/homepa...

- Upcoming Workshop: Sustainable Shorelines in Action:  Successful Applications & Incentive Programs; VIMS

CCRM's Tidal Wetlands Workshop Tuesday May 2nd
8:30 - 9:30am Check-in & Coffee 
9:30am - 3:30pm Workshop 

A workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 2nd at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA.  The workshop focus will be on successful actions to achieve sustainable tidal shorelines in the Commonwealth.  All shoreline management stakeholders are invited to learn about the increasing use of living shorelines, how to take advantage of funding support and other incentive programs, and how these efforts contribute to larger coastal community goals for stormwater management and flood risk reduction. 

Successful implementation of these positive actions is made possible through a partnership of public and private stakeholders.  Workshop presentations will be given by VIMS scientists and invited speakers, including representatives from the Marine Resources Commission (VMRC), Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Soil & Water Conservation Districts, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission, and Wetlands Watch.  The planned program also includes time for interactive discussions about expanding participation in the incentive programs and what next steps can be taken to keep the positive momentum going.

Planned Workshop Topics

  • Growing Number of Living Shoreline Projects
  • Living Shoreline General Permits - review of Group 1 permits issued to date & status of Group 2 regulation
  • New Federal Nationwide Permit 54 for Living Shorelines
  • New Funding Support by the VA Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP) & Living Shorelines Loan Program
  • Shoreline Management BMP Credits for the Chesapeake Bay TMDL
  • Connections Between Shoreline Management & the FEMA Community Rating System (CRS)
  • 2017 General Assembly Update

http://ccrm.vims.edu/WorkshopAgenda2015.pdf

Location: Due to construction on the VIMS campus, this workshop will be held at the College of William & Mary School of Education in Williamsburg, VA. More details about the workshop location will be provided to registered participants. 

College of William & Mary
School of Education
Professional Development Center - Matoaka Room
301 Monticello Avenue
Williamsburg, VA 23185  

Registration Deadline: 11pm, April 26th (space is limited to 150 people)

Workshop Fee: $25.00 per registrant (includes lunch)

Register online at: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=5knx77cab&oeidk=a07edxndrzj99cc02e2
For more workshop information and for registration assistance, please contact:
Dawn Fleming
VIMS - CCRM
804-684-7380
dawnf@vims.edu

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

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

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

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

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

Via Coral Health Atlas

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Webinar: NOAA Digital Coast Series and other NOAA Seminars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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- Webinar: Marine and Coastal Datasets of Biodiversity Importance

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

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

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

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- 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. 

- 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


Restore the Gulf

 

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