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- Internship: Marine Lab Internship (Spring 2010, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation)

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) is a private Not-for-Profit organization dedicated to the preservation of natural resources and wildlife habitat on and around Sanibel and Captiva (http://www.sccf.org).   The SCCF Marine Laboratory is seeking an energetic and hardworking intern with a marine and estuarine college background to assist with the lab’s numerous research projects, as well as working on an independent research project developed with our assistance.  Undergraduate juniors and seniors enrolled in marine programs or with appropriate experience (see above) preferred.  Graduating seniors are eligible also. Starting Date: as early as March-April 2010. Current Duration: Four to six months. Deadline: Open until filled. Stipend: ($200/week) and on-island housing provided, along with some travel support.  Please view additional information:   Full descriptionIntern form.



- Submissions Sought: Watershed Science Bulletin (Association of Watershed and Stormwater Professionals)

AWSPs is currently soliciting short (5 published pages or less) articles for the first issue of the WSB. This issue will feature new and unique approaches, applications, tools and methods for development and implementation of Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) to restore water quality. It is scheduled for release in October 2010. Deadline for Submissions: Friday, April 9, 2010. Please visit http://www.cwp.org/AWSPS/index.html for more info.


- Conference registration open: Shifting Shorelines - Adapting to the Future (The Coastal Society's 22nd International Conference)

The Coast Society is proud to announce that its 22nd International Conference (Shifting Shorelines: Adapting to the Future) will be held at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside, Wilmington, North Carolina, Sunday, June 13 - Wednesday, June 16, 2010.  There will be two plenary sessions -- Towards a National Ocean Policy: Connections Across the Land-Sea Boundary, and Making the Connection: Translating Science into Coastal Policy. For more information, or to register, please visit http://www.thecoastalsociety.org/conference/tcs22/index.html



- Funding Opportunity: Carbon Cycle Science (NASA, ROSES 2010)

NASA invites proposals for Carbon Cycle Science investigations within the NASA Earth Science Program (ROSES, Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science program), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program (AFRI), and the USDA Forest Service Program (working through the USDA-NIFA-AFRI program). NASA and USDA-NIFA seek proposals to improve understanding of changes in the distribution and cycling of carbon among the active land, ocean, and atmospheric reservoirs and how that understanding can be used to establish a scientific foundation for societal responses to global environmental change.  Code:  NNH10ZDA001N-CARBON. Letter of Intent Due: April 9, 2010.  Proposal Deadline: June 4, 2010.  http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7BCB3925D3-FA3C-5F1C-C7D8-940ADC3070F9%7D&path=open


- Graduate Fellowship: Training for the Integration of Decision-Making and Ecosystem Science (UNH & NERRS)

A new graduate program at the University of New Hampshire seeks applicants - two qualified students will also be selected for fellowship assistance (through the National Estuarine Research Reserves' Science Collaborative program). "Training for the Integration of Decision-Making and Ecosystem Science (TIDES),” is a UNH-based training program focused on helping individuals develop the skills needed to link science-based information to coastal resource management decisions. TIDES includes a master’s degree track that combines academic coursework with a place-based internship at a Reserve, and a certification track to accommodate professionals working in the field. Fellowship Applications are due April 14.  For more information or for a full description: kalle.matso@unh.edu



- Funding Opportunity: Terrestrial Hydrology (NASA, ROSES 2010)

The Terrestrial Hydrology program (ROSES, Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science) solicits three types of research that deal with or relate to the problem of comparative spatial scales. In particular, THP is interested in developing science that will further the use of future sensors for both scientific and applied science uses. Research is sought in at least one of the following areas:

  • Downscaling of remote sensing data
  • Satellite validation approaches
  • Model downscaling

Total funds available for work selected under this solicitation are approximately $2.5 million per year for three years. The program anticipates making approximately fifteen selections. Letter of Intent Due: April 21, 2010.  Proposal Deadline: June 15, 2010.


- Funding Opportunity: Climate Change Education Partnership (CCEP) Program, Phase I (NSF)

The Climate Change Education Partnership (CCEP) program seeks to establish a coordinated national network of regionally- or thematically-based partnerships devoted to increasing the adoption of effective, high quality educational programs and resources related to the science of climate change and its impacts. Each CCEP must include representation from at least each of the following communities: climate scientists, experts in the learning sciences, and practitioners from within formal or informal education venues. Each CCEP should be organized around either geographic regions that share similar climate change impacts, or major climate impact themes (e.g., sea-level rise).
The CCEP program is a two-phase program.  This solicitation seeks proposals for development of Phase I Partnerships (CCEP-I).  CCEP-I grantees will receive up to two years of funding.  Each CCEP-I awardee is expected to: (1) conduct an inventory of existing climate change education resources and identify educational needs and opportunities relevant to their particular region or theme; (2) identify key players from relevant stakeholder communities and initiate network development; (3) convene community workshops and other community-building activities that lead toward development of a comprehensive climate change education strategic plan for that Partnership; and, (4) begin to serve as a test-bed for development, customization and scaling up of standards-based instructional materials, professional development and training models, and other appropriate activities tailored to the Partnership's goals.  Phase I Partnership awards are expected to be between $750,000 and $1,000,000 total for two years. Supplemental funding requests will be supported at up to $250,000 total for one year in FY 2011. Code: NSF 10-542. Letter of Intent Due (required): April 23, 2010. Full Proposal Deadline (Phase I Partnerships): May 24, 2010. http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10542/nsf10542.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_179


- Funding Opportunity:  Computationally Intensive Research Projects in Environmental Molecular Science Research (Dept of Energy)

The Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) is soliciting one year proposals for allocations of computer time for Computationally Intensive Research (CIR) projects renewable up to three years duration. Research areas sought are in environmental molecular science, basic and applied research areas that address the environmental problems and research needs facing the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Deadline: April 24, 2010.   For more information, visit: http://www.emsl.pnl.gov/access/cir_guidelines.jsp


- Conference: NatureServe

The NatureServe Conservation Conference 2010: Biodiversity without Boundaries is an international training and education event for the environmental conservation community. Conservation leaders, thinkers and doers representing federal, state and provincial agencies, non-profit conservation organizations, universities, and corporations come together for three days of education, issue discussion, idea exchange, innovation sharing, and professional networking. Click here to see the preliminary agenda.
     The Southeast Natural Heritage Conference focuses on knowledge exchange among the NatureServe network members to facilitate productive working sessions on new developments in science, technology, and leadership across the Southeast and the entire network.
     The conferences will be held in Austin, Texas, April 26–30, 2010, but the deadline to submit a presentation topic has passed. Visit the conferences web pages for details about the conferences, issue tracks, and registration. 


- Funding Opportunity: Physical Oceanography (NASA, ROSES 2010)

NASA's Physical Oceanography program (ROSES, Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science) supports basic research and analysis activities that enable development of NASA’s current and future physical oceanography satellite missions and the scientific interpretation of data from them. Research proposals are invited in two priority areas:

  • Analysis and interpretation of ocean circulation using satellite and in situ data.
  • Exploitation of sea-surface temperature products.

Total funds available for work selected under this solicitation are approximately $2.0M per year for three years. Code: NNH10ZDA001N-PO. Letter of Intent Due: April 30, 2010.  Proposal Deadline: June 30, 2010.


- Fellowship: Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program (National Academies)

The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program within the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the National Academies is designed to engage graduate science, engineering, medical, veterinary, business, public policy, and law students in the analytical process that informs the creation of national policy-making with a science/technology element. Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars and those who have completed graduate studies or postdoctoral research in any social/behavioral science, medical/health discipline, physical or biological science, any field of engineering, law/business/public administration, or any relevant interdisciplinary field within the last five years are eligible to apply. A stipend of $8,240 will be provided for the 12-week session to offset expenses. Deadline: May 1 and November 1, annually http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/policyfellows/index.htm


- Conference in Planning: International Estuarine Biogeochemistry Symposium

The next IEBS meeting is in the planning stages. It will be held May 10-13, 2010 in North Carolina. In recent years this symposium has focused on issues of climate change and coastal environments and the connectivity between watershed and coastal ocean processes.  Brent A. McKee, bmckee@unc.edu would like us to spread the word on this unique opportunity (it is been quite a while since this symposium was held in the US).  He is looking to form an organizing committee soon, so let him know if you are interested or if you would like to suggest someone. More information is available here.


- Funding Opportunity: Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry (NASA, ROSES 2010)

This solicitation (ROSES, Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science) invites proposals to establish a satellite data calibration and validation office for ocean biological, biogeochemical and interdisciplinary ocean research. For this solicitation, one proposal will be selected to address these principal areas of research:

  • Quantify uncertainty and conduct error analyses for in situ ocean biological and biogeochemical observations in support of ocean color remote sensing,
  • Conduct in situ sampling, develop laboratory protocols for calibration of new and existing instrumentation, and
  • Collect appropriate field data in support of calibration and validation measurements for ocean color.

NASA anticipates making one award of up to $1.5 million for a maximum period of four years. Code: NNH10ZDA001N-OBB.  Letter of Intent Due: June 11, 2010. Proposal Deadline: August 13, 2010. http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7B7FCF910D-87FC-2BCE-56CB-9A813BEF4833%7D&path=open


- Funding Opportunity: Climate and Biological Response: Research and Applications (NASA, ROSES 2010)

This solicitation seeks two types of proposals: (a) basic research proposals and (b) applications proposals to support ecosystem and landscape management. While this solicitation is not exclusively focused on public lands and waters, proposals addressing these managed areas are especially welcome.

Research proposals should address patterns and processes of climate change on the distribution and/or abundance of species, populations, or functional groups of species; or the sustainability over time and/or connectivity of ecosystems across landscapes or seascapes. Applications proposals should enhance the management of populations, species, communities, and ecosystems across landscapes and seascapes of concern through the development or improvement of forecasting tools. Ecosystems may include forests and water resources important to landscape managers.
Proposal Deadline: July 20, 2010. http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={A6631676-6E69-3B39-3D16-35AA66484ABE}&path=open



- Funding Opportunity: Broad Agency Announcement (NOAA FY2010-2011)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration invites proposals for extramural research, innovative projects, and sponsorships (e.g., conferences, newsletters etc.) that address one or more of the following five mission goals:

  1. Protect, Restore, and Manage the Use of Coastal and Ocean Resources through an Ecosystem Approach to Management;
  2. Understand Climate Variability and Change to Enhance Society’s Ability to Plan and Respond;
  3. Serve Society’s Needs for Weather and Water Information;
  4. Support the Nation’s Commerce with Information for Safe, Efficient, and Environmentally Sound Transportation; and
  5. Provide Critical Support for NOAA’s Mission.

This BAA is a mechanism to encourage research, education and outreach, innovative projects, or sponsorships that are not addressed through NOAA's competitive discretionary programs. Code: NOAA-NFA-NFAPO-2010-2002272. Deadline: September 30, 2011. http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=51101  Attachment(s):  [federalregister-NOAA-baa-2010-2011.pdf]


- Funding Opportunity: Keystone Initiative Grants (NFWF)

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation awards matching grants under the Keystone Initiatives to achieve measurable outcomes in the conservation of fish, wildlife, plants and the habitats on which they depend. Funding priorities fall in the following areas: Bird Conservation, Fish Conservation, Marine and Coastal Conservation, Wildlife and Habitat Conservation.

In addition to these priorities, the Foundation also has an interest in projects that further a collective understanding of the most cost-effective opportunities to achieve measurable impact in the following areas: Control of invasive species, Enhancing delivery of ecosystem services in agricultural systems, Minimizing the impact on wildlife of emerging energy sources, Developing future conservation leaders and professionals.

Awards are made on a competitive basis to eligible grant recipients, including federal, tribal, state, and local governments, educational institutions, and non-profit conservation organizations. Next preproposal deadline: September 1, 2010. Proposal deadline: November 1, 2010. http://www.nfwf.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Keystone_Initiatives_Grant_Guidelines



- 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/Training/padillabay/project.html.

- 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 the most recent CESN summary topics:

To subscribe by email, or read prior articles, please visit, http://www.erf.org/cesn/march-2010


- 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.


- New Document: Water Resources Data for Georgia, Water Year 2009 (USGS)

The U.S.Geological Survey Georgia Water Science Center is pleased to announce the availability of "Water Resources Data for Georgia, Water Year 2009" annual report.  This is a compilation of all streamflow, groundwater, and
water-quality data collected by the USGS from October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009 throughout the State of Georgia. To access the interactive mapper function, go to: http://wdr.water.usgs.gov/adrgmap/index.html?state=ga


- New Technical Report: Ground Water Conditions and Studies in Georgia, 2006-2007 (USGS)

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Georgia Water Science Center, announces a newly-published technical report entitled Ground Water Conditions and Studies in Georgia, 2006-2007, by Michael F. Peck, Jaime A. Painter, and David C. Leeth, U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report, 2009-5070.  This publication presents an overview of groundwater levels and groundwater quality, water-use information, and hydrologic studies conducted during 2006 to 2007 by the USGS in Georgia. Summaries are presented for selected ground-water studies along with objectives and progress. This publication was prepared in cooperation with numerous local, State, and Federal agencies and is available on the Web at the following persistent URL: http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2009/5070/


- 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) are working 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 is managing this project in association with Georgia Sea Grant. Please visit the new SARRP website.


In the News


SARRP Research Plan Released on April 12th, 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.

Please contact Christine Laporte at claporte@uga.edu with questions or requests for hard copies.


U.S. Department of Commerce Approves Short-Term Fishing Moratorium on South Atlantic Red Snapper

Orlando, FL (12/03/2009) - Holly Binns, manager of the Pew Environment Group’s Campaign to End Overfishing in the Southeast, issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary’s approval of a six-month moratorium on red snapper fishing in federal South Atlantic waters from North Carolina to Florida.

“Today’s decision symbolizes an important first step towards saving the severely overfished red snapper. The moratorium gives managers the needed time to put a long-term recovery plan in place to ensure a healthy ocean ecosystem and bountiful red snapper for future generations of fishermen and seafood lovers. A science-based recovery plan will ultimately result in far larger fishing catches than we have today.”

“We understand the hardships some will experience when fisheries close. Although some may face short-term economic losses now, the long-term cost of a collapsed red snapper population would be far greater.”

Contact: Debbie Salamone, 321.972.5020
Source: http://www.pewtrusts.org/news_room_detail.aspx?id=56327

January update by JF: There is an encouraging article about red snapper in the Gulf (on the rebound!) in the recent Gulf of Mexico News (see p5 -- http://www2.nos.noaa.gov/gomex/gulf_news/2009/gomnews_11_1209.pdf)



CICEET Progress Reports Available

The UNH/NOAA Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology (CICEET) active projects, and final reports for completed projects, have been posted online. In our region, this includes projects concerning coastal planning, estuarine shore stabilization, and stormwater BMPs. http://ciceet.unh.edu/news/releases/fall09_reports/index.html#south

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