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April 2013 Announcements

 

- Conference: Southeastern Estuarine Research Society Spring Meeting

The spring meeting of the Southeastern Estuarine Research Society (SEERS) will be held Wednesday 17 April to Friday 19 April, 2013 at the Fort Johnson Marine Resources Center in Charleston, SC. All events – workshop, posters, talks, and lunch will be at the Fort Johnson Marine Resources Center in Charleston, SC. The conference includes a special event: a free workshop by NOAA Coastal Services Center “Introducing Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience.” For more information (including student travel awards, hotel info, etc.) or to register, please visit: http://www.seers.org/upcoming-meeting. Online registration is closed. Walk-in registration may be permitted if space is available.

 

 

- Postdoctoral Opportunity: Aquatic Environmental Genomics (U.S. EPA)

A postgraduate research project training opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Ecological Exposure Research Division, located in Cincinnati, Ohio.The participant will become a member of a cross-EPA research team focusing on metagenomic research toward aquatic invasive species detection and monitoring in the Great Lakes and in coastal marine water of the United States. The participant may also have opportunities to contribute to related studies in wetland and stream/river systems, and could help develop investigations into the nexus between invasive species dynamics and ecosystem health and condition. Applicants must have received a master’s degree in biology, ecology, entomology, invertebrate zoology, or a similar field within five years of the desired starting date, or completion of all requirements for the degree should be expected prior to the starting date. A background in molecular genetics with skills in DNA extraction/purification, PCR, and DNA sequencing is desired. The appointment is full-time for one year and may be renewed for up to two additional years upon recommendation of EPA. For more information, please visit http://orise.orau.gov/epa/description.aspx?JobId=12706

 

- Training: Georgia Coastal Hazards Portal

There are two upcoming training sessions for those interested in using the Georgia Coastal Hazards Portal: May 3rd (Brunswick MAREX, 12:30 - 4:30) and June 28th (MPC in Savannah, 12:30 - 4:30). Registration is required and APA credit is available. Contact: Angela Bliss at acbliss@uga.edu, view the flyer, and visit the portal -- http://gchp.skio.usg.edu/

 

 

- Funding Opportunities: Integrative Programs Section (NSF - Division of Ocean Sciences)

The National Science Foundation's Division of Ocean Science funds several types of program through the Integrative Programs Section (NSF 04-052), http://www.nsf.gov/geo/oce/pubs/IPS_Guidelines.pdf. These include:

Oceanographic Education: The Oceanographic Education program administers a variety of established education programs within OCE, which are NSF or GEO-wide, and have specific proposal deadlines. It also accepts unsolicited proposals for innovative education projects involving the ocean sciences community and the entire spectrum of formal education (K through graduate) as well as informal education activities. There are no specific deadlines for such proposals - contact the program officer. Cognizant Program Officer: Ms. Elizabeth Rom, Associate Program Director, Room 725, Division of Ocean Sciences, telephone 703-292-8583, email: erom@nsf.gov.

Other Oceanographic Facility Activities: OCE supports workshops, research and study projects, and some specialized facility operations related to quality control improvement, facilities enhancement and developmental activities. All projects must focus on shared-use facilities for the ocean science research community. There are no specific deadlines for such proposals - contact the program officer. Cognizant Program Officer: Ms. Emma (Dolly) Dieter, Program Director, Room 725, Division of Ocean Sciences, telephone 703-292-8583, email: edieter@nsf.gov.

 

 

 

- For Students: Environmental Internship Clearinghouse Portal (NCSE & UPS)

As an extension of the National Council for Science and the Environment’s (NCSE’s) Campus to Careers (C2C) program, NCSE has created an environmental internship clearinghouse with support from the UPS Foundation. The clearinghouse enables university students to search for internships in the environmental field and provides a forum for internship providers to tap into a solid community of quality applicants. http://environmentalinterns.org

 

 

 

- 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.

 

 

- Funding Opportunity: Research Associateships (National Research Council)

The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. These awards include generous stipends ranging from $42,000 - $75,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience. Graduate entry level stipends begin at $30,000. These awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S. Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals. Applicants should contact prospective Adviser(s) at the lab(s) prior to the application deadline to discuss their research interests and funding opportunities Detailed program information, including online applications, instructions on how to apply and a list of participating laboratories, is available on the NRC Research Associateship Programs Website.
Questions should be directed to the NRC at 202-334-2760 (phone) or rap@nas.edu.

There are four annual review cycles:
Review Cycle: November; Opens September 1; Closes November 1
Review Cycle: February; Opens December 1; Closes February 1
Review Cycle: May; Opens March 1; Closes May 1
Review Cycle: August; Opens June 1; Closes August 1


 

 

- Webinar Series: OneNOAA and the NOAA Coastal Services Center's Digital Coast Series

The OneNOAA Science seminar series are designed to help share science and management information and to promote constructive dialogue between scientists, educators, and resource managers. The list prepared by NOAA includes the Digital Coast Webinar Series (hosted by the Coastal Services Center), a monthly webinar that focuses on coastal management topics. For more information, please visit the CSC's website: http://www.csc.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/webinar/     Upcoming webinars:

 

Is Sea Level Rise Accelerating? Somewhere a Hockey Stick

Date and Time: April 17, 2013; 12:00-13:00 Eastern Time
Speaker(s): Dr. John Boon, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Sponsor: The NOS Science Seminar Series and the Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS)
Abstract:

Acceleration may be occurring along parts of the U.S.-Canadian Atlantic coast through dynamic adjustments in sea level due to a possible slow-down in the meridional overturning circulation (MOC). A linear-quadratic regression model applied to seasonally-adjusted monthly mean sea level (mmsl) observations at U.S. and Canadian east coast tide stations offers positive evidence of recent acceleration after using an empirical technique, serial trend analysis, to find periods when acceleration is constant or approximately so. Applied to long-term data at eight tide stations from Norfolk, VA, to Halifax, Nova Scotia, the technique identified a pronounced linear rate increase (constant acceleration) common to all eight stations beginning in median year 1987 and continuing through median year 1994 using serial trends derived from fixed length (36 year) series. A similar analysis at four tide stations from Charleston, SC, to Key West, FL, showed neither acceleration nor deceleration. Guided by this information, linear-quadratic regression was applied at 23 U.S. and Canadian Atlantic coast tide stations with complete or near-complete mmsl records over 1969-2011. Analysis of variance F-tests subsequently found the quadratic term contribution to be significant at one station (Kiptopeke, VA) at the 95 percent level of confidence and 15 additional stations from Sewells Point, VA to Halifax, NS at the 99 percent level of confidence. Quadratic contribution to regression was non-significant at St. John's, NL as well as at five tide stations from Wilmington, NC to Key West, FL.

About The Speaker:

Dr. Boon is a professor emeritus at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) and School of Marine Science, College of William and Mary. He is the author of a book on tides, storm tides and sea level trends and is presently pursuing research on regional sea level rise at "Hot Spots" on the U.S. east coast. For the past five years he has served as a consultant for the NOAA CO-OPS Ocean Systems Test and Evaluation Program and is the developer of the VIMS Tidewatch system for extratidal water level forecasts in lower Chesapeake Bay (www.vims.edu/tidewatch).

Remote Access and Notes:

Presentations are available remotely via a combination of phone (US only) & webcast. Note that remote access is limited to 50 connections on a first-come-first served basis, so we cannot guarantee participation. To participate remotely, you must connect via the phone and internet:

  1. Audio: Dial toll-free (U.S.) 1-877-708-1667. When prompted enter passcode 7028688#. Please use your phone's mute button (*6 toggles on or off) during the presentation until you are ready to ask questions. The phone conference does not start until about five minutes before the seminar.
  2. To access the webex meeting, go to the webcast site at http://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?sigKey=mymeetings&i=744925156&p=&t=c. Enter meeting number 744925156 if needed; no passcode is required. Enter other required fields - First and last name.eck the box that that you have read the Privacy Policy, and click Proceed.

For questions about this seminar contact Tracy Gill.

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May 8, 2013