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- Upcoming Meeting : Southeastern Estuarine Research Society (fall meeting)

The Southeastern Estuarine Research Society (SEERS) is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the informal exchange of interdisciplinary information related to estuaries of the southeastern United States. SEERS promotes discussion of estuarine research, science, and management; promotes discussion of current research projects and management issues; and encourages participation of student colleagues. The next SEERS meeting will be October 19-21, 2012 (Fri-Sun) at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville. All events – workshop, posters, talks, lunch, and banquet -- will be at the Biological Sciences building at UNF. Online Registration and Abstract submission is a available at the NEW SEERS website. www.SEERS.org.  Early registration & abstract submission ends Thurs 27 September at 4 pm.   * including student travel award application & group hotel info

Schedule: Fri 19 Oct

  • Free afternoon stats workshop for students and interested members
  • Afternoon Registration
  • Evening poster session with snacks and beverages

Sat 20 Oct

  • Oral Presentation Sessions all day
  • Lunch at poster display
  • SEERS Business meeting (all members encouraged to attend)
  • Evening Banquet.

Sun 21 Oct

  • Morning Oral Presentation Session

- GCRC Report: Offshore Wind Energy - Considerations for Georgia

This white paper, written by the GCRC in response to a request from the GA Dept. of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division, provides background about offshore wind energy, with a specific focus on its potential development in Georgia coastal waters. It includes an introduction to the use of offshore wind as a renewable energy source, an overview of the components of a wind installation, a discussion of factors that are considered in siting a wind facility, the environmental considerations associated with such a project, and planning tools and ongoing offshore wind energy initiatives. The full document is available here (http://www.gcrc.uga.edu/PDFs/GCRC_GA_OffshoreWind.pdf), or you may view the executive summary.


- Fellowship: Early Career Fellowships (Center for Ocean Solutions)

The Center for Ocean Solutions (COS) seeks up to five early career natural, social, and physical science fellows to join COS researchers and experts working on interdisciplinary projects focused on elevating the impact of the social, physical, and natural sciences on ocean policy. The initial term of the fellowship is 12 months, renewable up to a three-year term contingent on performance and fit. Each fellow will receive an initial annual stipend of $63,000, with a graduated annual salary schedule. Fellows will also receive health insurance coverage, a relocation allowance, and limited support for travel and supplies. COS will review and rank applications on a rolling basis, beginning September 1st, then interview application finalists by phone or in person. The process will remain open until the positions are filled. For additional information about the fellowships, required qualifications, and application requirements, visit: www.centerforoceansolutions.org. Applications and inquiries should be submitted electronically to the COS at: earlycareerfellowship@centerforoceansolutions.org.



- Funding Opportunity: Coastal Incentive Grants (Georgia Coastal Management Program)

The Coastal Incentive Grants cycle 16 (grant year 2013 - 2014*) RFP and Grant Application are now available! Competitive grants are available for up to $100,000 per year ($50,000 for construction projects) for one or two year projects. Projects must be theme related (see list below) or a designated Critical Local Need (see website). *Grant year: October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014. Eligible applicants include county and municipal governments in the 11 coastal counties, regional and state agencies (other than DNR) and state affiliated educational and research institutions. Cycle 16 Coastal Incentive Grant Themes:

1) Protection, Conservation, Restoration and/or Management of Coastal Water Resources
2) Protection, Conservation, Restoration and/or Management of Coastal Habitats
3) Disaster-Resilient Communities and Coastal Hazards
4) Improve and/or Create Public Access to Coastal Natural Resources
5) Sustainable Community Development
6) Promotion of Ecological and Heritage Tourism and/or Protection of Ecological and Heritage Resources
7) Identification of current coastal threats, trends and conditions and evaluation of the effectiveness of current management practices

The deadline for applications is 4:30 pm, Friday, January 18, 2013 in the CRD Headquarters office in Brunswick. Further details (including forms, full RFP, and dates of upcoming informational meetings) can be found at www.coastalgadnr.org/cm/grants/cig.



- Funding Opportunity: Geography and Spatial Sciences Program (NSF)

The National Science Foundation Geography and Spatial Sciences Program (GSS) sponsors research on the geographic distributions and interactions of human, physical, and biotic systems on the Earth’s surface. Investigations are encouraged into the nature, causes, and consequences of human activity and natural environmental processes across a range of scales. Projects on a variety of topics (both domestic and international) qualify for support if they contribute to scholarship by enhancing geographical knowledge, concepts, theories, methods, and their application to societal problems and concerns. GSS encourages projects that explicitly integrate undergraduate and graduate education into the overall research agenda. Regular research proposal deadline: September 13, 2012.  (other deadlines apply for DDRI proposals, etc.). http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12570/nsf12570.htm



- Request for Comment: Proposed Amendments on Saltwater Fishing Regulations (GA DNR CRD)

The Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) welcomes written comments on proposed amendments to the Rules of Georgia Department of  Natural Resources/Coastal Resources Division, Chapter 391-2-4, Saltwater Fishing Regulations. http://coastalgadnr.org/sites/uploads/crd/pdf/Public%20Notices/PNHB869Imp.pdf

House Bill 869 amended Georgia law to allow the DNR greater flexibility to manage saltwater fishing in a timely manner similar to the way that freshwater fishing and hunting are currently managed. The proposed amendments will establish the legal basis for the DNR Board to manage some aspects of saltwater fishing as mandated by the Georgia General Assembly. Approval of the proposed amendments will allow DNR to manage saltwater finfish, recreational shrimping (food and bait) and commercial bait shrimping through regulation. The proposed amendments will not change any current recreational saltwater fishing regulations and only one commercial saltwater fishing regulation. This change is an increase in the quantity of live bait shrimp that may be transported via vehicle between commercial bait shrimp dealers from 50 quarts to 200 quarts.

Written public comments should be legible, concise and limited to the proposed rule change. To ensure their consideration, written comments must be received by close of business on Friday, August 31, 2012.  Please address written or email comments to:
Doug Haymans, Coastal Resources Division, One Conservation Way, Brunswick, GA  31520; doug.haymans@gadnr.org. Following the comment period, The Board of Natural Resources will consider the proposed rule on September 26, 2012 at 9:00 AM at its Board Room located at 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SE, Suite 1252, Atlanta, Georgia.



- Conference: Georgia Water Resources Conference (request for abstracts)

Planning for the next biennial Georgia Water Resources Conference is underway. The meeting will be held in Athens on April 10 and 11, 2013. The Organizing Committee* encourages everyone to submit an abstract related to water resources; or organize a special session, panel discussion, or field trip. Abstracts are due 15th Sept 2012.  "There are a wide range of water issues facing Georgia, and your participation will help identify and prioritize the issues, institutions, and speakers to help us address them. We also hope to get your ideas for important public figures to invite for their perspective on water resource issues."  --  *Napoleon Caldwell, GA Environmental Protection Division; Elliott Jones, U.S. Geological Survey, Georgia Water Science Center; Vechere Lampley, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Andrea Zimmer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Aris Georgakakos, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Water Research Institute; Todd Rasmussen, University of Georgia.

The conference website http://www.gawrc.org/ includes abstract submission information and links to proceedings & papers from prior events.





- Upcoming Conference: Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation 2012

The Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation announces its first special conference in South America, The Changing Coastal and Estuarine Environment: A Comparative Approach. The conference will take place in Mar del Plata, Argentina 11-14 November, 2012. Early registration continues through October 11, 2012 . A program overview (including list of plenary speakers) is available at: http://www.erf.org/node/1074 .



- Position Vacancies: Biology Faculty Positions (UNC-Wilmington)

The Department of Biology and Marine Biology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington invites applications for five tenure-track positions starting August, 2013. The successful candidates will contribute to undergraduate and graduate courses as well as maintain a vigorous, extramurally funded research program involving undergraduate and graduate students.

  • Three positions in Coastal and Marine Biology (Vacancy # 13F017, 13F018, 13F019, Position # 3565, 4730, 6947). Candidates in any area of Coastal and Marine Biology are encouraged to apply, and would be expected to contribute to one or more core courses in the areas of Marine Biology, Genetics, Physiology or Ecology.
  • Two positions in Microbiology (Vacancy # 13F015, 13F016, Position # 4160, 3535). Candidates in any area of microbiology are encouraged to apply, and would be expected to contribute to courses in microbiology, cell and molecular biology, or a related area.

The Department offers B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biology and Marine Biology, and a Ph.D. in Marine Biology. The Department of Biology and Marine Biology values basic, applied, and translational research. Dual career couples are welcome to apply, and we encourage all job seekers to visit http://www.uncw.edu/hr/employment-epa.html to learn about other openings in our Department and at UNCW. Excellent support for research is provided in facilities on campus (http://www.uncw.edu/bio/) and at the Center for Marine Science (http://www.uncw.edu/cms/). Candidates must have a Ph.D., and post-doctoral experience is expected. Successful candidates will demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and research. To apply, complete the online application available at: http://uncw.edu/hr/employment-epa.html. For questions about the positions, contact Dr. Larry Cahoon, Coastal and Marine Biology Search Chair, cahoon@uncw.edu, 910-962-3706 or Dr. Joe Pawlik, Microbiology Search Chair, pawlikj@uncw.edu, 910-962-2377. For questions about the online application process, contact Tracie Chadwick (Coastal and Marine Biology) at chadwickt@uncw.edu, 910-962-3536 or Debbie Cronin (Microbiology) at cronind@uncw.edu, 910-962-3707. Priority consideration will be given to applications submitted before November 1, 2012. UNCW actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment. Qualified men and women from all racial, ethnic, or other minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply. UNCW is an equal opportunity employer.



- Upcoming Conference : Restore America's Estuaries

The 6th National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration  will be held October 20-24, 2012, in Tampa, Florida. The Conference theme is "Restoring Ecosystems, Strengthening Communities." Poster presentations are still being accepted - any work relevant to coastal habitat restoration is highly encouraged, but there is particular interest in those dealing with the interface of the environment and the economy. For more information, visit: http://program.estuaries.org/.



- Funding Opportunity: Community-based Marine Debris Removal - FY13 Grants Program (NOAA)

Through NOAA's Marine Debris Program, the NOAA Restoration Center administers the Community-based Marine Debris Prevention and Removal Grants Program. This funding supports locally driven, community-based marine debris prevention and removal projects that benefit coastal habitat, waterways, and wildlife. The FY13 Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) is now available at: http://www.habitat.noaa.gov/pdf/ffo_marine_debris.pdf. Proposals can be submitted online at www.grants.gov (Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-NMFS-HCPO-2013-2003477). Successful proposals through this solicitation will be funded through a cooperative agreement. Funding of up to $2,000,000 is expected to be available for Community-based Marine Debris Removal Project Grants in FY13, with typical awards ranging from $15,000 to $150,000. Full proposals must be submitted by 11:59 pm EST, November 1, 2012. Learn more at: http://www.habitat.noaa.gov/funding/marinedebris.html




- 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.





- Scholarship: 2012 Marine Scholarship (Oceanic Research Group)

The Oceanic Research Group is accepting applications for the 2012 Oceanic Research Group Marine Scholarship. Undergraduate students entering their junior or senior year or graduate students with an overall GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 and demonstrated financial need are eligible for the scholarship. Students must be enrolled or accepted in an accredited United States college or university for the 2012 fall term with a marine-related major. The deadline to apply is October 1, 2012.  The $1000 Marine Scholarship will be awarded in late 2012. To learn more about the application process, visit: http://www.oceanicresearch.org/scholarship/scholarship.htm.



- Request for Abstracts: Coastal GeoTools (NOAA Coastal Services Center)

Coastal GeoTools is a conference series that focuses on the technical information needs of the nation’s coastal programs. It is designed to help the coastal resource management community make better use of geospatial technologies and build partnerships. The 2013 conference will take place 25-28th March in Myrtle Beach, SC. The tracks being solicited include: data access; geospatial applications; geospatial business cases; innovations in technology; uses of Digital Coast resources. The deadline for abstracts is 1st October 2012.



- Position Vacancy: Communication Specialist (MARCO)

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) is seeking a Communication Coordinator/Specialist to assist MARCO with communications-related project tasks. The Communication Specialist will assist MARCO in advancing its priorities to address challenges facing the ocean, and engage diverse ocean stakeholders and decision makers in meaningful participation in MARCO’s initiatives. Specific responsibilities will vary and include: establishing and/or improving internal and external communications; assisting in the development and implementation of stakeholder engagement plans for MARCO’s ongoing and future projects; providing content and interacting with the media; developing web content and social media opportunities; assisting in grant writing; reviewing, editing and/or writing a variety of documents; and developing communication and promotional materials. Please see www.midatlanticocean.org for further background on MARCO. This is a half-time, one-year contractual position with the possibility of follow-on. To learn more, see the full position announcement: http://www.midatlanticocean.org/macro_CommSpec.pdf.


- Position Vacancy: Healthy Coastal Ecosystems Extension Specialist (NH Sea Grant)

New Hampshire Sea Grant is looking for an individual with a background in a biological field and an interest in working with volunteers to assume the role of Assistant State Specialist in Healthy Coastal Ecosystems. The primary role of the Healthy Coastal Ecosystems Specialist will be to meet the extension and outreach objectives of the Aquatic Invasive Species project. This will include: developing outreach and education plans that will prevent the introduction of the Chinese mitten crab; expand monitoring efforts in the Gulf of Maine Region; and working closely with the Northeast Aquatic Nuisance Species Panel (NEANS) to develop rapid response plans. In addition, the successful candidate will co-lead and coordinate the NH Sea Grant Citizen Research Volunteer program. For more information and to apply visit UNH Employment Opportunities at https://jobs.usnh.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/Welcome_css.jsp and select University of New Hampshire.



- Regional Meeting: South Atlantic / Caribbean Conference (Governors' South Atlantic Alliance)

You are invited to participate in a regional meeting to bring together scientists from the southeast coast of the US Atlantic and those from the Caribbean (including Cuba). The meeting, sponsored by the Governors' South Atlantic Alliance (Alliance) has been postponed until Spring 2013. The UNC host /organizers have planned sessions around the following themes:

  • Working Waterfronts /Marine Fisheries Management
  • Disaster Resilient Coastal Communities and Hurricane / Disaster Mitigation
  • Water Quality
  • Coral Reef Protection

Please contact Lynne Goodspeed (goodspeedl@uncw.edu) with any questions, and feel free to pass this information to colleagues. [General information sheet, Preliminary agenda and Registration sheet].



- 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
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. Upcoming webinars:

Make Coastal Changes Come Alive with CanVis Visualization Software

Date and Time: October 10, 2012, 14:00-15:30 Eastern Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clock for your local time]
Location: Webinar remote access only
Speaker(s): Hansje Gold-Krueck (NOAA Coastal Services Center. Hosted and moderated by the EBM Tools Network)
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAA Coastal Services Center, Digital Coast Webinar Series


NOAA Monthly Climate Webinar Updates

Date and Time: October 18, 2012, 11:00 - 12:00 Eastern Time Zone (times may vary) [Check U.S. Time clock for your local time]
Location: Webinar Access Only
Speaker(s): NOAA climate and weather experts
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAA NCDC Monthly Climate Updates



NOAA Monthly Climate Webinar Updates

Date and Time: November 15, 2012, 11:00 - 12:00 Eastern Time Zone (times may vary) [Check U.S. Time clock for your local time]
Location: Webinar Access Only
Speaker(s): NOAA climate and weather experts
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAA NCDC Monthly Climate Updates

For more information, please visit the CSC's website: http://www.csc.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/webinar/



- Resource: BOEM Ocean Science Journal

The Science & Technology Journal of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has released Vol 9 (issue 1, Jan/Feb/March 2012). The theme of this issue is renewable energy. http://www.boem.gov/uploadedFiles/BOEM/Newsroom/Publications_Library/Ocean_Science/OS_0901_031512_FINAL_LINKED_WEB.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 last month 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. Reviews posted in the current month are highlighted in red. Recently posted reviews include:

  • 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
  • Aquaculture and Hatcheries. Posted on Sept 13, 2012. Topic categories include: Reviews; Aquaculture - Environmental Impacts and Monitoring; Aquaculture - Escapes; Aquaculture Feeds - Issues and Developments; Disease Threats, Management and Control, Aquaculture and Sea Lice; Transgenic Fish; Hatcheries and Hatchery Impacts. http://www.seaweb.org/science/MSRnewsletters/MSR_FA_AquacultureHatcheries_9-2012.php
  • Aquaculture and Hatcheries. Posted on December 8, 2011. Topic categories include: Reviews; Aquaculture - Trends and Developments; Aquaculture - Human Health and Social Impacts; Aquaculture - Environmental Impacts; Aquaculture Feeds - Issues and Developments; Disease - Threats, Management and Control, Aquaculture and Sea Lice; Hatcheries and Hatchery Impacts.

    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/



- Funding Opportunity: Hydrologic Sciences (NSF)

This program encourages studies probing the spatial and temporal heterogeneity of water and chemical fluxes and storages from local to global scales, coupling for simulating residence times, interfacial fluxes, pathways among system compartments; and pursuing topics in ecohydrology, geolimnology, and hydrologic impacts on microbial communities. Hydrologic Sciences also supports research in aqueous geochemistry directly connected to hydrologic processes and the physical, chemical, and biological processes taking place as water bodies change. The Program is especially interested in proposals in emerging fields. Hydrologic Sciences accepts proposals that will contribute to the transformation of hydrologic research methodologies. Examples include field activities to assess methods for implementing watershed scale hydrologic observatories, hydrologic synthesis, instrumentation and sensor development, and cyberinfrastructure. Anticipated funding is $7,900,000, annually. The estimated number of awards is 30 to 40 standard or continuing grants or cooperative agreements per year. Awards are generally made within 6 to 7 months of the proposal submission date for successful proposals. Deadline: December 5 and June 1 annually. NSF 09-538. http://nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09538/nsf09538.htm

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