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April 2008 Announcements

There are so many items this month, we've added a directory to assist you. Otherwise, items are listed in order by deadline.


Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership


Pollution Prevention Grant Program (EPA)


Consequences of Global Change for Water Quality (EPA)


Communicating Hurricane Information


National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program (Fish and Wildlife Service)


Postdoctoral Positions (EPA)

Position Vacancies

Plankton Ecologist, East Carolina University


Environmental Specialist (GA DNR - CRD)
  Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator (Coastal Carolina Univ.)

Other Items of Note

New Data Archive: USGS Georgia Water Science Center


Online GIS Tool: Habitat Priority Planner (NOAA Coastal Services Section)

- Fellowship Opportunities: Postdoctoral Positions, U.S. EPA

The US EPA Office of Research and Development is accepting applications through April 4, 2008 for several Federal, four-year, interdisciplinary post-doctoral positions.  Candidates will engage in cross-cutting research in these areas:

  • Valuation of Ecosystem Services for Decision Support
  • Systems Toxicology Modeling with Small Fish
  • Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment Tools for Waterborne Pathogens
  • Quantifying Uncertainty in Exposure-to-Effects Models for Pyrethroid Pesticides
  • Climate and Air Quality Interactions: Global to Regional Linkages
  • Mapping Toxicity Pathways for Environmental Chemicals

Application information is found at -- http://www.epa.gov/ord/postdoc/index.html

- Position Vacancy: Plankton Ecologist, East Carolina University

The Department of Biology and the Institute for Interdisciplinary Coastal Science and Policy (IICSP) seek applications for a 9-month Assistant or Associate Professor joint tenure-track position in Plankton Ecology, to begin August 11, 2008.  A Ph.D. from an appropriately accredited institution is required; post-doctoral experience is preferred.  The successful candidate will lead a strong extramurally funded research program and contribute to our teaching mission at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Persons with research interests including anthropogenic effects on coastal systems and the ability to create working partnerships with other IICSP faculty are preferred. Appropriate service to the university, community and profession is expected.  IICSP is a newly-formed institute with more than 60 affiliated faculty from natural and social sciences.  East Carolina University is a nationally-recognized Research I Institution with resources dedicated to coastal research including boating, diving, coastal facilities and other collaborations, with interdisciplinary doctoral programs in biology and coastal resources management.
     To apply, complete a candidate profile and submit a cover letter, teaching philosophy, description of research interests, and curriculum vitae online at www.jobs.ecu.edu. In addition, arrange for three current letters of recommendation to be sent to: Dr. Roger Rulifson, Biology/IICSP Search Committee Chair, Flanagan Hall 385, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858, 252-328-9400, rulifsonr@ecu.edu.
      For information about IICSP and the Department of Biology, go to http://author.ecu.edu/cs-acad/rgs/IICSP.cfm or http://www.ecu.edu/biology
      [Note from Lisa Clough, who told us about this vacancy through the SEERS listserv, "The ad will appear in Science on 2/28. We do NOT have a specific type of plankton ecologist in mind, so would consider anything from phyto to larval fish."]


- Funding Opportunity: Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership

The Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership (ACFHP) is a partnership working in support of the National Fish Habitat Action Plan. ACFHP has issued a Request For Proposals for a project dealing with gathering and synthesizing information on habitat along the Atlantic coast. Scientific information will be integrated into a database, analyzed, and utilized as a tool to determine habitat priorities, status, and severity of threats, and scrutinized to identify information gaps. Products from this work will include information on fish populations and habitat to support a coast-wide conservation plan that sets priorities for management, conservation, and outreach. The proposal deadline is April 4th, 2008. View the RFP.   [Jessie Thomas of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission made us aware of this RFP through the Sea Grant listserv].


- Position Vacancy: Environmental Specialist, GA DNR - CRD

Coastal Resources Division is looking to hire an Environmental Specialist. This ES1 position is responsible for collecting water samples at coastal GA swimming beaches and shellfish harvest areas and for managing water quality data. The position also requires someone who is familiar with the operation of small vessels. Closing date is April 9, 2008. For more information, view the full announcement.

- Funding Opportunity: Pollution Prevention Grant Program, EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Pollution Prevention Grant Program supports state and tribal technical assistance programs which help businesses identify better environmental strategies and solutions for reducing or eliminating waste at the source. Applicants must provide qualitative and quantitative estimates of expected outcomes and outputs of project activities, describe the relevant data collection methods and provide a plan for tracking progress towards achieving the expected project outcomes and outputs. EPA anticipates it will award approximately $4.1 million in total program funding during Fiscal Year (FY) 2008. EPA-HQ-OPPT-08-006, deadline April 16, 2008. http://www.epa.gov/p2/pubs/grants/ppis/2008rfpp2grant.htm

- Position Vacancy: Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator, Coastal Carolina University

Coastal Carolina University is accepting applications for a Volunteer Monitoring Coordinator/Environmental Laboratory Technician (Research Grant Specialist) in Coastal Carolina University’s Burroughs and Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies. Position is a full-time annual appointment with benefits. This position will work with the Center’s Environmental Quality Laboratory which serves the coastal and inland waters of northeastern South Carolina. A primary responsibility will be management of a volunteer water quality monitoring program in collaboration with the Waccamaw Riverkeeper. Deadline for application is April 25th. For more info, visit the project website (http://www.coastal.edu/envsci/vm_project.html), see the ad (PDF), or contact Dr. Susan Libes (Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine & Wetland Studies): TEL (843) 349-4028, Email: susan@coastal.edu

- Funding Opportunity: Consequences of Global Change for Water Quality, U.S. EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research to better understand the effect of global change on U.S. water quality. The EPA is interested in the hydrologic and other watershed processes that affect water resources that may be altered by a changing climate. The goal of this solicitation is to assemble modeling systems capable of capturing important linkages between regional climate drivers and terrestrial hydrologic systems and to apply these modeling systems to improve the overall understanding of the sensitivity of key water quality or aquatic ecosystem management targets to the types of climate changes anticipated over the next several decades. Programs: EPA-G2008-STAR-D1,D2.  Deadline: May 8, 2008, 4:00 p.m. EST. To read the complete request for applications, visit  http://es.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2008/2008_star_gcwq.html

- Information Session: GIS Habitat Priority Planning Tool, NOAA (Coastal Services Section)

The Habitat Priority Planner was designed with the local planner, coastal conservation group, and coastal manager in mind. It can be used to sort options, develop and change scenarios, and answer questions such as:

• Where should we place the conservation boundaries?
• What areas qualify according to the preservation criteria?
• How do we prioritize conservation goals for this region?
• Where are we most likely to find a specific plant, animal, or demographic?
• Where is the best place to locate this dock, marina, school, or road?
• How would the proposed boundary impact resources, boat ramps, or schools?

An online information session on this tool will be held on May 20th at 10 AM. To learn more, view the fact sheet and visit www.csc.noaa.gov/hpp/


- Funding Opportunity: Communicating Hurricane Information

In a joint announcement, NOAA and NSF call for proposals focusing on advancing fundamental understanding of the communication of hurricane outlooks, forecasts, watches, and warnings both to decision makers (i.e., emergency managers, elected officials) and to the general public. Full Proposal Deadline Date:  June 3, 2008 http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503246&org=SES&from=home


- Funding Opportunity: National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program, Fish and Wildlife Service

The National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program (U.S. Department of Interior; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS]) is seeking applications for projects to acquire real property interest (e.g., easement or fee title) in coastal lands or waters from willing sellers or partners (coastal wetlands ecosystems) for long-term conservation or for restoration, enhancement, or management of coastal wetlands ecosystems for long-term conservation. Approximately $19 million is available*. Applications are due by June 27, 2008.
     For more information, check out the Grants.gov link (here), then contact Christy Kuczak, 703/358-1748. E-mail: christy_kuczak@fws.gov.

* Eligible coastal states are those bordering the Great Lakes (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin); states bordering the Atlantic, Gulf (except Louisiana), and Pacific coasts (Alabama, Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington).



- New Data Archive: USGS Georgia Water Science Center

The USGS Georgia Water Science Center is pleased to announce the release of IDA, the Instantaneous Data Archive, an online access to the instantaneous values of streamflow used to compute the traditional daily-mean values.  Georgia was one of the first USGS offices to implement IDA.  To access this new online archive of data, please visit our Center's homepage at http://ga.water.usgs.gov/ and click on the IDA link near the bottom of the page. Please note that the electronic archive only goes back to the mid- to late-1980's since that is when electronic storage of streamflow data began.  If you have any questions, please let Brian McCallum, Assistant Director, know via email at bemccall@usgs.gov.

- Project of Interest: South Atlantic Regional Planning

The National Sea Grant Program recently 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.

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