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December 2010



- Position Vacancy: Coastal Resources Specialist (UGA Marine Extension Service)

The University of Georgia’s (UGA) Marine Extension Service located in Brunswick, Georgia, is seeking applications for a full-time Coastal Resources Specialist.  The position is integral to the UGA MAREX Coastal Sustainable Communities Program (CSCP) and will assist the CSCP Manager in the implementation of the CoastScapes Conservation Landscaping and Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials Programs on a variety of priorities related to sustainable land use, conservation landscaping, nonpoint source pollution, and habitat conservation. Further information on the job can be found online at: https://www.ugajobsearch.com/applicants/jsp/shared/Welcome_css.jsp (position number 20101361). To learn more about the CoastScape program, visit:  www.coastscapes.org.



- Position Vacancy: Assistant Marine Scientist Position (MRRI)

The Marine Resources Research Institute (MRRI), which is located in Charleston, South Carolina, has an Assistant Marine Scientist position available for an individual with experience in marine invertebrate taxonomy/systematics, preferably with research interests in biodiversity and/or biogeography.   This position involves directing operation of the Southeastern Regional Taxonomic Center (SERTC) including curating and expanding the Center’s specimen collection.  The successful candidate will also be expected to conduct original research using the Center’s resources, pursue extramural funding to ensure the Center’s longevity and relevance, meet staffing needs, participate in educational activities, and represent the Center and promote its activities among staff of other institutions, universities and museums. For more information, please view the job ad, then visit SERTC and MRRI online.



- Fellowship: Undergraduate Environmental Study (EPA)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Greater Research Opportunities program, offers undergraduate fellowships for bachelor level students in environmental fields of study. Eligible students will receive support for their junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an EPA facility during the summer between their junior and senior years. The fellowship provides up to $19,700 per year of academic support and up to $9,500 of internship support for a three-month summer period. Deadline: December 9, 2010, 4:00 p.m. EST. For more information, visit the National Center for Environmental Research website.



-Comments Requested: Sanctuary Research Area Designation for Gray's Reef

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is proposing to create a research area within the Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary (GRNMS, or Sanctuary). A research area is a region specifically designed for conducting controlled scientific studies in the absence of certain human activities that could affect the results. NOAA proposes to prohibit fishing, diving, and stopping while transiting in the proposed research area. For more information, view the federal register. Comments must be received by December 13, 2010. Dates for public hearings are:

  • October 19, 6-8 p.m., Richmond Hill City Center, 529 Cedar Street, Richmond Hill, GA.
  • October 20, 6-8 p.m., Bulloch County Courthouse, 30 N. Main Street, Statesboro, GA.
  • October 21, 6-8 p.m., College of Coastal Georgia, Southeast Georgia Conference Center, 3700 Altama Avenue, Brunswick, GA.



- Fellowship: GA Sea Grant - Sapelo Island NERRS Grant

Georgia Sea Grant (GASG) and the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve (SINERR) are accepting applications for a fellowship opportunity for Georgia -based graduate students.  This fellowship is designed to foster research within the boundaries of SINERR or McIntosh County, GA  and address a coastal management issue in the following focus areas: climate and land use change effects on estuarine systems, sustainable growth, habitat conservation and ecosystem services, storm impacts and sea level rise, and social science of sustainable growth and hazard resiliency. Stipend: $20,000. Duration: Calendar year 2011. Application deadline: December 15, 2010. Click here for more information about the funding opportunity.


- Webinars: Climate Change Adaptation (U.S. EPA)

In the upcoming weeks, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is hosting two webinars on Climate Change Adaptation for State and Local Governments --

{Part One: Climate Impacts and Risk Communication was November 18th}

Part Two: Adaptation Planning and Implementation (December 15, 2010 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.)

The second session of this webcast mini-series will focus on frameworks that state and local governments can use to assess vulnerability to climate change, develop adaptation action plans, and implement adaptation strategies for building resilience–all in the light of uncertainty regarding climate change impacts. Particular emphasis will be placed on the importance of coordinating climate mitigation and adaptation efforts and integrating adaptation considerations into existing operations. An overview of the general status of adaptation efforts across the United States will be provided, and specific state and local case studies will be shared.

Part Three: Federal Resources and Support (January 13, 2011 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.)

The third webcast in this series will discuss the role of the federal government in promoting adaptation to climate change in the United States. Presenters will summarize the recent recommendations of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) for creating a national climate change adaptation strategy; next steps for implementing this strategy; and the existing guidance, data, tools, and other resources that state and local governments can access to support their adaptation efforts. Opportunities and strategies for fostering coordination across levels of government will be highlighted, and a case study of successful collaboration will be shared.

Please note that the audio portion of these webcasts will only be available by dialing into a toll-free conference call.  To register for either web seminar, please visit the EPA website, http://www.epa.gov/statelocalclimate/web-podcasts/local-webcasts-by-date.html



- Funding Opportunity: Comparative Analysis of Marine Ecosystem Organization (NOAA, NSF)

The purpose of the Comparative Analysis of Marine Ecosystem Organization (CAMEO) program is to strengthen the scientific basis for an ecosystem approach to the stewardship of our ocean and coastal living marine resources and ecosystems. The goal is to provide an understanding of and predictive capability for marine ecosystem organization and production, particularly as the dual drivers of climate variability and fishing pressure affect them.  Well-designed comparative studies use existing gradients in ecosystem features to reveal how those features are manifest in processes and structures. Comparative analysis may be applied across ecosystems, within ecosystems through time, or across modeling approaches.

The CAMEO program is designed to support research under five themes: (1) Connectivity of Marine Ecosystems defines the fundamental structural and functional attributes of ecosystems and interactions among ecosystems; (2) Responsiveness of Ecosystems to Perturbations, examines the factors that control ecosystem responses to perturbations and stresses; (3) State Transitions and Stability identifies equilibrium states of ecosystems and the role of attributes (e.g. resilience, biodiversity) in determining the transitions between these states (4) Human Society and Marine Ecosystems examines the critical interactions between humans and marine ecosystem processes; and (5) Comparative Analysis, Synthesis and Forecasting explores new approaches of synthesizing existing information on ocean ecosystems and predicting the response to fishing and climate variation and change. 

Central to the CAMEO program is an emphasis on collaborative partnerships between academic and federal agency scientists.  This program is a partnership between the National Science Foundation and the US Department of Commerce, NOAA-National Marine Fisheries Service. Full Proposal Deadline: January 07, 2011 (5 p.m.)  For more information (including descriptions of 2009- and 2010-funded projects), visit http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10611/nsf10611.htm



-Funding Opportunity: Coastal Incentive Grants (Ga DNR)

The Coastal Management Program of Georgia's Department of Natural Resource has issued a request for proposals for cycle 14 (2011-2012) Coastal Incentive Grants. The RFP is available here. The themes for this funding cycle are:

  • Protection, Conservation and/or Management of Coastal Water Resources
  • Protection and/or Restoration of Coastal Habitats
  • Disaster-Resilient Communities and Coastal Hazards
  • Improve and/or Create Public Access to Coastal Natural Resources
  • Sustainable Community Development
  • Promotion of Eco-Heritage Tourism and/or Protection of Ecological-Heritage Resources

Proposals are due January 14th, 2011. For more information, please visit the Ga DNR-Coastal Resources Division website, http://coastalgadnr.org/.



- Fellowship: Predoctoral Research Fellowships in Ocean Engineering and Instrumentation (Link Foundation)

The objective of this Link Foundation award is, "to foster ocean engineering and ocean instrumentation research; to enhance both the theoretical and practical knowledge and applications of ocean engineering and instrumentation research; and to disseminate the results of that research through lectures, seminars and publications." The Link Foundation (administered through Florida Institute of Technology) will award several $25,000 predoctoral research fellowships per year to candidates currently enrolled in academic institutions in either the United States or Canada. Preference will be shown to proposals dealing directly with ocean engineering and ocean instrumentation which explore ideas not yet fully tested, rather than to further development of programs already in progress. However, in keeping with the founder's philosophy, ideas that can be implemented in the relatively near term will be given first priority. Deadline: January 17, 2011. Link: http://coe.fit.edu/dmes/link/



- Grad Program Fellowship: Training for the Integration of Decisions and Ecosystems Science (UNH, NERRS Science Collaborative)

The NERRS Science Collaborative is issuing a call for applicants to TIDES, the new professional Masters program at the University of New Hampshire. The goal of TIDES (Training for the Integration of Decisions and Ecosystem Science) is to enhance the ability of coastal professionals to effectively link coastal and estuarine science to decision making. The emphasis of  the program is on setting up and managing collaborative partnerships from the earliest stage of knowledge generation and throughout the research process. TIDES builds the knowledge and skills needed to connect science with decision making through a combination of course work and a field-based internship at a Reserve in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS). Note that the NERRS Science Collaborative is supporting two, fully funded, two-year fellowships that cover tuition, stipend, and health insurance! The application deadline is February 1, 2011. For more information, view the program announcement http://www.nerrs.noaa.gov/Doc/PDF/Science/TIDES_Announce.pdf




- Funding Opportunity: Five Star Restoration Program (NFWF)

The Five Star Restoration Program (National Fish and Wildlife Foundation) seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships for wetland, riparian, and coastal habitat restoration. Partnerships should include at least five organizations ("Five Stars") that contribute to project success through funding, land, workforce support, technical support and/or other in-kind services. These partners can include government agencies, universities, academics and local cooperative extension districts, businesses, youth and citizen groups, environmental consultants, ecologists or others who offer technical expertise. Projects should contain the following elements: restoration; environmental education; partnership with a diverse set of community stakeholders; and measurable results. Projects involving only research or only education are not eligible. Deadline: February 14, 2011http://www.nfwf.org/FiveStar



- Fellowship: Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship (NOAA, Nat'l Sea Grant)

The Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program (NSGO), matches highly qualified graduate students with "hosts" in the legislative and executive branches of government located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one year paid fellowship. Any student, regardless of citizenship, who on February 18, 2011 is in a graduate or professional program in a marine or aquatic-related field at a United States-accredited institution of higher education may apply to the NSGO through their state Sea Grant program. The fellowship provides a stipend of $38,000 for one year. The Georgia Sea Grant program contact is Dr. Charles Hopkinson, Room 226 Marine Science Bldg., University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602. Phone: 706-542-1855, Email: chopkins@uga.edu. Please read the accompanying file carefully before applying. Code: NOAA-OAR-SG-2012-2002440. Deadline: February 18, 2011. For more information, please visit the Knauss Program webpage.



- Fellowships: 2011 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowships (NOAA)

Population Dynamics
Marine Resource Economics

The NMFS - Sea Grant Joint Graduate Fellowship Program in Population Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics is designed to help Sea Grant fulfill its broad educational responsibilities and to strengthen the collaboration between Sea Grant and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).The Fisheries Fellowship is available to US citizens who are graduate students enrolled in PhD degree programs in academic institutions in the United States and its territories. Sea Grant and NMFS, with required institutional matching funds, expect to support at least two new Fisheries Fellows in both Population Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics in FY 2011.  Fisheries Fellows will work on thesis problems of public interest and relevance to NMFS and have summer internships at participating NMFS Science Centers or Laboratories under the guidance of NMFS mentors. Additional information on the Program is avaliable here. The award for each Fellowship, contingent upon the availability of funds, will be a multi-year cooperative agreement in the amount of $38,500 per year for up to three years. Applicants should contact a local state Sea Grant program for application assistance. Applicants should submit materials to the sponsoring Sea Grant program by January 21, 2011. (The applicant's local state Sea Grant program must submit the application to NOAA by February 18, 2011.)

  • Population Dynamics Federal Funding Opportunity #: NOAA-OAR-SG-2011-2002484
  • Marine Resource Economics Federal Funding Opportunity #: NOAA-OAR-SG-2011-2002542



-New Document: 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/Training/padillabay/project.html.



-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.



-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.

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