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January 2008 News


- New Georgia Sea Grant Director

We are happy to announce that Dr. Charles S. (Chuck) Hopkinson, Jr. has taken the helm as the new Director of Georgia Sea Grant.  He comes to us from the Marine Biology Lab at Woods Hole, and is remembered by some as a Scientist at the UGA Marine Institute on Sapelo Island.  Welcome [back], Chuck!
     We would also like to extend our thanks to Mac Rawson for his long service to Sea Grant, and to Tim Hollibaugh and Erv Garrison for serving as interim co-Directors.  

- Funding Opportunity: Coastal Incentive Grants from Georgia DNR

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Resources Division (CRD), is soliciting proposals for Coastal Incentive Grants awarded under the Georgia Coastal Management Program.  Eligible projects will address one or more of the designated themes: Implementation of Coastal Comprehensive Plan, Valuation of Coastal Ecosystem Services, Coastal Hazards, Public Access, Cultural Resources, Cumulative and Secondary Impacts, Nonpoint Source Pollution Management, Coastal Resources Media / Public Education Campaign, Development of Local Ordinances for Coastal Resource Protection, Critical Local Needs.
     Proposal deadline: Monday February 4th, 2008.  Please visit the CRD website for the full RFP and instructions for proposal preparation:

- Position Vacancy: Grants Management Specialist, DNR-CRD

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Resources Division - Ecological Services Section has an opening for a Grants Management Specialist. The job description is attached. They seek someone to oversee the $1.1M Coastal Incentive Grant Program and to provide fiscal oversight for over $4 Million in federal grants each year. Applications accepted through February 12, 2008.

- Fellowship Opportunity: Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst. Marine Science Policy Fellowship

Qualified individuals* in the social sciences are invited to apply their training and expertise to the economic, legal and policy issues that arise from use of the world's oceans.  The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute emphasizes multidisciplinary research to advance the conservation and management of coastal and marine resources. The three main objectives of the Fellowship Program are: 1) to provide support and experience to Research Fellows interested in marine policy issues; 2) to provide opportunities for interdisciplinary application of social sciences and natural sciences to marine policy problems; and 3) to conduct research and convey information necessary for the development of effective local, national and international ocean policy.
     Deadline: Tuesday January 15, 2008. More information (including applications) can be found at: http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=8027

*Applicants must have completed a doctoral level degree or possess equivalent professional qualifications through career experience. The Center also welcomes experienced professionals who can arrange a leave or sabbatical.

- Funding Opportunity: Finfish Aquaculture

The Southern Regional Aquaculture Center solicits response from qualified individuals interested in participating in the collaborative regional project, Improving Reproductive Efficiency of Cultured Finfish. The objective of this project is to improve broodfish management and spawning protocols for increased reproductive efficiency.  Funding is available for fresh or saltwater aquaculture projects, with priority given to projects concerning economically valuable species. 
     Preproposal deadline: Friday January 25th, 2008.  
     Please review the RFP (PDF, opens in new window). Additional information can be obtained from the SRAC office by calling 662-686-3242.

- Position Vacancies: Shellfish Research Lab

There are two position vacancies at the UGA Marine Extension Service - Shellfish Research Laboratory at Skidaway.  They are both Research Technician III jobs, but they have different responsibilities associated with them. 
     Position #20070969 -- conduct the field GIS mapping work that is the core of the funded effort, a pilot study to document the distribution of oyster reefs in Chatham County (Savannah GA).
      Position #20070970 -- provide technical support for research and outreach projects at the Shellfish Research Laboratory located on Skidaway Island in Savannah GA. Primary duties will include managing a histology laboratory, maintaining a preserved & digital library of coastal fauna, image analysis of tissue sections, field surveys, water quality monitoring, literature reviews, and attending outreach events. Other duties include ordering supplies, assisting w/scientific publications, grants, web contents & reports, responsible for data input & database mgt, drive UGA vehicles (w/wo trailer) and operate small boats.
      For more information, including application procedures, consult  www.ugajobsearch.com and review the positions by number.

- 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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