March & April 2009
Conference: Gulf and South Atlantic States Shellfish Conference
The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) will be hosting the 2009 Gulf and South Atlantic States Shellfish Conference (GSASSC) April 13-16 in Ocean Springs, Miss. The GSASSC is an opportunity for industry representatives and state and federal regulators to come together to share research findings and to discuss topics of interest to the shellfish industry. A registration fee of $100 will be charged per person to attend the conference, with a discounted rate of $40 for students. Please contact Melanie Lane at 228-523-4076 for more information about the conference, or download a registration form at www.dmr.state.ms.us/Fisheries/conference.htm.
Project of Interest: Hammock Research (Georgia Coastal Ecosystems - LTER)
As part of the Georgia Coastal Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research Project, a number of back-barrier islands have been visited by teams of researchers aiming to understand the physical and biological processes of these coastal uplands. Please visit Focus Area: Marsh Hammocks to view summaries of the ongoing research project.
Upcoming Conference: 2009 Georgia Water Resources Conference
The Georgia Water Resources Conference has been held biennially since 1989, as a forum for discussing water
quantity and quality issues in Georgia. The last conference (2007) was made possible by the efforts of over 60 session
moderators, 250 speakers, 400 manuscript reviewers, and 40 students who helped with the sessions during the
conference, as well as the conference steering committee and 20+ program committee members. The next conference will be held April 27-29, 2009 at the Center for Continuing Education, University of Athens, Georgia. Check out the website, and view the brochure.
Funding Opportunity: Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration Project Grants (NOAA)
Funding will be made available for habitat restoration under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of
2009. The principal objective of these NOAA Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration Project
Grants is to provide Federal financial and technical assistance to “ready-to-go” (shovel-ready)
projects that meet NOAA’s mission to restore marine and coastal habitats and that will result in
near-immediate stimulation of local United States economies through the creation or
retention of restoration-related jobs for work in U.S. jurisdictions. Applications should be submitted for any project that is to be considered for this funding,
even for those projects put forth to the Federal government as examples by internal and external
restoration partners or submitted as applications to other NOAA competitions. Competition will
ensure that the most beneficial restoration projects are selected to fuel America’s near-term
economy, realize significant ecological gains, and ensure that projects are truly “shovel-ready.” NOAA anticipates up to $170 million may be available for
coastal and marine habitat restoration; typical awards are expected to range between $1.5 million
to $10 million. Funds will be administered by NOAA’s Office of Habitat Conservation. Please refer to the full announcement (PDF), or visit www.grants.gov. Applications must be received by April 6th, 2009.
Funding Opportunity: Community Action for a Renewed Environment (EPA)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) solicits project proposals for the Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program. CARE is designed to help communities understand and reduce risks due to toxic pollutants and environmental concerns from all sources. Generally, a project must address the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution, solid/hazardous waste pollution, air pollution, toxic substances control, pesticide control, or ocean dumping. EPA CARE cooperative agreements are awarded under various EPA statutory authorities as detailed in the full Request for Proposals (RFP) (see above url). Most, but not all, of the following activities are supported: “research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, and studies.”
The EPA anticipates awards of between 5 and 10 Level I cooperative agreements ranging in approximate value from $75,000 to $100,000 with a maximum value of $100,000; and between 6 and 8 Level II cooperative agreements ranging in approximate value from $150,000 to $300,000, with a maximum value of $300,000. CARE cooperative agreements are intended to last for two years. Deadline: March 16, 2009. http://www.epa.gov/air/grants/09-02.pdf
Upcoming Conference: International Marine Conservation Congress
The International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC, organized by the Marine Section of the Society for Conservation Biology) will take place 20-24 May 2009 at George Mason University. This is an interdisciplinary meeting that will engage natural and social scientists, managers, policy-makers, and the public. The goal of the IMCC is to put conservation science into practice through public and media outreach and the development concrete products (e.g., policy briefs, blue ribbon position papers) that will be used to drive policy change and implementation. Major themes that will be addressed include: Global Climate Change, the Land-Sea Interface, Ecosystem-based Management, and Poverty and Globalization. Details for can be found at the conference website, http://www.conbio.org/IMCC
Funding Opportunity: Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology (NSF)
This National Science Foundation program supports studies of: (1) the changing aspects of life, ecology, environments, and biogeography in past geologic time based on fossil plants, animals, and microbes; (2) all aspects of the Earth’s sedimentary carapace — insights into geological processes recorded in its historical records and rich organic and inorganic resources locked in rock sequences; (3) the science of dating and measuring the time sequence of events and rates of geological processes of the Earth’s past sedimentary and biological record; (4) the geologic record of the production, transportation, and deposition of physical and chemical sediments; and (5) understanding the complexities of Earth's deep time climate systems.
The Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology Program especially encourages integrative studies at the national and international levels that seek to link subdisciplines, such as paleoclimatology, paleogeography, and paleoenvironmental and paleoecologic reconstructions. Deadline: January 16 or July 16, annually. http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2006/nsf06565/nsf06565.htm
Fellowships (ongoing) : Various Natural History Grant Opportunities
The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) is a leader in the education and training of young scientists in the natural history disciplines. Their fellowship programs provide training in the fields of anthropology, invertebrate zoology, paleontology (paleo-zoology), physical sciences (astrophysics and earth and planetary sciences), and vertebrate zoology. For more information on specific programs (and deadlines), please visit their website: http://rggs.amnh.org/pages/academics_and_research/fellowship_opportunities