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- Funding Opportunity: Estuary Habitat Restoration Program (NOAA)

NOAA Fisheries Service invites proposals for estuary habitat restoration projects. All proposals must address the potential effects of sea level change and other impacts related to climate change as they relate to the viability of the proposed restoration. Projects should demonstrate that climate change information has been or will be integrated into project design, and that the project overall is robust to climate change. Selected projects must provide ecosystem benefits, have scientific merit, be technically feasible, and be cost-effective. Proposals selected for the Estuary Habitat Restoration Program may be implemented in accordance with a cost-share agreement with the Corps or a cooperative agreement with the Corps or NOAA, subject to availability of funds.  Awards are anticipated to range from $100,000 to $1 million for a minimum of two years. Code: NOAA-NMFS-HCPO-2011-2002885.  Deadline: March 10, 2011  http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=61934
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- Funding Opportunity: Dimensions of Biodiversity (NSF)

In its initial phase, this National Science Foundation program will target three fundamental dimensions of biodiversity - genetic diversity, taxonomic diversity, and functional diversity. For this year's solicitation, research projects must integrate all three of these areas with the goal of understanding the interactions and feedbacks between them. Proposals should focus on fundamental aspects of biodiversity research. Proposals that have a primary focus that is applied in nature (e.g., food and drug development; restoration or conservation; biodiversity management) are not eligible for funding. Individual or collaborative projects are not to exceed $2,000,000 (not including costs of facilities or ship time) for up to five years. Code: NSF 11-518. Full Proposal Deadline: March 28, 2011. http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11518/nsf11518.htm



- Position Vacancy: Aquaculture Specialist (Maine Sea Grant)

Maine Sea Grant is accepting applications for an Aquaculture Extension Associate position through Monday, March 14th. We are looking for someone with skills and experience in the area of multi-trophic marine aquaculture, with particular emphasis on seaweed culture. Please visit their website for more information:



- Position Vacancies: Research Technicians (GCE-LTER)

The Georgia Coastal Ecosystems LTER program seeks two Research Technicians to be based at the UGA Marine Institute on Sapelo Island, Ga (http://www.uga.edu/ugami/). The selected individuals will work as part of the field crew supporting the GCE LTER project (gce-lter.marsci.uga.edu/lter/). One position will lead an effort to construct, maintain and monitor a large experiment focusing on sea level rise and effects on freshwater tidal marshes. This includes helping to obtain permits and comply with appropriate regulations, constructing boardwalks, installing a system to deliver water to plots, measuring salinity in plots, and monitoring soil, plants and invertebrates in plots. The second position will be responsible for helping conduct the GCE monitoring program, transporting personnel to field sites in marshes and estuaries, assisting with a wide variety of research tasks, processing samples in the laboratory, and entering data. Both positions will occasionally require strenuous physical activity and irregular hours. The selected individuals may either live on Sapelo Island (in UGAMI housing at a subsidized cost) or on the mainland. The ideal candidates will have a B.S. in an appropriate field; small boat piloting experience; first aid certification; field research experience; basic computer skills, including experience with email, word-processing and spreadsheet programs; and the ability to work harmoniously with a wide variety of people. Apply online at https://www.ugajobsearch.com/, posting numbers 20110098 and 20110099. Applications will be considered starting February 14 and until the position is filled. Inquiries may be addressed to Dr. Steve Pennings (spennings@uh.edu). The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


- Conference: Southeastern Estuarine Research Society, Spring Meeting 2011

The Spring meeting of the Southeastern Estuarine Research Society (SEERS) will be held March 16-18, 2011 at the Odum School of Ecology (University of Georgia, Athens, GA). 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. Registration information, fees, accommodations, schedule, etc. can be found on the SEERS website, http://host.coastal.edu/seers/index.php/meetings/upcoming-meeting




- Conference: 40th Annual Benthic Ecology Meeting

The early registration deadline has passed, but you can still attend the the 2011 Benthic Ecology Meeting (March 16-20, 2011 Mobile, Alabama). Organizers: Sean Powers, John Valentine and Kenneth Heck Dauphin Island Sea Lab and the University of South Alabama. http://bem.disl.org
     The Meeting will cover the following topics: Chemical Ecology, Fisheries, Physical Processes, Behavior, Physiological and Molecular Ecology, Macroecology, Introduced Species, Life History Strategies, Recruitment/Larval Ecology, Restoration, Evolution, Conservation, Trophic Relationships, Community Ecology, Biodiversity, Ecosystem Functioning, Parasite-Host Relationships, Anthropogenic Impacts, Special Session - Oil Spill Impacts, Special Session - Oyster Reef Restoration, Special Session - Brevity is the Soul of Wit, Special Session - Gulf of Mexico Acoustic Array.



- 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.



- Conference: Coastal GeoTools 2011

The Coastal GeoTools conference is held every two years and focuses on geospatial data, tools, technology, and information for coastal resource management professionals. The 2011 conference (March 21-24, 2011, in Myrtle Beach, SC) will focus on building the Digital Coast, a Web platform that provides access to geospatial data, tools, and technical training.  Please visit http://geotools.csc.noaa.gov to see the Preliminary Program and register. Early registration has ended.



- Summer Institute: Climate Change (NOAA CICS)

This summer, NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites - North Carolina will launch a two and half week capacity-building series that will focus on a variety of climate-related themes. The goal of the Summer Institute on Climate Change is to establish an on-going collaborative networking forum in climate change; develop comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and cross-sector strategies to capitalize on opportunities surrounding the impacts of climate change; and promote a climate-resilient and climate-literate society that is able to make informed decisions to maximize social, economic, and environmental benefits. The 2011 institute will focus on adaptation. Applications are due March 11, 2011. For more information, visit: http://si.cicsnc.org/.




- Funding Opportunity: Climate Programs (NOAA)

The NOAA Climate Program Office invites applications for a collaborator to partner in the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the ocean, atmosphere, and related ecosystems; and the communication of data, information, and knowledge. The collaborator will focus on the following themes: (1) Climate Adaptation and Mitigation; (2) Improved Scientific Understanding of the Changing Climate system and its Impacts; and (3) Assessments of Current and Future States of the Climate System. The recipient will coordinate of resources among all partners including government, non-government, academia, and international. The estimated total program funding is $80 million. For more information about the grant opportunity, view the full announcement at: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=71393. The closing date for applications is April 1, 2011.


- Funding Opportunity: Climate Change Impacts on Air and Water Quality (EPA)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals for Impacts on Air Quality and Water Quality with a Changing Global Climate.  Through this RFP, EPA seeks projects focused on the development of assessments, tools and techniques, and demonstration of innovative technologies for providing information and capacity to adequately prepare for climate-induced changes in extreme events in the context of air and water quality management.  $6 million expected to be available, up to 6 awards anticipated.  Closing date: April 18, 2011.  For more info, go to:  http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2011/2011_star_extremeevent.html or contact Bryan Bloomer at bloomer.bryan@epa.gov . Refer to Sol# EPA-G2011-STAR-D1. 


- Request for Comments: National Ocean Council

The National Ocean Council (NOC) is seeking public input on the development of strategic action plans for the nine priority objectives described in the Final Recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force:

  • ecosystem-based management
  • coastal and marine spatial planning
  • inform decisions and improve understanding
  • coordinate and support management
  • resiliency and adaptation to climate change and ocean acidification
  • regional ecosystem protection and restoration
  • water quality and sustainable practices on land
  • changing conditions in the Arctic
  • ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes observations, mapping and infrastructure.

For more information about the request for comment, see the Federal Register Notice.  To submit your comments, visit the NOC website at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/oceans/sap. To be considered during the development of the draft strategic action plans, comments should be submitted by April 29, 2011. The NOC plans to release the draft strategic action plans in the summer of 2011, at which time there will be an additional opportunity for public comments.



- Workshop: Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (URI Coastal Resources Center & RI Sea Grant)

The University of Rhode Island (URI) Coastal Resources Center and the Rhode Island Sea Grant College Program are hosting a training opportunity for participants to learn firsthand about the Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP) lessons, tools and techniques that Rhode Island is employing through the Ocean Special Area Management Plan (Ocean SAMP). The interactive workshop will take place May 3-5, 2011, at URI. Participants will be able to personalize the content for their own CMSP initiatives and gain valuable and constructive feedback from peers and key members of the Ocean SAMP team. Post-training mentoring will also be available for participants. The workshop reflects the current standards for CMSP policy, including the framework outlined in the National Ocean Policy. For more details and to register, visit http://seagrant.gso.uri.edu/coast/msp_training.html.



- Document of Interest: NOAA Next Generation Strategic Plan

The NOAA Next Generation Strategic Plan (NGSP) is now available. The Plan conveys NOAA’s mission and vision of the future, the national and global issues NOAA must address, the specific outcomes NOAA aims to help society realize, and the actions that the Agency must undertake.  NOAA’s Long-term Goals (summarized in the Exec Summary):

  • Climate Adaptation and Mitigation - An informed society anticipating and responding to climate and its impacts
  • Weather-Ready Nation - Society is prepared for and responds to weather-related events
  • Healthy Oceans - Marine fisheries, habitats, and biodiversity are sustained within healthy and productive ecosystems
  • Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies - Coastal and Great Lakes communities are environmentally and economically sustainable  

To read the Summary, or the review the full document, please visit: http://www.ppi.noaa.gov/ngsp.html


- Document of Interest: Climate Ready Estuaries Annual Progress Report (EPA)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released “Climate Ready Estuaries: 2010 Progress Report,” which describes partner accomplishments related to vulnerability assessments, stakeholder engagement, climate change indicators and monitoring, and adaptation planning. The full report is available at: http://www.epa.gov/climatereadyestuaries/downloads/2010-CRE-Progress-Report.pdf.



- Documents of Interest: Working Waterways & Waterfronts Symposium

Last September, the 2010 Working Waterways and Waterfronts National Symposium was held in Portland, Maine. Participants came together to discuss the economic, social, cultural, and environmental values of waterfronts and the important role of water-dependent uses in sustainable coastal communities. PDFs of the presentations as well as the recently published "Sense of the Symposium" are now available online at: http://www.wateraccessus.com. The “Sense of the Symposium” document summarizes key themes that emerged during the three days of discussion, presentations, field trips, and interaction at the symposium.



-Document of Interest: 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.


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