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May & June 2009

Seminar: Combating Invasive Lionfish (Skidaway Institute of Oceanography)

The Indo-Pacific Lionfish joins the Asian Green Mussel, Pacific Pink Barnacle, and Porcelain Crab on the list of aquatic invasive species found in Georgia’s coastal waters. Invasive species cost Americans well over 130 billion dollars annually and include wide-ranging impacts. While often hidden from easy view, aquatic invasive species can cause significant impacts to native ecosystems, commerce, and recreation. Lad Akins, Director of Special Projects for the Reef Environmental Education Foundation, a Florida based non-profit organization will talk about the current status and groundbreaking successes of partnerships and rapid response to the unprecedented invasion of lionfish along the Southeast U.S. and Caribbean. The seminar will be Wednesday, July 15, 2009 11:00 a.m. in the SkIO Library Auditorium.

The Lionfish also appears as this summer's Creature Feature on the COSEE SouthEast website.

Funding Opportunity: Environment, Society and the Economy (NSF interdisciplinary program)

The Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) and the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO)* seek to increase collaboration between the geosciences and the social and behavioral sciences by augmenting funding for interdisciplinary research related to Environment, Society, and the Economy.  GEO and SBE will consider proposals that describe new research efforts relating to the integrated study of environment, society, and economics.  Interdisciplinary teams of researchers are strongly encouraged.  Projects are expected to involve researchers in the geosciences and social and behavioral sciences, but they may also include other disciplines.   For more information about this program, please visit the NSF website, Environment, Society, and the Economy. *Upcoming deadlines in Ocean Sciences:
Biological Oceanography (PD  98-1650) Full Proposal: August 15, 2009
Chemical Oceanography (PD  98-1670) Full Proposal: August 15, 2009
Marine Geology and Geophysics (PD  98-1620) Full Proposal: August 15, 2009

Funding Opportunity: National Integrated Water Quality Program (USDA - Coopertative State Research, Education, and Extension Service)

CSREES announces the availability of grant funds and requests applications for the Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program National Integrated Water Quality Program (NIWQP) for fiscal year 2009 (USDA-CSREES-ICGP-002324) . The amount available for support of this program in FY 2009 is approximately $12 million. The goal of the NIWQP is to improve the quality of our Nation's surface water and groundwater resources through research, education, and extension activities. Projects funded through this program will facilitate achieving this goal by advancing and disseminating the knowledge base available to agricultural and rural communities. Funded projects should lead to science-based decision-making and management practices that improve the quality of the Nation's surface water and groundwater resources in agricultural and rural watersheds. See the RFA for priority areas. The deadline for application is July 15, 2009.

Position Vacancy: Research Technician II (Georgia Coastal Ecosystems - Long Term Ecological Research Program)

The Georgia Coastal Ecosystems LTER program seeks a Research Technician II to be based at the UGA Marine Institute on Sapelo Island, Georgia. The selected individual 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. The position will occasionally require strenuous physical activity and irregular hours. The ideal candidate would 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. The salary range is $21-28,000 and the position includes full benefits.  Applicants should be willing to make at least a 2-year commitment to the position.  Apply online at https://www.ugajobsearch.com/, posting number 20090638.  Applications will be considered starting June 26 and until the position is filled. Inquiries may be addressed to Dr. Steven Pennings (spennings@uh.edu). The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Special Report: “Georgia: Coal and Carbon”

Visitors to our website may be interested in a report called “Georgia: Coal and Carbon” which recently appeared on The News Hour with Jim Lehrer.  The piece was produced by Climate Central, a non-profit organization. You can view the video or read the transcript online.  http://climatecentral.org/video/georgia/science-behind-the-story.php


Stormwater Seminar: Municipal Pollution Prevention (Center for Watershed Protection)

The Center for Watershed Protection is holding a ‘webinar’ on Municipal Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping - Thursday, May 14  (Noon to 2pm, Eastern). Registration has been extended, but closes May 12th.  This is the first in a series of 5 webcasts on Stormwater Protection (http://www.cwp.org/Webcasts/2009_schedule.html).


Job(s) Announcement: Environmental Education and Outreach (GA DNR - EPD)

The Outreach Unit of Georgia DNR’s Environmental Protection Division - Water Protection Branch is excited to announce two full-time State Coordinator positions (one Project WET, one Adopt-A-Stream).  Please see attached document for details and application procedures.  Positions are located in EPD's Atlanta Tradeport office.  Application deadline is May 11, 2009. For more information, please contact Monica Kilpatrick, Project WET State Coordinator (4220 International Parkway Suite 101, Atlanta, GA 30354, tel 404-362-6536 gaprojectwet.org, or email monica.kilpatrick@gaepd.org).


Funding Opportunity: Dynamic Prevention of Biofouling (US Department of Defense - DARPA)

DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals for the Dynamic Prevention of Biofouling (DyPOB) program to replace the current antifouling coatings that require biocides and foul-release coatings that require ship operation at significant speeds with coatings and/or surfaces that are inherently impervious to biofouling (i.e. are also effective while at rest or at low speeds for extended periods of time). Proposed research should describe innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science and technology, including materials and system performance. Specifically excluded is research that results primarily in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice and those that include the use of biocides in the coating (i.e. where persistent toxins are released into the water). Full Proposal Deadline: May 11, 2009; 4:00 p.m.  http://www.darpa.mil/dso/solicitations/baa09-23.htm


Conference Abstracts:  Estuaries and Coasts in a Changing World (CERF)

The Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation 2009 Program Committee invites you to submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation for CERF 2009 (Portland, Oregon, 1-5 November 2009). The Federation is committed to bringing scientists and students from around the world together to exchange information and ideas about the science and management of coastal ecosystems. Deadline: 15 May 2009. Students: for information about travel awards or reduced registration fees for student workers, check under the "Students" tab at the top right of the CERF 2009 page. [note added in June, Abstract submission is closed, but early registration for the meeting continues until October 1st.]


Action Item: NOAA's Climate Program Office Requests Input from Policy Makers on Research Priorities

NOAA's Climate Program Office is soliciting information from stakeholders, including state coastal managers, which will help them develop priorities for a limited set of academic/research centers that work with NOAA to improve its capabilities in aspects of climate, climate prediction, and efforts to bring climate science and information into policy and decision making. In a second request, they are seeking information on state-of-the-art climate risk management research and practices on timescales ranging from weeks to decades and adaptation techniques and strategies for dealing with climate change in developing countries. Responses to the requests, which can be read in their entirety online, are due May 15.  For more information: http://www.cpo.noaa.gov/index.jsp?pg=/news/news_index.jsp&news=2009/3-30_request_sustained.html; http://www.cpo.noaa.gov/index.jsp?pg=/news/news_index.jsp&news=2009/3-30_reques_climate.html


Workshop: Mapping Georgia Communities - An Introduction to GIS & Community Analysis

For those interested in learning some ArcGIS skills, there is a full-day workshop coming up in Atlanta: May 14th *or* 15th, 2009. New Urban Research (a national social research organization specializing in quantitative and spatial community analysis) is holding this workshop. More Info/Registration: http://www.urban-research.info/workshops/georgia-gis.htm


Conference Registration: Coastal Zone '09 (Boston)

From the Coastal Zone website, "Our coastal and ocean landscape is changing, whether it's the climate, shoreline, habitat, or even the people setting and implementing policy. Join us for Coastal Zone '09 from July 19 to 23, 2009 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Terrace in Boston, Massachusetts, as we explore the many facets of change and share tools and information to help in managing our changing coastal and ocean resources."  There are three main tracks: Coastal communities adapting to changing conditions, Conservation in the face of change, and Ocean and Great Lakes planning for changing human uses.On-line registration is now open (Early registration deadline: June 1, Regular registration deadline: July 10). There will be no on-site registration available at the conference.  Visit the conference website for more details and to register: www.csc.noaa.gov/cz/


Funding Opportunity: Hydrologic Sciences (National Science Foundation)

This program encourages studies probing the spatial and temporal heterogeneity of water and chemical fluxes and storages from local to global scales, coupling for simulating residence times, interfacial fluxes, pathways among system compartments; and pursuing topics in ecohydrology, geolimnology, and hydrologic impacts on microbial communities. Hydrologic Sciences also supports research in aqueous geochemistry directly connected to hydrologic processes and the physical, chemical, and biological processes taking place as water bodies change.  The Program is especially interested in proposals in emerging fields. Hydrologic Sciences accepts proposals that will contribute to the transformation of hydrologic research methodologies. Examples include field activities to assess methods for implementing watershed scale hydrologic observatories, hydrologic synthesis, instrumentation and sensor development, and cyberinfrastructure. Anticipated funding is $7,900,000, annually. The estimated number of awards is 30 to 40 standard or continuing grants or cooperative agreements per year. Awards are generally made within 6 to 7 months of the proposal submission date for successful proposals. Deadline: June 1 and December 5, annually.  http://nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09538/nsf09538.htm


Funding Opportunity: Ocean Education Grants for AZA Aquariums (NOAA)

The NOAA Office of Education (OEd) has issued a request for applications to support education projects designed to engage the public in activities that increase ocean and/or climate literacy and the adoption of a stewardship ethic.  Funded projects will be between one and five years in duration and will support ocean education projects led by eligible applicants. Eligible applicants are only 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations that are either (1) aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) or (2) have a legally sanctioned affiliation with an AZA-accredited aquarium.  Deadline for applications is 5:00 PM EST on June 9, 2009. Visit http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/funding_opps.html for the full announcement and additional information.  This funding opportunity's Funding Opportunity Number for www.grants.gov is NOAA-SEC-OED-2009-2001842.


Funding Opportunity: Living Stock Collections for Biological Research (NSF)

The Living Stock Collections for Biological Research (LSCBR) program supports improvements in and partial operation of existing collections of living organisms (including viruses and bacteriophages) to be used in basic biological research. The program provides support for two types of projects. Short-term projects are one-time awards (up to 36 months) leading to innovative handling of living stocks or to well-defined improvements in existing collections, including those not otherwise supported by LSCBR. Longer-term projects (up to 60 months) help support ongoing operation of collections significant to the NSF research community. Collections receiving longer-term support are expected to receive significant support from user fees or other mechanisms of revenue generation.  Deadline: July 15, 2009


New Document: Coastal Stormwater Supplement to the Georgia Stormwater Manual

The final April 2009 Coastal Stormwater Supplement to the Georgia Stormwater Manual is now available on the Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission’s website.  The CSS represents the work of a cooperative, collaborative team comprised of the Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources - Environmental Protection Division, the cities and counties of coastal Georgia, and the Center for Watershed Protection. This group developed guidelines for watershed (natural resource) protection and the control of postconstruction stormwater runoff from new and existing development. Development of the document was funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency. MPC Stormwater Page: http://www.mpcnaturalresources.org/water-resources/georgia-storm-water.html
GA Coastal Stormwater Supplement: http://www.mpcnaturalresources.org/pdf/2009-05-05/Georgia-CSS-Final-Apr-09.pdf (large file).


New Technical Report: Ground Water Conditions and Studies in Georgia, 2006-2007 (USGS)

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Georgia Water Science Center, announces a newly-published technical report entitled Ground Water Conditions and Studies in Georgia, 2006-2007, by Michael F. Peck, Jaime A. Painter, and David C. Leeth, U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report, 2009-5070.  This publication presents an overview of groundwater levels and groundwater quality, water-use information, and hydrologic studies conducted during 2006 to 2007 by the USGS in Georgia. Summaries are presented for selected ground-water studies along with objectives and progress. This publication was prepared in cooperation with numerous local, State, and Federal agencies and is available on the Web at the following persistent URL: http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2009/5070/


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


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