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Important Deadlines

Funding Opportunity

Georgia Sea Grant Request For Proposals  February 11 (Pre-proposal)

Position Vacancies

Marine Economics Specialist; UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant January 15, 2019
  Assistant Professor of Quantitative Fisheries Science; University of Alaska Fairbanks  
  Research position in marine biology, fishery science; COISPA Tecnologia & Ricerca Monday, January 28, 2019
  Assistant Professor, Marine Chemist; University of Rhode Island Thursday, January 31, 2019
  Researcher position in Marine Plastic Pollution; Aarhus University  
  Reserve Manager/Natural Resources Administrator 2; Ohio Department of Natural Resources Sunday, January 20, 2019
  San Diego Chapter Policy Coordinator; Surfrider Foundation  
  Outreach Associate; American Flood Coalition  
  Program Officer, New York Seascape; Wildlife Conservation Society Friday, January 18, 2019
  Sustainable Seafood Senior Program Manager; Gulf of Maine Research Institute  
  Coastal Program Analyst I or II; California Coastal Commission  
  Fisheries Scientist; Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland Friday, February 1, 2019
  Fishery Specialist; New England Fishery Management Council Tuesday, January 22, 2019
  Pacific Fisheries Policy Director; American Sportfishing Association  
  Chief Biologist; Pacific Salmon Commission Friday, February 1, 2019
  Associate, Fisheries Monitoring & Evaluation; RARE  
  Fisheries Scientist; Oceana  
  Stock Assessment Manager; Lummi Indian Business Council Monday, February 4, 2019
  Program Officer; Waitt Institute Friday, February 1, 2019
  Program Manager; Waitt Institute Friday, February 1, 2019

Post-Doc Positions

International Postdoctoral Fellowship Program; Ocean Frontier Institute January 30, 2019
  Three PhD Studentships on Chitons and Bivalves; Queens University, Belfast January 31, 2019

Fellowship Positions

Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship;GA-Sea Grant  
  Coastal Management Fellowship; GA-Sea Grant  
  Gulf Research Program Early-Career Research Fellowship; Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Wednesday, February 20, 2019
  Gulf Research Program Science Policy Fellowship; Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Master's Opportunity

Nearshore Fisheries, Climate Change, and Oceanography; Cal Poly San Luis Obispo February 1, 2019

Volunteer Opportunity

Shark & Marine Research Institute, South Africa  

Upcoming Conferences

Marsh Resilience Summit; Williamsburg, VA February 5-6, 2019
  2019 Climate Reality Project Climate Training; Atlanta, GA March 14 - 16, 2019
  OceanVisions2019 - Climate Summit; Atlanta, GA April 1 - 4, 2019
  National Adaptation Forum; Madison, WI April 24-25, 2019
  Capitol Hill Ocean Week; Washington, D.C. June 4 - 6, 2019

Webinars

Resilient Water Features Webinar January 24, 2019
  Marine Heatwaves Trends Impacts Attribution and Software; EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe)  
  Unmanned Systems (UxS): Transforming How We Study and Manage the Marine Environment; EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe)  
  Post Hurricane Irma Rapid Reef Assessment in South Florida and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary; NOAA  
  Reducing Coastal Risk with Natural Defenses: The Latest Ecology, Engineering, and Economics of Natural Infrastructure Webinar  
  Landscape & Vertical Living Walls; filtrexx™  
  Living Shoreline Restoration; filtrexx™  
  The new He'eia National Estuarine Research Reserve  
  iMarine Data e-Infrastructure Initiative for Fisheries Management and Conservation of Marine Living Resources  
  Marine and Coastal Datasets of Biodiversity Importance  
  Toolkit for Ecosystem Services Site-based Assessment (TESSA)  
  Takeaways from the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS)  
  The Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Tool for Coastal Habitats  
  NOAA Digital Coast Series and other NOAA Seminars  

Tools

NOAA Digital Coast and Office for Coastal Management Training and Datasets  
  South Atlantic Conservation Planning Atlas; South Atlantic LCC  
  Metadata List; Ocean+ Data  
  Green Infrastructure Effectiveness Database; NOAA  
  Coastal Hazard Wheel; UNEP  
  New version of Coral Health Atlas is now live  
  Improved Visualization of Community Level Impacts from Coastal Flooding or Sea Level Rise  

Resources

Tips and Stories for Coastal Managers: NOAA's Office for Coastal Management Newsletter  
  Ocean Health Index-Science (webpage redesigned)  
  Hurricane Safety Guide (webpage)  
  GaClimate.org (website)  
  Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene (journal)  
  Water Quality Metadata Access  
  Inundation Analysis Tool (NOAA)  
  Social Coast Forum Presentations and Abstracts  
  Abstracts from 23rd The Coastal Society meeting  
  Marine GIS Training (Mappamondo)  
  Marine Science Reviews (SeaWeb)  
  Free book download: GIS for the Oceans  
  Application: Fishery Analyst Online  
  Tool: Marine Mapping Applications  
  Tool: Vertical Datum Transformation (NOAA)  
  Ecosystem-Based Management Tools Network  
  Coastal & Estuarine Science News (Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation)  
  Materials Available: Planning for Climate Change (NERRS)  
  Gulf of Mexico News (NOAA Ocean Service)      

Documents of Interest

Ecosystem Services Valuation of the Central Georgia Coast, including Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve and Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary; NOAA  
  Climate research priorities for policy-makers, practitioners, and scientists in Georgia, USA  
  Living Shorelines: The Science and Management of Nature-Based Coastal Protection; CRC Press  
  Living Shorelines Strategic Needs Assessment  
  Summary of Coastal Management Policies Relevant to Sea-Level Rise in Georgia  
  Living Shorelines in the Southeast: Research and Data Gaps  
  Presentations from the South Atlantic Living Shoreline Summit, April 12 & 13, 2016  
  Coastal Georgia Ecosystem Report Card  
  State of the Climate in 2014 (Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc)., 96(7): S1–S267)  
  Mapping Human Uses of the Ocean (MPA Center)  
  Adapting to Climate Change: A Call for Federal Leadership (Policy paper from the Pew Center)  
  Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers (NOAA)  
  Working Waterways & Waterfronts Symposium  
  Ocean Research Priorities Plan (National Science and Technology Council)  
  Next Generation Strategic Plan (NOAA)  
  Coastal Sea-Level Change Needs Assessment Report (NOAA)  
  America's Ocean Future (JOCI)  

Projects of Interest

South Atlantic Regional Research Planning  

In the News  

 

Regional Science and Research  
  Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Information  

- Funding Opportunity: Georgia Sea Grant Request For Proposals 

Georgia Sea Grant is now accepting pre-proposals for two-year coastal, marine, and ocean applied research projects that address goals and strategies identified in the Georgia Sea Grant Strategic Plan.

Pre-proposals are due to Georgia Sea Grant using our electronic Sea Grant system (eSeaGrant) by 5:00 p.m. on February 11, 2019. 

Request for pre-proposals, including pre-proposal submission instructions, can be found here. 

RFP Informational Webinar 

An informational webinar about the Georgia Sea Grant RFP will be held on January 14, from 3:30 - 5 p.m. The webinar will cover the FY2020-2022 request for proposals as well as 2018 accomplishments and additional funding opportunities available in 2019. You can join the webinar by clicking hereor via the link above. 

For any questions regarding application submission, review and approval process, please contact Mona Behl at mbehl@uga.edu

For questions about Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant and program priorities, please contact Director Mark Risse at mrisse@uga.edu.

- Position Vacancy: Marine Economics Specialist; UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant

The University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant program seeks a Marine Economics Specialist with broad interest in marine and coastal resource economics, policy and management. This position will provide statewide leadership and coordination for developing, maintaining, and evaluating a comprehensive marine economics extension and applied research program that serves Georgia. Primary targeted audiences include, but are not limited to, commercial and recreational fishermen, marine aquaculture operators, state and federal resource managers, seafood dealers, marine-related businesses and trade organizations, local governments, and interested public. Information provided to these groups will support business-related and resource management decisions that promote the sustainable use and conservation of Georgia’s coastal and marine resources. This is a full time, benefits eligible, non-tenured Public Service Faculty track position.
This position is based in Brunswick, Georgia with travel to other locations as needed. Considerable local and regional in-state travel will be required to ensure the most critical needs of the programmatic area are met.

Requirements

  • To be considered at the level of Public Service Assistant, or Public Service Associate, a Ph.D. or M.S. degree in natural resources, agricultural or general economics; business, finance, marine/coastal policy or closely related field is required.
  • Additionally, to be considered at the Public Service Associate level, a professional background working with maritime-related industries, resource managers and/or policy and decision makers is required.

Relevant/Preferred Experience

  • Professional background in extension, research, or similar work with marine-related industries and/or coastal communities is desirable.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Desired

  • Minimum one year of prior training in natural resource and environmental economics, and fundamental knowledge of coastal and marine issues. 
  • Demonstrated ability to secure extramural funding and lead applied research efforts.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced interdisciplinary environment and develop productive partnerships and collaborations with diverse populations.
  • Capacity to conduct community-engaged scholarship with diverse audiences through research and outreach activities. 
  • Strong ability to communicate both verbally and in writing, particularly as it pertains to interpreting and translating research-based technical information for the understanding and use by decision makers, practitioners, and the general public.

Organization: UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant
Job Location: Brunswick, GA
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Assistant Professor of Quantitative Fisheries Science; University of Alaska Fairbanks

The Department of Fisheries within the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS) invites applications for a full-time Assistant Professor in Quantitative Fisheries to work at the CFOS Juneau Center. The College seeks candidates skilled in quantitative fisheries methods, statistics, and/or fisheries management to complement our existing strengths in these areas. This is a tripartite position involving research, service, and teaching the next generation of fisheries professionals. Come work in Alaska on some of the largest commercial, sport, and subsistence fisheries in the world!

Duties: Service; Research; Teaching

Additional position details:
This tenure-track faculty appointment is supported in part by NOAA’s Quantitative Ecology and Socioeconomic Training (QUEST) program based at CFOS; the position provides 9 months of salary support with the expectation that the incumbent will secure external grants for 3 months of summer salary annually.  The position will be based at our CFOS Juneau Center for Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, adjacent to the NMFS Ted Stevens Marine Institute located in Juneau, Alaska. Applications are encouraged from creative individuals with a strong scientific and academic background who will complement the expertise of existing faculty and contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of Alaska's world-renowned fishery resources.

The successful applicant will have a high level of proficiency in quantitative fisheries science, including stock assessment, and a track record of research and publication commensurate with his/her career stage. S/he will develop and teach courses in quantitative fisheries science. S/he will develop a robust research program in quantitative fisheries science that will produce knowledge critical for sustainable management of Alaska's fisheries resources, and in doing so will mentor undergraduate and graduate students as well as post-doctoral scholars. In fulfilling the position’s tripartite research, teaching, and service roles, the new faculty member will contribute directly to the training of the next generation of fisheries scientists and biometricians to meet the workforce needs of state and federal management agencies, NGOs, tribal organizations, and the fishing industry. The new faculty hire will play a key role in the proposed Center for Quantitative Fisheries Excellence.

The incumbent will lead a vigorous Alaska-based fishery research program that involves undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral researchers. This hire is part of a broader faculty hiring campaign at CFOS to strengthen fisheries, marine biology and ocean sciences research and academic programs at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The incumbent will be expected to teach graduate courses as well as upper division undergraduate courses in the Baccalaureate Program in Fisheries and Ocean Sciences jointly offered by UAF and the University of Alaska Southeast. The incumbent will further enhance the profile of UA through service in state, federal, private, tribal or industry fisheries arenas. Information about the position can be found on the CFOS website at www.cfos.uaf.edu/employment.

UAF is Alaska’s research university and Alaska offers unparalleled opportunities for freshwater and marine fisheries research. CFOS currently has 48 faculty, over 100 graduate students, and more than 50 undergraduate students engaged in research in Alaskan waters and throughout the world (www.cfos.uaf.edu). The College offers academic programs in Fisheries at the Bachelor, Masters, and Doctoral levels in Fairbanks, Juneau, Kodiak, and Seward. These and other facilities throughout the state are linked by modern videoconference and distance-delivery technology. The Department of Fisheries maintains a strong program that includes 15 tenured or tenure-track faculty, two research faculty members, and four other faculty with primary appointments outside of the fisheries program.

Qualified applicants must have a Ph.D. in fisheries, quantitative ecology, or a related field from an accredited university. Postdoctoral research experience is preferred. The applicant must be proficient in English, have experience teaching at the university level, and have a strong research and publication record appropriate to their experience and date of degree. UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates.

Applicant Instructions:
Interested applicants must apply online.  If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact the UAF Office of Human Resources at (907)-474-7700. Specific questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Megan McPhee, Search Committee Chair, at (907) 796-5464 or at mvmcphee@alaska.edu.

Required applicant documents: 
(1) a brief cover letter, (2) a statement of interest and qualifications (including research, teaching, and outreach plans), (3) a curriculum vitae (CV), and (4) contact information for three professional references (address, email and phone number).

Review date:
Review of applications will begin upon receipt. Early applications are welcome but must be received no later than January 15, 2019 by 11:55 PM Alaska Standard Time to ensure full consideration. Applications received after this time and date may not be considered for this position. This position will remain open until filled.

Education required for this position:
Qualified applicants must have a Ph.D. in fisheries, quantitative ecology, or a related field from an accredited university.
Type and length of experience required for this position:
Postdoctoral research experience (preferred). The applicant must have experience teaching at the university level and have a strong research and publication record appropriate to their experience and date of degree.

Knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position:
The successful applicant will have a high level of proficiency in quantitative fisheries science, including stock assessment. Candidates for this position should possess cutting-edge expertise in at least two of the following areas: (1) fisheries assessment methods, (2) statistical analysis, (3) fisheries biology and management.  Qualified applicants will possess the ability to advise and teach undergraduate and graduate level courses, as well as develop and maintain a research program involving graduate and undergraduate students.  Successful applicants will also demonstrate the ability to provide professional and community service, including scientific advisory roles and interactions with stakeholders. The applicant must be proficient in English. 

Organization: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Job Location: Juneau, Fairbanks
Duration: Faculty Full-time
Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Research position in marine biology, fishery science; COISPA Tecnologia & Ricerca

Organization: COISPA Tecnologia & Ricerca
Job Location: Bari, Italy
Duration: Full-Time / 2 years +
Application Deadline: Monday, January 28, 2019
Application Website: More Information Here

COISPA Tecnologia & Ricerca is a cooperative of researchers and technicians founded in Bari, Italy, in 1978. The cooperative is running according to the no-profit principles of mutuality. The Stazione Sperimentale per lo Studio delle Risorse del Mare is the operational HQ of COISPA. It is located near the marina of Torre a Mare - Bari, via Dei Trulli 18/20, (www.coispa.it).

COISPA practices an interdisciplinary approach to carry out applied research to the study of living marine resources, marine environments, fisheries, aquaculture and production of eco-system services. The Stazione Sperimentale houses offices, laboratories and facilities: 1) Laboratory of Ichthyology and Marine Ecology (LIME); 2) Modelling Laboratory (MOL); 3) Experimental Aquaculture Laboratory (EAL); 4) Energetic Metabolism and Telemetry Laboratory (EMTEL).

We seek candidates for a Research position in marine biology, fishery science or related disciplines. The research position is based at COISPA Tecnologia & Ricerca – Stazione Sperimentale per lo Studio delle Risorse del Mare, Bari – Italy, although the candidate will work collaboratively and interact routinely with other colleagues and research groups, participating to EU/National projects and coordinating research tasks.

Essential requirement is expertise in quantitative analysis combined with solid statistical skills. This encompasses experience with the statistical programming language R, skills in database management and knowledge of fish stock assessment and management strategy evaluation. Preferential requirements are knowledge of the Common Fishery Policy, Data Collection Framework in the fishery sector and familiarity with i) bio-economic modelling; ii) ecosystem approaches to fishery management; iii) spatial management of marine ecosystems; iv) GIS data visualization, programming and management.

We seek a creative person with relevant expertise in ecological and fishery science and the ability to effectively work in interdisciplinary teams on cross-cutting issues. Because of the international nature of the work, an ability to read and speak Italian, as well as English, would be an additional asset. Preference will be given to those with some demonstrated scientific productivity through peer-review publications.

The research position includes the participation to the 2014 - 2020 Interreg V-A, Italy - Croatia CBC Programme “Shared Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries for the Adriatic Region (FAIRSEA)”. The FAIRSEA project aims at enhancing transnational capacity and cooperation in the field of an ecosystem approach to fisheries in the Adriatic region by exchanging knowledge and sharing good practices among partners. Specific object is the creation of a platform integrating spatially explicit dynamic tools for an ecosystem approach to fisheries, which are: water masses circulation and connectivity (module HYDRO); biogeochemical planktonic processes (BGC); distribution of resources (BSTAT); catch and fleet statistics (FSTAT); effort distribution (EFFORT); bio-economic responses (BIOECO) and food web dynamics (FWM). The shared integrated platform will be used as a planning tool to implement demonstrative testing of applicable fisheries policies both at local (subareas) and whole Adriatic scales. Especially, it will provide a scientific basis to formulate and evaluate shared management advice in the local and international participatory processes, answering to the need of reference points knowledge for the optimisation between ecological and socio-economical sustainability.

The position is for two years, renewable as a permanent position, and will start on February/March 2019. The salary will depend on the level of experience (basic level corresponds to an annual net salary of 21,000 euro). Applicants are asked to send at the email info@coispa.eu the following documents in PDF format: i) a letter of application; ii) presentation letter/s; iii) curriculum vitae in EU format; iv) maximum two pages of narrative, describing research interests and plans.

- Position Vacancy: Assistant Professor, Marine Chemist; University of Rhode Island

Organization: University of Rhode Island
Job Location: Narragansett, Rhode Island
Duration: Full-Time / Permanent 
Application Deadline: Thursday, January 31, 2019
Application Website: Apply Here
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The Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) at the University of Rhode Island invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor within the broad specialization of marine chemistry. The position will be an academic year appointment with an expected start date of September 1, 2019. We seek applications from researchers who specialize in any aspect of marine chemistry or chemical oceanography. The new hire will enter the vibrant research community at URI and the many neighboring academic institutions within New England. Opportunities exist to participate in the active sea-going community of GSO, the East Coast Oceanographic Consortium, and the Ocean Exploration Trust, to utilize platforms such as R/V Endeavor, E/V Nautilus and the newly awarded Regional-Class Research Vessel. Physical facilities include the Marine Science Research Facility, Brown Center for Computation and Visualization, Rhode Island Genomics & Sequencing Center, and the NSF Coastal Ecology Assessment Innovation and Modeling Program for Narragansett Bay. In general, we invite individuals with a strong commitment to research, to excellent teaching and mentorship at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Job Summary/Basic Function:

The successful applicant is expected to develop an externally funded research program. The candidate will contribute to teach graduate and undergraduate classes, to contribute to the graduate programs (M.S. and Ph.D.) through advising and research committee participation.

Qualifications

Required:

1.   Ph.D. or equivalent by the time of position hire appointment September 1, 2019) in oceanography, geochemistry, chemistry, biology, engineering, or related field.
2.   Demonstrated record of scholarly achievement as shown by publications, presentations at scientific meetings, honors, patents, and/or awards.
3.   Demonstrated potential for the development of an independently funded research program as shown by research statement or previously funded grants and/or awards.
4.   Research strengths and teaching potential that complement existing programs and foci at GSO and in affiliated departments.
5.   Demonstrated proficiency in written communication skills.
6.   Demonstrated proficiency in interpersonal and oral communication skills.
7.   Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups/populations.

Preferred:

Preference may be given to applicants that meet one or more of the following criteria;
We encourage applicants with a seagoing component to their research, as well as applicants working in high latitudes.

(1) Interest and experience in field and particularly seagoing research.
(2) Research and scholarly activity in high latitude regions.
(3) Potential for interdisciplinary collaborations.
(4) Teaching and/or mentoring experience.
(5) Post PhD research experience.
(6) Previous success with research funding.

Application Deadline: The search is open until filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by January 31, 2019. Second consideration may be given to applications received by February 28, 2019. Applications received subsequent to the second consideration date (February 28, 2019) may not be given full consideration.

- Position Vacancy: Reserve Manager/Natural Resources Administrator 2; Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Organization: Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Job Location: Huron, OH
Duration: Full-time
Application Deadline: Sunday, January 20, 2019
Application Website: Apply for this position here.

The Office of Coastal Management (OCM) coordinates and directs the activities of Ohio’s federally funded Old Woman Creek (OWC) National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) program and related natural resource conservation projects.

The Reserve Manager:

  • Directs day-to-day activities of the NERR program and supervises associated research, stewardship, education, coastal training and maintenance and administrative support staff (e.g., participates in employee selection process, schedules staff, assigns tasks, establishes goals & objectives, evaluates performance, ensures compliance with policies, recommends disciplinary action, approves time & attendance, etc.);
  • Formulates and implements policies and procedures of the NERR program;
  • Coordinates research, stewardship, education and coastal training programs based on the OCM strategic plan goals and objectives while addressing priority NERR issues;
  • Serves as OCM’s liaison with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management;
  • Advises supervisor on programmatic issues related to NOAA programs & the Coastal Zone Management Act;
  • Represents OCM - OWC at regional and national program meetings and conferences;
  • Implements the approved Management Plan for the Old Woman Creek NERR and updates the plan periodically for compatibility with the NERR program objectives and OCM strategic plan;
  • Operates a state vehicle to attend meetings and events;
  • Develops and implements an annual workplan in coordination with the ODNR Division of Natural Areas and Preserves (DNAP) for building and land maintenance and resource protection and stewardship activities associated with the OWC NERR and OWC State Nature Preserve (SNP);
  • Coordinates repairs and enhancements to facilities as necessary outside of the annual workplan;
  • Coordinates monitoring of preserve flora and fauna communities with DNAP;
  • Gathers administrative, fiscal, scientific and other technical data for performance reports, technical bulletins and other media as required to meet NOAA cooperative agreement and OCM reporting requirements;
  • Prepares a variety of annual and technical reports and programs evaluation documents;
  • Develops and coordinates public relations contacts for the OWC NERR program;
  • Coordinates public outreach efforts relate to the NERR program;
  • Prepares long-range plans, annual budgets, grant documents and NOAA cooperative agreements;
  • Oversees contract management; provides administrative oversight for all fiscal expenditures & budget tracking;
  • Serves as liaison with local groups & advisory councils associated with the NERR program;
  • Researches & responds to inquiries & complaints; provides programmatic information to the public, legislators & news media;
  • Writes reports & letters, makes speeches & gives lectures; and
  • Performs related duties assigned by supervisor.

Click the following link to learn more about the Office of Coastal Management

- Position Vacancy: Researcher position in Marine Plastic Pollution; Aarhus University

Organization: Aarhus University
Job Location: Aarhus, Denmark
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website: Apply Here

The Department of Bioscience at Aarhus University invites applications for a 4 year research position within the topic marine plastic pollution with special emphasis on micro plastic.

The candidate’s research should focus on development, tests and applications of methods for sampling, processing, characterization and quantification of anthropogenic pollutant micro particles to increase our understanding of occurrence, fate processes and impact of plastic debris in aquatic environments with focus on Denmark and Greenland. The candidate will have access to a newly acquired FTIR spectrometer and will collaborate with other ongoing activities within the area. The candidate will join a research group of 5-6 scientists and technical staff and have close collaboration with scientists from other Danish universities within the newly established Velux-center “MarinePlastic”.

The position is a full time position for four years as a researcher at the Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University Campus Roskilde (Frederiksborgvej 399, DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark). Our research builds upon a strong infrastructure including several smaller boats as well as the larger research vessel, Aurora. We also host a number of well-equipped research laboratories including ICP-MS, fluorescence spectrophotometer, GC-PFPD, HPLC, eDNA-facilities run by several lab technicians. The position is available as soon as possible.

The Department offers a vibrant and informal research environment with longstanding traditions for collaboration with international university partners in the absolute elite and with the Danish Ministry of Environment and Food. The working environment at the Department is based on teamwork and close working relations with developed network activities among young scientists, and social activities. English is widely spoken and we welcome applicants from abroad. Read about the Danish work-life balance, special opportunities for junior researchers, and the services available when relocating to Aarhus University at www.au.dk/work.

Requirements
The successful candidate must have a PhD in environmental sciences or engineering, marine ecology or a closely related field. Documented experience with spectroscopic identification of polymer materials as well as chemometric data analyses, preferably using MATLAB is a clear advantage.

Research and advisory activities at the department are project-driven with a solid tradition in cross-disciplinary research and strong team collaboration. Thus, we are looking for a candidate with proven collaborative skills and the ability to enrich the scientific environment in the Department of Bioscience.

The present job profile covers research as well as advisory activities. The research shall support the Department’s leading role in providing advice to the Danish and Greenland authorities on environmental issues, including regional sea conventions and European Union directives. Dissemination of research results to managers, politicians and other stakeholders is an important task in the position. 

It is also preferable to us that the candidate have international experience. However, as a major part of our advisory activities are in Danish it is important that he/she acquire the Danish language both spoken and written within the first years, and relevant courses will be offered. It is also expected that he/she write and speak English fluently and have excellent communication skills.

The Department of Bioscience hosts research programs, teaching curricula and consultancy that cover all major biological sub-disciplines and we conduct world-class research in the areas of Aquatic Biology and Ecology, Arctic Environment and Ecosystems, Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, Genetics and Evolution, Microbiology, and Zoophysiology. Research focus areas include human impact on species, the environment and the global nutrient cycle, the effects of global climate change on biological, chemical and physical processes in and around the aquatic environment, assessment of water quality and ecological status and studies on effects of measures that can be used to manage and reduce the loss of carbon, nutrients and pollutants to the aquatic environment. The activities take place at a national and international level with main activities in Denmark and Northern Europe, including the Arctic.

The Department of Bioscience, Roskilde, plays a leading role in providing advice to the Danish authorities on environmental issues including implementation and assessment of marine EU directives. We are deeply involved in the national marine monitoring programme (NOVANA), responsible for developing and revising technical guidelines, sampling and analysis of hazardous substances in sediment and biota, nutrients in water and biological parameters. Finally, we are responsible for data reporting to national and international databases. We have easy access to all large environmental databases, covering both the Arctic and the North- and Baltic Sea.

Application procedure 
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the assessment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. The selection is made on the basis of an assessment of who of the candidates are most relevant considering the requirements of the advertisement. All applicants will be notified within 6 weeks whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee and will receive his/her assessment. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process. 

Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. 

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Further information:
Further information about the position can be obtained from Head of Department Peter Henriksen (+45 87158557; pet@bios.au.dk) or Head of Section Karsten Dahl (+45 87158566 /+45 21201970); kda@bios.au.dk).

Aarhus University offers Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here.

- Position Vacancy: San Diego Chapter Policy Coordinator; Surfrider Foundation

Organization: Surfrider
Job Location: San Diego, California
Duration: Full-Time - Permanent
Application Website: Details

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. The Surfrider Foundation has achieved many important victories by persuading federal, state, and local governments to protect vital coastal and ocean resources. These accomplishments demonstrate the important role of community members and recreational users in advancing coastal and ocean stewardship.

The San Diego Chapter is seeking a highly motivated person for the position of Policy Coordinator, to lead the Chapter’s policy efforts by advancing local campaigns and programs to improve coastal and ocean protection. We are looking to recruit a team member to work in a high volume, self-motivated, deadline dependent environment. The ideal candidate will seek longevity and grow with the position. The main goal for this position is to increase environmental victories and preserve coastal resources. This position will work in a coordinated effort with the Executive Committee, Committee Leads and Surfrider Foundation Headquarters staff.

Responsibilities:

  • Devise and implement advocacy and organizing strategies to advance Surfrider Foundation’s mission in San Diego.
  • Collaborate with coalition partners, state agencies, and advisory bodies to support coastal policy initiatives.
  • Advance policy campaigns by building coalitions, testifying in hearings, and activating our grassroots network. Engage in outreach and consensus building on key policy initiatives.
  • Advocate for coastal programs/laws, such as the California Coastal Act and Clean Water Act.
  • Support Chapter volunteers in developing and implementing chapter programs including Coastal Preservation, Clean Water, Climate Change and Ocean Protection.
  • Support policy initiatives including Sea Level Rise Adaptation Planning, Chapter’s efforts in litigation, and coastal and ocean preservation.
  • Ensure that Surfrider Foundation positions and policies are scientifically based and within the scope of the Surfrider mission, policies and principles.
  • Stay current with science, policy, and political developments relevant to the Surfrider Foundation’s mission.
  • Act as Chapter’s spokesperson on environmental policy issues with the media.
  • Consider new issues and form Chapter’s stance.
  • Work in partnership with Committee Leads and HQ staff to engage Surfrider members in campaigns at the local and state level.
  • Work in partnership with Committee Leads and HQ staff to achieve coastal victories, and document those victories.
  • Maintain communication with members regarding policy issues via website updates, newsletters, press releases, blog posts, and social media outlets.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with the funding community and identify new opportunities to support the Chapter’s environmental work. Complete grant reports and proposals.

Reports to: San Diego Chapter Chair & Southern California Regional Manager

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of state, regional and national environmental management and policies.
  • Ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing with elected officials, agency staff, industry representatives, and ocean stakeholders.
  • Experience speaking publicly in front of a large number of people in diverse situations.
  • Experience in campaign planning, grassroots organizing, community outreach, and coalition building.
  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively throughout San Diego County.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours (including evenings and some weekends).
  • Self-Motivated

Education & Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years of experience working in environmental policy and/or advocacy.
  • Preferred graduate degree in environmental management, ocean policy, marine science, and/or legal experience.
  • In-depth knowledge of coastal and ocean management issues.
  • Familiarity with the Coastal Act, Coastal Commission and Clean Water Act.
  • Knowledge of the legislative process and the issues affecting coastal communities. 
  • Experience in coastal land use planning, shoreline permitting, sea level rise adaptation, and beach dredge and fill projects.
  • Proven ability to effectively manage multiple, complex tasks and to establish and regularly evaluate priorities.
  • Professional experience communicating, both orally and in writing, with agency staff, elected officials, industry representatives, and stakeholders.
  • Experience communicating with news media in all forms.
  • Proven success in project management including coordinating teams of diverse individuals.
  • Experience in grant management, reporting and communication with foundation program officers.

Benefits:
This is a full-time position based in San Diego, CA with medical, dental, vision and long-term disability premiums compensated by Surfrider Foundation. Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and 401(k) plan with partial employer matching. Paid vacation, paid sick time and paid holidays.

To Apply:
Submit cover letter (which must include salary requirements) resume, and optional reference list to: careers@surfridersd.org
Please state “San Diego Policy Coordinator Position” in the subject line of your email, and title resume and cover letter documents using this convention:  lastname_resume.doc & lastname_cover.doc
Deadline: Position will remain posted until filled - early submissions are strongly encouraged. 

- Position Vacancy: Outreach Associate; American Flood Coalition

Organization: American Flood Coalition
Job Location: Washington DC
Duration: Full Time
Application InformationPDF icon outreach_associate_jd.pdf

The American Flood Coalition is a nonpartisan group of 120+ elected officials, local leaders, military groups, and businesses that have come together to advocate for national solutions to sea level rise and flooding in our coastal and riverfront communities.  We’re a start-up nonprofit organization with deep donor backing, and we do things differently. We aim to change the game with a singular focus on sea level rise and flooding, a creative approach to finding solutions, and deep analysis and partnerships that leverage existing efforts. We draw on our strength as communicators and practical problem solvers to reach and bring in those that other groups do not, building broad public support for built and nature-based solutions at the local and national level. Our team is passionate, entrepreneurial, fast-paced, and looking to radically improve how communities around the country adapt to sea level rise and flooding.   

We are currently looking for a qualified candidate for the role of Outreach Associate. We are looking for an entrepreneurial person who is passionate about our mission and wants to help us to grow and manage our first-of-its-kind coalition to increase the urgency and solutions for sea level rise and flooding.    

The Outreach Associate role is two-fold. Firstly, the Outreach Associate will aid the Coalition Outreach Manager to help identify and onboard new members to grow the strength of the coalition, provide best-in-class tools and resources for members in coastal communities to address sea level rise and flooding, and support our most passionate members as they seek to increase the urgency around this issue nationally and take steps in their own communities.    

Additionally, this role will lead a special Adaptation Working Group made up of principals from key groups in the sea level rise and flooding adaptation space. The Working Group will bring together nonprofits, think tanks, business associations, and other organizations to develop a shared problem definition for sea level rise and flooding and to arrive at a set of comprehensive sea level rise and flooding adaptation policy priorities. This role calls for a refined ability to multitask, as well as the desire to develop and maintain relationships with a well-connected group of leaders. Additionally, a successful candidate will possess a keen sense of thoroughness and pay high attention to detail.   

Job Description  

  • Building and representing the Coalition to potential and current members, including meeting with city administrators, chambers of commerce, and others to explain the coalition and answer questions about joining, and onboarding new members
  • Aid in creating content and replicable tools to support coalition members   
  • Engage key stakeholders & viable players in the space. Develop and maintain relationships to identify key groups to engage accordingly
  • Lead Working Group participants in creating a shared problem definition for sea level rise and flooding.
  •  Conduct adaptation policy research. Research federal policy landscape for sea level rise and flooding adaptation, engaging with agency-level experts at all levels.
  • Conduct a policy mapping exercise that synthesizes findings about the flooding adaptation space and the relative role of programs, regulations and funding.   
  • Facilitate Working Group meetings and process. Oversee day-to-day operations of the Working Group and see to completion of project.   

Key Qualities 

  • Driven: Must love and be motivated to build resilience, enjoy problem solving and always try to improve our strategy, tools, and member experience within the coalition
  • Outgoing: Ability to build trust-based relationships and represent the coalition externally
  • Trustworthy. Builds trust-based relationships with partner organizations participating in the Working Group. Effectively represents the coalition externally to the Working Group and beyond.
  • Entrepreneurial: A self-starter who can drive their own work, think of new ideas, and collaborate effectively 
  • Organized: A detail-oriented team member who can build and maintain order across an ever-expanding coalition and prioritize responsibilities and deadlines across multiple projects
  • Engaged: Remains current with the latest news, ideas, and innovations in resilience while continually leveraging new tools and industry best practices to build resilience     

Qualifications

  • 2-3 years of work experience in resilience or a related field OR coalition building
  • Bachelor’s degree in the following major preferred: environmental science, geology, oceanography, business, political science, or public policy.   
  • Comprehensive understanding of sea level rise, flooding, resilience, or similar topics
  • A proven track record of building relationships & ability to create trust
  • Ability to execute with high precision multiple projects simultaneously.   

Compensation & Benefits

  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience 
  • Robust benefit options    
Please send resumes to benjamin@floodcoalition.org

- Position Vacancy: Program Officer, New York Seascape; Wildlife Conservation Society

Organization: Wildlife Conservation Society
Job Location: New York
Duration: Full-Time
Application Deadline: Friday, January 18, 2019
Application Website: WCS Careers
Application Information
PDF icon 5.vacancy_announcement_program_officer_ny_seascape_external.pdf

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a US non-profit, tax-exempt, private organization established in 1895 that saves wildlife and wild places by understanding critical issues, crafting science-based solutions, and taking conservation actions that benefit nature and humanity. With more than a century of experience, long-term commitments in dozens of landscapes, presence in more than 60 nations, and experience helping to establish over 150 protected areas across the globe, WCS has amassed the biological knowledge, cultural understanding and partnerships to ensure that vibrant, wild places and wildlife thrive alongside local communities. Working with local communities and organizations, that knowledge is applied to address species, habitat and ecosystem management issues critical to improving the quality of life of poor rural people whose livelihoods depend on the direct utilization of natural resources.

WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. Started in 1895 (as the New York Zoological Society), WCS has a long history of ocean conservation and exploration, from its role in the first international wildlife treaties of the 1910s, the earliest deep-sea dives in the 1930s, the first land-sea parks of the 1950s, to the discovery of whale song in the 1970s. Its history in New York is just as strong, going back to its acquisition of the New York Aquarium in 1906, a cultural cornerstone of the city, which just opened the new Ocean Wonders: Sharks! exhibit, and sees nearly a million visitors a year. The WCS New York Seascape Program, as one of WCS’s ten priority seascapes within the global portfolio, serves as a unique bridge between our global conservation work and our presence in New York. The program addresses pressing marine conservation issues within the 16,000 square miles of ocean from Montauk, New York, to Cape May, New Jersey, and the Long Island Sound. This area remains an ecological treasure trove, providing critical migration routes for globally threatened animals. Yet, with over 20 million people along the coastline, as well as shipping, energy development, and commercial and recreational fishing, these are among the busiest waters in the world. The New York Seascape program’s objectives are to restore populations of depleted marine species (currently sharks, whales, and American eels), protect key coastal and offshore habitats, and inspire and build a diverse, vocal constituency for marine conservation. WCS works to achieve these outcomes through field research, policy initiatives, and education and outreach efforts. For more information about the New York Seascape, WCS Marine Programs and the NY Aquarium, visit http://www.wcs.org/saving-wild-places/ocean/new-york-seascape.aspx and https://nyaquarium.com/

Job Summary:

The Program Officer plays a vital role within a small but dynamic team that makes up the WCS New York Seascape Program. The primary objective of the position is to manage grants and select programs, coordinate and oversee the administrative, financial and outreach needs of New York Seascape Program, and act as a communication bridge between the New York Seascape Program, Global Marine Conservation Program, and NY Aquarium. The Program Officer will also provide financial and logistical support for the Ocean Giants Program’s New York-based work and will provide some assistance in the financial management of other priorities within the Global Marine Conservation Program. The position reports to the Associate Director, New York Seascape, and coordinates with Global Marine Conservation Senior Program Manager. The position is based at the NY Aquarium (Coney Island), with some time at the Bronx Zoo (Bronx).  The position splits responsibilities between the NY Seascape Program (including NY Aquarium and NY-based Ocean Giants Program) at 80 percent time, and the Global Marine Conservation Program at 20 percent.

Major Responsibilities:

Finance and Grants Management 

  • Manage overall New York Seascape Program budget, including routine tracking of new grants, expenses, and overall financial status of the program.
  • Help develop and maintain annual New York Seascape budget and financial reports, in coordination with Finance and relevant departments.
  • Research, vet, and compile new grant prospects and opportunities for presentation to New York Seascape and Global Resources (Development) staff.
  • Support grant proposal process including development and review of proposal budgets and narratives, and implications on overall programmatic budgetary management.
  • Serve as the liaison between the New York Seascape Program, the New York Aquarium and other WCS departments, including Finance, Development, General Counsel, for proposal, grant and budget reviews, approvals and management.
  • Assist Global Marine Conservation Senior Program Manager with tracking of expenses, financial reporting for grants, processing reimbursements, and developing annual program budgets across Global Marine Program, as needed.

Communications

  • Assist in researching, compiling, revising, and editing public and internal facing materials for New York Seascape, and select Global Marine and Ocean Giants materials.
  • Work with New York Seascape staff to develop and facilitate external communications, including social media and donor facing materials.
  • Participate in select Global Marine meetings and events as New York Seascape representative.
  • Participate in public engagement events (e.g. tabling at science festivals, conferences, etc.) on behalf of NY Seascape.
  • As time permits, develop and manage outreach, arts, and communication projects.

General 

  • Coordinate and provide administrative, field, and logistical support to the New York Seascape and Ocean Giants (NY-based work), as well as the Global Marine Conservation program, including scheduling meetings and events and liaising with other WCS departments.
  • Provide support to these programs through processing reimbursements, contract payments, managing purchasing requests, overseeing consultancy contracts and sub-grant agreements, and creation of waivers and vendor agreements.
  • Maintain program files and databases, including grants, contracts, consulting agreements, outreach materials and other work products for these programs.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree.
  • 2+ years of experience in non-profit administration, financial management, or similar preferred.
  • Ability to work with a dispersed team, and in multiple locations.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with an ability to work with a wide variety of people from different backgrounds and cultures.
  • Basic understanding of marine conservation a plus but not required.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including responsiveness to multiple, simultaneous projects and demands; ability to set and follow priorities, and meet deadlines.
  • Strong writing and editing skills. Ability to produce clear and concise communications.
  • Detail oriented with demonstrated commitment to follow through and quality control.
  • Service oriented and able to react to varied requests in a timely manner.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office suite as well as google platform.

Application Process:
Interested candidates, who meet the above qualifications should apply by emailing an application letter and CV together with salary requirements and the names and contact information of three references to: globalrecruitment@wcs.org by January 18, 2019 deadline. Please include Program Officer, New York Seascape” in the subject line of your email.

In addition, please note that all candidates must also apply online via the WCS career portal at: http://www.wcs.org/about-us/careers

- Position Vacancy: Sustainable Seafood Senior Program Manager; Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Organization: Gulf of Maine Research Institute

SupervisorChief Community Officer

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) pioneers collaborative solutions to global ocean challenges.  Our scientists explore dynamic ocean systems from marine life to environmental conditions to coastal economies. We infuse our discoveries into the policy arena and design solutions with fishermen and seafood businesses to protect fishery resources, harvest them responsibly, and market them as premium quality food. We share our discoveries with the public and nurture a culture of leadership in communities that depend on the sea. Our education programs cultivate science literacy and build a foundation of collaborative problem-solving among our next generation of leaders, scientists, citizens, and stewards. Each year, we serve over 25,000 stakeholders from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia.

GMRI’s Sustainable Seafood Program advises buyers on responsible sourcing from around the world and develops strategies to increase the volume and value of Gulf of Maine (GOM) seafood sold into regional markets by engaging across the supply chain. Key elements of the program include: Gulf of Maine Responsibly Harvested Brand, which verifies GOM fisheries against internationally recognized standards and licenses supply chain partners to use the brand to credential GOM seafood; buyer engagement with major regional retail banners on global sourcing; convenings to build awareness and facilitate flow of local product through regional supply chains; business partnerships to increase sales of GOM seafood at restaurants, retailers, high schools, universities, hospitals, and corporations; facilitation of Fishery Improvement Projects to help regional fisheries meet sustainable seafood standards of major purchasers; and technical assistance for producers to increase access to local seafood markets.

GMRI seeks a seasoned professional to lead its Sustainable Seafood Program. The successful candidate will bring rich experience, creativity, energy, and a successful professional track record. The position requires vision and initiative to uncover and develop new pathways that increase market access and market value for GOM seafood and to provide expert consultation to major buyers on seafood sourcing from around the world. The Sustainable Seafood Senior Program Manager will lead a highly capable team and draw on the experience of colleagues at GMRI. The Senior Program Manager is responsible for generating revenue and delivering on program commitments.

Responsibilities

The Sustainable Seafood Senior Program Manager responsibilities are as follows:

Program Leadership:

  • Provide strategic leadership for the Sustainable Seafood Program, anticipating opportunities and trends and responding accordingly. 
  • Refine and implement strategic plans for the Sustainable Seafood Program.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with leading fishing associations, processors, brokers, supermarket chains, restaurant chains, and conservation groups.

Relationship Management: 

  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with other national and international sustainable seafood organizations, including the Marine Stewardship Council, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Sustainable Fisheries Partnership.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with leading fishing associations, processors, brokers, supermarket chains, and restaurant chains.

Technical Support to Supply Chain:

  • Harness market demand for responsibly harvested/grown seafood through supply chain engagement.
  • Work with lead supermarket partners to implement robust responsible seafood sourcing policies across all categories.
  • Knit together early adopters in the seafood supply chain to collaborate in the development of premium market opportunities for Gulf of Maine seafood.
  • Nurture market demand for Gulf of Maine seafood through partnerships with restaurants, retailers, and institutions.

Fundraising:

  • Assume point of contact responsibility with funding sources.
  • Secure funding required to grow and sustain the program through grant writing and individual and corporate donor stewardship and solicitation.
  • Develop and implement long-term funding model.

Program Management:

  • Hire and supervise three or more program staff.
  • Develop and manage annual budget in excess of $500,000.
  • Fulfill administrative reporting duties as required.
  • Represent GMRI at meetings and conferences.
  • Collaborate with GMRI’s other research, education, and community programs to integrate the Sustainable Seafood program.

Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of professional experience in seafood marketing, certification, buyer engagement, or similar;
  • Proven track record in raising funds and managing grants & contracts;
  • Experience leading a dynamic team;
  • Experience in designing, developing and executing sophisticated programs including stakeholder engagement.
  • Ability to collaborate with small and large businesses;
  • Advanced degree in business, marine policy, marketing, or similar preferred;
  • Self-motivation; and
  • Sense of humor

To Apply:

To apply for this position, visit the GMRI website: http://gmri.org/about-us/join-our-team/jobs.  The application link is within the text of the job description.  Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. Questions should be referred to jobs@gmri.org. However, we will not accept resumes sent to this address. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. GMRI is an equal opportunity employer.

- Position Vacancy: Coastal Program Analyst I or II; California Coastal Commission

Organization: California Coastal Commission
Job Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: Full-Time - 2 years
Application Website: More Information and How To Apply

The California Coastal Commission is seeking a new talented addition to its Executive Division with assignments in other units. The Commission is a small State agency that is charged with protecting coastal resources and managing coastal development in California. The mission of the Commission is to implement the Coastal Act and to provide for the balanced use of the coastal zone and to protect, restore, and enhance coastal and marine resources for the continuing benefit of current and future generations. Employees at the Commission enjoy working on a broad range of issues to plan for and manage coastal land uses while protecting important coastal resources including wetlands, habitats that support rare and endangered species, scenic landscapes and views to the sea, public shoreline access and recreation opportunities. The Commission’s staff includes dedicated planners, scientists, attorneys and administrative staff.

The California Coastal Commission values diversity at all levels of the organization and is committed to fostering an environment in which employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. We believe the diversity of our employees and their unique ideas inspire innovative solutions to further our mission of protecting and enhancing California’s coast and ocean for present and future generations.

The duties of the Coastal Program Analyst I or II include the following:

  • Environmental Justice and Tribal Consultation: The analyst will have significant responsibilities as a part of the Commission’s Environmental Justice team, working on a large range of environmental justice and Coastal Act issues in regulatory and planning actions. The analyst will have significant responsibilities working in a range of tribal consultation assignments as a part of a larger team.
  • Federal Consistency Review and Transportation Planning and Special Projects: This position will include a variety of assignments in several different units including working on federal consistency projects and a broad range of planning and regulation tasks related to transportation projects. This position will also include a variety of special projects related to federal grants and regulatory and planning projects.
  • Knowledge of the California Coastal Act; the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); current state planning law, environmental justice and tribal issues, and principles and practices of land use planning is critical. A background in planning, environmental studies, resource management, climate resiliency planning, or a closely related field is desirable.
  • The successful candidate must demonstrate strong analytical skills and the ability to research and creatively explore complex coastal resource issues. Effective writing and verbal communication skills and the ability to work both independently and as a team member are critical. Candidate must be able to work cooperatively with other local, state and federal agency official and will be expected to be rigorous in identifying issues and pro-active in his/her problem-solving efforts. Fluency in Spanish would be an asset and the candidate may be considered for bilingual pay.

Duties will be adjusted commensurate with the level at which the position is filled.
Eligibility: Individuals on the Coastal Program Analyst I and/or Coastal Program Analyst II eligible list may apply. Current or former State employees with transfer or reinstatement rights at the Coastal Program Analyst I or Coastal Program Analyst II level may also apply. (Please note that in order to be eligible to transfer or reinstatement, applicants must meet the minimum qualifications of the Coastal Program Analyst I or II classification.) Applicants must clearly indicate the basis of their eligibility, including SROA, surplus, transfer, re-employment status, or list eligibility in the Examination or Job Title section on the State Application Form 678.

Salary:
Coastal Program Analyst I 
Range A $3,512 - $3,990 per month*
Range B $3,623 - $4,318 per month*
Range C $4,344 - $5,439 per month*
*Salary will be determined by the Alternate Range Criteria.
Coastal Program Analyst II $5,223 – $6,542 per month

- Position Vacancy: Fisheries Scientist; Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland

Organization: Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland
Job Location: St. John, Newfoundland
Duration: Full-Time / Permanent 
Application Deadline: Friday, February 1, 2019
Application Website: Apply Here

Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research (CFER) Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland FISHERIES ECOSYSTEMS SCIENTIST (Permanent Position)

CFER is in an exciting period of expansion and invites applications for a Fisheries Scientist position. Requirements for this position include a Ph.D. in fisheries science, marine ecology, biological oceanography or a closely related discipline with related experience in the North Atlantic or similar fisheries ecosystems. A strong quantitative background and experience in ecosystem modeling, stock assessment, fieldwork and next-gen marine science technology will all be considered assets. Applicants should have the ability to develop an internationally recognized and self-directed research program and team focusing on Northwest Atlantic fisheries ecosystems, excellent communication skills, and a strong commitment to supervise graduate students. The ability to work collaboratively with industry, fish harvesters, academic colleagues, and government agencies is also important.

In order to achieve these goals, the successful applicant is expected to develop a dynamic, grant supported research program that compliments and extends existing CFER capabilities.  This position may be eligible for research funding for graduate students and Post-Doctoral Fellows (PDFs) through the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI) initiative (http://oceanfrontierinstitute.com/)  and will also be eligible to lead and partner with research initiatives under the recently announced Canada's Ocean Supercluster (https://oceansupercluster.ca/) and the Atlantic Fisheries Fund (https://urlproxy.sunet.se/canit/urlproxy.php?_q=aHR0cDovL2F0bGFudGljZmlzaGVyaWVzZnVuZC5jYQ%3D%3D&_s=c2VnYXRlLnN1bmV0LnNl&_c=48e2ecac&_r=c3VuZXQtc2U%3D).

CFER was created in 2010 with a mandate to conduct research on fisheries science of the North Atlantic, the Canadian Arctic and other similar ecosystems internationally. CFER has built a dynamic team of research scientists and technical personnel with varying specialties and is now the largest university-based capture fisheries research group in Canada. Graduate students and PDFs play a key role in CFER research. Please go to www.mi.mun.ca/cfer for additional information.

CFER is part of the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University which is Canada's most comprehensive centre for education, training, applied research and industrial support for the ocean industries. Memorial is a dynamic university with teaching and research programs of international distinction. The University has more than 18,500 undergraduate and graduate students supported by 1,100 faculty members and a staff of over 2,500 employees. St. John's is a family friendly vibrant city, with mild winters and comfortable summers, with a rich culture and history and provides the best of outdoor lifestyles and activities along with city living. Please visit www.newfoundlandlabrador.com for more information.   

Salary: Commensurate with Marine Institute's Instructors' Collective Agreement (NAPE Local 7405)  
Competition No: MISI-18-23

Applications must be received by the end of the business day on the competition closing date.  For further information concerning this opportunity, email us at humanresources@mi.mun.ca, or contact the Human Resources Office, Marine Institute, Room E3306C, phone (709) 778-0440, fax (709) 778-0673. 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.  We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

- Position Vacancy: Fishery Specialist; New England Fishery Management Council

Organization: New England Fishery Mgmt Council
Job Location: Newburyport, MA
Duration: Full-Time
Salary: $58,000 – $73,000 
Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Application Website: More Info Here

The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is seeking candidates for a Fishery Specialist with experience in economics. This is a highly visible, demanding position. The specialist will assist in the preparation of fishery management plans and be expected to conduct numerous economic analyses that require a broad range of technical and communications skills.

Responsibilities:  The successful candidate will work closely with the Council staff, as well as with other professionals from state agencies, the federal government, fishery user groups, and academic institutions, and be required to:

  • Assist in the preparation of documents, including Environmental Impact Statements for fishery management plans and amendments;
  • Compile and analyze fisheries, environmental, biological, socio-economic, or other technical data using appropriate database and statistical analysis software;
  • Prepare meeting summaries and assist in the conduct of public meetings;
  • Develop economic analyses of fishery management alternatives, including cost-benefit analyses or analyses of cost effectiveness;
  • Communicate economic concepts effectively to decision-makers and the public;
  • Work collaboratively with other fisheries scientists, economists, and social scientists; and
  • Conduct other tasks as assigned.

Qualifications:  Applicants should have: (1) a solid grounding or experience in the management of fisheries in federal waters; (2) experience working cooperatively with small teams to complete high-pressure tasks under demanding deadlines; (3) a demonstrated ability to explain complicated issues to diverse audiences; and (4) a Master of Science Degree in economics with experience in resource or fisheries-related economic analysis.

- Position Vacancy: Pacific Fisheries Policy Director; American Sportfishing Association

Organization: American Sportfishing Association
Job Location: Alexandria, Virginia
Duration: Full-Time - Permanent

The American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the trade association for the sportfishing industry, seeks applicants for a new full-time position to lead fisheries-related government affairs activities in the Pacific (California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii) region. The Pacific Fisheries Policy Director will work integrally with ASA members and staff, federal and state legislative personnel, resource management agencies, fisheries conservation organizations, businesses and other stakeholders to further ASA goals and objectives. The position is based in ASA’s Alexandria, Va. office.

Duties:

  • Work with ASA’s government affairs team and various organizations to identify legislative and policy issues in the Pacific region affecting the recreational fishing industry, including those related to fisheries conservation, access and fishing participation.
  • Monitor, provide analysis of, and engage in relevant federal legislative and regulatory issues affecting Pacific fisheries.
  • Coordinate with partners in the region on local and state legislative and regulatory issues.
  • Represent the recreational fishing industry in meetings with resource management agencies (including federal agencies, the Regional Fishery Management Councils and individual state commissions/agencies), federal and state legislative personnel and conservation partners.
  • Engage ASA members and grassroots in fisheries advocacy efforts.
  • Work collaboratively with ASA’s marketing and communications team to develop effective messaging and identify appropriate channels to raise awareness of ASA’s Pacific fisheries policy positions, including through e-newsletters, news releases, website content, social media, video and print production, and marketing initiatives.

Requirements:
Candidates must be self-starters with the ability to work independently on multiple tasks. Strong written and oral communication skills, particularly as they pertain to engagement in public policy, are required. Minimum of three years of experience in fisheries management and/or public policy. Must have a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in the fields of environmental policy or fisheries science.

About ASA:
ASA is the sportfishing industry’s trade association, committed to representing the interests of the entire sportfishing community. ASA gives the industry a unified voice speaking out when emerging laws and policies could significantly affect sportfishing business or sportfishing itself.

This position reports to the Vice President of Government Affairs. Please submit resume, three references and a cover letter with salary requirements via email to Mike Leonard at mleonard@asafishing.org.

- Position Vacancy: Chief Biologist; Pacific Salmon Commission

Organization: Pacific Salmon Commission
Job Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Duration: Full-Time - Permanent
Salary: CAD $104,788 – $122,703/year
Application Deadline: Friday, February 1, 2019
Application Website: More Information
Apply Here

The Pacific Salmon Commission (PSC), an international organization responsible for transboundary salmon fisheries management in Canada and the United States, is seeking a Chief Biologist for its headquarters in Vancouver, B.C. This position is open to Canadian and non- Canadian citizens.

This is a senior position within the PSC Secretariat, reporting to the Executive Secretary and part of the management team. In coordination with division staff, the Chief Biologist is responsible for general scientific program administration and delivery of Fraser River salmon stock assessments.

Major duties:

The Chief Biologist is the Secretariat’s principal officer for scientific and technical initiatives. In general, the Chief Biologist is responsible for ensuring the Secretariat’s technical programs are suited to the needs of the Parties, cost effective, and scientifically defensible. In addition to routine deliverables, this entails strategic planning in the areas of stock assessment, data management, workforce strategy, and scientific policy. While subordinate staff are responsible for significant data collection and analysis in Fraser River salmon assessments, the incumbent is responsible for ensuring cohesive and timely delivery of final results to the PSC’s Fraser River Panel and Fraser River Technical Committee. This requires review and collation of staff work for transmission and explanation to scientists, fishery managers, and industry representatives from Canada and the United States. The Chief Biologist is also a point of contact for media, and represents the scientific staff at Commission meetings and other forums where PSC technical expertise is required.

- Position Vacancy: Associate, Fisheries Monitoring & Evaluation; RARE

Organization: RARE
Job Location: Brazil
Duration: Full-Time
Application WebsiteApply here

The Associate, Fisheries Monitoring and Evaluation provides conservation science and technical support for RARE’s Fish Forever initiative in Brazil on key monitoring and assessment needs for conveying the impact of RAREe’s work and promoting community implementation of the Fish Forever Global Initiative in the region.  He/she will help coordinate all biophysical and social-economic monitoring efforts, provide support to ensure that data collection protocols and analysis are scientifically validated and consistent with global guidance, as well as assist with training of Pride Program Managers and local leaders.

The Associate, Fisheries Monitoring and Evaluation will assist program management staff as well as the Director and the Vice President for the country in promotion of Pride campaigns to potential campaign partners and donors, and will excel in the following essential functions:  

  • Monitoring and Evaluation: coordinate the collection and organization of analytical data to support the evaluation of FF outcomes and impacts on fisheries; provide technical support during field monitoring visits and assist Program Managers and Director in development of Monitoring and Evaluation plan; conducting surveys, identifying potential partners and researchers, and preparing Monitoring and Evaluation reports; coordinate with the FF Arlington office to ensure that data collection, entry, analysis, and visualization are consistent with global standards and protocols.
  • Knowledge Transfer and Training: assist with the adaptation and refinement of activities and materials for workshops, formal training and other knowledge transfer and training activities; support in determining strategic goals for conservation initiatives, defining roles and responsibilities, networking and identifying professionals and technical experts to support implementation of Rare’s programs in Brazil.
  • Project Management: Assist in the development of content for Cooperation and Partnership Agreements/Contracts (such as work plans and budgets) with suitable institutions, including Universities and Research Centers and monitor the implementation of the terms and conditions of these contracts;

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Masters preferred in environmental science, oceanography, marine conservation or related field. 
  • A minimum of 2 years work experience in fisheries and/ marine science.
  • Knowledge of database and statistical analysis software, data maintenance, procedures, protocols, administration, etc.
  • Experience in biological and social data collection, processing, analyses and interpretation.
  • Knowledge of coastal amazon fisheries desirable.
  • Fluency in written and spoken Portuguese and advanced level of English.
  • Proactive, consultative and results oriented with a record of having strategically driven an organization’s mission forward, while simultaneously striving to improve organization business models.
  • Experience working on projects involving multiple stakeholders, partnerships and contracts.
  • Analytical, detail orientated and organized.
  • Demonstrated interest in learning.
  • Willingness to travel locally and internationally based on needs of the position, often in uncomfortable circumstances and work extended hours when necessary.
  • Network development and alliance building skills to consult and collaborate across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals; demonstrated ability to build consensus.
  • Experience in successfully meeting budgets and deadlines.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with co-workers and the stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of general financial tracking and business practices to effectively support budget management.
  • Valid Brazilian driver’s license, class B

- Position Vacancy: Fisheries Scientist; Oceana

Organization: Oceana
Job Location: Philippines
Duration: Full-Time - Permanent
Application Website: Information here

The Fisheries Scientist will play a substantive role on Oceana Philippines’ team working to secure improvements in fisheries management and marine conservation.  He or she will research key issues and prepare reports, serve as a subject matter expert for our campaigns, as well as lead or assist in various policy initiatives. The Fisheries Scientist will have extensive contact with research scientists and representatives of government agencies and other stakeholders.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

  • Carry out research on Oceana’s campaign topics and other subjects relevant to Oceana’s objectives, including the review of fisheries science and management research. Review technical working group and regulatory documents for scientific content and report on relevance to campaign goals and strategies.
  • Research, draft and/or review content for Oceana scientific reports and other external communications, with particular attention to scientific accuracy.
  • Maintain subject matter expertise in relevant marine conservation topics, especially marine fisheries science and management, by following the current literature, attending relevant meetings, and communicating with peers in the field. Maintain a wide network of fisheries scientists and related experts.
  • Develop contracts with and oversee the work of scientific consultants.
  • Establish and nurture institutional relationships, represent Oceana in external meetings with scientists, industry and community representatives, resource managers, government agencies, and other nongovernmental organizations
  • Organize and participate in staff trainings and campaign planning. Facilitate and ensure the flow of information and documentation necessary for operational efficacy.
  • Assist in preparation of internal reports for the Board of Directors and foundations.
  • Maintain secrecy and confidentiality when working with sensitive information.
  • Assist the Vice President of Oceana Philippines in matters pertaining to these functions.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

Education and work experience:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant scientific discipline such as marine biology, ecology, oceanography, fisheries and wildlife conservation and biology, natural resource management.
  • At least ten years of professional experience in fisheries science and/or policy.

Skills and knowledge:

  • Ability to accurately synthesize large amounts of information, quickly identify relevant issues or questions, and recommend responses or solutions.
  • Excellent research, writing and editing skills. Ability to communicate technical concepts clearly and concisely.
  • Skilled at organizing and prioritizing multiple projects, and completing tasks with accuracy and independence.
  • Knowledge of the scientific underpinning of the major marine conservation issues, especially marine fisheries science and management.
  • Ability to represent Oceana in a professional and courteous manner with scientists, policymakers, stakeholders and the media.
  • Ability to accommodate a varied workload in a fast-paced campaign environment.  Flexible and collaborative member of a multidisciplinary team. Occasional irregular hours and travel will be required.

To Apply: Please submit your resume and cover letter to http://applicants-philippines@oceana.org
Please ensure that they are sent with the titles “Your name cover letter” and “Your name CV”. Please put “Fisheries Scientist” in the email subject line.

- Position Vacancy: Stock Assessment Manager; Lummi Indian Business Council

Job Location: Bellingham, Washington
Duration: Full-Time - Permanent
Salary: $33.18-37.16/hour
Application Deadline: Monday, February 4, 2019
Application Website: More Information; Apply here
Application InformationPDF icon 381_2014_libc_application.pdf

This is an exempt position that serves as a senior staff natural resource specialist and program manager, and will be assigned projects that are a high priority for the Lummi Natural Resource (LNR) Department. The Stock Assessment Manager will provide leadership, management and technical support services to achieve the Lummi Indian Business Council’s (LIBC) and LNR’s near term objective of realizing salmon harvests comparable to those experienced during the mid-1980s, and in the long-term providing Lummi fishers with an opportunity to earn a “moderate living” from fishing while fulfilling ceremonial and subsistence harvest needs. The Stock Assessment Manager will manage LNR’s stock assessment operations and provide the necessary technical information to inform fisheries harvest planning, and salmon enhancement and salmon recovery restoration efforts. This position requires extensive knowledge in salmon biology and population assessment methodologies. The Manager will supervise professional and technical staff, develop and implement sampling programs, oversee and maintain budgets, and provide technical recommendations to other division managers regarding salmon management.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage the Stock Assessment Program, including the development of strategic short- and long-range plans, programs, goals, performance measures and objectives; program planning to meet LIBC, LNR department and division goals, budget planning, administration and reporting, and staffing.
  • Oversee the implementation of scientifically rigorous adult and juvenile abundance estimates for salmonids in the Nooksack/Samish terminal area; this may include, but not be limited to, redd and carcass estimates, mark-recapture and radio tag studies, hydro-acoustic and PIT-tag projects, operating a screw trap and test fisheries.
  • Lead the development, collection, storage, and sharing of stock assessment and harvest sampling surveys and data, and coordinate information needs with other LNR Divisions (Restoration, Salmon Enhancement, ESA, etc) to meet policy requirements and Lummi harvest objectives.
  • Work with state and tribal co-managers to evaluate and update existing stock assessment survey and sampling methodologies utilized by LNR staff (especially salmon and steelhead). Develop and implement a comprehensive, cost effective data collection strategy that will inform harvest, enhancement, and restoration planning.
  • Participate in the development and review of post-season escapement estimates and preseason run size forecasts.
  • Assume a lead role in the Nooksack River early Chinook fishery (currently a mark-selective tangle net fishery). Coordinate fishery, data collection and reporting, and contract negotiation.
  • Design, conduct and document scientific studies, biological sampling, data analysis and test fisheries for proactive, adaptive and responsible fisheries management;
  • Under the direction of the Fisheries Manager, coordinate with other LNR Divisions and/or managers (Enhancement, Restoration, Shellfish) to advance LIBC’s harvest objectives and to ensure compliance with Hatchery Genetic Management Plans (HGMPs), Fishery Agreements, etc to the extent applicable and in alignment with LNR policy direction.
  • In consultation with the Fisheries Manager, hire staff members and manage performance including providing appropriate training, conducting regular performance appraisals, and administering corrective action if necessary; supervise 2-3 professional staff and 4-8 technical staff in field sampling, data management and reporting.
  • Develop and monitor yearly budgets for the Stock Assessment Program in accordance with Title 28; coordinate budget and expense allocation with the grants office.
  • Coordinate with the Fisheries Manager, and other division managers, to identify and pursue grant funding consistent with LNR priorities. Develop and submit grant proposal, oversee project implementation, and administer grants, track grant status, obligations, project close out and reporting.
  • Prepare and manage contract awards and modifications in accordance with the Lummi Procurement Policy and funding agency requirements.
  • Ensure division goals, timelines, standards and reporting requirements are met.
  • Hold bi-weekly program meetings and provide a written report of meeting to the Fisheries Manager. 15. Attend Managers meetings with a brief written report of program highlights and projected activities.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • M.S. in fisheries science or related natural resources field from a recognized fisheries management/biology program and 3 years of relevant work experience involving Pacific salmon species preferred;
  • OR B.S. in fisheries science or related natural resources field from a recognized fisheries management/biology program and 5 years of relevant work experience of specialized experience in fisheries stock assessment.
  • Strong computer experience with statistical analysis, word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software.
  • Must possess a valid Washington State Driver’s License and meet eligibility requirements for tribal insurance.
  • Lummi/Native American/Veteran preference policy applies

Knowledge, Abilities And Skills:

  • Knowledge of field methods for estimating population indices of salmon, environmental conditions and habitat;
  • Strong quantitative analysis skills; experience designing and implementing scientifically sound sampling plans;
  • Strong administrative skills including supervision, budget management, and project organization;
  • Experience preparing grant proposals and meeting grant deliverables;
  • Experience working with Native American tribes preferred;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, cultural sensitivity, empathy, and cooperative and collaborative problem solving approach;
  • Demonstrated ability to comply with established policies and standard protocols and ability to work independently, to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously, and to effectively prioritize tasks;
  • Ability to organize time effectively and, when necessary, work beyond normal working hours to achieve task objectives in a timely fashion;
  • Must maintain strict confidentiality at all times;
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Access, GIS (e.g. ArcGIS) and electronic field data collection;
  • Ability to operate small boats safely is desirable

Requirements:

  • Must pass pre-employment and random drug and alcohol test to be eligible for and maintain employment, as required by the LIBC Drug & Alcohol Free Workplace Policy.
  • Position requires extensive Criminal Background Check.

To Apply:

To obtain a Lummi Indian Business Council (LIBC) application go to: https://www.lummi-nsn.gov/widgets/Job.php?id=318 or request by e-mail libchr@lummi-nsn.gov For more information contact the HR front desk (360) 312-2023. Submit LIBC application, cover letter, resume & reference letters no later than 4:30 p.m. on the closing date listed above. If listing degrees or certifications include copies. Mailing Address: 2665 Kwina Road, Bellingham, WA 98226. Human Resource Fax number: 360-380-6991.

- Position Vacancy: Program Officer; Waitt Institute

Organization: Waitt Institute
Job Location: La Jolla
Duration: Full Time
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Application Deadline: Friday, February 1, 2019
Application Website: Waitt Institute
Application InformationPDF icon wf_program_officer_position_description.pdf

This position will support the Blue Prosperity Coalition, a major new initiative of the Waitt Foundation, Waitt Institute and other partners with a focus on ocean conservation. The Coalition works with Government partners to achieve ocean protection and sustainable blue growth through technical assistance in marine spatial planning. The Program Officer will play a leadership role developing successful Blue Prosperity Coalition initiatives, including working directly with potential Government partners to develop memoranda of understanding for the Blue Prosperity Coalition. The position will report to the Managing Director of the Waitt Foundation.

The Program Officer is responsible for developing new partnerships with national or provincial Governments for the Blue Prosperity Coalition. Substantial international travel (>50% time) is required for country-level engagement and regional and international meetings. This position will spend a significant amount of time communicating externally with the public and private sectors.

Specifically, the Program Officer will:

  • Work with executive and senior staff to develop strategies on policy and planning as it relates to the Blue Prosperity Coalition
  • Build durable and successful Blue Prosperity Coalition initiatives through partnership development and negotiation
  • Develop long-term relationships with government officials, other partners and key stakeholders
  • Prepare written materials, including scoping documents, as well as synthesizing meeting and travel reports
  • Advise senior leadership on Blue Prosperity initiative opportunities and potential pitfalls
  • Institutionalize programs and processes for program sites and headquarters
  • Represent Waitt Foundation at meetings, conferences and other events at project sites and at other locations

Qualifications Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university
  • Demonstrated skill in establishing and cultivating strong, long-term relationships
  • Strong knowledge of political processes at the international and country-based levels
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including excellent presentation, interpersonal and public speaking skills
  • An affinity and sensitivity for working with a culturally and politically diverse community
  • Ability to work effectively with others internally and externally, including resolving conflicts while maintaining important and effective relationships
  • Ability to conduct policy analysis and issue development
  • Ability to negotiate beneficial agreements on behalf of the Waitt Foundation
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and meet established timelines
  • Detail orientation and high level of organization skills

Preferred:

  • 5-7 years of relevant work experience
  • Master’s degree in public policy or law degree
  • External relations, government relations, or external sales expertise
  • Experience working with developing countries and international organizations
  • Experience with ocean conservation and management programs and policy, including marine spatial planning, fisheries management, and blue economy
  • Experience working with non-profits and non-governmental organizations

To apply, submit cover letter and resume as PDFs to info@waittfoundation.org with the “Program Officer” in the Subject Line. Reviewed on rolling basis. For full consideration, please submit application by February 1, 2019.

- Position Vacancy: Program Manager; Waitt Institute

Organization: Waitt Institute
Job Location: La Jolla
Duration: Full Time
Application Deadline: Friday, February 1, 2019
Application Website: Waitt Institute
Application InformationPDF icon wi_program_manager_position_description.pdf

Posit This position will support the Blue Prosperity Coalition, a major new initiative of the Waitt Foundation, Waitt Institute and other partners with a focus on ocean conservation. The Coalition works with Government partners to achieve ocean protection and sustainable blue growth through technical assistance in marine spatial planning. The Program Manager will support successful development and implementation of the Blue Prosperity Initiative and provide general support to the Waitt Institute. The position will report to Waitt Institute (WI) Executive Director. Substantial travel (40-50% time) for site-based work, regional workshops and international meetings as required.

Responsibilities:

  • Build partnerships with government officials and stakeholders at Initiative sites to expand capacity and increase efficiency
  • Oversee and work with site managers and contractors in collaboration with Executive Director, including obtaining bids from contractors, developing statements of work, and developing contracts, to support site strategy, planning and execution
  • Draft and review presentations, memos, and reports to support programmatic work, including peer-reviewed publications and popular press articles
  • Develop annual work plans and budgets for project sites and oversee implementation, providing regular program and financial updates to Executive Director and Operations and Legal Director
  • Develop and implement public policy strategies to achieve program outcomes on site and for the Institute more broadly
  • Ensure program progress at sites and track via program metrics and indicators and prepare internal and reports to Board and project partners in collaboration with Executive Director and Operations and Legal Director
  • Support development and launch of future sites
  • Communicate effectively with and support the work of the Institute staff and consultants
  • Represent the Institute at meetings, conferences and other events at the Initiative sites and at other locations as needed

Qualifications Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in biological sciences or a related field
  • Highly developed project management skills and ability to lead a diverse team that is geographically dispersed
  • Significant experience directing team efforts and supervising the work of others
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects and deadlines with flexibility between tasks
  • An affinity and sensitivity for working with a culturally and politically diverse community; able to interact seamlessly with legislators, academics, federal and state government employees
  • Demonstrated ability to advocate effectively on politically sensitive issues and raise the visibility of the organization through outreach to key community stakeholders and the general public
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, including strong presentation skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively in a fast-paced and geographically dispersed work environment
  • Substantive expertise in fisheries science, fisheries management, pelagic ecosystems, marine spatial planning or similar

Preferred

• 5-7 years of relevant work experience
• Graduate degree in fisheries, marine science, policy or economics

To apply, submit cover letter, resume, and 500-word writing sample (prefer writing sample that targets a policy-maker audience) as PDFs to info@waittinstitute.org with “Program Manager” in the Subject Line. Reviewed on rolling basis. For full consideration, please submit application by February 1, 2019.

- Post-Doc Position: Three PhD Studentships on Chitons and Bivalves; Queens University Belfast

Organization: Queens University Belfast
Job Location: Aberdeen, Scotland / Portaferry, Northern Ireland
Application Deadline: Thursday, January 31, 2019

Queens University Belfast, in partnership with the University of Aberdeen, is offering three studentships focusing on living and fossil molluscs. One position is based in Northern Ireland, and two are based in Aberdeen.

Project 1: Bio-inspiration from molluscs: flexible armour with embedded sensing capacity
This project is based in Portaferry, Northern Ireland. The successful applicant will primarily work on chiton aesthetes. Full details here

Project 2: Jurassic Lagoon: learning from the ancestors of the amazing mussels
This project is based in Aberdeen, Scotland. The successful applicant will primarily work on Jurassic bivalves. Full details here

Project 3: Sea-level change and conservation, past, present and future

This project is based in Aberdeen, with some fieldwork required in Northern Ireland. The successful applicant will primarily work on protected reef building mussels in a marine protected area. Full details here

- Post-Doc Position: International Postdoctoral Fellowship Program; Ocean Frontier Institute

The OFI International Postdoctoral Fellowship Program offers an opportunity for early career researchers to conduct innovative, full time, collaborative research that is aligned with OFI's priorities

The term of the award is two years. Successful candidates will spend 12 months at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and 12 months at one of our partner institutions in Europe or the United States, providing Fellows with exposure to diverse research approaches. These partners are:

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 
Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory (Columbia University)
GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research
Christian-Albrechts-Universitat 
Alfred Wegener Institute
Institute of Marine Research 
LabexMER
Marine Institute of Ireland  

Eligibility 

  • Highly qualified, early career researchers who have completed their PhD within the past four years
  • Candidates who are currently enrolled in a doctoral program may apply, however they must complete all the requirements of their PhD (including course work, thesis defense and the final submission of thesis) before beginning the OFI International Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Researchers currently participating in the OFI International Postdoctoral Fellowship, or individuals who have participated in the program within the past two years, are not eligible to re-apply 

Funding & Duration 

Duration and stipend 

OFI's International Postdoctoral Fellowship is awarded for two years and is non-renewable. The award provides $55,000 CAD/year in salary and up to $20,000 CAD/year for benefits and work-related travel costs which include relocation expenses, travel to partner institutions, conferences, workshops and summer schools. Expenses such as long-term accommodation and visa application fees are not eligible.

Terms and conditions 

The applicant’s proposed work should complement OFI’s research priorities. OFI will expect successful candidates to participate in research life at their selected institution (for example, participating in at least one presentation of their research in a departmental seminar, undergraduate lecture or a public lecture during their research stay). Fellows must acknowledge OFI in all publications arising from their participation in the program and must notify OFI of any scholarly articles or books published, including media interviews. For logistical purposes, successful applicants must start the first 12 months of the program at Dalhousie University.

In order to evaluate the benefits of OFI's International Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, all successful applicants must provide a final report outlining the research outcomes achieved during the program, including how it benefited OFI research. The report is to be submitted to ofi@dal.ca within three months of the Fellowship ending. A template will be provided. 

Appointment & Application Process
 
Completed applications must be received by ofi@dal.ca no later than Wednesday, January 30, 2019, midnight Halifax time GMT-4. Successful applicants should expect to begin their Fellowship within three months of their offer letter being accepted. OFI anticipates awarding up to ten Fellowships annually, budget permitting. 

Step 1: Prepare

  • Review OFI’s research priorities and begin to identify a research project to complete during your Fellowship; one that supports OFI's work while also aligning with your expertise, interests and experience. 
  • Contact potential OFI research supervisors at Dalhousie University and state your interest in joining OFI's International Postdoctoral Fellowship (visit OFI research to learn about the projects and the teams who are conducting the work). In addition to OFI Principal Investigators, any Dalhousie faculty member can act as a Fellowship supervisor, if their work aligns with OFI’s research priorities. 
  • Identify and contact a second potential faculty member at one of OFI's eight international partner institutes. This can be done in consultation with a potential Dalhousie supervisor.
  • Work together with both potential supervisors to prepare your research proposal and application, following the guidelines below.

Step 2: Develop an application
An application consists of a short proposal about the research to be conducted during your Fellowship. The proposal should be a maximum of four pages in length (1.5-spaced; 12-point font; 2.5 cm margins). Please include the names and institutional affiliations of the OFI/Dalhousie supervisor and the partner institution supervisor. Ensure your research proposal includes the following:  

  • Title; introduction; background; objectives and/or scientific question; methods/approach.
  • Identify OFI collaborations and how the research supports OFI’s research priorities.
  • Provide a budget and cost justification for your research project. (This section of the research proposal should be a maximum of three pages.) 
  • Identify the timeline for the award period, including dates for proposed time periods at each institution and major research activities to be performed at each institution. For logistical purposes, the first year must start at Dalhousie University. (This section of your research proposal should be a maximum of one page.) 

In addition, please provide the following: 

  • Curriculum vitae, including educational background, work experiences and publication record.
  • A copy of university transcripts from your PhD program.
  • Letters from each of your proposed supervisors detailing their support for your application and your proposed research project. The letters should indicate the collaborative nature of the research project, the planned benefits, and the academic support that will be offered (for example, technical assistance, office/laboratory space).
  • Letters of recommendation from two people who can assess the candidate's research. Recommendation letters should be submitted to OFI in a separate email sent to ofi@dal.ca. Please indicate in the email subject line: OFI International Postdoctoral Fellowship, Reference for First Name, Last Name.

Step 3: Submit the application 
Submit your completed application (with the exception of the letters of recommendation, which should be emailed separately) as a single PDF document to ofi@dal.ca before Wednesday, January 30, 2019, midnight Halifax time GMT-4.

Selection criteria 
The Selection Committee will use the following criteria in assessing applications:

  • Research Excellence - Excellence in intellectual contribution of the applicant to their field of research, as assessed by scholarly contributions and/or a demonstrated capacity to shape the direction of research and thought. 
  • Excellence of the applicant's proposed research, especially the degree to which it complements OFI research priorities.
  • Interdisciplinary perspective - Demonstrated track record of engagement across multiple disciplines or plans to work across disciplines.
  • Quality of proposed research and potential for forging strong new linkages. Realizable research objectives and the feasibility of the proposed work to be pursued during the applicant’s assignment. A clear case for how this placement will support OFI’s research priorities must be made. Likelihood of a valuable and enduring relationship through strengthening of academic networks for ongoing research activity and/or enhanced educational programs.

Organization: Ocean Frontier Institute
Job Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Duration: Full Time
Salary: $55,000 CAD/year in salary and up to $20,000 CAD/year for benefits
Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Application Website: Apply Here

- Fellowship: Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship; GA-Sea Grant

For more than 40 years, Georgia Sea Grant (GASG) has been nominating qualified graduate students in GA for the prestigious “Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship” and the “Coastal Management Fellowship.” Graduate students, at any university, in any department and discipline, can apply. Former fellows have worked in the highest offices of the government as well as state coastal management agencies.
  
More information about the aforementioned fellowship programs can be found on the following web page: Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship: https://seagrant.noaa.gov/Knauss

NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship: https://seagrant.noaa.gov/NMFS-SG-Fellowship

- Fellowship: Coastal Management Fellowship; GA-Sea Grant

For more than 40 years, Georgia Sea Grant (GASG) has been nominating qualified graduate students in GA for the prestigious “Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship” and the “Coastal Management Fellowship.” Graduate students, at any university, in any department and discipline, can apply. Former fellows have worked in the highest offices of the government as well as state coastal management agencies.

More information about the aforementioned fellowship programs can be found on the following web page: Coastal Management Fellowship: https://coast.noaa.gov/fellowship/

NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship: https://seagrant.noaa.gov/NMFS-SG-Fellowship

- Fellowship: Gulf Research Program Early-Career Research Fellowship; Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Organization: Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Job Location: Multiple
Duration: Two years
Salary: $76,000 grant (over 2 years)
Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Application Website: Early-Career Research Fellowship

The Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is now accepting applications its Early-Career Research Fellowship.

This fellowship supports emerging scientific leaders as they take risks on untested research and pursue unique, interdisciplinary collaborations. Fellows receive two years of relatively unrestricted funding that helps them navigate this period with independence, flexibility, and a built-in support network. An award of $76,000 is paid to each fellow’s institution in the form of a two-year grant.

Learn more: http://www.nationalacademies.org/gulf/fellowships/early-career

- Fellowship: Gulf Research Program Science Policy Fellowship; Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Organization: Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Job Location: Multiple
Duration: One year
Salary: $45,000 or $55,000
Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Application Website: Science Policy Fellowship

The Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is now accepting applications for its Science Policy Fellowship.

Fellows gain first-hand experience at the interface of science and policy as they spend one year alongside decision-makers at agencies across Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and Florida. Under the guidance of a mentor, fellows learn what it takes to make scientific information not just useful, but usable.

Fellows who have completed an MA, MS, or MPH/MSPH degree or who are currently enrolled in a doctoral program will receive an annual stipend of $45,000. Fellows who have completed a PhD, ScD, EngD, MD, DrPH, or DVM will receive an annual stipend of $55,000. 

Learn more: http://www.nationalacademies.org/gulf/fellowships/science-policy  

- Masters Opportunity: Nearshore Fisheries, Climate Change, and Oceanography; Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

The Ruttenberg Lab and Wendt Lab at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo have funding for a master's student for a project examining the link between climate change and nearshore groundfish fisheries along the central coast of California (and throughout the state), to begin Fall 2019. More information about the Cal Poly Biology Graduate Program is available here: http://bio.calpoly.edu/content/grad-degrees

The project will continue two on-going fisheries monitoring programs that provide data to fishery managers. However, these datasets (initiated in 2003 and 2007) now span several major oceanographic events (e.g. El Niño/ENSO and ‘The warm-water blob’), providing an opportunity to examine the impact of changing oceans on key nearshore fishery species. Major tasks for the student would be: 1) conduct analyses of existing fishery monitoring data, 2) assess relationships between these data and relevant oceanographic metrics, and 3) assist with field and lab work for the ongoing monitoring projects.

There will be ample opportunities to explore additional questions of the student’s interest related to these issues.  Funding for the project includes in-state tuition, costs related to field work and travel, and moderate salary support; opportunities will also be available to obtain additional salary/stipend support as a teaching assistant/lab instructor in the Biological Sciences Department at Cal Poly.

This is a specific project, so the ideal student would have many of the following qualifications:

  1. Experience and/or understanding of nearshore recreational fisheries in California
  2. Experience managing and analyzing complex datasets using coding-based statistical software packages (experience with R strongly preferred)
  3. Experience with marine fieldwork conducted from vessels; experience aboard recreational or commercial fishing vessels and/or experience with fishery research projects preferred.
  4. Experience managing teams of students/assistants.
  5. Ability to collaborate with commercial/recreational fishers, scientists, and resource managers.
  6. Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA and 150 on each GRE section (higher strongly preferred).
  7. CA residency advantageous but not required; tuition funds only cover in-state tuition, but out-of-state tuition waivers are available for strong candidates.

Interested candidates should email Dr. Benjamin Ruttenberg (bruttenb@calpoly.edu) and cc Dr. Dean Wendt (dwendt@calpoly.edu) with:
a *brief* description of qualifications, interest in the Cal Poly MS program and the project, followed by a short CV (2 pages max), all as a single PDF file (with the title ‘LastName_Firstname.pdf’). Please include GPA, GRE scores, experience with data analysis/statistical software, fieldwork/logistics, fisheries, and other relevant skills. Please include names and contact info for at least 3 references following the CV.
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Organization: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Job Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
Duration: Full-Time
Application Deadline: Friday, February 1, 2019

- Volunteer Opportunity: Shark & Marine Research Institute, South Africa

The Shark and Marine Research Institute, an NPO that is dedicated to protecting and conserving shark and ray populations, is currently recruiting student or post-graduate volunteers for 2019. Positions are available for a period of one to three months; longer stays are subject to additional visa requirements.

We work with in conjunction with the University of Stellenbosch, the Oceanographic Research Institute and the Department of Environmental Affairs in Gansbaai, South Africa. Our various research projects aim to close some of these gaps in the data to help with the development of effective management plans, especially for our great white sharks, which unfortunately could be heading towards extinction.

Volunteering is an opportunity for early-career scientists to be involved in groundbreaking marine research and gain some hands-on experience in the field of marine biology (and particularly elasmobranch research). Volunteers assist with data collection and will gain valuable skills aboard vessels and in the field. Volunteer duties and responsibilities will involve the following:

•     Learn about the Great White Shark and other shark species and, in turn, educate clients onboard our cage diving vessel about these incredible creatures, with the aim of shifting negative perceptions and enlightening the public about their beauty and the critical role they play in maintaining the health of our oceans.

•     Collect data aboard our cage diving vessel and research vessel pertaining to Great White Sharks, which contributes towards our white shark dorsal fin identification study and growth rate study, and is analyzed to enhance our understanding of the populations of these enigmatic creatures. 

•     Join catch and release surveys on our research vessel and learn how to ethically catch, tag, measure, sample and release the smaller sharks along our coastline, many of which are data deficient. (Please note: we do not tag Great Whites at this stage.)

•     Learn how to deploy baited remote underwater video systems (BRUVs) and how to analyze the videos collected

•     Participate in beach cleanups and community education initiatives.

To learn more please click on the link below:
https://www.sharkcagedive.com/research/volunteer-overview/

Alternatively, please email volunteer@sharkcagedive.com or info@sharkcagedive.com

- Upcoming Conference: OceanVisions2019 - Climate Summit; Atlanta, GA

Monday, April 1, 2019 to Thursday, April 4, 2019

Registration is open for the OceanVisions2019 - Climate Summit "Successes in resilience, adaptation, mitigation, and sustainability" is co-organized by researchers at Georgia Tech, Stanford University, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the Smithsonian Institution in coordination with the IOC-UNESCO, the Ocean Conservancy and Georgia Aquarium. The goal is to highlight ocean-based science and engineering successes in the areas of resilience, adaptation, mitigation and sustainability and promote scalable solutions across human, climate and ecological dimensions. [draft program].

Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Link: http://www.oceanvisions.org/oc...

- Upcoming Conference: Capitol Hill Ocean Week; Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 to Thursday, June 6, 2019

The nation’s premier annual conference examining current marine, coastal, and Great Lakes policy issues. Convened by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation every June.

Background and Objectives
The 4th International Symposium will bring together experts from around the world to better understand climate impacts on ocean ecosystems – and how to respond. 

The Symposium will:

  • Highlight the latest information on how oceans are changing, what is at risk and how to respond;
  • Identify key knowledge gaps;
  • Promote collaborations; and
  • Stimulate the next generation of science and actions

The Symposium will include:

  • Great sessions, presentations, and posters
  • Opportunities for pre- or post-meeting workshops
  • Special events for early career scientists
  • Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities

Key Topic Areas
The Symposium is a great opportunity to share information, highlight activities, build partnerships and shape the future of this important field. 

One objective for this Symposium is to present current research results and to facilitate the uptake of these new results in other analyses, including (but not restricted to) the 6th Assessment Report (AR6) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). We plan a Special Volume of the ICES Journal of Marine Science and we expect that additional Special Volumes in peer-reviewed journals may emerge from this Symposium.  

Please note that authors can submit their work at any time to ICES Journal of Marine Science for the Special Volume. The Journal is very happy to receive and encourages authors to submit their work in advance of the symposium. 

Location: Washington, D.C.
Link: https://capitolhilloceanweek.o...
To register, go to: https://meetings.pices.int/meetings/international/2018/climate-change/registration

- Upcoming Conference: National Adaptation Forum

Registration for the National Adaptation Forum is now OPEN!

The National Adaptation Forum is excited to gather adaptation pracitioners in Madison, WI from April 23-25, 2019. Attendees will learn how to make their work climate-informed, share what they learned with others, and develop a stronger network of like-minded peers. Those who attend will benefit from exposure to all aspects of the field, professional development, and information sharing through an innovative and comprehensive program featuring plenary sessions, symposia, working groups, training sessions, exhibit booths, poster sessions, and networking events.

Early Registration closes March 1, 2019, 11: 59 (PT)
Standard Registration opens March 2, 2019 and closes April 15, 2019

To register and for more information, go to: http://www.nationaladaptationforum.org/

- Upcoming Conference: Marsh Resilience Summit, Williamsburg, VA

Join us for our upcoming Marsh Resilience Summit on February 5-6, 2019 in Williamsburg, VA. Registration is now open! See Agenda 

This two-day summit is a science-practitioner dialogue about marsh vulnerability and ways our different fields and communities respond to these changing landscapes. The 2019 Marsh Resilience Summit: From Science to Management will share the latest science on tidal marsh resilience against sea level rise in coastal Virginia and Maryland as a guide for local government, land managers, and academics to integrate ecological processes with societal needs. In this two-day summit, we will present current wetland research and how this science can be used to make decisions for the landscape. We offer a science-practitioner dialogue on the most effective community response to changing marsh conditions, while also discussing additional research needs to improve future planning and decision making.

Registration

Click here to register for the Summit. This survey will provide us with information to better prepare for your needs and guide the discussion sections. At the end of the survey is a link to pay the $75.00 registration fee. Payment AND survey completion will register you for this event. 

The Summit will be held at The Woodlands Hotel and Suites, 105 Visitor Center Drive, Williamsburg, Virginia. Attendees must contact Globetrotter Travel to make their hotel reservations.  Under NO circumstances should attendees call the hotel or Meeting Planner directly to make their reservations.   Reservations will be taken by the Housing Department until January 10, 2019.  Please call the following numbers and any agent can take your reservation:                                              

Local: 301-570-0800, press 2 when prompted
Toll Free: 866-235-5467, press 2 when prompted
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM 

Once the reservation has been made, a confirmation will be sent to the attendees’ email.  Any changes or cancellations to the reservation must also be made through Globetrotter to avoid any penalty fees. 

http://chesapeakebayssc.org/marsh-summit/

- Upcoming Conference: 2019 Climate Reality Project Climate Training in Atlanta, GA

Join former Vice President Al Gore at a Climate Reality Leadership Corps training and learn how you can lead the global fight for climate solutions. The deadline to apply in January 23, 2019.

Click on the link for more details:
https://www.climaterealityproject.org/training

Email: marshgeo@uga.edu

Phone: (706) 542-0517

- Tool: NOAA Digital Coast and Office for Coastal Management Training and Datasets

Digital Coast

Office for Coastal Management

Tool – Adapting Stormwater Management for Coastal Flood

- Tool: Metadata List; Ocean+ Data

Ocean+ Data provides an overview of global marine and coastal datasets of biodiversity importance, including some datasets of regional interest. Resource material can be filtered by category (e.g., biodiversity, ecological status and impact), metadata, factsheets, or themes (e.g., marine planning, ecosystem assessment) and includes contact information for the source organization.

To view the Metadata List page, go to: https://data.oceanplus.org/metadata

- Tool: South Atlantic Conservation Planning Atlas; South Atlantic LLC 

The South Atlantic CPA is a free mapping portal designed to share regional spatial data. Users can overlay multiple layers, create and export maps, and download data. In addition to the Conservation Blueprint, users will find information about connectivity, protected lands, urban growth, and much more.

The Conservation Planning Atlas (CPA) is a science-based mapping platform where conservation managers and LCC members can go to view, retrieve, and perform analyses on spatial information with specific conservation goals in mind.

Three portals have been created for the LCC network:

Spatially explicit datasets, galleries, and maps are available in a hierarchical system:

Data can be searched, viewed, and used in analyses. Additionally, users can upload their own data to their account to be used in conjunction with these datasets.
The CPA provides a platform for LCCs to create galleries to showcase a cohesive collection of spatial information and supporting documentation. Several galleries are being showcased at each portal.

The CPA also allows its users to create groups of members from several organizations who may have the same conservation goals. Within a group, you can perform analyses, upload data, and share information for other group members to use.

- Tool: Green Infrastructure Effectiveness Database; NOAA

Search this online database of literature sources containing information on the effectiveness of green infrastructure to reduce the impacts of coastal hazards, such as inundation and erosion from tropical storms and cyclones, more frequent precipitation events, and sea level rise. The database contains records from a wide range of sources, such as peer-reviewed journals, online tools, and gray literature, and includes information on 32 different coastal green infrastructure types. The green infrastructure techniques referenced cover a full range of approaches to coastal management, including natural, nature-based (e.g., low-impact development), structural, and policies.

This Database Features

  • Literature sources that document the effectiveness of green infrastructure for coastal resilience
  • The ability to filter by coastal hazard type, green infrastructure approach, literature type, or geography
  • Descriptions, key findings, measures of effectiveness, co-benefits, and other helpful information about each literature source selected
  • Links to the full literature resource where available and the ability to share results of the search with others

Link to website: https://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/training/gi-database.html

- Tool: Coastal Hazard Wheel; United Nations Environmental Programme

The Coastal Hazard Wheel is a universal coastal adaptation system that allows users to address all coastal challenges simultaneously with the aim of boosting adaptation action and bridging the gap between scientists, policy-makers and the general public.
The Coastal Hazard Wheel can be used for three main purposes:

  • Multi-hazard-assessments at local, regional and national level;
  • Identification of hazard management options for a specific coastline; and
  • As a standardized coastal language to communicate coastal information.

The Coastal Hazard Wheel currently provides global coastal classification and adaptation information with low-moderate accuracy and will be continuously improved as various adaptation projects are implemented.

- Tool: Improved Visualization of Community Level Impacts from Coastal Flooding or Sea Level Rise

NOAA’s Sea Level Rise Viewer has a fresh new look and improved functionality. We’ve also increased the amount of local data available. Upgrades include:

  • Locally relevant scenarios (based on the Third National Climate Assessment) for most coastal locations
  • More intuitive links to map services and data download options
  • Improved marsh migration visualization
  • Larger photo simulations of local flooding
  • Ability to zoom to a specific location or address

Contact Doug.Marcy@noaa.gov should you have questions.

- Tool: New version of Coral Health Atlas is now live

Via Coral Health Atlas

"The goal of this website is to provide interactive access to coral health data and immersive data visualizations at study sites throughout the Hawaiian Archipelago. Users can also access information pertaining to the importance of corals and coral health, research methods, historical information about each study site, and recent news. Aims and applications of our research are contextualized in worldviews indigenous to Hawaiʻi. Cultural significance of study sites and relationship between coral and people is also included in this website to enhance our understanding of why it is important to study health of the coral and coral reefs.

The interactive map allows users to view each site in a spatial context and examine coral health data selecting multiple various parameters such as prevalence, severity, disease-type, and species. In order to enable users to virtually explore each location first-hand, we have embedded 360 panoramic videos for each location. Users can use their mouse to drag and look in any direction while the video plays, thus simulating the experience of diving at each study locations. The 360 videos are housed on YouTube, so they can also be viewed with smartphones and VR headsets. Lastly, we have embedded 3D reconstructions of the coral reef at each site. User can manipulate and explore each 3D reef model and view the various morphologies and habitat complexity among the sites."

Click here to read the full article from its source

- Webinar: Resilient Water Features Webinar

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 12:00-1:15pm EST

Presenters
Dr. David Burdick, University of New Hampshire
Dr. Robert Roseen, Waterstone Engineering

Climate change is expected to produce heavier rainfalls and more intense storms that can contaminate lakes and estuaries, while rising seas drive stronger currents that combine to erode shorelines. Resilient communities will need to be able to live with more water in motion. This session uses water resources planning and adaptation to better prepare for the next emergency, and to sustainably manage flooding and sea level rise. It covers a range of climate adaptation from coastal adaptation with living shorelines (Burdick), and municipal resiliency for inland flooding as it relates to green infrastructure (Roseen). Participants will leave this session with an appreciation of reorganizing and maintaining the landscape to mitigate projected impacts through enhanced knowledge of nature-based infrastructure, application of low-impact development, site design, and other smart growth practices to address climate effects.
Register here

- Webinar: Marine Heatwaves – Trends. Impacts. Attribution. and Software; EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe)

Join us Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 4 pm US EDT for a webinar on Marine Heatwaves – Trends, Impacts Attribution, and Software

Presented by: Alistair Hobday of CSIRO and Eric Oliver of Dalhousie University. 

Extreme climate and weather events shape the structure of biological systems and affect the biogeochemical functions and services they provide for society. There is overwhelming evidence that the frequency, duration, intensity and timing of extreme events on land are changing under global warming, increasing the risk of severe, pervasive and in some cases irreversible impacts on natural and socio-economic systems.  Climatic extremes also occur in the ocean, and recent decades have seen many high-impact marine heatwaves (MHWs) –anomalously warm water events that may last many months and extend over thousands of square kilometres. A range of biological and economic impacts have been associated with some intense MHWs. We will cover historical and projected trends in these events, and the role of attribution for communication and mechanistic understanding. Growing public interest in marine extreme events means that measuring the severity of these phenomena in real time is becoming more important, and we propose a method for consistent description of MHWs that is compatible with an underlying long term trend. Finally, we will demonstrate software that is available for use to study or follow MHWs in your area of interest.
Webinar hosted by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe).

To register, visithttps://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dwLAczFKTB-ylQYF76sCDg

- Webinar: Reducing Coastal Risk with Natural Defenses: The Latest Ecology, Engineering, and Economics of Natural Infrastructure Webinar

Wetlands and reefs serve as barriers, buffers, and breakwaters from rising seas, swell, and storm surge. Until recently, it was not possible to put a value on the flood damages – to people and property – that these coastal habitats avert. This is changing rapidly, however, and recent studies are showing surprising results. Salt marshes can reduce annual flood damages by at least 15 percent. Mangroves can reduce annual flood damages to people and property by 25 percent across the entire nation of the Philippines – a nation that sees more super storms and typhoons than almost anywhere else. And coral reefs reduce up to 97 percent of wave energy that would otherwise hit coastlines, averting hundreds of millions of dollars in flood in flood damages every year. The protection from coastal habitats is cost-effective as well, particularly when compared to built or gray infrastructure such as seawalls or dikes. A new study uses insurance industry-based models to show that every 1 (US) dollar spent on restoring marshes and oyster reefs on the American Gulf Coast reduces storm damages by 7 (US) dollars. This talk will summarize high-level findings from the latest research on the ecology, engineering, and economics of natural infrastructure. Webinar Link

Presented by Mike Beck of TNC and UCSC.

Webinar hosted by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe).

Click here to download a copy of this webinar from our Vimeo page

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- Webinar: Post Hurricane Irma Rapid Reef Assessment in South Florida and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Following Hurricane Irma, a multi-agency and partner effort was launched to conduct a rapid assessment of the Florida Coral Reef Tract, including areas in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Science divers surveyed more than 50 sites, from Biscayne Bay to the Marquesas, and found extensive shifting of sand and heavy sediment accumulation as well as some structural damage to individual corals and the reef itself. Using information from these surveys, a parallel effort to stabilize corals in the most impacted locations was also undertaken. Scientists will share preliminary findings from the assessment cruise and triage activities as well as how such a collaborative effort was coordinated.

This webinar originally aired on 11 January, 2018 and was presented by Steve Gittings, Science Coordinator NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and Tom Moore of the NOAA Restoration Center 

Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe).
Click here to download a copy of this webinar from our Vimeo page

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- Webinar: The new He'eia National Estuarine Research Reserve

This webinar was presented by Matthew Chasse of NOAA and Robert Toonen of HIMB.

The newly designated He'eia National Estuarine Research Reserve is the 29th in the National Estuarine Research Reserve system and the first in Hawaii. The 1,385-acre reserve includes upland forests and grasslands, wetlands, reefs, and seagrass beds, as well as the largest sheltered body of water in the Hawaiian Island chain. The reserve also includes significant historic and cultural resources. This webinar will cover the process leading to the designation, and the reserve’s partnerships and management goals, including the integration of traditional Hawai'ian ecosystem management with contemporary approaches. Learn more about the new reserve at https://coast.noaa.gov/nerrs/reserves/hawaii.html.

Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org).

- Webinar: Takeaways from the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS)

This webinar originally aired on 14 July 2016.

The International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS), being held from June 19-24, 2016, in Honolulu, Hawai’i, is the primary international meeting focused on coral reef science and management. ICRS will bring together an anticipated 2,500 coral reef scientists, policy makers, and managers from 70 different nations to present the latest research findings, case histories, and management activities and discuss the application of scientific knowledge to achieving coral reef sustainability. This 13th iteration of ICRS expands outside its traditional science realm to also include policy and management with the overall theme of "Bridging Science to Policy." Alongside the symposium, a concurrent Leadership Forum with heads of state from the Pacific is convening to talk about the most pressing issues their local reefs are facing. The presentation will share outcomes from the Leadership Forum as well as high-level scientific findings from the conference, drawing direct links to management and policy. View the conference agenda at https://sgmeet.com/icrs2016.

This webinar was presented by Paulo Maurin, Jason Philibotte, and Bob Richmond; and it was co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, MPA News, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.

Click here to download a copy of this webinar from our Vimeo page
Click here to watch this video on YouTube

- Webinar: The Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Tool for Coastal Habitats

This webinar was presented by Jen Plunket of the North Inlet-Winyah Bay NERR, Scott Lerberg of the Chesapeake Bay NERR, and Robin Weber of the Narragansett Bay NERR. Changes in climate affect ecosystems directly and interact with current stressors to impact vital coastal habitats. Adaptive capacity imparted from a system’s natural traits or potential management actions can lessen these impacts. The Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Tool for Coastal Habitats (CCVATCH) is a spreadsheet-based decision support tool that utilizes a team of local experts - land managers and researchers - to assess the possible interactions of climate change, stressors, and adaptive capacity to understand the climate vulnerabilities of a habitat. The CCVATCH Guidance Document provides background information and assessment questions for each climate-stressor interaction and adaptive capacity considerations. The spreadsheet itself calculates scores for sensitivity-exposure, adaptive capacity, and overall vulnerability. Learn more at http://www.ccvatch.com. Webinar co-sponsored by MEAM, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.

- Webinar: Toolkit for Ecosystem Services Site-based Assessment (TESSA)

This webinar was presented by Jenny Merriman of BirdLife International. The Toolkit for Ecosystem Services Site-based Assessment (TESSA) provides practical step-by-step guidance for conducting an ecosystem services assessment at the site scale. TESSA particularly emphasizes the importance of comparing estimated ecosystem service values for alternative states of a site (for example, before and after conversion to agriculture) so decision-makers can assess the net consequences of such a change and better understand how decisions affect the ecosystem services that people depend on. The toolkit targets non-expert users with limited expertise and resources. The methods have been developed through expert consultation and are grounded in scientific approaches but are also designed to be simple enough to be useful to practitioners in the field. TESSA has been used across a range of habitats around the world. TESSA is available for download at http://tessa.tools. Webinar co-sponsored by MEAM, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.

- Webinar: iMarine Data e-Infrastructure Initiative for Fisheries Management and Conservation of Marine Living Resources

iMarine is an open and collaborative initiative aimed at supporting the implementation of an ecosystem approach to fisheries management and the conservation of living marine resources. iMarine provides an e-infrastructure that facilitates open access and the sharing of a multitude of data, collaborative analysis, processing and mining processing, as well as the publication and dissemination of newly generated knowledge. It is intended for practitioners from numerous scientific fields including fisheries, biodiversity, and ocean observation and has a variety of application bundles including ones for biodiversity (e.g. species distribution modeling), geospatial data discovery and processing, and statistics.

Learn more about iMarine at www.i-marine.eu.

This webinar originally aired on July 22, 2014. This webinar was presented by the EBM Tools Network and it was presented by Pasquale Pagano and Gianpaolo Coro of CNR-ISTI.

Click here to watch this webinar

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- Webinar: Marine and Coastal Datasets of Biodiversity Importance

The availability and appropriate use of marine and coastal data form the foundation of effective decision-making. The United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre recently released a manual that provides an overview of global marine and coastal datasets of biodiversity importance. The intention is to address the fragmented information and guidance for users of marine data. Although not exhaustive, this review has resulted in the identification of 78 datasets and/or databases and data portals. The report also includes detailed standardized metadata for 45 of these reviewed datasets (annex 3). This webinar will present the manual and discuss the various challenges, gaps and limitations presented by coastal and marine data.

Download the manual at http://wcmc.io/01fc (Annex 3: http://wcmc.io/d6a1).

This webinar originally aired on July 1, 2014, was presented by Corinne Martin of UNEP WCMC, and co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network.

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- Resource: Tips and Stories for Coastal Managers, Office for Coastal Management Newsletter

Have the latest technical topics, professional tips, and stories from your peers emailed to you each month. Subscribe to NOAA Office for Coastal Management’s recently redesigned Digital Coast Connections newsletter. Stay in the know about new data, tools, and resources from NOAA’s Digital Coast, as well as announcements from the research reserves, the Coastal Zone Management Program, and the Coral Reef Conservation Program. Email the office for more information.

- Resource: Ocean Health Index-Science webpage redesigned

The Ocean Health Index team announced the launch of their redesigned OHI-Science.org website. OHI-Science.org is the primary resource for Ocean Health Index (OHI) scientific information, tools, and instruction. These resources can be used by anyone to lead independent OHI assessments, called OHI+ assessments.

Since the OHI framework was developed in 2012 (Halpern et al., 2012, Nature), eleven assessments have been completed, four of which were independent OHI+ assessments independently led by academic or government groups. The redesigned website incorporates knowledge and experience gained through these assessments to provide future groups with the best possible information and methodology for conducting an OHI+ assessment.

As the sister website to OceanHealthIndex.org, OHI-Science.org allows visitors to easily access our freely-available data and methods and explore completed and ongoing OHI assessments. New features include easy navigation and access to:

OHI-Science.org is a platform for tools used and developed by a very active open science and OHI+ community, and will be constantly updated. To receive updates, please email info@ohi-science.org or follow us on Twitter: @ohiscience.

- Hurricane Safety Guide

To help protect your home and your family from the dangers of a hurricane, here is a hurricane safety guide with step-by-step instructions for what to do at different stages of the storm as well as other important facts about hurricanes.

- Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene

Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene is a trans-disciplinary, open-access journal committed to the facilitation of collaborative, peer-reviewed research. Divided into six "knowledge domains" (atmospheric science, ecology, sustainability transitions, earth and environmental science, ocean science, and sustainable engineering) Elementa strives to expertly publish timely, peer-reviewed articles and help authors present their work in a particularly engaging way, offering the opportunity to display additional materials such as slideshows and videos alongside their research; and making all articles available in multiple formats such as PDF, HTML, EPUB and Mobipocket.

As a nonprofit initiative, the support of our collaborators BioOne, Dartmouth, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of Michigan, and the University of Washington ensures that we keep our focus on the publication of timely, high quality research to advance the intellectual agenda of science.

Journal website: https://www.elementascience.org/

- Document of Interest : Ecosystem Services Valuation of the Central Georgia Coast, including Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve and Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary; NOAA

This report details the results of a survey effort conducted by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science in coastal Georgia which included the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary. The survey instrument was designed in collaboration with management staff to analyze the knowledge, attitudes, and preferences of social values associated with the area’s ecosystem services for three distinct user groups of the Georgia coast: permanent residents, seasonal residents, and visitors. Components of the survey instrument addressed observed changes in abundance of key resources, and prioritization of management goals, among others. A participatory mapping component was included during which respondents allocated weights to any of 13 social value types and placed points on a map corresponding with those values. We received a total of 348 usable responses. We highlight interesting findings for eachgroup, and offer two potential uses of this information for the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary.

Link to report: https://coastalscience.noaa.gov/data_reports/ecosystem-services-valuation-of-the-central-georgia-coast-including-sapelo-island-national-estuarine-research-reserve-and-grays-reef-national-marine-sanctuary/

- Document of Interest: Climate research priorities for policy-makers, practitioners, and scientists in Georgia, USA; Environmental Management

Abstract
Climate change has far-reaching effects on human and ecological systems, requiring collaboration across sectors and disciplines to determine effective responses. To inform regional responses to climate change, decision-makers need credible and relevant information representing a wide swath of knowledge and perspectives. The southeastern U. S. State of Georgia is a valuable focal area for study because it contains multiple ecological zones that vary greatly in land use and economic activities, and it is vulnerable to diverse climate change impacts. We identified 40 important research questions that, if answered, could lay the groundwork for effective, science-based climate action in Georgia. Top research priorities were identified through a broad solicitation of candidate research questions (180 were received). A group of experts across sectors and disciplines gathered for a workshop to categorize, prioritize, and filter the candidate questions, identify missing topics, and rewrite questions. Participants then collectively chose the 40 most important questions. This cross-sectoral effort ensured the inclusion of a diversity of topics and questions (e.g., coastal hazards, agricultural production, ecosystem functioning, urban infrastructure, and human health) likely to be important to Georgia policy-makers, practitioners, and scientists. Several cross-cutting themes emerged, including the need for long-term data collection and consideration of at-risk Georgia citizens and communities. Workshop participants defined effective responses as those that take economic cost, environmental impacts, and social justice into consideration. Our research highlights the importance of collaborators across disciplines and sectors, and discussing challenges and opportunities that will require transdisciplinary solutions.

Authors: Authors: Murray A. Rudd, Althea F. P. Moore, Daniel Rochberg, Lisa Bianchi-Fossati, Marilyn A. Brown, David D’Onofrio, Carrie A. Furman, Jairo Garcia, Ben Jordan, Jennifer Kline, L. Mark Risse, Patricia L. Yager, Jessica Abbinett, Merryl Alber, Jesse E. Bell, Cyrus Bhedwar, Kim M. Cobb, Juliet Cohen, Matt Cox, Myriam Dormer, Nyasha Dunkley, Heather Farley, Jill Gambill, Mindy Goldstein, Garry Harris, Melissa Hopkinson, Jean-Ann James, Susan Kidd, Pam Knox, Yang Liu, Daniel C. Matisoff, Michael D. Meyer, Jamie D. Mitchem, Katherine Moore, Aspen J. Ono, Jon Philipsborn, Kerrie M. Sendall, Fatemeh Shafiei, Marshall Shepherd, Julia Teebken, and Ashby N. Worley

Reference: Rudd, M.A., Moore, A.F.P., Rochberg, D. et al. Environmental Management (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00267-018-1051-4

Link to article: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00267-018-1051-4

- Document of Interest: Living Shorelines Strategic Needs Assessment

The Governors’ South Atlantic Alliance (GSAA) supported a process to examine the appropriate role in the South Atlantic region (NC, SC, GA, FL) for estuarine shoreline management methods other than traditional means of shoreline hardening with particular focus on livings shorelines.  The assessment process included surveys, a summit attended by approximately 150 participants, and a workshop which all contributed to development of this strategic needs assessment. The Assessment’s intent is to highlight and prioritize the education, research, and policies needed to establish living shorelines as a desirable alternative for protecting eroding, flooding, or threatened shorelines, thereby providing better options for coastal protection that work in harmony with the land-water interface and the surrounding ecosystems.

Link: http://southatlanticalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/GSAA_LSStrategyFinal.pdf

- Document of Interest: Presentations from the South Atlantic Living Shoreline Summit, April 12 & 13, 2016

The South Atlantic’s first regional summit on living shorelines, was held April 12 – 13, 2016 and hosted by the GSAA with support from EPA Region IV and The Nature Conservancy. The Summit included expert panels and discussions examining current living shorelines practices, challenges, and opportunities in the South Atlantic States, followed by a Living Shorelines Academy Workshop and site visit at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve.

The purpose of the Summit was to share information on the management, research, regulation, and implementation of living shorelines in the South Atlantic region, building knowledge and relationships that expand the use of appropriate stabilization alternatives to traditional shoreline hardening. Researchers, regulators and policymakers, property owners and managers, planners, contractors, and non-profit organizations were all invited to attend and benefit from the expertise and networking opportunities at the Summit.

Presentations from the Summit are now available at their website: http://southatlanticalliance.org/?page_id=1635

- Document of Interest: Summary of Coastal Management Policies Relevant to Sea-Level Rise in Georgia

This document contains links to Federal and Georgia State statutes, regulations, and agencies important to responding to sea level rise. The document also contains links to Georgia coastal county and local government plans and ordinances concerning issues surrounding sea level rise such as community resilience.

Link: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/309431089_Summary_of_Coastal_Management_Policies_Relevant_to_Sea-Level_Rise_in_Georgia

- Document of Interest: Living Shorelines in the Southeast: Research and Data Gaps

The report, Living Shorelines in the Southeast: Research and Data Gaps, was prepared for the Governors South Atlantic Alliance by the GCRC. This report synthesizes scientific information relevant to living shorelines in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Whenever possible, we focus on research conducted in the Southeast although we also included work from the Gulf States and Chesapeake Bay. Where information on living shoreline was lacking, we drew on relevant material from studies of restored, submerged oyster reefs as well as natural and restored salt marshes and mangroves. Part One of the report provides a brief overview of the types of approaches that have been used in the region. Parts Two, Three and Four describe research on the physical, biological, and chemical characteristics, respectively, of living shorelines in salt marshes, which is the focus of the majority of the published studies. Part Five summarizes what little information is available regarding living shoreline projects in Florida mangroves. Part Six is a summary and a discussion of data gaps.

The report also includes information on 439 living shoreline projects in the southeastern region. Details about each project are included in Appendix A. Note that this list will likely grow as additional projects are identified.

Appendix B is an annotated bibliography of material relevant to living shoreline research in the southeast region. The bibliography contains 20 case studies of regional living shorelines, 5 databases of restoration/living shoreline projects, and information about 13 federal and state agencies and non-profit groups involved in living shorelines. It also provides summaries of 86 research papers and proceedings and 55 other publications including reports, books, book chapters, theses, and treatises.

The report can also be accessed at the Governors' South Atlantic Alliance website: http://southatlanticalliance.org/?p=1809

- Document of Interest: Coastal Georgia Ecosystem Report Card; GA-DNR Coastal Resources Division

The Coastal Georgia Ecosystem Report Card is an important tool for planning restoration activities and conservation. It provides a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of health in coastal Georgia. Coastal Georgia health is defined as the progress of indicators toward scientifically-derived thresholds or goals. The twelve indicators in the report card examine human health, fisheries and wildlife.

To view the report, go to:https://coastalgadnr.org/ReportCard

The following clickable links provide additional information on how the report cards were developed and frequently asked questions.

To learn more about our report card development partner, visit their website at www.ian.umces.edu.

- Document of Interest: State of the Climate in 2014

Resource type: Report

Description: [From the webpage] "An international, peer-reviewed publication released each summer, the "State of the Climate" is the authoritative annual summary of the global climate published as a supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. The report, compiled by NOAA’s Center for Weather and Climate at the National Centers for Environmental Information is based on contributions from 413 scientists from 58 countries around the world. It provides a detailed update on global climate indicators, notable weather events, and other data collected by environmental monitoring stations and instruments located on land, water, ice, and in space."

"An overview of findings is presented in the Abstract and Introduction. Chapter 2 features global-scale climate variables; Chapter 3 highlights the global oceans; and Chapter 4 includes tropical climate phenomena including tropical cyclones. The Arctic and Antarctic respond differently through time and are reported in separate chapters (5 and 6, respectively). Chapter 7 provides a regional perspective authored largely by local government climate specialists. Sidebars included in each chapter are intended to provide background information on a significant climate event from 2014, a developing technology, or emerging dataset germane to the chapter’s content. A list of relevant datasets and their sources for all chapters is provided as an Appendix."

Reference: State of the Climate in 2014 (2015). Blunden, J. and D. S. Arndt, (eds.), Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 96(7): S1–S267.

Link: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/bams-state-of-the-climate/2014.php

- Resource: SE Coastal Water Quality Monitoring Metadata Project Web Portal

This website provides access to the Coastal Water Quality Monitoring Metadata Database for the Southeast region, encompassing the Department of the Interior’s South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (SALCC) from Virginia to Florida (view maps). The database was designed with National Park Service funding to store detailed information on water quality monitoring programs operated by federal, state and municipal agencies, as well as by research institutions, including monitoring station locations, measured parameters, program contacts, and links to program web pages and data downloads.

Information from 43 monitoring programs operated in the South Atlantic region is currently registered in this database, including metadata on over 44,000 stations at which 1093 distinct parameters are measured. Additional programs and stations can also be registered by interested parties in the future. This database provides an ongoing inventory of monitoring activities for the southeast region and will help to facilitate identification of data gaps or under- or over-sampled areas. On a broader scale, the project’s water quality metadata database and web portal have timely relevance to the broad community of coastal managers, researchers, planners and constituents as they make significant progress in leveraging and focusing regional associations and partnerships.

- Resource: Inundation Analysis Tool (NOAA)

NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) has launched an innovative new tool for coastal resource managers. The Inundation Analysis Tool is a web-based application that employs data collected at NOAA tide gauge stations to provide statistical summaries of the historical frequency and duration of observed high waters. The data input for this tool is 6-minute water level data time series and the tabulated times and heights of the high tides over a user specified time period, relative to a desired tidal datum or user-specified datum. The data output of this tool provides summary statistics, which includes the number of occurrences of inundation above the threshold (events) and length of duration of inundation of each events above the threshold elevation for a specified time period. http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/inundation/

- Training: Marine GIS (Mappamondo)

Mappamondo GIS is offering an online course intended to give an in depth overview of the application of GIS mapping and analyses to marine environments. The course will cover such subjects as marine GIS datasets and methods of data collection in the marine environment (LiDAR, Multibeam, ROV, satellite data), calculation of benthic complexity parameters, habitat suitability modeling, marine protected areas systematic design, GIS methods for fisheries dynamics studies, mathematical interpolation of point data, GIS for tracking marine fauna and the ArcGIS Marine Data Model. Course duration is 16-40 hours. Each module is completed by a hands-on tutorial in ArcGIS. To download a detailed description of the program go to: http://www.mappamondogis.it/pdf/MarineGIS_en.pdf.

- Resource: GIS for the Oceans (free book download)

This book is a collection of GIS case studies in marine science introduced by Dawn Wright (Professor of Geography and Oceanography at Oregon State University and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science). The book showcases how GIS can assist meeting the challenges facing marine science. Download the book at: http://www.esri.com/library/ebooks/oceans.pdf.

- Application: Fishery Analyst Online

Fishery Analyst Online version 3.0 is an ArcGIS application developed to effectively analyze and visualize temporal and spatial patterns of fishery dynamics. The main functions are quantitative estimation and visualization of catch and effort and their variation in space and time, analysis of fishing vessel utilization, data quality control, and deriving information on the location of important economic and threatened species. Download a free trial with user manual, tutorial and demo dataset here: http://www.mappamondogis.it/fisheryanalystonline.htm.

- New Tool: Vertical Datum Transformation (NOAA)

NOAA has released the first edition of a free vertical datum transformation (VDatum) tool that allows users to produce a set of consistent geospatial data over coastal and interior areas of the contiguous United States, removing the differences between the vertical reference systems of land- and water-based data. For more information go to: http://vdatum.noaa.gov.

- Document of Interest: NOAA Releases Coastal Sea-Level Change Needs Assessment Report

NOAA's “Coastal Sea-Level Change Societal Challenge Needs Assessment Report” focuses on the needs of the coastal managers, planners and decision-makers who are facing existing or emerging climate issues related to coastal sea-level change. The report is intended to provide NOAA with current information on the needs of coastal decision makers in order to guide its development of trainings, engagement efforts, decision-support tools, and applications. (Sept 2011)

- Document of Interest: America's Ocean Future (JOCI)

On June 7th (2011), the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative Leadership Council (JOCI) released a new report calling on leaders to support effective implementation of the National Ocean Policy. The report, “America’s Ocean Future: Ensuring Healthy Oceans to Support a Vibrant Economy,” highlights three fundamental components JOCI believes are essential for the National Ocean Policy to achieve its potential to improve ocean governance: robust federal coordination; improved collection and delivery of science and data to support decision making; and immediate investments that increase government efficiency and effectiveness and strengthen critical information collection and delivery. The report is available on the JOCI website at: www.jointoceancommission.org.

- 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: 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: https://coast.noaa.gov/nerrs/

- Project of Interest: South Atlantic Regional Research Planning

The National Sea Grant Program 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) worked 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 managed this project in association with Georgia Sea Grant. Please visit the SARRP website.



In the News


Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Visits Sapelo Island

April 24, 2014 - “U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island met with scientists, coastal managers and community leaders at the University of Georgia's Marine Institute on Sapelo Island April 23 as part of his Climate Change Road Trip, a multi-state tour along the Southeast Coast.” For the full story, see:
http://news.uga.edu/releases/article/us-senators-climate-change-tour-stops-at-ugas-sapelo-island-marine-institut/

Loss of Natural Buffers Could Double Number of People at Risk from Hurricanes

July 15, 2013 - A new study in Nature Climate Change (highlighted in Scientific American's ClimateWire) details how coastal wetlands and other natural barriers are disappearing, increasing the risk hurricane damage for coastal cities. The primary research was conducted through the Natural Capital Project.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=loss-of-natural-buffers-could-double-number-of-people-at-risk-from-hurricanes

Do-it-yourself CTDs?

July 5, 2013 - Nature News reporter Daniel Cressey writes, "Crowdsourcing may open up ocean science: DIY ocean instrument could create 'citizen scientists' of the seas."

http://www.nature.com/news/crowdsourcing-may-open-up-ocean-science-1.13341?WT.ec_id=NEWS-20130709

Rate of Temperature Change Along World's Coastlines Changed Dramatically Over Past Three Decades

July 1, 2013 - Locally, changes in coastal ocean temperatures may be much more extreme than global averages imply. New research published in the June 18 edition of PLoS ONE entitled "Decadal Changes in the World's Coastal Latitudinal Temperature Gradients," is highlighting some of the distinct regional implications associated with global climate-change. Science Daily covered this research here.

Aquatox Update

The EPA recently released an enhanced version of AQUATOX, which predicts the fate of nutrients and organic chemicals in water bodies, as well as their direct and indirect effects on fish, invertebrates and aquatic plants. Website: http://water.epa.gov/scitech/datait/models/aquatox/new.cfm
Fact sheet: http://water.epa.gov/scitech/datait/models/aquatox/upload/Factsheet-3-1.pdf

Endangered Atlantic Sturgeon Detected By Acoustic Receivers At Gray's Reef

[quoting from Aug/Sept 2012 edition of Gray's Reef Bites:
Eight Endangered Atlantic Sturgeon Have Been Detected By Acoustic Receivers Deployed At Gray's Reef]

Healthy habitat is vital to abundant fisheries and marine life. Fish use habitat to feed, grow, reproduce, and raise their young so these places need to be in good condition for fish populations to survive and thrive. Fish that migrate between the ocean and freshwater streams, such as the Atlantic sturgeon, have declined as a result of culverts, weirs, dams, and man-made barriers to migration and spawning.

The first sturgeon was detected in the sanctuary by the receivers just over a year ago. The sturgeon count now includes one fish that was originally tagged in the New York Bight by Keith Dunton with Stony Brook University; three tagged in Delaware by Dr. Dewayne Fox with Delaware State University; three tagged in the Edisto River, S.C. by Bill Post with South Carolina Department of Natural Resources; and one tagged in the Altamaha River by Daniel Erickson, previously with University of Miami Pew Institute for Ocean Science, and Dr. Douglas Peterson, with the School of Forest Resources at the University of Georgia.

What the sturgeon are doing in Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is not yet clear. But detecting eight individuals, many tagged north of Cape Hatteras, is remarkable because acoustic tagging projects generally have a much smaller sample size than conventional tagging, and the population of Atlantic sturgeon for tagging is quite small. It is also noteworthy that Atlantic sturgeon have never been previously reported from Gray's Reef, in spite of many thousands of man-hours of SCUBA dives and recreational fishing conducted there annually.

USGS Report: Sea Level Rise Accelerating in U.S. Atlantic Coast

[text from the Coastal States Organization newsletter]

June 24, 2012 - Department of the Interior. According to a new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report published in Nature Climate Change, rates of sea-level rise are increasing three-to-four times faster along portions of the U.S. Atlantic Coast than globally. Since about 1990, sea-level rise in the 600-mile stretch of coastal zone from Cape Hatteras, NC to north of Boston, MA - coined a "hotspot" by scientists - has increased 2-3.7 millimeters per year, while the global increase over the same period was 0.6-1.0 millimeter per year. The report shows that the sea-level rise “hotspot” is consistent with the slowing of Atlantic Ocean circulation, which models show may be tied to changes in water temperature, salinity and density in the subpolar north Atlantic.

Responding to Climate Change through Coastal Habitat Restoration

April 19, 2012 - Restore America's Estuaries released a new study (Restore-Adapt-Mitigate: Responding to Climate Change through Coastal Habitat Restoration) linking ecologically important coastal habitat restoration with adaptation and mitigation strategies as a way to reduce the impacts of ongoing global climate change. The report demonstrates that coastal wetland restoration--everything from restoring salt marshes, to protecting mangroves, and creating new coastal wetlands--can be an integral part of public and private initiatives to combat climate change.
http://www.estuaries.org/images/stories/RAE_Restore-Adapt-Mitigate_Climate-Chg-Report.pdf

NOAA’s Coastal Mapping Program Benefit to Taxpayers

March 28, 2012 - According to a recent independent socio-economic scoping study by Leveson Consulting, for every dollar American taxpayers spend on NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS) Coastal Mapping Program, they receive more than $35 in benefits. Direct economic benefits of the program were estimated at $100 million, 15 times program costs. The study also estimated that NGS’s Coastal Mapping Program supports 1,500 jobs outside of the program. The Coastal Mapping Program provides critical baseline data for accurately mapping the nation’s official shoreline and provides geographical reference data needed to manage, develop, conserve and protect coastal resources. 

Draft EIS Released (assessing energy resource potential in the Mid- and South-Atlantic)

March 28, 2012 - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Tommy P. Beaudreau announced the release of the draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) assessing the conventional and renewable energy resource potential in the Mid- and South-Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf planning areas as well as the potential impacts of the exploration and development of these resources. The draft PEIS - now open for public comment - will help inform future decisions about whether, and if so where, offshore energy leasing would be appropriate in these areas. To access the draft PEIS and see the complete schedule of upcoming public meetings, visit http://www.boem.gov/oil-and-gas-energy-program/GOMR/GandG.aspx.

EPA Releases Climate Ready Estuaries Annual Progress Report

January 2012 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released “Climate Ready Estuaries: 2011 Progress Report”. This document reports on 2011 program accomplishments and the new NEP projects started during 2011. The progress report uses NEP projects from 2008–2010 to illustrate how the risk management paradigm can be used for climate change adaptation. The full report is available at: http://epa.gov/cre/downloads/2011-CRE-Progress-Report.pdf.

State of the Climate Report 2018 (NOAA)

 

Reports from the National Research Council

  • Critical Infrastructure for Ocean Research and Societal Needs in 2030

    The report identifies ocean science questions anticipated to be significant in 2030; defines categories of infrastructure needed to support ocean science research over the next two decades; identifies criteria to help prioritize the development of new ocean infrastructure or the replacement of existing facilities; and recommends ways to maximize the value of investments in ocean infrastructure. http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13081.

  • America's Climate Choices

    is part of a series of climate change studies requested by Congress. Recommendations include calling on the federal government to lead on efforts to combat climate change with emissions cuts and support adaptation programs. http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=12781.

NASA Satellites to Track Biological Impacts of Climate Change

April 22, 2011 - NASA announced 15 new research studies to examine how climate change will affect key species and ecosystems. NASA's Earth Science Division is funding the new research projects to see whether environmental data collected by satellites can be used to improve ecological models that predict the behavior of a species or ecosystem. Projects NASA and its partners are funding include efforts to understand how climate change will affect coastal salt marshes and Atlantic bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Mexico. A complete list of projects is available online at: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/climate_partners.html.

 

Regional Science and Research


Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Research Plan

The development of a Regional Ocean Research Plan for the Mid-Atlantic Region is a four-year project that began in August 2008 with funding support from the National Sea Grant College Program. The project has identified and analyzed research needs associated with ocean and coastal issues in the Mid-Atlantic Region along the Atlantic Coast from northern New Jersey to Cape Fear, North Carolina. The states in the Mid-Atlantic region face a number of similar challenges regarding the coastal ocean they share, including climate change impacts, offshore energy development, fisheries management, land-based pollution, and population growth. The project envisions to advance coordinated research that promotes economic and environmental sustainability in the Mid-Atlantic region.

https://www.midatlanticoceanresearchplan.org/

Governors' South Atlantic Alliance

GSAA is a collaboration of four states and their partners focused on shared ocean and coastal challenges and opportunities promoting environmental sustainability, disaster preparedness, and strong economies.The South Atlantic Alliance was formally announced on October 2009 at a meeting of the Coastal States Organization in Charleston. Representatives from the four partner states (South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida) each had an opportunity for comment, and the federal government was represented by Mr. Michael Boots from the White House Council on Environmental Quality. The mission of the Alliance was to "significantly increase regional collaboration among South Atlantic states, with federal agency partners and other stakeholders, to sustain and enhance the environmental (coastal/marine), natural resource, economic, public safety, social, and national defense missions of the respective states and the South Atlantic region."

The SAA had four priority issue areas:

Healthy Ecosystems

The South Atlantic supports a diverse array of coastal and marine environments vital to the ecological and economic stability and sustainability of the Southeast. The Alliance will undertake activities to:

  • Enhance and support ecosystem‐based management for the biological resources of the region;
  • Improve ecosystem structure and function by developing and applying sound scientific data to support habitat conservation, enhancement, and restoration;
  • Increase understanding of the scope and scale of the region’s human and natural resources; and
  • Develop communication networks, research frameworks, and outreach/education initiatives.

Working Waterfronts

Working waterfronts include water‐dependent facilities and related shore‐side infrastructure offering access or support for a wide variety of public, business, recreation, and commercial uses. Challenges facing waterfront users include declining water quality, loss of public access and traditional uses, competing demands, population growth, and threats from climate change. The Alliance will undertake activities to:

  • Sustain and enhance robust waterfront cultural traditions, commerce, and uses of public trust; and
  • Integrate coastal and land use planning tools to balance new development, historic uses, port expansion, and sustained resources for the future.

Clean Coastal and Ocean Waters

Significant impacts to water quality and coastal ecosystem health are predicted as a result of population growth and land use change, increasing urbanization, point and non‐point source pollution , and climate change. The Alliance will undertake activities to:

  • Enable coastal managers and decision‐makers to predict, prevent, enforce, respond, and mitigate ecosystem and human health impacts; and
  • Provide consistent data through integrated coastal and ocean observing and monitoring system.

Disaster-Resilient Communities

The GSAA seeks to understand potential risks and threats, take steps to prepare and adapt to chronic and episodic events, and effectively deal with post-disaster response. The Disaster Resilient Communities (DRC) Issue Area Technical Team seeks to greatly enhance the understanding of ocean and weather dynamics and improve prediction, observation and forecasting capabilities for both episodic and chronic impacts from weather and climate change. The DRC Issue Area Technical Team identified these 5 objectives to be included in the GSAA Action Plan.:

  1. Conduct regional and state-specific vulnerability assessments of a) public infrastructure, social assets, and economies to hazards and climate change and b) natural processes and features that support resilience, including valuation of these ecosystem services;
  2. Develop and implement adaptation and mitigation strategies for climate change impacts with plans for retreat of natural and human communities;
  3. Improve post-disaster redevelopment planning for coastal communities;
  4. Create and employ incentives for locating and relocating development away from high risk areas, minimizing subsidization of development in high risk areas and re-evaluating of building standards and
  5. Consider management and financial options for addressing short- and long-term beachfront and estuarine migration.

The Governors’ South Atlantic Alliance is no longer operating; please contact Debra Hernandez (debra@secoora.org) for further information about current regional collaboration initiatives in the Southeast or historical information from the GSAA.

SARRP Research Plan

The South Atlantic Regional Research Priorities Plan 2010 was intended for use by all federal, regional, state and academic partners. The document includes project background and methods along with the Regional Research Priorities identified by our partners in the region. Readers will also find a discussion of how the plan might be moved forward.

For more information about the South Atlantic Regional Research Project, please visit: http://www.gcrc.uga.edu/sarrp.htm

Coastal Wetlands Monitoring Report and Database

The GSAA’s Coastal Wetlands Monitoring Workgroup has completed its final report and recommendations on the status of wetlands monitoring in the Southeast.  The Workgroup has also made available the Coastal Wetlands Monitoring Data Catalog, a Microsoft Access database of available metadata on coastal wetlands monitoring programs in the Southeast.

The Coastal Wetlands Monitoring Data Catalog provides a centralized location to access information about coastal wetland monitoring programs and station information in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida (Atlantic Coast). The user-friendly interface allows the user to explore the different coastal wetlands monitoring programs and identifies where to find the monitoring data. The database contains over 700 monitoring stations from 34 monitoring programs of 19 organizations. While the focus was on coastal wetlands, stations throughout the project area were included in the database as were non-wetlands stations for monitoring nearby surface waters, atmospheric conditions, and oyster reefs.

Access the Database: Coastal Wetlands Monitoring Data Catalog (ZIP file)

The report on Coastal Wetlands Monitoring in the Southeast U.S. assesses the monitoring methods employed across the region. The compilation of the methods contained within this report serves as the starting point for developing regional monitoring guidelines. Many coastal wetlands monitoring programs are either short term (1 to 2 years) or are just in their infancy. The final section of this report identifies the opportunities and obstacles for the next step in developing regional monitoring guidelines.

Access the Report: Coastal Wetlands Monitoring in the Southeast U.S.

Ongoing regional initiatives in southeastern U.S. coastal waters

Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability (SERPPAS) – The mission of SERPPAS is to seize opportunities and solve problems in ways that provide mutual and multiple benefits to the partners, sustain the individual and collective mission of partner organizations, and secure the future for all the partners, the region, and the nation. http://www.serppas.org/

Southeast Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE-SE) – COSEE-SE partners with scientists and educators to improve science education, increase the outreach and understanding of research and bring ocean sciences to the classroom.
http://www.cosee-se.org/

Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA) – SECOORA is a 501(c)3 membership non-profit which designs, implements, operates, and improves the provision of data, information, and products for marine and estuarine systems deemed necessary for common uses according to sound scientific practice.
http://secoora.org/

NOAA Southeast and Caribbean Regional Team (SECART) – SECART represents a team of NOAA capabilities in the Southeast and U.S. Caribbean who are committed to fostering stronger collaborative ties with partners and constituents and to improving NOAA’s responsiveness to challenges and priorities of the region.
http://www.regions.noaa.gov/secar/

South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (SAFMC) – The South Atlantic Council is responsible for the conservation and management of fish stocks within the federal 200-mile limit off the coasts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and east Florida to Key West.
http://www.safmc.net/

Marine Resources Monitoring, Assessment, and Prediction (MARMAP) Program – MARMAP is a cooperative fisheries project of the Marine Resources Research Institute (MRRI) of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) which conducts reef fish assessment from North Carolina to northern Florida.
http://www.dnr.sc.gov/marine/mrri/MARMAP/marmap.html

Other Regional Ocean Partnerships

Northeast Regional Ocean Council – Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut
http://northeastoceancouncil.org

Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean – New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia
http://www.midatlanticocean.org

Gulf of Mexico Alliance – Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas
http://www.gulfofmexicoalliance.org

West Coast Governors’ Alliance on Ocean Health – California, Oregon, Washington
http://www.westcoastoceans.org


Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Information

 

Deepwater Horizon Disaster

The three month saga of BP's attempts to stem the flow of oil made it clear that the oil industry's impressive ability to extract oil from ever deeper offshore environments had not been accompanied by an equally effective capability to predict and respond to accidents. As drillers pushed the boundaries, regulators didn't always mandate preparation for disaster recovery or perform independent monitoring. Documents and testimony from Congressional hearings revealed a series of potential failures and warning signs at the well site in the hours leading up to the rig explosion, as well as questions that had been raised years earlier about the reliability of deepwater technology and the ability of the industry to deal with "worse-case scenarios" of accidents. The Minerals Management Service, the government agency with lead oversight of offshore oil and gas activity, came under heavy criticism for lax environmental planning and for sacrificing sound stewardship of a public natural resource for the narrow economic gain to private industry.

National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling

The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling is a presidential commission, established by Executive Order 13543 signed by Barack Obama on May 21, 2010, that is “tasked with providing recommendations on how the United States can prevent and mitigate the impact of any future spills that result from offshore drilling.” It came about as a result of the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.

Response and clean-up technology research and development and the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill

This draft staff working paper discusses why a chasm between exploration technology and response technology has developed. Specifically, in the three sections below, this paper attempts to answer three basic questions:

  • Does the private sector invest less than the socially optimal amount in response/clean-up technology?
  • Do government agencies lack adequate long-term funding to maintain response/clean-up preparedness?
  • Can government and industry create a set of incentives for private companies and government agencies that would optimize levels of investment in response/clean-up technology
  • Dispersant use during the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill

    This Working Paper examines the issues raised by the use of dispersants in the Deepwater Horizon spill. Dispersants change the distribution, not the amount, of oil within a marine environment. They are chemicals typically applied directly to oil on the water surface in order to break the oil into small droplets that can then mix with water below the surface. The dispersed oil is rapidly diluted, mixing both vertically and horizontally in the water column.1 While this alleviates high concentrations at the surface, it may expose organisms to lower, but more widespread, concentrations of oil.

    Databases - Statistics, technical diagrams, maps, and other data 

     

    South Atlantic Sea Grant, Oil Summit II - Chemical Considerations

    June 29th 2010, the South Atlantic Sea Grant programs convened a second summit concerning the Deepwater Horizon (DH) oil, this time with petrochemical and chemical oceanographic experts from the region.  This panel met at the University of North Florida to discuss the chemistry of the DH material that might reach the East Coast. Discussion at the summit focused on three main areas: I) the properties of the compounds being released from the Gulf of Mexico spill site, II) the processes that will likely affect their form and composition before they reach the southeastern U.S., and III) recommendations for monitoring the presence of DH material in the region.   Workshop report (PDF).

    South Atlantic Sea Grant, Oil Summit I - Physical Oceanography

    June 9th 2010, at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Savannah, GA, the four South Atlantic state Sea Grant programs jointly convened a roundtable of recognized physical oceanographic experts from the region to consider, discuss, and answer questions on if, how, and when Gulf of Mexico oil might arrive in regional waters.   Workshop report (PDF).

    Video: Effect of oil on coastal marshes

    Irv Mendelssohn (LSU) and Karen McKee (National Wetlands Research Center) put together an informative video regarding the potential effects of oil on marshes.  (~10 minutes long.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syGM13egoc0

     

     

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