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Important Deadlines

Funding Opportunities

Undergraduate Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Workshop; Georgia Sea Grant/MAREX May 22, 2018
  NRC Research Associateship Programs; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine  
  North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Grants; FWS July 13, 2018

Position Vacancies

Professor and Head, Department of Marine Biology; Texas A&M University at Galveston

 
 

Program Specialist, Research and Education; Consortium for Ocean Leadership

 
  Director of Public Policy Programs; University of Alaska Anchorage 12 April 2018 or until filled
  Director; Washington Sea Grant Friday, April 27, 2018
  Seasonal Educators; Save the Bay  
  Program Manager; Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island Tuesday, May 1, 2018
  Marine Protected Area Coordinator; American Samoa Coral Reef Advisory Group (CRAG) Monday 23 April 2018
  Environmental Communication and Outreach Specialist; NOAA  
  Resident Lecturer in Principles of Marine Resource Management; The School for Field Studies  
  Supervisory Fish and Wildlife Administrator; NOAA, AFSC, Auke Bay Laboratories  
  Assistant Professor- Marine Biologist; University of New Brunswick  
  Program Analyst III; CollabraLink (NOAA OAR, LCI and Research Council)  
  Director of Operations; REEF  
  Executive Director; REEF  
  Policy Analyst; Roger Williams University  
  Marine Science Instructor; Seamester  
  Water Resources Coordinator; National Wildlife Federation  
  Associate - Ocean Plastic; SYSTEMIQ  
  Project Manager - Ocean Plastic; SYSTEMIQ  
  Coral Reef High Impact Initiative Manager; WWF-Australia  
  Science Policy Communications Associate; Consortium for Ocean Leadership  
  Media & Marketing Associate; ANGARI Foundation  
  Endowed Rechnitz Family / Urban Coast Institute Chair in Marine and Environmental Law and Policy; Monmouth University April 15, 2018 or until filled
  Marine Scientist; Oceana  
  Economics and Policy Research Associate, Great Lakes; American Rivers  
  Invertebrate Ecologist Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology; Trinity College  
  Coastal and Marine Scientist; Heal the Bay  
  Aquarium Operations Manager; Heal the Bay  
  Education and Office Coordinator; Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF)  
  Earth Science Data System Program Support Scientist; ASRC Federal  

Post-Doc Positions

Postdoctoral or post-master’s position (Keillor Fellow); Wisconsin Sea Grant Wednesday, May 9, 2018
  NRC Research Associate; NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center Tuesday, May 1, 2018
  Post-Doctoral Candidate in Quantitative Fisheries Ecology; Florida International University Tuesday, May 1, 2018
  Postdoctoral Research in Geography and Marine Spatial Planning; University of Reunion Island Monday, April 30, 2018

PhD. Candidate

PhD Opportunity; Ball State University April 25, 2018 or until filled

Internship

Climate Resilience Data; World Resources Institute  

Upcoming Conferences

Tenth International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Responses; UC-Berkeley April 20-21, 2018
  4th International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans June 4-8, 2018
  2018 Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference; Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments September 17–19, 2018
  2018 National Coastal Conference Resilient Shorelines for Rising Tides; ASBPA October 30-November 2, 2018
  9th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration and Management Dec 8-13, 2018

Webinars

Post Hurricane Irma Rapid Reef Assessment in South Florida and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary; NOAA  
  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

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  

Student Resources

Online Environmental Science Programs and Resources; Affordable Colleges Online  
  Outdoor Career Guidebook; Affordable Colleges Online  
  Guide to Green Careers and Degrees; Affordable Colleges Online  

Resources

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

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: Undergraduate Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Workshop; Georgia Sea Grant/MAREX

The National Sea Grant Office, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the NOAA Office of Education anticipate that up to $140,000 will be available to fund a one-year cooperative agreement to develop, conduct, and evaluate one to several Undergraduate Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Workshops to be held between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019. More information is available at https://seagrant.noaa.gov/Funding

An informational webinar about the opportunity is scheduled for April 24, 2018, at 3 p.m. (Register here

Please direct questions to oar.hq.sg.competitions@noaa.gov with "Attention: PED Workshop" in the email subject line.

Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant will be happy to work with any teams interested in putting together a proposal for this effort. Please contact Director Mark Risse if interested.
More information is available here.

Application due date: May 22, 2018

- Funding Opportunity: NRC Research Associateship Programs; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine sponsors awards for postdoctoral and senior researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. These awards include generous stipends ranging from $45,000 - $80,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience. Limited graduate level awards are also available. These awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S. Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals.

Four annual review cycles:

  • May: Opens March 1; Closes May 1
  • August: Opens June 1; Closes August 1
  • November: Opens September 1; Closes November 1
  • February: Opens December 1; Closes February 1

Applicants should contact prospective Research Adviser(s) at the lab(s) prior to the application deadline to discuss their research interests and funding opportunities.
For more information:
Phone: 202-334-2760
Email: rap@nas.edu
Web: www.nas.edu/rap

For information about specific information about the NRC Research Associateship Program at NOAA, go to: http://nrc58.nas.edu/RAPLab10/Opportunity/Program.aspx?LabCode=26&ReturnURL=%2fRAPLab10%2fOpportunity%2fPrograms.aspx%3fLabCode%3d26.

- Funding Opportunity: North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Grants; FWS

The U.S. Standard Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA). These projects must involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds.

Process

Applicants submit project proposals to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Division of Bird Habitat Conservation (Division) for either of the program's two funding cycles per year. All proposals must be submitted through Grants.Gov. In order to apply for a grant, you and/or your organization must complete the Grants.gov registration process. The registration process for an organization or an individual can take between three to five business days or as long as four weeks if all steps are not completed in a timely manner. Please register early on  Grants.gov

After a preliminary review by Division staff, Joint Venture Coordinators, and North American Wetlands Conservation Council (Council) staff, eligible proposals are presented to the Council. The Council further reviews, ranks, and recommends projects to the  Migratory Bird Conservation Commission for final funding approval. The Division is responsible for administering the grants for the approved projects.

Contacts

Contact the Joint Venture Coordinator in your project area for assistance with developing a project proposal, for information about how proposals are ranked, and/or for guidance on Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and National Historic Preservation Act compliance requirements.
For general program information, contact the U.S. Standard Grants Program Proposal Coordinator: Stacy Sanchez, (stacy_sanchez@fws.gov), 703/358-2017.

Grant Deadlines

July 13, 2018: U.S. Standard Grants, Cycle 2

- Position Vacancy: Program Analyst III; CollabraLink (NOAA OAR, LCI and Research Council)

At CollabraLink, we’re committed to providing flexible clients with simple and intuitive solutions that increase efficiency and enhance citizen engagement. Using advanced technology, rigorous processes and trusted guidance, we’re making government more interactive, productive and secure. We understand that our employees are our greatest asset. Our goal is to create an environment where employees can do important, purposeful work and be rewarded for individual and team success.
Collabralink is searching for a Program Analyst III to join our growing team

Job Description and Responsibilities

  • Provide support to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Labs and Cooperative Institutes (LCI) including the Research Council and NOAA Chief Scientist.
  • Provide daily general administrative and business oversight of various items and processes for OAR’s support to NOAA’s various strategic planning councils under the guidance of OAR leadership. This includes reviewing, monitoring, and tracking correspondence, proposals, deadlines, and conducting research that will help with preparation of responses to inquiries from Council Members, other agency representatives, and external partners on a daily basis. 
  • Develop briefing packages in advance of Council and OAR meetings, including subject matter research. Packages will contain the final agenda, logistics information, supporting materials, and background material needed for understanding or follow-up on issues discussed during the briefing.
  • Establish and maintain communication and information flow between the Research Council Chair, Council Vice-Chair, Council Members, and OAR.
  • Draft Portfolio specific briefing materials and educational materials.
  • Provide input to ad hoc stakeholder requests for information and analysis regarding policy development, status, and assessment
  • Design, implement, and manage mechanisms for collecting, tracking, and assessing information about a broad range of developments, activities, statements, and publications that impact Portfolio activities

Required Experience

  • 6 or more years of experience in the field or in a related area
  • Knowledge of NOAA systems, services, research, and/or programs
  • MS Office proficiency

Education and Certifications

  • Master or Doctoral degree from an accredited University required

Preferred Experience

  • Policy background experience at a Federal Agency
  • Fellowship Experience (for example: Knauss Fellowship or AAAS Science and Technology Fellowship)

Organization: CollabraLink (NOAA OAR, LCI and Research Council)
Job Location:  Silver Spring, MD
Duration: Full-Time

Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Supervisory Fish and Wildlife Administrator; NOAA, AFSC, Auke Bay Laboratories

 As a Supervisory Fish and Wildlife Administrator, you will perform the following duties:

  • Lead professionals in researching, preserving, conserving, propagating and managing fish and other aquatic species populations and their habitats for ecological purposes and to benefit the public.
  • Formulate and carry out research promoting application of program results through publications, presentations, or authoritative reports or analyses.
  • Provide leadership in planning and executing a multi-million dollar annual budget and seek temporary or external funding to support special projects.
  • Supervise staff, including conducting personnel management, promoting diversity and inclusion, addressing morale issues, and following merit principles in hiring and training.
  • Represent ABL in external events and activities, including with the Alaska Regional Office, North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC), City and Borough of Juneau, with NMFS Headquarters Offices, with academic institutions, with the State of Alaska, fishing industries, and with other regional, national and international bodies as assigned.

Organization: NOAA, AFSC, Auke Bay Laboratories
Job Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Resident Lecturer in Principles of Marine Resource Management; The School for Field Studies

On an annual basis, teach the Principles of Marine Resource Management course during two semester programs and one-third of the two summer courses, Tropical Marine Ecosystems and Applied Marine Research Techniques. Lead designated components of the Center's Strategic Research Plan and, as part of this, oversee, mentor, and grade the student directed research projects related to these research lines.
 
Institutional Mission
SFS creates transformative study abroad experiences through field-based learning and research. Our educational programs explore the human and ecological dimensions of the complex environmental problems faced by our local partners, contributing to sustainable solutions in the places where we live and work. The SFS community is part of a growing network of individuals and institutions committed to environmental stewardship.
Program Focus
SFS works with government departments and other local stakeholders to help develop management strategies that will conserve marine biodiversity and provide sustainable economic opportunities for island residents. With so many local residents dependent upon the marine environment for their livelihood, finding viable options for managing fisheries and conserving critical habitats as coastal development and tourism grow, is crucial.
 
Course Description
The Principles of Marine Resource Management course introduces students to concepts underpinning the sustainable exploitation of living marine resources, providing a link between the complementary courses offered in the program, Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values, and Tropical Marine Ecology. Topical areas include: fishing techniques and their impacts; resource assessment and monitoring; fisheries management approaches, particularly as they apply to small island nations; coastal zone management; environmental impacts of coastal development and tourism, and climate change in island systems.
 
The successful candidate will provide high quality, modern and experiential teaching in critical environmental issues in an interdisciplinary curriculum, and participate fully in the implementation of the Center’s strategic plan that addresses these issues. The publication of research results is critical. The successful candidate will work closely with other faculty members to deliver an interdisciplinary program through education and research in a field setting. Each lecturer is expected to provide high quality, inquiry-based teaching and to lead students in Directed Research projects defined in the Center’s research plan.

Applicants are encouraged to review course syllabi and program descriptions on the SFS website: http://www.fieldstudies.org/tci

Duties and Responsibilities

Teaching

  • As part of an interdisciplinary teaching team, teach one-third of the academic program (i.e. 60 contact hours per semester, 20 per summer program)
  • Plan, revise, and effectively deliver a challenging, problem-based interdisciplinary curriculum
  • Organize lectures and prepare course materials in a timely and professional manner
  • Adhere to the daily academic schedule
  • Prepare, administer, and grade assignments, quizzes, mid-term and final examinations
  • Supervise and mentor up to 12 students in Directed Research projects
  • Actively support and counsel students on academic issues
  • Maintain records of lectures, exams, quizzes, readings, field experiences and homework assignments

Research

  • Conduct designated research according to the Center's Strategic Research Plan
  • Identify appropriate components of the Center's Strategic Research Plan suitable for student Directed Research projects
  • Prepare research results for clients and partners and for publication and conference presentations
  • Assist in the creation and implementation of Center research policies, priorities, budgets as required
  • Follow data management, record keeping, and reporting systems
  • Present research findings at local and international conferences (budget dependent)      

 Administration

  •  Participate in planning activities prior to the program start and in review/analysis following students' departure
  • Participate in training activities for new Center staff prior to and during the program, particularly interns
  • Participate in and lead parts of the orientation and re-entry components of the program presented to students at the beginning and end of each program period
  • In cooperation with other Center staff, provide day-to-day coordination of interns as delegated by the Center Director
  • Participate in resolving group management issues and student discipline problems
  • Participate in preparation of the final reports, academic handbook and guidebook revisions and other required reports
  • As requested by the center director, assist with other logistical, group management and administrative tasks

 Safety & Risk Management

  •  Take responsibility, as an individual and as a member of the Center faculty/staff team, for the safety of all program participants
  • Participate in the review and revision of Center risk assessment and management plans
  • Recommend and review policies and procedures needed to manage risks
  • Know the emergency procedures plan for the Center, including evacuation plan
  • Participate in the safety portions of the on-site orientation and conduct safety briefings for students and/or staff
  • Complete incident reports when appropriate and contribute to safety audits
  • Comply with, actively model, and enforce all SFS and Center policies and procedures
  • Ensure that first-aid certifications are kept up to date via periodic courses offered by SFS between program sessions

Daily Center Life

  •  Live on-site for the duration of each program period and take meals with the students
  • On a rotating basis, take responsibility for Center-specific "staff of the day" duties
  • Take part in, and occasionally lead community outreach, Center upkeep projects, social and field activities
  • At the request of the Center Director, serve as caretaker for center during program breaks and center rentals
  • Drive standard transmission vehicles and boats as needed
  • Adhere to, actively model and enforce all SFS and Center policies and procedures

Minimum qualifications

  •  Ability to obtain Turks & Caicos work permit
  • Ph.D. and university-level teaching experience in fisheries assessment and management, or a related field. Familiarity with spiny lobster and queen conch fisheries would be highly beneficial
  • Field research experience, preferably in the areas of stock assessment and marine reserve planning
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary teaching and research team
  • Good track record of research publications
  • Certified SCUBA diver, Divemaster highly preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment to environmental issues

Preferred Qualifications

  •  Demonstrated experience working in collaboration with small island governments
  • Residential student group management and risk management experience highly desirable
  • Proven track record of grant writing success
  • Current first aid certification
  • Small boat handling experience

Other Expectations

  •  Willingness to work flexible hours and live on site at the field station with a small team of permanent staff, groups of US undergraduate students and visiting researchers or programs
  • Participation in all Center activities
  • Represent SFS at local and international meetings and conferences
  • At all times, work to ensure good relations between the SFS and the local community

Compensation/Benefits: Salary is dependent on experience and qualifications. Comprehensive benefits package and on-site room and board included.
Reports to: Center Director and the Office of Academic Affairs
Start Date: July 1, 2018 (with some flexibility)

To Apply: Submit a cover letter outlining relevant experiences and addressing the qualifications and expectations stated above and curriculum vitae online.  Recommendation letters will be required upon request.

Organization: The School for Field Studies
Job Location: South Caicos, Turks & Caicos Islands
Duration: Full Time - Permanent
Application Website: http://fieldstudies.catsone.com/careers/index.php?m=portal&a=details&jobOrd...
Job # 10705840

- Position Vacancy: Marine Science Instructor; Seamester

Seamester Programs is looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated marine science instructor to work with their study abroad program aboard the school ship S/Y Ocean Star or S/Y Argo starting in September 2018. Descriptions of the marine science courses taught onboard can be found at: http://www.seamester.com/academics/courses/http://t.sidekickopen08.com/e1t/c/5/f18dQhb0S7lC8dDMPbW2n0x6l2B9nMJW7t5XZs3LjhBWW1p8bd62z8P2YW2BW4zb56dQxcf5W2qhT02?si=5604548572086272&pi=434663BD-437E-4DE1-A3B8-BCDE86FCAB53&t=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Eseamester%2Ecom%2Facademics%2Fcourses%2F.

The successful candidate will play an active role in the day-to-day operation of our program and lead the instruction for either the Introductory Marine Biology or Introductory Oceanography course.  He/she is expected to foster an exciting experiential learning environment for the students on board, with appropriate field sampling and experiments. The instructor should be creative and flexible in his/her approach to teaching and incorporate program activities and experiences into the course structure.
The successful candidate will be adaptable and willing to work in the ever-changing conditions with sometimes difficult weather conditions that are characteristic of life at sea. He/she should be enthusiastic about traveling to various locales and working with different cultures and languages.

Required Education/Skills:

  • Master's degree in marine biology, oceanography or related field.
  • Ability to teach a university-level introductory course in marine biology or oceanography

Preferred Education/Skills:

  • PhD in marine biology, oceanography or related field
  • Prior experience teaching, preferably in field sciences.
  • Scientific diving experience and PADI Divemaster or Dive Instructor certification.
  • Boating experience, especially on large vessels or sailing vessels

Compensation is dependent on experience.  Room and board, travel expenses and health insurance are provided. We are looking for somebody who can commit for the Fall 2018 semester, from early September initially to late December with a strong possibility of extending employment beyond. Review of applications will begin immediately.
To apply, send a cover letter and CV to Kris Stevenson (kris@gxg.org)

Organization: Seamester
Job Location: On ship
Duration: Full Time - Temporary
Application Website: https://www.seamester.com/employment/

- Position Vacancy: Water Resources Coordinator; National Wildlife Federation

Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation has grown into America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 51 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers, gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, etc. The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world. The organization's programs focus on conserving wildlife, restoring habitat and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change. To support our mission, we seek a Water Resources Coordinator to join our staff in Washington, DC.

The Water Resources Coordinator will lead key activities for the Water Protection Network (WPN) and work on water resource related projects and policy advocacy efforts for the National Wildlife Federation. The responsibilities will include building and maintaining the WPN, working with WPN leadership to help implement the Network's priorities, and serving as a key contact for grassroots activities related to Congress and Federal agencies. The Water Resources Coordinator will also support the National Wildlife Federation's National Advocacy Center's "Waters For Wildlife" program and team.

Organization: National Wildlife Federation
Job Location: Washington, DC
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Associate - Ocean Plastic; SYSTEMIQ

Company Description

With offices in London, Munich, and Jakarta, our purpose is to catalyze good disruptions in critical economic systems across energy, land-use and the circular economy. Vital to the future of humanity and our planet, these disruptions also open up immense opportunities for the businesses that drive them. Since our inception, we have had a strong focus on building a circular plastics economy and radically reducing ocean plastic levels in Asia, starting in Indonesia. 

Position

In Indonesia, SYSTEMIQ is building a bold, outcomes-driven program with the aim of large-scale, measurable reductions in ocean plastic pollution.  If you are motivated by solving complex problems with fellow committed leaders and supporting local frontline efforts, consider joining our team and solving one of the most important environmental challenges of our age – keeping plastics out of the ocean.

Indonesia is identified as the second largest source country for ocean plastics, and there is growing momentum here to solve this issue. With solid problem-solving, analytical and relationship skills, you will be experienced working on consulting projects to deliver analytically rigorous insights, action and results. Ideally your background includes working in a strategy/ analytical/ research role in industry, public sector or civil society. This highly strategic work involves some of the most prominent institutions in the field, has a very international character and aims at significant impact over the next 3-5 years. Work will be based out of Bali or Jakarta depending on the candidate preference, with significant local travel.

You are keen to work in a small company where you can play a shaping role and make an impact. We offer the opportunity to benefit from the world-leading networks of our partners and be part of a high-calibre, driven but friendly and fun team! We value individual aspirations and support you in developing according to your own strengths and ambitions.

Requirements

  • 2+ years advisory/consulting/change project experience in a high calibre and international environment
  • Problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Relationship management skills, also on a senior level
  • Collaborative team player
  • Entrepreneurial spirit with the ability to identify opportunities and new initiatives and make them into reality 
  • Comfortable with a regular national travel and occasionally international.  
  • Master or equivalent degree
  • Evidenced passion for the sustainability/ environment/ social enterprise space

Organization: SYSTEMIQ
Job Location: Bali or Jakarta
Duration: Full Time - Permanent
Application Website: https://cezanneondemand.intervieweb.it/systemiq/jobs/associate__ocean_plast...

- Position Vacancy: Project Manager - Ocean Plastic; SYSTEMIQ

Company Description

With offices in London, Munich and Jakarta, our purpose is to catalyze good disruptions in critical economic systems across energy, land-use and the circular economy. Vital to the future of humanity and our planet, these disruptions also open up immense opportunities for the businesses that drive them. Since our inception, we have had a strong focus on building a circular plastics economy and radically reducing ocean plastic levels in Asia, starting in Indonesia. 

Position

In Indonesia, SYSTEMIQ is building a bold, outcomes-driven program with the aim of large-scale, measurable reductions in ocean plastic pollution.  If you are motivated by solving complex problems with fellow committed leaders and supporting local frontline efforts, consider joining our team and solving one of the most important environmental challenges of our age – keeping plastics out of the ocean.

Indonesia is identified as the second largest source country for ocean plastics, and there is growing momentum here to solve this issue. We are looking for experienced Project Managers. With solid problem-solving, analytical and relationship skills, you will be experienced leading consulting projects to deliver analytically rigorous insights, action and results. Ideally your background includes working at a leading management consultancy or in a strategy/ analytical/ research role in industry, public sector or civil society. This highly strategic work involves some of the most prominent institutions in the field, has a very international character and aims at significant impact over the next 3-5 years. Work will be based out of Bali or Jakarta depending on the candidate preference, with significant local travel.

You are keen to work in a small company where you can play a shaping role and make an impact. We offer the opportunity to benefit from the world-leading networks of our partners and be part of a high-calibre, driven but friendly and fun team! We value individual aspirations and support you in developing according to your own strengths and ambitions.

Requirements

  • 4+ years of management consulting experience in a high calibre and international environment
  • 2+ years of experience as project manager, leading teams on both content and process
  • Highly advanced problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Relationship management skills, also on a very senior level and in various cultural contexts
  • A strong commitment to coaching and developing people, with an empowering leadership style
  • Strong entrepreneurial spirit with the ability to identify growth opportunities and take a lead in exploring new ideas and concepts
  • Comfortable with a regular national travel and occasionally international.  
  • Master or equivalent degree
  • Evidenced passion for the sustainability/ environment/ social enterprise space

Organization: SYSTEMIQ
Job Location: Bali or Jakarta
Duration: Full Time - Permanent
Application Website: https://cezanneondemand.intervieweb.it/systemiq/jobs/project_manager__ocean...

- Position Vacancy: Coral Reef High Impact Initiative Manager; WWF-Australia

Use your expertise to protect and restore ocean health so that it supports the lives of billions.

  • Join one of the world's largest and most respected conservation organisations
  • Brisbane Office pref. other locations neg.
  • Full time 3-year contract

The world has already lost half of its coral reefs, and in only 30 years.  Scientists project that by 2050, only about 10% of coral reefs will survive. At risk are the livelihoods and food security of hundreds of millions of people, a quarter of the ocean’s fish species and a trillion-dollar asset. 

The decline is the result of extensive local pressures resulting from overexploitation and pollution, together with rapid ocean warming and consequent coral bleaching. This emergency for the planet’s biodiversity could soon become a humanitarian crisis.

The Coral Reef High Impact Initiative is an ambitious, global, high-profile initiative to catalyse concern about the consequences of coral reef loss, and channel the concern into tangible, proven on-ground solutions that attract considerable financial and political support.  The Coral Reef High Impact Initiative will demonstrate how innovative approaches can rapidly remove local threats to reefs in five WWF priority areas and build on this to ensure funding and capacity to rapidly scale up.

About the role

The Coral Reef High Impact Initiative Manager undertakes the strategic development and day to day implementation of the Coral Reef High Impact Initiative (HII) including managing engagement with partners, donors and internal stakeholders across a range of practices. The role drives policy, funding and the on-ground delivery of Coral Reef HII and documents the impacts and scaling of interventions.
Skills, knowledge and experience

  • Advanced degree in environment science, public affairs, or a related field, or equivalent work experience;
  • A thorough understanding of the environment/development interface.
  • Significant experience in a management function, with demonstrated success of leading geographically dispersed/culturally diverse teams, through high performance teamworking, where there is no direct line management relationship.
  • Experience of working in an international environment, preferably in an NGO or community-based organisation.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills (English - and other relevant language/s an advantage).
  • Project management experience with large regional or global projects and ability to develop site specific projects with internal and external partners.
  • Experience in setting strategic and communications direction and coordinating communications push (campaign type approach).
  • Proven fundraising track record and securing a pipeline of investments.
  • Ability to implement an impact monitoring, evaluation and learning framework.

WWF values diversity and is building a workforce that reflects the community we serve. WWF is an equal opportunity employer and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally & linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Applications

Applicants are encouraged to review the Job Description and can apply via http://www.wwf.org.au/about_us/work_with_wwf/  Please include the following two attachments: (1) a cover letter/statements against the selection criteria and (2) your resume (CV), including two referees. Only those applicants applying online via the eRecruitment System will be considered.

Organization: WWF-Australia
Application Website: http://www.wwf.org.au/about_us/work_with_wwf/
Application Information: job_description_coral_reef_high_impact_initiative_manager_22022018.pdf

- Position Vacancy: Media & Marketing Associate; ANGARI Foundation

ANGARI Foundation is seeking a Media & Marketing Associate to develop and lead marketing, media and public relations and social media platforms as well as creating and implementing communications and promotional strategies for the Foundation. ANGARI Foundation is dedicated to creating a global community that is interested, knowledgeable and invested in marine and environmental sciences by directly supporting research initiatives that foster a greater trust and dialogue between scientists and the public. ANGARI Foundation also uses innovative technology, film and other media to raise awareness and strengthen science education. Many of the Foundation’s primary initiatives involve R/V ANGARI, a 65-foot vessel that serves as an exceptional research and educational platform. The Media & Marketing Associate will have a lead role in marketing of research expeditions, including developing pre-expedition media plans to be executed during and after each expedition. The associate will be an integral part of the ANGARI team and will be expected to participate in and attend events on behalf of the Foundation in order to support and communicate the Foundation’s goals and key messages.

Primary Responsibilities:

General Media and Marketing

  • Plan and complete daily social media postings and increase engagement (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn)
  • Design creative and cost-effective promotional materials as needed
  • Develop and implement approved marketing strategies
  • Write and/or contribute to press releases and develop media relationships in order to have these press releases published
  • Create regular e-blasts using MailChimp and/or similar programs
  • Keep website updated
  • Assist in database management

Expedition-specific Media and Marketing

  • Create expedition-specific marketing plans
  • Implement developed marketing plans, including participating in research expeditions at sea
  • Photograph and film, as required

Public Relations

  • Establish and foster relationships with media partners and news outlets
  • Identify and participate in events that benefit the Foundation

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Degree in relevant communications, marketing or public relations
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Self-motivated; willing and able to take leadership responsibilities
  • Ability and strong desire to consistently meet deadlines
  • Experience working with computers and social media platforms
  • Knowledge of basic website editing, specifically Wordpress
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom)
  • Ability to work effectively in both team and individual settings

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience in scientific writing and/or journalism
  • Experience in website editing and coding, HTML
  • Experience in photography and film, including editing skills
  • Graphic design experience
  • Knowledge of marine and/or environmental science
  • SCUBA certification

Additional Information and How to Apply

This position may require travel and working some evenings and weekends. While the majority of travel will be within the United States, international travel is possible, and therefore the applicant must have a current U.S. Passport. With the Foundation functioning throughout South Florida, it is also highly desirable that the applicant has a car capable of such travel. The successful applicant will be an Independent Contractor, will receive an annual 1099 and be responsible to file and pay his/her own taxes.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, copy of college transcripts (unofficial acceptable), portfolio of work and three business and two personal references to Angela Rosenberg at angela@angari.org. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. 

About ANGARI Foundation
ANGARI Foundation is a 501(c) 3 private operating foundation headquartered in West Palm Beach, FL. The Foundation is dedicated to creating a global community that is interested, knowledgeable and invested in marine and environmental sciences by directly supporting research initiatives that foster a greater trust and dialogue between scientists and the public. ANGARI Foundation also uses innovative technology, film and other media to raise awareness and strengthen science education. Many of the Foundation’s primary initiatives involve R/V ANGARI, a 65-foot vessel that serves as an exceptional research and educational platform. For more information visit www.angari.org.

Organization: ANGARI Foundation
Job Location: West Palm Beach, FL
Duration: Full-Time
Application Information: angari_foundation_media_marketing_associate.pdf

- Position Vacancy: Science Policy Communications Associate; Consortium for Ocean Leadership

Organization: Consortium for Ocean Leadership

The Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) is looking for a great communicator to join our dynamic Public Affairs department as a Science Policy Communications Associate. This is a temporary, full-time, position for up to a one-year term subject to renewal. The position will report to the Director, Public Affairs.

The successful candidate will implement and coordinate COL’s communications efforts and be responsible for advancing COL and the ocean science community by elevating the visibility of the organization and scientific discipline amongst policy-makers, federal agency staff, other NGOs, scientists, and the public. We are specifically looking for a detail-oriented person that has experience in both science and policy to support mission-critical communications priorities.

Responsibilities include:

  • Works closely with the Senior Communications and Policy Specialist to execute communications and outreach plans and projects and to help position COL’s key messages both internally and externally.
  • Serves as primary point of contact for communications activities for specific COL programs, including Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) (when needed) and the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB). Prepares spokespeople for media interviews. Drafts press releases and develops proactive media messages. 
  • Serves as primary drafter for external communications on behalf of COL programs.  Prepares media lists, promotional materials and briefing packets for speakers at outreach, education, community engagement, and public affairs activities, exhibit booths, and meeting events.
  • Approves web items that are updated daily, including science and policy stories, job opportunities, events, and Federal Register items. If there is no intern, updates these items daily.
  • As needed, assists in the production of content for COL communications products, such as newsletters, exhibit booths, ads, and promotional brochures. Searches, collects, compiles and archives COL-related news stories, journal articles and citations, media mentions. Prepare reports for NOSB and other programs as necessary.
  • Coordinates production of weekly COL newsletter, including editing with intern and gathering COL program information.
  • Assists in coordinating the organization’s public presence at conferences. Leads conference travel logistics, including pre-conference management (e.g., managing purchase requests, ordering booths, and shipping supplies).
  • In conjunction with the Senior Communications and Policy Specialist, implements the social media strategy, including maintaining COL’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.
  • Handles all purchase requests for Public Affairs team items, including subscriptions, conference travel, and renewals, to ensure timely renewal of services.
  • Implements COL’s legislative positions and proposals, in cooperation with the Senior Communications and Policy Senior Specialist; Director, Public Affairs; the President, and the Board of Trustees, including:
  • Monitoring the status of all ocean-related legislation, including Committee hearings and markups;
  • Analyzing various policy and legislative proposals of priority to COL members and discuss recommendations with Director, Public Affairs;
  • Facilitating policy events and briefings
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in communications, journalism, public relations, or science and at least two (2) years’ experience in communications in a nonprofit, industry, government agency, congressional office, or scientific organization. Candidates with equivalent training and experience will also be considered.    
  • Experience working with media at the local and national level.
  • Demonstrated planning, decision-making, and problem-solving capabilities and organizational skills; ability to prioritize work and complete multiple projects with general supervision. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment and demonstrated strong interpersonal skills to manage business relationships.
  • Excellent writing, editorial, and communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills with an attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated social media knowledge of and experience with daily account updating and management, as well as with large social media campaigns, specifically involving Twitter and Facebook.
  • Knowledge of computer hardware/software configuration and system administration functions for Mac and PC-based platforms.
  • Demonstrated initiative and creativity in suggesting new projects. 

Starting salary in the low $50k range.  Located in the heart of our nation’s capital, Ocean Leadership offers a collegial work environment and excellent benefits. To learn more about Ocean Leadership, please visit www.oceanleadership.org .

To apply, please forward cover letter, resume, salary requirement, and any other relevant application materials to jobs@oceanleadership.org  with the subject line “Science Policy Comms Associate”. Materials may also be mailed to Human Resources, The Consortium for Ocean Leadership, 1201 New York Avenue, NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20005.

About the Consortium for Ocean Leadership

The Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization that represents the leading ocean science and technology institutions — public and private; academia, aquaria, and industry. Our mission is to shape the future of ocean science and technology. In addition to our advocacy role as the voice of the ocean research and technology community, COL manages a variety of community-wide research and education programs in areas of ocean observing, ocean exploration, and ocean partnerships. The Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) advocates for sound ocean policy and wise investment in ocean science, infrastructure, and education.

- Position Vacancy: Policy Analyst; Roger Williams University

The Policy Analyst will work on several grant-funded projects that the Marine Affairs Institute at Roger Williams University School of Law and Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program are conducting to create a more resilient coastal environment in Rhode Island and New England.  The Analyst will be responsible for conducting legal and policy research on coastal resilience, creating outreach materials and reports related to the projects, and conducting meetings with local and state governments and stakeholders throughout New England.

Research
Conduct research on policy, laws, and regulations related to coastal resilience.
Work with Sea Grant programs, coastal management programs, and local governments throughout New England to identify law and policy questions regarding coastal resilience.
Identify gaps in research and management related to coastal resilience, and analyze opportunities for more effective coastal management strategies.

Meeting Management
Conduct meetings on law and policy related to coastal resilience in communities throughout New England.
Assist in planning the Marine Law Symposium on coastal resilience.
Create outreach materials for future Marine Affairs Institute/Rhode Island Sea Grant resilience work. 

Organization: Roger Williams University
Job Location: Bristol, RI
Duration: Full-time Regular
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Executive Director; REEF

Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), a non-profit, marine conservation organization is seeking to hire an Executive Director based at the REEF Campus in Key Largo, FL. The campus serves as an educational center for visitors and groups and an operations center supporting a membership of over 65,000 engaging in REEF’s international programs. As REEF heads in to its 25th year, this is an exciting time of growth at REEF, and this role is ideal for a mission-driven and self-directed individual eager to take an established organization toward greater significance and reach.

Position Description and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for REEF’s staff, programs, and execution of its mission.  With 9 full and part time staff working from 3 locations, the Executive Director will often be called upon to jump into all aspects of operation.  Priority tasks and duties will include, but may not be limited to, the following responsibilities. 

  • Ensure ongoing programmatic quality and rigorous program evaluation. Oversee the consistent quality of financial management, program administration, fundraising, communications, and operational systems. Recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve strategic goals.
  • Actively engage and energize REEF members, donors, volunteers, partnering organizations, and board members.
  • Support the Board of Trustees by serving as a representative on all committees; seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for both ongoing operations and long-term program development.
  • Promote an organizational culture that fosters communication, collaboration, teamwork, and trust.
  • Provide leadership, direction, and support for all staff, including senior staff and other direct reports.
  • Employ vision and imagination to help REEF capitalize on its current successes through short and long-range strategic and operational planning.
  • Maintain human resources systems including health insurance, processing payroll, tracking and reporting of time-off, and the employee manual, ensuring that all policies and procedures remain current.
  • Ensure effective systems to track organizational growth and regularly evaluate program components. Measure and communicate successes to the board, funders, and other constituents.
  • Lead a comprehensive fundraising program with development personnel to support existing program operations, future program expansions, and facility improvements.
  • Prepare annual financial plans and budgets for review and adoption by the Board, and compile quarterly financial reports for review by the Board Finance Committee.
  • Oversee staff work plans and activities to ensure tasks are supporting implementation of strategic goals and priorities within the organizational budget.
  • Ensure that the bookkeeping records and files are maintained in good order and that all financial records are, at all times, in compliance with all non-profit reporting and other legal requirements.
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to public relations, with the goal of creating a stronger brand that garners new opportunities.
  • Strengthen capacity building efforts to support REEF’s Volunteer Survey Project, Invasive Species Program, Grouper Moon Project, Explorers Education Program, and other related REEF activities.
  • Oversee planned campus improvement projects, and initiate new efforts as appropriate.

Qualifications

The Executive Director will be thoroughly committed to REEF’s mission to conserve marine environments worldwide. The position requires a highly positive attitude and aptitude for working as a self-starter in a fast-paced non-profit organization, with a willingness to adapt to accommodate organizational growth. The successful candidate needs to be agile and able to work in a sometimes unpredictable environment, in a busy office of staff, interns, visitors, and program participants. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience.

Organization: REEF
Job Location: Key Largo, FL
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Director of Operations; REEF

Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), a non-profit, marine conservation organization is seeking to hire a full-time Director of Operations at the REEF Campus in Key Largo, FL. The campus serves as an educational center for visitors and groups and an operations center supporting a membership of over 65,000 engaging in REEF’s international programs. This is an exciting time of growth at REEF, and this role is ideal for a self-starter, eager to take an established organization toward greater significance and reach.

Position Description and Responsibilities

The Director of Operations works closely with all team members. They are responsible for internal business operations including financial processes, human resources, scheduling, event coordination, and internal communication. Priority tasks and duties will include, but may not be limited to, the following responsibilities:

  • Oversee fiscal management including expense submission, processing of donations, invoicing, disbursements, project budget reporting, and quarterly financial reports.
  • Coordinate with accountant to ensure accuracy of records; adjusting account structure as necessary.
  • Lead the preparation of annual financial plans and budgets for review and adoption by the Board of Trustees.
  • Procure and maintain organization insurance policies, updating as necessary.
  • Maintain human resources systems including health insurance, processing payroll, tracking, and reporting of time-off.
  • Maintain employee files including general employment paperwork, payroll changes, and time-off requests.
  • Coordinate hiring and onboarding processes for new REEF staff and exit interviews for departing staff.
  • Keep employee manual, policies and procedures, and other internal policy documents current.
  • Facilitate staff management system including coordination between programs, check-ins, and year-end review.
  • Provide leadership, direction, and administrative support to all REEF staff, and work with other leadership staff to ensure support and management of supervised team members.
  • Coordinate logistics associated with staff meetings, board meetings, and outreach events.
  • Present and network on behalf of REEF at public events and community gatherings.
  • Maintain the general calendar.
  • Oversee routine maintenance and service needed for the REEF Florida Campus, including permitting, pest control, maintenance needs, IT services, etc.
  • Ensure that external inquiries are responded to by the appropriate team member in a timely manner.
  • Oversee REEF Store management, including processing of store orders, package receivables, and inventory management.
  • Oversee the office environment, stock of supplies, and cleanliness.
  • Assist with broader communication, outreach, and capacity building efforts to support REEF’s Volunteer Survey Project, Invasive Species Program, Grouper Moon Project, Explorers Education Program, donor development, and other related REEF activities. Work collaboratively with all REEF staff and interns.
  • Willingness and ability to travel domestically and abroad.
  • Willingness and ability to work weekends and holidays when required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Bachelors or higher degree in relevant field, or equivalent work experience in management. Proficiency with computers and office software, as well as excellent written and oral communication skills are required. Experience with Quickbooks Online and webpage content creation a plus. Highly positive attitude and aptitude for working as a self-starter in a fast-paced non-profit organization. Agile and able to work in a fast-paced and, sometimes unpredictable, environment, in a busy office of staff, interns, visitors, and program participants. Willingness to adapt and improve practices to accommodate organizational growth. Strong interest in ocean life, marine conservation, and citizen science a must. Ability to work in a diverse and collaborate team.

Organization: REEF
Job Location: Key Largo, FL
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Director of Public Policy Programs; University of Alaska Anchorage

The College of Business and Public Policy (CBPP) at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is seeking candidates for the position of Director of Public Policy programs.  The Director will be expected to lead the development and growth of a successful joint program that includes a Master of Public Policy (program under development) and an existing Master of Public Administration.  UAA is committed to building high quality programs that will achieve NASPAA accreditation.  An earned doctorate in a discipline related to public policy or public administration is required.  A minimum of four years of previous academic experience is required.  Candidates must have established an academic record consistent with the expectations for tenure at CBPP, including demonstrated success in teaching and in research (including published, refereed scholarship.) 

Job Duties:

55%:      Direct joint Master of Public Policy (MPP) and Master of Public Administration (MPA) programs. Includes responsibility for program promotion and student recruitment, curriculum management, budget management, and supervision of MPA/MPP faculty.
18%:      Teach 2 courses per year in MPP/MPA.
18%:      Conduct research.
9%:        Provide appropriate university service, professional service, and public service.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

Must have the background and skills to build successful, accredited MPP and MPA degrees.  Must have ability to work with faculty in MPP/MPA program and in other programs through faculty governance to achieve goals.

Required Experience:

Minimum of 4 years of previous academic experience in MPP, MPA or closely related program.   Record must be consistent with expectations for tenure in CBPP, including a record of successful teaching and a record of strong academic research, including refereed academic publications.  Previous experience with NASPAA accreditation strongly preferred.  Previous academic leadership experience preferred.

Typical Education or Training

Minimum of 4 years of previous academic experience in MPP, MPA or closely related program.   Record must be consistent with expectations for tenure in CBPP, including a record of successful teaching and a record of strong academic research, including refereed academic publications.  Previous experience with NASPAA accreditation strongly preferred.  Previous academic leadership experience preferred.

All applicants must submit a CV, a letter of application, and the names of three professional references with contact information.

Salary: Based on experience
Application deadline: 12 April 2018 or until filled
Location: Anchorage, AK

- Position Vacancies: Seasonal Educators; Save the Bay

Save the Bay is currently seeking to fill multiple positions for Seasonal Educators to help us carry out the education mission of our organization.  

Save The Bay seeks experienced environmental educators on a per diem basis to carry out the education mission of the organization to inspire future stewards of Narragansett Bay. Teaching assignments are held in a variety of settings, including classrooms, field/coastal locations, aboard coast guard certified education vessels and our education centers in Providence and Newport. Student/participants range from K-12 students to adults. This position reports to the Director of Education. Position begins in March and continues through August. There are opportunities to continue into the fall. 

Qualifications

  • College coursework in marine science, biology, environmental science, education or related course of study. 
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for teaching science related topics in informal settings.
  •  Excellent communication skills required. Must be outgoing and have a positive personality.
  • Experience working outdoors, in the field and/or aboard education or research vessels.
  •  Ability to work individually as well as in a team 
  • Must enjoy working with children 
  • A national criminal background check is required 
  • Must have own transportation and be willing to drive to several locations around the state 
  • First Aid/CPR certification preferred 

Compensation and Application

Please submit cover letter and resume to the attention of Bridget Kubis Prescott – Director of Education at bkubis@savebay.org or: 

Save The Bay, 
100 Save The Bay Drive
Providence, RI 02905
Salary: $12 per hour
Location: Narragansett Bay, RI
Duration: Through August and into the fall of 2018

- Position Vacancy: Director; Washington Sea Grant

The College of the Environment at the University of Washington (UW) seeks a vibrant, accomplished, and collaborative leader to serve as the Director of Washington Sea Grant (WSG). This executive-level position will be filled at the level of professional staff or faculty (Professor of Practice), depending on the qualifications and interest of the successful applicant, as a 12-month, full time (100%) position. The Director assumes overall responsibility for leadership and programmatic oversight of WSG and has university-wide and state-wide responsibilities. Together with a 27-member staff distributed across Washington state, the Director builds successful partnerships across numerous and diverse regions and constituencies and facilitates high-impact research, outreach, education and communications activities to increase the understanding of, responsible interaction with, and use of Washington’s ocean and coastal resources.

Position Description

The Director is responsible for strategic visioning and implementation of research, outreach, education, and communications to advance marine science and its political and economic salience in Washington State, and will facilitate progressive solutions that are mission-driven and have significant impact. The Director oversees and serves as principal investigator for an annual budget of about $6 million that is divided almost evenly between competitively awarded research grants and fellowships and support for 27 university staff dispersed across Washington State. The Director reports directly to the Dean of the College of the Environment and serves on the Executive Leadership Committee of the College and on national and regional associations and advisory panels. The position requires frequent and extensive travel within Washington, regionally, and nationally.

This position provides benefit to critical areas of Washington State’s economy and health and welfare, including fisheries, tourism, education, and marine and coastal livability and sustainability. WSG advances the mission of the College of the Environment and the University of Washington by conducting research and outreach activities about the critical ocean and coastal resources of Washington State and the responsible and productive use of those resources. The Director is expected to play a key role in serving the needs of Washington’s marine sectors and in connecting Washington residents with appropriate resources at the University of Washington and elsewhere.

Organization: Washington Sea Grant
Job Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: Full-time, 12-months
Application Deadline: Friday, April 27, 2018
Application Website: https://wsg.washington.edu/about-wsg/washington-sea-grant-director/

- Position Vacancy: Program Manager; Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island

The full-rig ship Oliver Hazard Perry is seeking a Program Manager to join on May 24 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Spring will see the ship sailing up the East Coast, with stops in Annapolis and Philadelphia. Summer will be sailing around New England and Canada.

The Program Manager will play an important role in the content and delivery of programs aboard Oliver Hazard Perry, working both as part of and alongside the ship’s professional crew to facilitate the core sail training experience, coordinate auxiliary courses, and to administer the programs.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to

  • Oversee all curriculum content and delivery aboard Oliver Hazard Perry
  • Work closely with the Captain and Mates to intertwine the ship operations and the educational curriculum.
  • Design and facilitate OHPRI onboard educational program.
  • Actively participate in all aspects of shipboard life: standing watch, chores, sail prep and sail handling, anchor watch, and ship maintenance.
  • Serve as a role model and mentor in a constructive, positive and encouraging manner
  • Maintain program equipment and specimen collection logs on a daily basis. 

Qualifications

  • Tall ship sailing experience strongly preferred   
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of OHPRI
  • Bachelor's degree in a related field
  • A minimum of three years' experience in an educational position in a classroom or non-traditional setting
  • Sufficient physical strength and agility to carry out the essential duties of the position, including participating in boat-based activities, lifting and carrying gear up to 50 pounds, working aloft, hauling line
  • Experience developing educational programs
  • Strong self-motivation and the ability to work as a team member

Learn more about the position at www.ohpri.org/employment 
Applications will be reviewed and considered on a rolling basis 
Positions are full-time, live-aboard. Room and board provided
To be paid, candidates must be US citizens or permanent residents.

How to apply: Applicants should send resumes and references with a cover letter to Chris Dimock and Hannah Spicer: hannah@ohpri.org  

Organization: Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island
Job Location: Newport, RI
Duration: Full time
Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Application Website: http://www.ohpri.org/employment

- Position Vacancy: Marine Protected Area Coordinator; American Samoa Coral Reef Advisory Group (CRAG)

The American Samoa Coral Reef Advisory Group (CRAG) is hiring a Marine Protected Area (MPA) Coordinator who will provide technical assistance and support to local MPA staff, and report to the primary agencies of the Territorial MPA Network.

Coral Reef Advisory Group (CRAG) was established to coordinate specific activities of five agencies in American Samoa; the American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources, the American Samoa Department of Commerce, the National Park of American Samoa, the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency, and the Community College of American Samoa. The purpose of this coordination is to protect and preserve coral reef ecosystems, while attempting to balance and satisfy development needs of the people and fa'asamoa (Samoan way of life). CRAG works closely with regional and national partners on coral reef conservation issues, most notably with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's Coral Reef Conservation Program (NOAA CRCP), the US Department of Interior (DOI), and members of the US Coral Reef Task Force.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical assistance to Marine Protected Area management activities within the territory;
  • Assist in designing and implementing monitoring of sites in the DMWR Marine Protected Area Program;
  • Coordinate data analysis and dissemination of scientific information to village communities in the Marine Protected Area Program;
  • Provide technical support for specific activities surrounding the designation of MPAs through collaboration between DMWR and the local communities;
  • Coordinate activities in relation to MPA enforcement and update of fisheries and MPA regulations and other legal documents, as needed;
  • Ensure that the local MPA efforts are in line with the National Framework of MPAs and that the locally established MPAs are listed as part of the National System of MPAs;
  • Serve as a point of contact in coordinating MPA activities between American Samoa and the Independent State of Samoa under the Two Samoa Initiative to support the development of an archipelagic network of co-managed MPAs;
  • Coordinate regular MPA Network meetings and update all member agencies with minutes of the meetings as well as information of upcoming activities and funding opportunities etc.;
  • Serve as the liaison for MPA related requests for information from off island.  Provide coordination between the territorial and federally managed MPAs to implement the activities and tasks laid out in the MPA Network Strategy;
  • Oversee periodic and regular evaluations of the MPA Network Strategy and integrate feedback and necessary adaptive changes into the Network when necessary; and
  • Develop projects to support the implementation activities for the designated network of MPAs.

Additional Requirements

  • A strong understanding of conservation, marine governance frameworks, environment and/or biodiversity issues as they relate to coral reefs (esp. land-based sources of pollution, fisheries management, and climate change).
  • Ability to work as part of a team and with a diverse group of stakeholders.
  • Willingness to live and work on a small, remote, and isolated island in the South Pacific.
  • Ability to self-manage, adjust according to competing priorities, and allocate time as necessary to complete tasks.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Demonstrated technical understanding and experience working with all aspects of marine protected area management and program evaluation;
  • Expert knowledge and understanding of coral reef ecosystems as well as marine policy, science and education;
  • Working knowledge and demonstrated experience of experimental and survey design;
  • Experience in resource evaluation and monitoring, particularly reef fish and benthic resources;
  • Proven capacity to work with, and enhance relationships with, a diverse group of stakeholders including communities, government agency staff, researchers, educators, and enforcement personnel;
  • Experience living and working in another culture, preferably a Pacific island community;
  • SCUBA diver certified, with at least 50 scientific dives;
  • Competency with basic computer skills including word processing, development of spreadsheets and presentations and preferably GIS skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, including experience with writing and successfully acquiring grants;
  • Experience in coordinating meetings and management groups preferably with an emphasis on effective resource management;
  • Experience in developing recommendations and preparing clear and well-organized reports;
  • Strong interpersonal, listening and facilitation skills;
  • Experience in management;
  • The individual should be highly organized, communicative, and self-motivated;
  • Proven ability to work effectively and collaboratively as a member of a team and to effectively prioritize workloads; and
  • Experience with MPA network design optimization software such as MARXAN.

Minimum Qualifications: Preferably a PhD, however the minimum requirement is a Master's Degree in biology, marine biology, fisheries or related field, with 5 years work experience. It is preferred that the individual's background includes tropical ecosystems, particularly coral reefs.

To Apply:

Applicants must send a cover letter and a resume and their contact detail (phone numbers and email addresses). Applicants should email these documents to the DMWR HR Manager, Caroline Tafeamaalii (c.tafeamaalii@gmail.com) with email subject: MPA Coordinator Position. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews. Attachments when submitting application must include:
1. Cover Letter
2. CV / Resume
3. References
4. Copy of degrees and transcripts.

Job Location: American Samoa
Duration: Full Time - Permanent
Application deadline: Monday 23 April 2018

- Position Vacancy: Environmental Communication and Outreach Specialist; NOAA

Will support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Office of Habitat Conservation (OHC), Habitat Protection Division (HPD). Will focus on HPD's strategic communications related to key office priorities including ecosystem approaches to management and effective use of existing coastal and marine authorities. Will plan and implement internal communication efforts and development of communication products to raise awareness and visibility of the HPD. 

Other duties include:

  • Develop and disseminate print and online communication products, including communications plans, web stories, messages, social media posts, and talking points.
  • Create and lay-out fact sheets, brochures, and other outreach materials such as infographics using Adobe Creative Cloud.
  • Coordinate the communication of HPD staff's outreach needs, develop messages and share announcements following agency processes, and work with subject matter experts and field staff to identify opportunities to communicate their work.
  • Build and maintain relationships and effective communications within NOAA and with other government agencies, private groups, and not-for-profit organizations to leverage information and identify opportunities for collaboration.
  • Support strategic communication for HPD program priorities by identifying linkages with wider Office and NOAA Fisheries priorities and programs.
  • Assist in defining key messages of HPD programs and issues appropriate to audiences including but not limited to Congress, NOAA leadership, media, and the general public.

Required Skills

  • 3+ years of specialized experience developing strategic communications plans and campaigns for science or environmental agency, private company, public relations firm, or non-governmental organization.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills including a demonstrated ability to write for the web, including articles, static content, and/or blog posts.
  • Experience with content management systems, preferably Drupal, and using social media, particularly Twitter.
  • Experience with Google Analytics and other user analysis applications is preferred.
  • Must be proficient with Adobe Creative Cloud, particularly InDesign and Illustrator.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience executing media relations events intended for news media, partners, and stakeholders.
  • Experience with Google Analytics and other user analysis applications.
  • Experience with creating infographics, charts/graphs, tables.

Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident and be able to pass a background investigation to obtain a security badge to enter the applicable government facility.
Education: BS in related discipline, or equivalent.
Organization: NOAA
Job Location: Silver Spring, MD
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Professor and Head, Department of Marine Biology; TX A&M University at Galveston

The Department of Marine Biology at Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG) invites applications and nominations for the position of Professor and Head of Marine Biology (MARB).

Qualifications.  Candidates must possess a doctorate in a field related to any of the department’s academic programs, qualify for the rank of full professor and have a distinctive and active record of research, publication, and external funding. Competitive candidates should be internationally recognized as leaders in their academic field of study; have a vision for the future for the department, as well as the challenges and opportunities at the national and international level; and be a successful advocate for students, staff, and faculty in the department. They should support faculty in garnering external funding. They should have administrative and budgetary management experience, have experience that lends itself to facilitating effective learning and instruction, be committed to transparent and engaged faculty governance, be collaborative, and be able to manage and resolve conflict. Further, we seek an individual who has a leadership style that supports the diversity of department community members, creating a department climate that embraces the values of inclusion so that all members are heard, valued, and respected, and in which all community members can thrive.

Responsibilities: The Head serves as the chief academic, fiscal, development, and administrative officer for the Department. The Head is responsible for fostering faculty excellence in research, teaching, and service consistent with Texas A&M Galveston’s Strategic Plan (http://www.tamug.edu/AcademicAffairs/Strategic_Plan_2016-2020.html); providing effective advocacy for the department within the college, university, state, and nation; encouraging a positive, collegial climate grounded in the ideals of diversity, inclusion, equity, fairness, and social justice; promoting local, regional, state, national and international outreach; establishing a successful record of creating a positive climate for the recruitment, development, and retention of diverse faculty, students, and staff. Teaching responsibilities will include contributing to the need of the Department and advanced courses in the candidate’s area of specialization.

The Marine Biology Department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees from Texas A&M University – Bachelor of Science degrees in Marine Biology, Marine Fisheries, and Marine Biology-License Option (mariner training in Texas A&M Maritime Academy); and Master of Science and Doctoral degrees in Marine Biology. Teaching and research facilities are located in Galveston, Texas, along the shore of Galveston Bay. Galveston is an island city on the Gulf coast of Texas, 50 miles south of Houston. MARB faculty (n=18) collaborate with scholars across the institution, state, nation and world in active research efforts and in garnering extramural funding (>$5 million per year of funded research expenditures).

Application materials: If you would like the challenge and opportunity to lead an outstanding department, please upload 1) a letter of intent describing your vision for the Department and outlining your research, teaching, and service accomplishments; 2) a curriculum vitae; and 3) contact information for four professional references to: https://tamus.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/TAMU_External/job/Galveston-TAMUG/Professor-and-Head—Department-of-Marine-Biology_R-002147-1, or mail the application material to: Marine Biology Department Head Search Committee, PAR # 4101 c/o Human Resources Department, Texas A&M University at Galveston, P.O. Box 1675, Galveston, TX 77553-1675. The department is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. For more information on the position, please contact the interim Department Head, Dr. Jaime Alvarado Bremer at alvaradj@tamug.edu. Review of applications will begin March 10, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. The expected start date is August 27, 2018, but the starting date is negotiable. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

This recruiter would like you to apply via their website. Follow the link below for further instructions.

Organization: Texas A&M University at Galveston
Application Website: http://www.tamug.edu
Location: Galveston, TX
Application deadline: Applications reviewed until position is filled

- Position Vacancy: Program Specialist, Research and Education; Consortium for Ocean Leadership

The Consortium for Ocean Leadership is seeking a Program Specialist to join its Research and Education team. This is a temporary, full-time position scheduled to last through April 2019, with the possibility of extension pending funding availability. The position will report to the Vice President, Research and Education.
The Program Specialist, Research and Education implements science support and education and outreach activities to advance a variety of COL programs. Activities will support goal and objective setting for COL programs and ensure these goals and objectives are successfully accomplished. The Program Specialist will work closely with current and potential program partners (primarily federal and academic) to shape and deliver programs that advance COL’s mission and benefit the ocean science community.

Responsibilities include:

  • Implementing a suite of science support, education, and community engagement programs on behalf of COL, such as those related to ocean sound, a traveling public exhibition, and an ocean science capabilities assessment.
  • Supporting project expansion and development in topical areas including but not limited to ocean sound, harassment and discrimination within the ocean science community, and ocean science training for journalists.
  • Planning, organizing, and supporting workshops, committee meetings, and outreach and training events.
  • Building networks for and provide ongoing community communications around COL’s Research and Education programs.
  • Preparing project reports, proposals, and other publications.
  • Supporting organizational response to RFPs, including proposal preparation (~10% of time)
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in a scientific or technical discipline related to ocean science and a minimum of two (2) years of experience in scientific research or project/program management. Additional years of experience in these fields may substitute for higher degree.
  • Understanding of the ocean science community and related federal agencies.
  • Experience in public outreach, education, or research support activities.
  • Proposal writing experience and knowledge of fundraising preferred.
  • Budgeting and cost management experience.
  • Demonstrated initiative, creativity, and the ability to work well both independently and as part of a team are a must. Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including executive staff, international scientists, federal agency representatives, industrial representatives, and academic institutions.
  • Experience in meeting and workshop organization and facilitation a plus.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail are required.
  • Proven problem-solving capabilities with the ability to exercise good, independent judgment on courses of action and to exhibit a proactive approach to assigned projects.
  • Demonstrated flexibility and ability to work well under pressure.

Ocean Leadership offers a collegial work environment and excellent benefits. To learn more about Ocean Leadership, please visit http://www.oceanleadership.org.
To apply, please forward cover letter, resume, salary requirement, and any other relevant application materials to jobs@oceanleadership.org with the subject line, “Program Specialist, R&E”. Materials may also be mailed to Human Resources, The Consortium for Ocean Leadership, 1201 New York Avenue, NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20005.

About the Consortium for Ocean Leadership

The Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization that represents the leading ocean science and technology institutions — public and private; academia, aquaria, and industry. Our mission is to shape the future of ocean science and technology. In addition to our advocacy role as the voice of the ocean research and technology community, COL manages a variety of community-wide research and education programs in areas of ocean observing, ocean exploration, and ocean partnerships. The Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) advocates for sound ocean policy and wise investment in ocean science, infrastructure, and education. Having established a reputation for being a credible, reliable, non-partisan, and trustworthy source of information for policymakers in the nation’s capital, COL elevates the awareness of the importance of the ocean to the nation’s economic and social well-being. Consequently, COL positively influences ocean policy and federal financial support for ocean research and technology.

- Position Vacancy: Marine Scientist; Oceana

We are looking for a Marine Scientist to play a substantive role on Oceana’s campaign team to stop expanded offshore drilling and related exploration.  The Marine Scientist will serve as an expert on oil pollution and seismic noise impacts to marine life. Marine mammal and overall ocean health expertise desired. The marine scientist will provide research to support and further campaign goals, develop written materials including reports, comments and media statements, and help to shape the strategy and direction of new and existing campaigns and initiatives. The marine scientist will have extensive contact with research scientists and representatives of government agencies and other stakeholders. They must be able to travel as necessary.         

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

  • Serve the campaign to stop expanded offshore drilling and Oceana Science team.
  • Carry out research on Oceana’s campaign topics and other subjects relevant to Oceana’s objectives, including the review of oil pollution and seismic noise impacts to marine life, and other ocean health-related research. Report findings and relevance to campaign objectives. 
  • Maintain subject matter expertise by following the current literature, attending relevant meetings, and communicating with peers in the field.
  • Research, draft and/or review content for Oceana scientific reports and other external communications, with particular attention to scientific accuracy.
  • Liaise with outside scientists to mobilize support for ocean health, fisheries and conservation objectives, including scientist sign-on letters and technical peer reviews.
  • Represent Oceana at external events as needed, including conferences, symposia, meetings, and hearings. 
  • Meet with Congressional and government agency representatives to communicate Oceana’s objectives as needed.
  • Assist in preparation of internal reports for the Board of Directors and foundations.

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. Relevant study and economic analysis experience also helpful.
  • At least two years of professional experience in marine science or policy.
  • Experience with U.S. marine wildlife and fisheries laws, regulations and policies as they relate to marine mammals, sea turtles and/or fisheries, as well as oil pollution and seismic impacts is preferred.

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, including oil pollution impacts, seismic noise impacts, biodiversity loss and habitat degradation. Proficiency in additional research skills (e.g., GIS, database management, statistical design and modeling, DNA sampling) desirable.
  • 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 long or irregular hours and travel will be required.

Organization: Oceana
Job Location: Washington DC
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Endowed Rechnitz Family / Urban Coast Institute Chair in Marine and Environmental Law and Policy; Monmouth University

The Monmouth University School of Humanities and Social Sciences invites outstanding applicants for the Endowed Rechnitz Family / Urban Coast Institute Chair in Marine and Environmental Law and Policy. The successful applicant will be hired at the Associate Professor or Full Professor level and located in the Department of Political Science and Sociology as well as associated with the Urban Coast Institute (UCI). The UCI serves Monmouth University and the public as a forum for research, education, and collaboration in the development and implementation of natural and social science-based policies and programs that support stewardship of healthy, productive, and resilient ocean and coastal ecosystems and communities. Teaching and research are mutually supportive activities at Monmouth University. To assist the Endowed Chair, the University will provide funds for research, normally to a maximum of $10,000 per year subject to roll-over. This position is an anticipated opening.

Review of applications will occur upon receipt. Applications received by April 15, 2018 will receive fullest consideration. The search process will remain open until the position is filled. Preference will be given to candidates whose letters of recommendation comment positively on teaching and research potential and /or successes, including work with undergraduate students. Finalists will present a sample class and a research seminar as part of the interview process.

Requirements

  • PhD or JD in a relevant discipline from the social sciences or humanities, including political science, law, or environmental studies.
  • Expertise in marine, ocean, and environmental law and policy.
  • Established record of strong teaching, scholarship, and research credentials.
  • Commitment to a teacher-scholar model of faculty development, high-quality teaching, and an active and productive research program involving undergraduate students.
  • Ability to seek external funding and have a demonstrated record of success in securing grants and extramural support.
  • A record of scholarly publications in referred journals.
  • Record of exemplary scholarship, publications, teaching or clear potential for teaching effectiveness at the university level.
  • Experience engaging interdisciplinary research and collaboration.
  • A demonstrated ability to interact congenially and fruitfully with co-workers at all levels.

Organization: Monmouth University
Job Location: West Long Branch. N.J.
Duration: Full Time Faculty 44 weeks. Summer Research
Salary: TBD
Application Deadline: Sunday, April 15, 2018 (open until filled)
Application Website: Monmouth University Jobs

- Position Vacancy: Invertebrate Ecologist Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology; Trinity College, CT

The Biology Department invites applications for a full-time, two year visiting assistant professor position to begin in fall 2018. The primary teaching duties include Ecology (lecture and lab), Invertebrate Zoology (lecture and lab), and a non-majors or senior seminar course each year. The department is looking for someone who is committed to teaching and mentoring students at a liberal arts college. Candidates with an active field-based research program conducive to undergraduate participation are desirable.

Organization: Trinity College
Job Location: Hartford, Connecticut
Duration: Full Time - 2 years, Benefited
Application Website: Apply Here
Application Deadline: Open until filled

- Position Vacancy: Coastal and Marine Scientist; Heal the Bay

The Coastal and Marine Scientist is a key member of our science, programs and policy team and is responsible for a variety of technical and policy projects related to the Santa Monica Bay and greater L.A.’s coastal waters. This consists of critically evaluating proposed policies, permits, regulation, and legislation that stand to impact local coastal resources from both a scientific and policy perspective. Focal topics include plastic pollution, marine protected areas, fisheries, coastal development, sea level rise and climate change, oil and gas development, and others. The Coastal and Marine Scientist represents Heal the Bay at public meetings and in stakeholder groups, serving as Heal the Bay’s primary advocate for strong coastal and ocean protection policies and regulations. The Coastal and Marine Scientist will also support our Programs and Policy work through grant management, including budget oversight and reporting. The position may involve some field work.

Functions Include:

  • Track select science and policy issues at regional and state levels (e.g. coastal development permits, marine life management and marine life protection act implementation, plastic pollution legislation and ordinances, etc.) and ensure that deadlines are met for public comments and other products;
  • Critically analyze and provide written comments on scientific, technical and policy issues related to coastal and marine resources;
  • Represent Heal the Bay’s positions at public meetings, hearings and other forums;
  • Represent Heal the Bay on stakeholder groups and issue-related working groups;
  • Assist with leadership of Heal the Bay’s MPA Watch program and facilitate the integration of the organization’s citizen science programs and data into policymaking and larger statewide and regional programs;
  • Work closely with other Heal the Bay staff on inter- and intra-departmental projects and programs;
  • Manage project grants, including budget oversight and allocations, progress tracking and reporting;
  • Create and maintain relationships with government agency staff, nonprofit partners, scientific researchers and other environmental stakeholders;
  • Support organizational campaigns by developing strategy, and preparing supporting analyses and documents;
  • Develop issue paper topics to investigate coastal and marine resources management challenges from a scientific and policy perspective, and conducting supportive research and analysis;
  • Support educational and outreach campaigns with internal and external participants around key issues;
  • Distill policy and technical information into easily understandable written materials and oral presentations;
  • Support scientific field work, as needed;
  • Participate in weekly department meetings, regular meetings with manager, monthly staff meetings, and occasional board meetings.

Experience and Skills Required:

  • Strong passion for Heal the Bay’s mission and a love for the environment;
  • Bachelor’s degree in marine science, environmental science, coastal ecology, or related field is required at minimum; graduate degree is preferred;
  • Strong background in coastal and ocean policy; understanding of relevant laws, regulations, and policies; knowledge of policy-making processes; and experience with local issues relating to coastal and marine;
  • Strong interpersonal and oral communication skills, with public speaking experience;
  • Strong writing skills, with policy analysis or advocacy writing experience preferred;
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and project planning skills;
  • Strong problem solving skills;
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively as part of a team;
  • Proven ability to work under pressure, multitask and meet deadlines;
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office (e.g. Word, Excel and Power Point), with CRM Salesforce experience a plus;
  • Ability to travel throughout the Los Angeles area, and occasional trips to Sacramento or other locations throughout the state;
  • Some evening and weekend work is required; and
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle.

Organization: Heal the Bay
Job Location: Greater L.A., USA
Duration: Full Time, Benefited
Salary: $50-60,000 annually
Application Website: Apply Here; More Info

- Position Vacancy: Aquarium Operations Manager; Heal the Bay

Heal the Bay is seeking a qualified and passionate Senior Aquarist and Operations Manager responsible for the operations and maintenance of aquaria exhibits, animal care, life support systems, scientific collections program, and general facility maintenance at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. The person will manage the exhibits, tanks and life support equipment; the collection and husbandry of specimens; and other duties related to aquarium operations. The position is full time. This position reports directly to the Aquarium Director and will play a key leadership role in the day-to-day operations, including oversight of interns and naturalists.

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain aquarium exhibits, holdings, water quality, and life support systems
  • Manage collection, husbandry, and care of marine fishes and invertebrates, including development of breeding programs, novel display opportunities, etc.
  • Manage the daily practical and logistical aspects of the aquarium
  • Facility maintenance including: repairs, fabrication, plumbing, maintenance, and project management
  • Participate in collection planning, and assist in development of new exhibits and support their establishment
  • Manage, track, and report on aquarium operations budget
  • Develop and implement standard operating procedures in compliance with aquarium and industry standards for best practices
  • Assist to ensure compliance with all applicable safety and security procedures and protocols
  • Work as part of the senior team to recruit, train, and manage Aquarist interns and volunteers, and advise staff
  • Operate and manage collecting activities, including boat-based surface and SCUBA collecting, as needed
  • Additional responsibilities may include assisting with Aquarium’s educational programming for students and visitors throughout L.A. County
  • Must be able to work weekends, evenings, and holidays as needed

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrate commitment to Heal the Bay’s vision, mission and values
  • At least three years experience at a public aquarium in the collection and care of marine specimens and management of exhibits and life support systems
  • Experience and hands-on working knowledge of life support systems and aquarium operations infrastructure (approximately 11,000 gallon closed system), including bio tower filters, chillers, emergency power generators, raw seawater system, and protein fractionator
  • Experience with quarantine and holding protocols for aquatic animals
  • Bachelor’s degree in natural science, marine biology, environmental science and/or science related field preferred; relevant experience will be considered in lieu of a degree
  • Knowledge of Southern California marine flora and fauna
  • Extensive aquatic collection experience and strong swimming skills required
  • Must possess current SCUBA certification and First Aid certification, with a preference for Rescue Diver SCUBA certification (DAN Insurance required upon employment)
  • Boat handling experience in open water marine settings preferred
  • Works well both independently and as a team and able to work on several concurrent projects
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work under pressure
  • Strong communications and leadership skills, and ability to give and follow directions effectively
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs. and able to work in Aquarium back areas which requires climbing and crawling under and around life support systems plumbing and tanks
  • Valid driver’s license required and auto insurance
  • All applicants must pass a background check

Organization: Heal the Bay
Job Location: Greater L.A., USA
Duration: Full-Time Benefited
Salary: $60,000 – $70,000
Application Website: Apply Here; More Info

- Position Vacancy: Earth Science Data System Program Support Scientist; ASRC Federal

Arctic Slope Technical Services (ASTS) provides IT and Intelligence services to the federal defense and intelligence communities. Our focused solutions offer efficiency, agility, and innovation. We resolve issues quickly and provide ideas and solutions to help our customers fix problems and overcome challenges.
ASTS is seeking a Support Scientist will be to support the Earth Science Data System Program (ESDS) in the Earth Science Division (ESD) of NASA's Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters.

The role of the Support Scientist will be to support the Earth Science Data System Program (ESDS) in the Earth Science Division (ESD) of NASA's Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. This role supports the ESDS Program Executive in carrying out tasks related to the planning, execution and overall management of the largest civilian Earth observation system in the world. For program information visit https://earthdata.nasa.gov.

The Support Scientist will support planning, coordination of programmatic studies, authoring documentation, tracking milestones and similar activities. They will serve as a liaison between ESDS, ESD Program Scientists and multiple projects at NASA centers. In addition, they will support the development of documentation, white papers, schedules and other program activities. Additionally, the support scientist will assist with the peer review process for ESDS solicitations.

The ideal candidate will have a solid earth science background with preferences given to candidates that have demonstrated experience in both computer and earth science.

Organization: ASRC Federal
Job Location: Washington D.C.
Duration: Full Time
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Education and Office Coordinator; Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF)

The Education and Office Coordinator will report to the Education Program Manager, and will work closely with all REEF team members. The Education and Office Coordinator will assist with REEF’s growing Explorers Program, which includes informal education through a monthly seminar series, youth summer camps, a college-level field methodology course, and one to five-day workshops with visiting school groups, elder hostels, and scout troops. This rapidly-growing program engaged over 1,000 participants in 2017, aged 6 – 70. The Education and Office Coordinator will also be responsible for the operation of the physical and online REEF Store, along with assisting general facilities management.
 
Position Description and Responsibilities

Priority tasks and duties will include, but may not be limited to, the following responsibilities:

  • Assist with the coordination and implementation of REEF’s Explorers education programs, including informal education programs and summer camps.
  • Contribute to the creation and updating of educational and training materials for REEF programs.
  • Work with REEF’s Education Manager to schedule and facilitate outreach and social events at the REEF Campus.
  • Manage all store transactions, including processing payments, packing, and shipping, for online and in store orders.
  • Train staff and interns to assist with store order fulfillment and inventory oversight, and ensure standards for quality and accuracy of order fulfillment, and overall customer service.
  • Handle customer questions, requests, complaints, and issues.
  • Update and maintain the REEF online store.
  • Oversee the general working environment of the REEF Headquarters office facility, including stock of office supplies, ensuring all equipment is in working order, and cleanliness.
  • Coordinate the REEF Campus property management and maintenance.
  • Assist with supervision and facilitation of the Marine Conservation Internship program, which hosts 4-6 college-age interns three semesters a year.
  • Assist with broader communication, outreach, and capacity building efforts to support REEF’s Volunteer Survey Project, Invasive Lionfish Program, and other related REEF activities. The staff member will work collaboratively with a dynamic team of REEF staff, interns, and volunteers.

Qualifications

  • Bachelors or higher degree in relevant field, or equivalent work experience in non-profit organizations, marine sciences, retail management, or teaching.
  • Proficiency with desktop computers and office software, as well as excellent written and oral communication skills are required.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with major social media platforms, and basic HTML and website content editing skills are desired.
  • Highly positive attitude and aptitude for working as a self-starter in a fast-paced non-profit organization is a must.
  • Strong interest in ocean life, marine conservation, citizen science, and diving a plus.
  • Ability to work in a diverse and collaborative team across multiple disciplines.
Position Term, Compensation, and Work Environment

This is a full-time position with a salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include health insurance, accrued paid time off (PTO), option for flex-time work weeks, and 7 paid holiday days per year. U.S. and International travel may be required, as well as some weekend, holiday, and after-hours work. The position will be based at REEF’s Key Largo, Florida Campus. The position will report to the Education Program Manager.

Organization: Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF)
Job Location: Key Largo, Florida
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website: Further Information

- Position Vacancy: Economics and Policy Research Associate, Great Lakes; American Rivers

American Rivers is the leading national organization dedicated to protecting and restoring our nation’s rivers. The hallmark of our work is combining our technical expertise and collaboration with local partners to solve some of the most pressing water-related issues facing our communities and waterways. Through our work, we have increased recreational access to treasured rivers, restored free flowing rivers to boost healthy fish populations, and assisted local governments in efforts to create more equitable, integrated water supply portfolios. American Rivers’ Clean Water Supply program is a leader in the development of green infrastructure solutions to the stormwater problems that plague many U.S. cities. We are particularly focused on reducing the pollution and flooding threats caused by stormwater in Great Lakes communities such as Milwaukee, Cleveland, and Grand Rapids. American Rivers is hiring an Economics and Policy Research Associate to work with a team of staff and consultants who are developing stormwater funding strategies for Grand Rapids, Michigan and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District in metropolitan Cleveland, Ohio.

This position will help us advance “green stormwater infrastructure” solutions in our two partner cities. As background, “green stormwater infrastructure” is a cost-effective approach to stormwater management that emphasizes natural hydrologic functions to reduce runoff volumes and pollutants. American Rivers’ is partnering with stormwater agencies and other stakeholders in Grand Rapids and Cleveland to pioneer innovative techniques for funding green stormwater infrastructure projects as part of private property development projects. This partnership is designing and implementing a stormwater volume credit trading program that will increase the sustainability of stormwater funding in Grand Rapids while providing regulatory flexibility to property owners and developers. We are also working with North East Ohio Regional Sewer District in Cleveland, Ohio to optimize an existing green infrastructure grant program. The Economics and Policy Research Associate will conduct economic analyses, program design, policy development, and stakeholder outreach to support the implementation of the trading program.
The Economics and Policy Research Associate will be a two-year position, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Associate will be the sole American Rivers staff in Grand Rapids, and will be housed in the offices of a partner organization. This position will be an active member of a national team of American Rivers’ staff and contract consultants, and will be expected to function both independently and under direction of the other team members.American Rivers is the leading national organization dedicated to protecting and restoring our nation’s rivers. The hallmark of our work is combining our technical expertise and collaboration with local partners to solve some of the most pressing water-related issues facing our communities and waterways. Through our work, we have increased recreational access to treasured rivers, restored free flowing rivers to boost healthy fish populations, and assisted local governments in efforts to create more equitable, integrated water supply portfolios. American Rivers’ Clean Water Supply program is a leader in the development of green infrastructure solutions to the stormwater problems that plague many U.S. cities. We are particularly focused on reducing the pollution and flooding threats caused by stormwater in Great Lakes communities such as Milwaukee, Cleveland, and Grand Rapids. American Rivers is hiring an Economics and Policy Research Associate to work with a team of staff and consultants who are developing stormwater funding strategies for Grand Rapids, Michigan and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District in metropolitan Cleveland, Ohio.

This position will help us advance “green stormwater infrastructure” solutions in our two partner cities. As background, “green stormwater infrastructure” is a cost-effective approach to stormwater management that emphasizes natural hydrologic functions to reduce runoff volumes and pollutants. American Rivers’ is partnering with stormwater agencies and other stakeholders in Grand Rapids and Cleveland to pioneer innovative techniques for funding green stormwater infrastructure projects as part of private property development projects. This partnership is designing and implementing a stormwater volume credit trading program that will increase the sustainability of stormwater funding in Grand Rapids while providing regulatory flexibility to property owners and developers. We are also working with North East Ohio Regional Sewer District in Cleveland, Ohio to optimize an existing green infrastructure grant program. The Economics and Policy Research Associate will conduct economic analyses, program design, policy development, and stakeholder outreach to support the implementation of the trading program.
The Economics and Policy Research Associate will be a two-year position, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Associate will be the sole American Rivers staff in Grand Rapids, and will be housed in the offices of a partner organization. This position will be an active member of a national team of American Rivers’ staff and contract consultants, and will be expected to function both independently and under direction of the other team members.

Organization: American Rivers
Job Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Duration: Nonexempt, Full-time
Application Information:  economics_and_policy_research_associate_great_lakes.docx

- Post-Doc Position: Post-Doctoral Candidate in Quantitative Fisheries Ecology; Florida International University

The applicant must have completed a Ph.D. in fisheries science, ecology, or a related field. Applicants should have a strong quantitative background and computer programming skills. Experience in statistical modeling and proficiency with programming languages (R, Python, or SAS along with ADMB or TMB) are desired. Applicants are expected to have a proven record of peer-reviewed publications and verbal communication skills.

Background

The purpose of this project is to carry out research that ensures the long-term sustainability of the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) ecosystem and socioeconomic landscape. As part of this mission, a three-year grant has been awarded to investigate fisheries management for Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper through development of a decision support tool based on a management strategy evaluation (MSE) framework.  The tool will help quantify the risks and trade-offs among the various alternative long-term management strategies and potential short-term regulations that may be utilized in the rebuilding and sustainable management of the GoM Red Snapper resource. The project will seek to actively engage and implement stakeholders’ opinions and suggestions, while providing them with a powerful tool that can be directly used to weigh the trade-offs of various management measures. The end product of the research will be a user-friendly GUI-based decision support tool that can explore various management and policy decisions on an array of short- and long-term biological, economic, social, and political metrics.

Responsibilities

The applicant will be tasked with developing the MSE operating model with supervision from the various PIs. Additionally, the applicant will assist PIs with organizing workshops with stakeholders. A critical component of the research will be directly collaborating and communicating with various stakeholders in order to determine desired capabilities of the decision support tool.  Funding will be provided to attend stakeholder meetings around the Gulf region along with support to attend a yearly national or international scientific conference to present results of the work. The applicant will be expected to prepare and submit multiple peer-reviewed articles stemming from the MSE research.  Secondary requirements involve mentoring Ph.D. students and participating in various ongoing research projects of the PIs, which focus on management strategy evaluation and multi-species modeling.

Organization: Florida International University
Job Location: North Miami Beach, FL
Duration: Full-Time
Salary: $50,000 per year with benefits
Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Application Information: red_snapper_mse_post-doc_announcement_fiu-zhang.docx

- Post-Doc Position: NRC Research Associate (Post Doc); NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center

In spite of their importance to fish habitat quality and broader ecosystem function, euphausiids have been understudied in the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem. Data on large-scale patterns in euphausiid distribution and abundance are needed for top-down, bottom-up, and climate-related studies. This project will use a time series (2003-2017, n=9 surveys) of coast-wide (BC, WA, OR, CA) acoustic survey data to generate euphausiid distributions and point estimates of euphausiid biomass. Spatiotemporal statistical models will be applied to estimate euphausiid biomass as a function of environmental/habitat covariates. Models results and biomass estimates will then feed into a refinement of a Pacific hake (Merluccius productus) habitat model and into growth potential models for Pacific hake and Sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria). This collaborative project includes investigators at NOAA-NWFSC, NOAA-SWFSC, and Department of Fisheries & Oceans Canada. The Associate will be based at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, WA. The award can begin any time after September 1, 2018.  

Organization: NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Job Location: Seattle, WA
Duration: Full-Time
Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Application Websites: Details of Application; Information on NRC Research Associate Program

- Post-Doc Position: Postdoctoral Research in Geography and Marine Spatial Planning; University of Reunion Island

The OCEAN METISS Project

Applicants are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher who will join researchers at the University of Reunion Island (France) in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) (http://www.univreunion. fr/university-of-reunion-island/) as part of the OCEAN METISS scientific project funded by the European Commission – European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. This project is one of four European projects on Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) to be selected for funding by EASME (https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/south-western-indian-ocean-maritime-spatia...) and the only one to be selected from the European overseas territories.

The successful applicant will be based at the University of La Réunion (UMR ENTROPIE, UMR ESPACE-DEV), and will actively participate in project-related activities, which involve cooperation between the Regional Council of Reunion Island, French State institutions - based in Reunion Island under the aegis of the Secretary General for Regional Affairs (SGAR) - and the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC).

Overall, the OCEAN METISS project aims to support the integrated economic development of the South West Indian Ocean Basin and the EU. To this end, the project will develop 1) MSP as a method to operationalize a blue economy strategy; 2) the sharing of international experience and active networking in favour of a blue economy; 3) the mutualizing of local, national and international human, scientific and technical resources; 4) capacity building to ensure higher performance results in the analysis, development and implementation of the blue economy; 5) the emergence of projects that may be entitled to further funding beyond the duration of the OCEAN METISS project.
The OCEAN METISS project implements MSP as a framework for consistent, transparent, sustainable and evidence-based decision-making, as stated in the 2014 EU directive on MSP for instance. To meet this objective, the various partners will apply a multi-scale approach to marine spatial planning involving both a large scale (WIO) and small scale (Reunion Island coastlines) approach. Participants will be associated to the project in working groups linked to each work package (WP). The first three thematic work packages are sectorial and aim to set baselines for the project: WP1 Ecosystem and Energy; WP2 Sustainable Development of Economic Activities; WP3 Research and Innovation. The following three work packages are cross-sectoral and aim to develop the blue economy strategy: WP4 Governance; WP5 Risks and Conflicts of Practices; WP6 Cooperation and Networking.

Requirements

Missions

The Postdoc will work in WP1/WP5 and will, in particular, contribute to 1) mapping of marine and coastal human activities using multi-source data (including remote sensing, tracking data and data collected through participatory processes), 2) describing and mapping potential conflicts among activities, mediated through the environment, 3) developing MSP scenarios that integrate ecosystem services trade-off and 4) simulate those scenarios with stakeholders involved in the project using the SeaSketch tool (https://www.seasketch.org/), with the view of establishing a strategic marine spatial plan. The Postdoc will collaborate with the McClintock lab (University of Santa Barbara California) to contribute to tune the Seasketch tool to the OCEAN METISS project needs in Réunion Island. The recruited Postdoc will work closely with a GIS engineer, a Postdoc researcher in marine governance (WP4) and a Postdoc researcher in marine ecology.

Job Profile

We seek a creative individual with expertise in a relevant social science (geography) or ecological discipline (e.g., marine ecology, spatial analysis and modeling) and the ability to effectively work with stakeholders in interdisciplinary teams. The work of the Postdoc will require proficiency in programming (Python and R), experience with GIS tools and data visualization and the ability to manage large datasets. We seek a person with experience and/or strong interest in both advancing scientific frontiers and addressing real - world challenges of marine and coastal sustainable management.

Conditions

The position is for 20 months starting in June 2018 in Réunion Island. Salary after tax is about 2130 euros per month. The successful candidate will have a PhD in a related field and preferably a 2 to 4 years experience in advanced technical work, including demonstrated ability to analyze systems and solve complex technical problems using spatial analytic methods, and experience in the analysis and interpretation of environmental data using statistical methods and/or modeling. Preference will be given to candidates proficient in issues related to geography, oceanography, marine ecology, marine spatial planning, as well as scientific productivity demonstrated by publications in high-level peer-reviewed journals. Candidates must possess strong teamwork skills and ability to work successfully with in an interdisciplinary group of researchers. Because of the international nature of the work in the Western Indian Ocean, the ability to read and speak French and English would be an additional asset.

Application

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, research statement, Curriculum Vitae, and the names and contacts of three referees to Pr Matthieu Le Corre and Dr. Erwann Lagabrielle at the following email addresses: matthieu.lecorre@univ-reunion.fr and erwann.lagabrielle@univ-reunion.fr, by April 30th, 2018. The email should be entitled « POSTDOC GEOGRAPHY OCEAN METISS ».

Organization: University of Reunion Island
Job Location: Reunion Island
Duration: Full Time, June 2018 - January 2020
Application Deadline: Monday, April 30, 2018
Application Information: ocean_metiss_postdoc_geography_lr.pdf

- Post-Doc Position: Postdoctoral or post-master’s position (Keillor Fellow); Wisconsin Sea Grant

The Wisconsin Sea Grant College Program, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), seeks postdoctoral and post-master’s candidates interested in tackling science and policy challenges related to Great Lakes fisheries management in Wisconsin. Together, these programs will fund a Great Lakes Fisheries Fellow position, named in honor of a longtime Sea Grant coastal engineering expert J. Philip Keillor, to celebrate his legacy in providing science to help support informed decisions for the sustainable use of Great Lakes resources. This Fellowship will provide a unique educational and career opportunity for a recent graduate who is interested both in aquatic resources and in the policy decisions affecting those resources in Wisconsin. This program places a recent master’s or doctoral graduate within a state program full-time for one year, with the Fellow bringing technical skills to benefit water issues and challenges and receiving valuable real-world science policy experience from the resource professionals who will serve as mentors. This mutually beneficial partnership will result in advancing science to support policy decisions as well as valuable training opportunities for new professionals entering the work force.

This Fellow will be placed at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Fisheries Management office in downtown Madison and will be working with researchers and fisheries managers from the state and region in addition to stakeholders. WDNR has identified the following priority area in which we are seeking assistance:  Evaluating the potential for stocking Brook Trout instead of Splake in Lake Superior. The Fellow will be expected to:  Review, compile, and analyze agency stocking records and creel survey data; conduct a literature review of current science and management of Splake and Brook Trout, particularly in large lakes; Develop an adaptive stocking strategy to evaluate performance of stocking efforts for Brook Trout, Splake and a combination of both species.

Technical mentors for this fellowship will include: Dr. Willie Fetzer, WDNR Great Lakes Fisheries Specialist; Dr. Brad Ray, WDNR Lake Superior Biologist; Dr. Titus Seilheimer, Wisconsin Sea Grant Fisheries Outreach Specialist. More information on the Lake Superior fisheries management plan is at https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/lakesuperior/LakeSuperiorFishManagement....

Organization: Wisconsin Sea Grant
Job Location: Madison, WI
Duration: Full-Time
Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Application Information: 2018_wisconsin_great_lakes_fisheries_fellowship_announcement.pdf

- PhD Opportunity: PhD Opportunity; Ball State University

The Venturelli Lab in the Department of Biology at Ball State University is seeking a highly motivated and creative Ph.D. student to join an international team of collaborators that is using data from angler smartphone apps and other digital media to complement conventional fisheries techniques and gain novel insights into recreational fisheries at multiple scales and locations. Potential topics of study include patterns of effort and catch, invasive species, conservation, human dimensions, socioeconomics, and analytics. Links to recent publications: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1080/03632415.2015.1049693 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/faf.12189

The preferred candidate will have a M.Sc. in fisheries science or a related field at the time of appointment; be proficient with statistical and spatial software; have strong quantitative, writing, and presentation skills; and experience publishing in the peer-reviewed literature. Other assets include knowledge of human dimensions and experience working with large data sets.

The project begins August 2018 through the Environmental Sciences Doctorate Program. Funding includes a stipend of $23,250 for the academic year, $6975 in summer salary, and a ~$10,000 fee remission benefit per academic year. You will be responsible for dedicated fees, which amount to ~$2,000 per semester. The review of applications begins 25 April 2018. Open until filled. To apply, send a cover letter that outlines your interest and qualifications, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to Paul Venturelli, Assistant Professor, at: paventurelli@bsu.edu.

Organization: Ball State University
Job Location: Muncie, IN
Duration: Full-Time
Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 (Open until filled)

- Intership: Climate Resilience Data; World Resources Institute

Internships at WRI provide opportunities for motivated, young professionals to learn from our experts and participate in engaging work at the intersection of environment and development. WRI provides many internship opportunities throughout the year in all our programs and offices. We seek interns with diverse backgrounds and who are passionate about the environment to help us make a direct global impact.

Climate Resilience Practice Overview

The intern will be part of WRI’s Climate Resilience Practice, which helps governments, civil society, and the private sector to develop adaptation solutions in line with the scale and scope of climate change. We work at multiple scales to develop adaptation strategies that both serve and engage vulnerable people, with a particular focus on the poor. Our climate resilience works crosses all six of WRI’s goals - Food, Forests, Water, Climate, Energy, and Cities.

Internship Summary

This internship is a unique opportunity to learn from one of WRI’s high impact initiatives to improve how we analyze, visualize, and share data to advance climate adaptation and resilience planning in communities around the world. The intern will join a team of highly motivated individuals, including members of WRI’s senior leadership, to support the enhancement of PREPdata, an initiative of the Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness (PREP). PREPdata is a highly-visual, map-based, open-source platform that improves access to the credible information that adaptation decision-makers and practitioners need to plan for climate change. The intern will be expected to learn on the job about the partnership and the PREPdata platform, and will be part of a team identifying, analyzing, processing, and visualizing climate, socioeconomic, and geophysical data to be included in PREPdata.

Learning Outcomes

The internship will gain experience in the following areas:

  • Researching, discovering, and prioritizing new global, regional, and national (US, India, Fiji, other geographies as needed) climate, socioeconomic, and geophysical data for inclusion in PREPdata
  • Obtaining, analyzing, processing, and visualizing data in a variety of formats, both vector and raster
  • Supporting dataset management, documentation (metadata) and quality control
  • Contributing to the management, design, and development of the PREPdata platform as needed
  • Supporting PREPdata training efforts as needed (e.g., workshops, videos)
  • Helping to write short data-driven communications pieces highlighting how data can inform climate adaptation and resilience building efforts

Internship Qualifications

  • BA/BS in GIS, Computer Science, Geography, Environmental Science, or a related field; MA/MA preferred
  • Excellent quantitative skills, strong grasp of statistical concepts, and a high degree of comfort working with GIS
  • Exceptional research skills and experience evaluating research methodologies
  • Excellent technical writing skills with the ability to express complex concepts clearly and concisely
  • Experience in python, R, or similar data processing language
  • Experience with Esri or other GIS software
  • Highly organized and attentive to detail
  • A self-motivated learner with a willingness to work effectively under pressure and take on new challenges as required
  • Confidence and independence to take initiative, with the awareness and judgement to seek help when needed
  • Interest in data and GIS applications for environmental management and/or climate adaptation planning

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with web services, e.g. WMS
  • Experience with Google Earth Engine
  • Experience in data visualization libraries and tools, such as Vega

General Internship Requirements

  • Applicants must have personal health insurance coverage.
  • U.S. work authorization is required for this opportunity. WRI does not sponsor interns for visas.

Compensation: This is a paid internship.
Organization: World Resources Institute
Job Location: Washington, D. C.
Duration: Full-Time / 6 months
Application Website: Apply Here

- Upcoming Conference: Tenth International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Responses: Engaging with Policy on

Climate Change; UC-Berkeley

April 20–21, 2018, Berkeley, CA

Call for Papers  - We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Tenth International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Responses, held 20–21 April 2018 at the University of California at Berkeley in Berkeley, USA.

Founded in 2009, the conference aims to create an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of climate change, its causes, its eco-systemic impacts, and its human impacts. The conference also explores technological, policy, strategic, and social responses to climate change.

We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, colloquia, innovation showcases, virtual posters, or virtual lightning talks. The conference features research addressing the annual themes and the 2018 Special Focus: "Engaging with Policy on Climate Change."

For more information regarding the conference, use the link below to explore our conference website.

- Upcoming Conference: 4th International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans

June 4 – 8, 2018, Washington, D.C.,

The 4th International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans (ECCWO) will explore the consequences of climate change for the ocean (both offshore and coastal waters), its ecosystems, and its dependent communities under a range of future scenarios and socioeconomic pathways. By convening a series of integrated discussions amongst an interdisciplinary group of ocean-oriented scientists, the Symposium will facilitate the synthesis of information on how climate-related changes will influence oceans, marine ecosystems and society. We expect this knowledge will be useful in informing societal choices for preparing for and responding to changing oceans including adaptation and management options. The Symposium outputs will provide information for use in a variety of national and international analyses of climate impacts on the world’s oceans.

Deadline for submitting proposals for Session and Workshop topics is extended to June 23, 2017.

The Symposium Organizers invite proposals (submit your proposal here) for session and workshop topics addressing the causes and consequences of changing climate on marine ecosystems within the context of evolving ecosystem drivers as outlined in the Symposium Scope.

The Symposium Organizers are looking for a broad range of topics and approaches to sharing, synthesizing and discussing information. We encourage applicants to consider innovative ways to communicate results and engage the scientific community, decision-making community and the public in dialog on the effects of – and responses to - changing climate on the world’s oceans including marine resources and resource dependent sectors, communities and economies.
The following are some key topic areas of interest to the Symposium Organizers to help inspire and guide proposals for sessions and workshops:

  • Characterization of ocean changes and the climate-ocean system
  • Extreme and abrupt changes in ocean systems
  • Impacts of changing climate on ocean physical, chemical and biological conditions
  • Impacts of changing climate on ocean-dependent sectors, societies and economies
  • Responding to climate-related changes in ocean conditions – Governance, institutional and sectoral adaptations
  • Advancing methods to project climate-related impacts in ocean ecosystems

Early registration ends on Jan. 12, 2018.
For more information and/or to register, please go to: http://meetings.pices.int/meetings/international/2018/climate-change/Background

- Upcoming Conference: 2018 Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference; Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments

September 17–19, 2018; Columbia, South Carolina

The Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference seeks to assist by providing a platform to share experience and knowledge of opportunities, tools, resources, local initiatives, and expertise. Although research findings will be shared, this conference is intended to foster real-world solutions to climate adaptation in the Carolinas.
Sessions are designed to facilitate interaction, training, collaboration and discussion around topics including:

  • Updates about climate science and available resources
  • Communicating about climate in the Carolinas
  • Mainstreaming climate into ongoing activities
  • Case studies of local adaptation efforts underway
  • Climate connections with public health, tourism, recreation, natural resources, hazards management, water management, and other sectors

Interactive presentations and audience discussion improve understanding of our regional climate as well as information, services, and tools available to stakeholders and decision makers in the region. Climate tool demonstrations provide an opportunity for a hands-on experience to learn from tool developers and ask questions of users.
Submission Instructions

Individual presentation ideas should be submitted using the Presentation Submission Form.
Please use the separate Session Submission Form if you would like to organize a conference session. Proposed sessions can be either 1½ hours or 3 hours, for a longer workshop-style format

The submission deadline is Friday, April 13, 2018.

You will receive a confirmation e-mail once you have completed the submission form. If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact Amanda Farris at (803) 777-6875 or afarris@sc.edu.

Registration will open in March 2018. Early registration fees apply until August 5, 2018.

For more information concerning the conference, registration, presenting, and accommodations, go to: http://www.cisa.sc.edu/ccrc/index.html

- Upcoming Conference: 2018 National Coastal Conference Resilient Shorelines for Rising Tides; ASBPA

October 30-November 2, 2018
Galveston Island Convention Center and San Luis Resort
Galveston, Texas
Call for Abstracts now available!
Registration opens May 18.

The American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA), in cooperation with the Coastal Zone Foundation, announces the Call for Abstracts for its 2018 National Coastal Conference, Oct. 30-Nov 2 at the Galveston Island Convention Center on Galveston Island, TX.

ASBPA is the nation’s first organization to promote science-based policies for the preservation of coastal areas. The National Coastal Conference provides an opportunity for coastal stakeholders and managers to develop collaborative networks to promote best management practices, while learning the latest science, engineering and policy needed to maintain and improve the health of our beach-front and estuarine shorelines and ecosystems.

This year ASBPA’s conference has a dedicated call for presentations on the day to day operations of public beaches and coastlines. Parks and recreation professionals who manage beaches and coastal areas and are responsible for their general upkeep, profitability, and community engagement are invited to present on their successes and challenges. It is hoped that the scientific, engineering and restoration community can learn about the challenges of a managing a coastline after restoration or between nourishments and coastal managers can learn more about the physical and biological processes that impact their coastline.

Technical, policy-oriented, and “operational” presentations or posters are invited for a broad range of coastal & estuarine ecology, science, engineering, economics, and policy.
For more information about the conference, go to: http://asbpa.org/2018/03/22/asbpa-2018-national-coastal-conference-call-for-abstracts-due-may-4-2018/

Abstracts are due May 4, 2018, and notification of presentation status will occur by June 25, 2018. Presentations may be PowerPoint or poster format. Presenters are responsible for all of their expenses including travel, lodging, and registration fees.
Submit abstracts via the online form here

- Upcoming Conference: 9th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration and Management

December 8-13, 2018, Long Beach, California

Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) and the Coastal States Organization (CSO) are proud to host the 9th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration and Management in Long Beach, California. The six-day Summit will explore cutting-edge issues in coastal restoration and management, and will be comprised of a community restoration event, field sessions, plenary sessions, expert presentations, special evening events, workshops, a poster hall, and an award-winning coastal exposition hall. 

The Summit Program will address all aspects of coastal and estuarine restoration and management, in all ecosystems, at all scales, and in all regions, including the Great Lakes and international locales. These topics are crucial as coastal communities pursue new, more robust strategies to effectively manage, protect, and restore their resources in a changing climate. Ensuring these resources, and the communities that rely on them, are resilient now and into the future will be a particular focus.

Conference website: https://www.estuaries.org/2018-summit-general-info
Proposal submission information: https://www.estuaries.org/images/LB_Conference/2018_Summit_CFP_11-15-17_002.pdf
Proposal Submittal Deadline: April 6, 2018

For more information, please contact Courtney Lewis at clewis@estuaries.org or 703-524-0248 x5

- 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.
The CPA was created in an effort to fulfill the mission of the SALCC: to create a shared blueprint for landscape conservation actions that sustain natural and cultural resources.
For more information about projects related to the South Atlantic LCC, please visit the Projects page on the South Atlantic Conservation LLC’s main website.

If you have questions about the South Atlantic CPA, please email us at southatlanticlcc@gmail.com

- 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.
For more information, go to:

- 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: 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

Click here to watch this video on YouTube

- Webinar: Landscape & Vertical Living Walls; filtrexx™

Wed. July 26, 2017, 11am-12pm EDT (offered multiple times)

Landscape & Vertical LivingWall Systems add unique, dramatic vertical greenery to interior or exterior walls. Attend this one-hour to learn more about the benefits and uses of Landscape & Vertical LivingWall Systems.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/1748216174603304193

- Webinar: Living Shoreline Restoration; filtrexx™

Wed. Aug. 2, 2017, 11am-12pm EDT (offered multiple times)

In this one-hour webinar, learn about emerging Living Shoreline restoration applications that mimic nature, utilizing locally available, sustainable materials. Living Shoreline systems are alternative shoreline stabilization techniques that help maintain the natural interface between land and water, while preserving the habitat, protecting the environment, and enhancing coastal resilience to reduce erosion.
Join us to learn more about the following systems/applications:

  • Beaches: Prevent dune scarps and enhance new beach dune establishment
  • Lakes & Ponds: Long-term protection against the elements with native vegetation
  • Rivers & Streams: Maintain native vegetation and reduce erosion

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/8334766913516154881

- 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
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- 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: NOAA Digital Coast Series and other NOAA Seminars

This series introduces Digital Coast tools and data through demonstrations, case studies, and opportunities to engage with field experts and colleagues. Recordings are posted for all webinars as soon as they are available.

http://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/webinar

- 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.

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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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- Student Resource: Online Environmental Science Programs and Resources; Affordable Colleges Online

An environmental science degree can lead to a variety of careers: At the entry level, environmental protection techs perform inspections and investigations into the source of contaminants and pollutants. At higher levels, opportunities exist for environmental science specialists, research scientists, microbiologists, and experts in related disciplines such as oceanography or marine science.

This guide explores the various levels of degrees, types of available online programs, potential careers, and tips for academic success in web-based courses to help prospective students determine the best educational pathway.

For more information, go to:  http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/degrees/environmental-science-degrees/

- Student Resource: Outdoor Career Guidebook; Affordable Colleges Online

This website provides users with a list of prospective outdoor careers (including marine biologist) that provides an idea of the variety of careers available and some steps they can take to get them. It also lists scholoarships and job search resources.

- Student Resource: Guide to Green Careers and Degrees; Affordable Colleges Online

This website provides general information about environmentally friendly degrees (including marine science) and job options. The menu includes:

  • Reasons for pursuing a green job;
  • Popular green degrees;
  • A sustainable career map;
  • Top paying green careers; and
  • A list of job resources.
An interview with Nurit Katz, UCLA's first Sustainability Coordinator, is also posted on this site.

- 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/

- New Website: GaClimate.org

As part of the Southeast Climate Extension project whose goal is to advance climate extension in agriculture, a new website has been developed to serve as a clearinghouse for information on climate and weather in Georgia. The website is: www.GaClimate.org

The website provides the following information:

  1. A daily blog post on climate and weather from our agricultural climatologist, Pam Knox.
  2. A news feed of climate-related stories relevant to agriculture.
  3. Links to Extension fact sheets on climate (see link at top of page)
  4. A glossary of relevant terms (see link at top of page)
  5. State maps of 14 environmental parameters including soil temperature, soil moisture, air temperature, precipitation, wind direction, etc. from the Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network (GAEMN).  The maps are created by Dr. Ian Flitcroft’s group with data collected from GAEMN weather stations.  The maps can be copied for use in presentations, etc. by right-clicking on the map. The maps are:
    1. 12 maps showing current conditions
    2. 14 maps showing yesterday’s average conditions
  6. Links to a variety of useful tools such as a Degree Day Calculator, Freeze Risk Probabilities, Chilling Hours Calculator, and many others.
  7. Current drought conditions in Georgia from the U.S. Drought Monitor
  8. El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) climate phase forecast.
The GaClimate.org website is a cooperative effort between www.AgroClimate.org, GAEMN, and the Southeast Climate Consortium. 

- Document of Interest: Living Shorelines: The Science and Management of Nature-Based Coastal Protection; CRC Press

CRC Press announces the publication of Living Shorelines: The Science and Management of Nature-Based Coastal Protection edited by Donna Marie Bilkovic, Molly M. Mitchell, Megan K. La Peyre, and Jason D. Toft. A new addition to the CRC Marine Science Series, this book compiles, synthesizes and interprets the current state of the knowledge on the science and practice of nature-based shoreline protection. This volume provides a background and history of living shorelines, understandings on management, policy, and project designs, technical synthesis of the science related to living shorelines including insights from new studies, and the identification of research needs, lessons learned, and perspectives on future guidance.

International perspectives are presented from leading researchers and managers in the East, West and Gulf coasts of the United States, Europe, Canada, and Australia that are working on natural approaches to shoreline management. The broad geographic scope and interdisciplinary nature of contributing authors will help to facilitate dialogue and transfer knowledge among different disciplines and across different regions. This book will provide coastal communities with the scientific foundation and practical guidance necessary to implement effective shoreline management that enhances ecosystem services and coastal resilience now and into the future.

This book will serve as a valuable reference to guide scientists, students, managers, planners, regulators, environmental and engineering consultants, and others engaged in the design and implementation of living shorelines.
The publication date has been moved up to March 9. Log on to the CRC Press website to pre-order the book and receive a discount.

- 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: http://coastalgadnr.org/sites/uploads/crd/images/ReportCard/2014_Coastal_GA_Report_Card.pdf

For information about the developement process and methods that were used to draw up the Report Card, go to: http://coastalgadnr.org/sites/uploads/crd/images/ReportCard/Coastal_Georgia_Report_Card_White_Paper.pdf

To view the FAQ, go to: http://coastalgadnr.org/sites/uploads/crd/images/ReportCard/Report%20Card%20Key%20Messages%20and%20FAQs_Final.pdf

To watch the introductory webinar, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RoFB5th_ME

For the powerpoint presentation used in the webinar, go to: http://coastalgadnr.org/sites/uploads/crd/images/ReportCard/2014ReportCard.pdf

- 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: Social Coast Forum Presentations and Abstracts

Abstracts and presentations from the NOAA Coastal Services Center’s Social Coast Forum, which took place February 18-20, 2014 (Charleston, SC), are available here:

http://www.csc.noaa.gov/socialcoastforum/2014AbstractsandPPTs/SocialCoastForum2014AbstractsandPresentations.pdf

- Resource: Ocean Research Priorities Plan (National Science and Technology Council)

The National Science and Technology Council’s Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology recently released “Science for an Ocean Nation: Update of the Ocean Research Priorities Plan.” Structured around six themes: (1) Stewardship of Natural and Cultural Ocean Resources; (2) Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards and Environmental Disasters; (3) Maritime Operations and the Marine Environment; (4) The Ocean’s Role in Climate; (5) Improving Ecosystem Health; and (6) Enhancing Human Health, this report recommends research priorities designed to advance understanding of critical ocean processes that are relevant to human health, economic well-being, environmental sustainability, adaptation to climate and other environmental change, and national and homeland security. The report also provides updates on research progress in these areas. The full report is available online at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/ocean_research_plan_2013.pdf.

- Resource: The Coastal Society meeting abstracts

The Coastal Society's 23rd International Conference, “Our Coasts, Our Heritage: Ecosystem Services for the Common Good” took place June '12 in Miami, Florida. Presentation abstracts in each of the five tracks (listed below) can can viewed at: http://www.thecoastalsociety.org/conference/tcs23/Concurrent%20Sessions%20Schedule.html#concurrent1

  • Defining and Measuring Ecosystem Services in the Context of Ecosystem Based Management
  • Planning for Emerging Coastal Issues and Threats
  • Valuing Coastal Goods and Services
  • A Social Approach to Examining our Coasts
  • Ecosystem Services in the Real World-Policy and Management Trend

- Resource: Coastal & Estuarine Science News (Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation)

CESN provides summaries of selected articles from the Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation's journal, Estuaries and Coasts: An International Journal of Coastal Science. The summary articles emphasize management applications of the scientific findings.  These are some recent CESN summary topics:

To subscribe by email, or read prior articles, please visit, http://www.erf.org/cesn-list.

- Resource: Marine Science Review (by SeaWeb)

SeaWeb's Marine Science Review compiles citations and abstracts of marine science research. Their newsletters are organized by topic. The most recent reviews are highlighted in blue.

  • Special Issue: Issues and Trends in Seafood Sustainability. Posted September 7, 2012. Topics include: Fishery Reviews; Aquaculture Reviews; Food Security; Fish and Fishery Issues; Ecolabelling, Certification, and Performance Indicators; Seafood Traceability and Labelling; Climate Change and Ocean Acidification; Fisheries Management: MPAs and EAFs; Fisheries Governance. http://www.seaweb.org/science/MSRnewsletters/MSR_SI_SeafoodSustainability_9-2012.php

    To read past issues of Marine Science Review, visit their archives.

- 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.

- Resource: The EBM Tools Network Launches New Coastal-Marine Tools Database

The Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) Tools Network has launched a new online coastal-marine tools database - www.ebmtoolsdatabase.org. The database is free to use and can help you find tools for your coastal and marine management and conservation projects. In addition, you can find projects, resources, organizations, and practitioners related to tools and can contribute your own information and expertise. For more information about the database or the EBM Tools Network, contact Sarah Carr, EBM Tools Network Coordinator, at sarah_carr@natureserve.org.

- 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

- Documents of Interest: Working Waterways & Waterfronts Symposium

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

-Document of Interest: Adapting to Climate Change (NOAA - OCRM)

NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management has developed “Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers” to help U.S. state and territorial (states) coastal managers develop and implement adaptation plans to reduce the risks associated with climate change impacts affecting their coasts. The guide was written in response to a request from state coastal managers for guidance from NOAA on adaptation planning in the coastal zone and is intended as an aid, not as a prescriptive directive, and a state may choose to use individual steps or chapters or the entire guide, depending on where they are in their planning process.

-Workshop Materials Available: Planning for Climate Change (NERRS)

Materials are now available for Planning for Climate Change, a workshop that was developed as a national project for the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS). The workshop is geared primarily toward shoreline planners and developed so that Coastal Training Programs (and other agencies) around the country can customize the workshop and use it as part of their educational efforts regarding climate change. It was piloted twice (in Washington State) and, while it lays a foundation in current climate research, it primarily addresses the fundamentals of how to prepare and adapt to the anticipated impacts of climate change. Workshop materials, evaluation results, lessons learned, PowerPoint presentations, and streaming video of the training sessions are all posted on the NERRS website: http://nerrs.noaa.gov/CTPIndex.aspx?ID=455 (link corrected March 6th).

-Policy Paper: Adapting to Climate Change (The Pew Center)

The Pew Center on Global Climate Change has released a policy paper, Adapting to Climate Change: A Call for Federal Leadership. The full document is available here (PDF).

-New Tool: Marine Mapping Applications 

An updated version of the Multipurpose Marine Cadastre is now available.  Organizations use this online marine information system planning tool to screen coastal and marine spaces for new uses (including renewable energy projects and other offshore activities).  Users can pinpoint a location on a map and quickly access the associated legal, physical, ecological, and cultural information.  The new version uses Web map services, an improvement on the static data files of the past.  The updated version also contains additional marine habitat and seafloor data and improved analysis and rendering tools.  The Multipurpose Marine Cadastre is a multi-agency effort led by NOAA and the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service.  For more information, visit www.csc.noaa.gov/mmc.  Contact: Adam Bode, Adam.Bode@noaa.gov, (843) 740-1265.

-Resource: Gulf of Mexico News (NOAA Ocean Service)

There are many Gulf-specific items here, but this comprehensive, monthly resource (from NOAA Ocean Service, Office of Ocean & Coastal Resource Management) also has lots to offer GCRC website visitors: funding information, scientific entries, government updates, etc. http://coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/news/gomexnews.html.

- Document of Interest: Mapping Human Uses of the Ocean (MPA Center)

The National Marine Protected Areas Center has published a best practices manual on mapping human uses of the ocean using participatory GIS techniques. The report, “Mapping Human Uses of the Ocean: Informing Marine Spatial Planning Through Participatory GIS,” summarizes the Center’s mapping approach, provides detailed lessons learned from various participatory mapping projects throughout California, the Northeast, and Hawaii, and provides insight to the successful planning and implementation of mapping efforts to capture spatial data on human uses of the ocean in different regions and at varying scales.

- 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/

Change to Shoreline Protection Buffer Determinations for Tidal Creeks and Saltwater Marshes

Link to April 22, 2014 memorandum signed by EPD Director, Judson Turner:
http://www.gaepd.org/Files_PDF/techguide/wpb/GAEPD_Tidal_Creeks_Saltwater_Marshes_JHTMemo_Apr2014.pdf

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.

New Secretary of Commerce

June 26, 2013 - Penny Pritzker was sworn in as the nation’s 38th Commerce Secretary. As a key member of President Obama’s economic team, Secretary Pritzker will lead the U.S. Department of Commerce (which includes NOAA, NIST, and the US Census Bureau) in carrying out the important work that gives entrepreneurs and businesses the tools they need to create jobs and keep the American economy growing, two of the administration’s highest priorities. She will also work extensively with the business community, bringing their concerns and ideas to the forefront.  

Joint Ocean Commission Report

June 20, 2013 - Today, the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative released a report entitled Charting the Course: Securing the Future of America’s Oceans, that calls on President Obama and Congress to improve the management of our ocean resources. The report describes specific recommendations for the Administration and Congress that prioritize areas where short-term progress can be readily achieved. The report outlines measures for immediate implementation that focus on four action areas:

  • Enhance the resiliency of coastal communities and ocean ecosystems to dramatic changes underway in our oceans and on our coasts
  • Promote ocean renewable energy development and reinvest in our oceans
  • Support state and regional ocean and coastal priorities
  • Improve Arctic research and management

If implemented, these measures will strengthen ocean-dependent economies, protect coastal communities and provide new opportunities for growth in thriving oceans. The Joint Initiative also urges that the Administration and Congress build off of the blueprint set by the National Ocean Policy and make oceans a priority. These recommendations set the stage for a future assessment by the Joint Initiative of progress in implementing actions that will ensure our oceans and coasts are healthy and vibrant to support our future.
Read the full report here
Read the press release here

OCRM Marks 40th Anniversary of the Coastal Zone Management Act

October 2012 - NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) joins state and federal partners in marking the 40th anniversary of the landmark Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA). The act was established by Congress on October 27, 1972, to preserve, protect, develop, enhance and restore the nation’s coastal resources. The CZMA created two cornerstone national programs in OCRM to better understand and manage our coastal areas: the National Coastal Zone Management Program and the National Estuarine Research Reserve System.  Over the past forty years, OCRM has partnered with coastal and Great Lakes states and territories to address critical coastal issues, and has invested more than $1 billion in federal funds, matched by state funding, to develop and implement 35 state coastal management programs. OCRM has also established and funds 28 estuarine research reserves which are managed by a lead state agency or University, with input from local partners. The reserves have preserved more than 1.3 million acres of coastal habitat and provide ongoing vital research, education and stewardship activities and programs. For more information on the Coastal Zone Management Act, visit www.coastalmanagement.noaa.gov.

Coastal Blue Carbon Is Recognized Trading Category

October 4, 2012 - An initiative that was aimed at creating greenhouse gas offset opportunities is paving the way for increased private investment in wetland restoration and conservation projects. The new Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) requirements for Wetlands Restoration and Conservation create a project category for measuring and crediting climate benefits from a broad range of wetlands, including mangroves, freshwater tidal coastal wetlands, salt marshes, seagrasses, floodplains, peatlands, and other wetland types. The importance of the VCS wetland carbon credit registry cannot be overstated, according to Patrick Megonigal, Senior Scientist and Deputy Director, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. “This is the first carbon-crediting standard to advance conservation and restoration across the full diversity of the world’s wetlands,” said Megonigal. http://www.estuaries.org/vcs-recognizes-coastal-blue-carbon-as-new-trading-category.html

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

Status of US Fisheries Report Released

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service – 2011 Status of U.S. Fisheries report* has been released. The report includes some good news about relative increases in stock health over 2010 figures.       

  • Nationally
    • 86 percent of the populations examined for fishing activity (222 of 258) were not subject to overfishing, or not fished at too high a level, compared to 84 percent in 2010,
    • 79 percent of assessed populations (174 of 219) are not overfished, or were above levels that require a rebuilding plan, compared to 77 percent in 2010.
  • Regionally (Southern Atlantic Coast)
    • Tilefish – No longer subject to overfishing
    • Black sea bass – No longer overfished

*NMFS, 2012, Annual Report to Congress on the Status of U.S. Fisheries-2011, U.S. Department of Commerce, NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service, Silver Spring, MD, 20 pp. http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/statusoffisheries/SOSmain.htm

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.

Groundwater Monitoring on Tybee

Two groundwater wells in Chatham County* operated by the U.S. Geological Survey were recently instrumented for monitoring of specific conductance. According to the USGS press release, New System Helps Protect Tybee Island, Savannah Water),

"The U.S. Geological Survey designed and installed the innovative system that uses satellite telemetry to monitor groundwater levels and salinity daily. Tybee Island is the most seaward municipality in the Savannah area and is vulnerable to groundwater contamination from seawater.  This new system will serve as an early warning indicator of saltwater encroachment toward public supply wells.
      These real-time-monitoring wells are part of a larger network of wells that the USGS annually samples for chloride concentration to determine relative movement of saltwater in the Upper Floridan aquifer in the Savannah, Georgia area. The wells are part of a statewide groundwater level monitoring network funded by the USGS and the Georgia [sic] Environmental Protection Division. The City of Tybee Island provided funding to upgrade the wells to enable real time monitoring of groundwater levels and salinity.”

*Chatham County stations: 320127080511203 / 39Q026 & 320127080511301 / 39Q027.
Real time data for these and other well sites is available (http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ga/nwis/current/?type=gw&group_key=county_cd)
For more information, contact USGS Supervisory Hydrologist (& GCRC affiliate!), John Clarke (jsclarke@usgs.gov, 770-903-9170)

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. See the full USGS press release to learn more and access the online version of the report.

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. To learn more, see NOAA’s official press release: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2012/032812_coastalmapping-economicvalue.html

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. The PEIS and related documents are also available in the Federal Register at http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/public-inspection/index.html.

Atlantic Sturgeons Listed Under Endangered Species Act

February 2012 (ENS) - The federal fisheries agency today announced a final decision to list five distinct population segments of Atlantic sturgeon under the Endangered Species Act. The Chesapeake Bay, New York Bight, Carolina, and South Atlantic populations of Atlantic sturgeon will be listed as endangered, while the Gulf of Maine population will be listed as threatened, the Northeast Regional Office of NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service said today. NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says these listing decisions, which will take effect on April 6, will not have an immediate impact on fishing. It has been illegal to fish for, catch or keep Atlantic sturgeon, Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus, for more than a decade. Atlantic sturgeon are large, slow-growing, late-maturing, long-lived, estuary-dependent fish that live most of their lives in salt water, but hatch and spawn in freshwater. These sturgeons may live as long as 60 years, reach lengths up to 14 feet and weigh more than 800 pounds. While the historic range of Atlantic sturgeon included major estuary and river systems from Labrador to Florida, Atlantic sturgeon are now thought to be absent from at least 14 rivers they used historically, with spawning thought to occur in only 20 of 38 known historic spawning rivers. The most significant threats to the species are unintended catch of Atlantic sturgeon in some fisheries; dams that block access to spawning areas, poor water quality, which harms development of sturgeon larvae and juveniles; dredging of historical spawning areas; and vessel strikes. As a result, NOAA Fisheries determined that listing sturgeon under the Endangered Species Act is warranted. The complete article (as it appeared in the Environmental News Service) is available here (http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/feb2012/2012-02-01-091.html).

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.

NOAA Establishes Research Area at Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary

Under a new regulation that went into effect December 4th, 2011, the southern third of NOAA's 22-square-mile Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is now a research area where scientists will be able to study the impact of human activities on the sanctuary's marine resources. Fishing and diving is prohibited in the research area off the Georgia coast, but vessels are allowed to travel across the area as long as they don't stop. Roughly eight-square-miles and relatively free of human activity, the research area will allow scientists to design and implement habitat studies where critical variables can be controlled over long periods of time. http://graysreef.noaa.gov/management/research/research_area.html

Right Whales Return to Georgia Coasts

December 5, 2011 - The right whale, one of the world’s rarest marine mammals, is returning to Georgia’s coast. A North Atlantic right whale was seen off South Carolina on Nov. 22, the first of a watery winter migration. Biologists from Sea to Shore Alliance spotted the 29-year-old female right whale during an aerial survey offshore of South Carolina. The whale, known as “Half-Note” and identified by the unique white pattern on her head, has had four calves and could be pregnant with her fifth. Right whales swim from Canada and New England each year to bear their young along the coast of Georgia, South Carolina and northeastern Florida. Calving season is crucial for this endangered species, which numbers possibly as few as 400 animals. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Nongame Conservation Section, Law Enforcement Section and Coastal Resources Division help federal and other agencies monitor the population, respond to injured, entangled and dead whales, collect genetic samples for research, and protect habitat.

For more information about right whales and how you can help, visit the Department of Natural Resources.

Source: United States. Department of Natural Resources. “As Right Whales Return, Researchers Keep Watch”, Georgia. georgia.gov Interactive Office, November 29, 2011. Web Press Release.

Restore America's Estuaries Releases Coastal Jobs Report

On September 14th (2011), Restore America’s Estuaries released “Jobs & Dollars: Big Returns from Coastal Habitat Restoration.” The report draws on national and regional studies of coastal and estuarine restoration projects to make the case for government and private investment in the nation's coasts and estuaries. Among the key findings: coastal habitat restoration typically creates between 20 and 32 jobs for every $1 million invested; and restoration not only creates direct jobs, but also helps stimulate indirect jobs in industries that supply project materials and induced jobs in businesses that provide local goods and services to restoration workers. The full report and summary of findings are available here. To learn more about the economics of estuaries, visit:  http://www.estuaries.org/economics-of-estuaries.html.

NOAA Fisheries and USFWS Revise Loggerhead Sea Turtle Listing

On September 22nd (2011), NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) issued a final rule revising the listing of the loggerhead sea turtle under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Services have changed the listing from a single, globally threatened listing for all loggerheads to nine Distinct Population Segments of loggerhead sea turtles listed as threatened or endangered under the ESA, which the Services believe will help focus sea turtle conservation efforts in the United States and around the world. The final rule (Federal Register Vol. 76, No. 184, page 58868) is available here.

NOAA Releases "State of the Climate Report"

On June 28th (2011), NOAA released its annual "State of the Climate Report," describing trends in more than 40 climate variables. In addition to concluding that the 2010 global average surface temperature was among the two warmest on record, the peer-reviewed report also found that: Arctic sea ice shrank to its 3rd smallest area on record (for the first time in modern history, both the Northwest Passage and the Northern Sea Route were open for navigation in the month of September); the average sea surface temperature for 2010 was the 3rd warmest on record; the ocean heat content in 2010 was among the highest values in the record; sea level continued to rise across the world’s oceans on average; and the oceans were saltier than average in areas of high evaporation and fresher than average in areas of high precipitation, suggesting an intensification of the water cycle. The full report and a highlights document are available online: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/bams-state-of-the-climate/2010.php.

Policy Update: New Aquaculture Policies (Dept of Commerce and NOAA)

On June 9th (2011), the Department of Commerce and NOAA released new national sustainable marine aquaculture policies. The new policies focus on: fostering sustainable aquaculture that increases the value of domestic aquaculture production; advancing sustainable aquaculture science; ensuring aquaculture decisions protect wild species and healthy coastal and ocean ecosystems; developing sustainable aquaculture compatible with other uses; and working to remove foreign trade barriers and enforcing U.S. trade agreements. Along with its new policy, the Department of Commerce and NOAA announced additional steps to support the development of the aquaculture industry, including: a National Shellfish Initiative in partnership with the shellfish industry to increase commercial production of shellfish; and a Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Plan for Aquaculture, which would include the regulatory infrastructure needed for offshore aquaculture development in the Gulf. For more information, including links to the new policies, visit: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2011/20110609_aquaculture.html.

NOAA: El Niño Could Bring Increased Sea Levels, Storm Surges to East Coast

According to a new study by NOAA, coastal communities along the U.S. East Coast may be at risk of higher sea levels accompanied by more destructive storm surges in future El Niño years. The study examined water levels and storm surge events during the “cool season” of October to April for the past five decades at four sites along the East Coast: Boston, MA; Atlantic City, NJ; Norfolk, VA; and Charleston, SC.  From 1961 to 2010, it was found that in strong El Niño years, these coastal areas experienced nearly three times the average number of storm surge events. The research also found that waters in those areas saw a third-of-a-foot elevation in mean sea level above predicted conditions. The study was published in the American Meteorological Society’s Monthly Weather Review and can be found online here. The full NOAA press release is available at: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2011/20110715_elnino.html.

Offshore Energy Memorandum of Understanding

May 23, 2011- The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to increase coordination and collaboration on offshore energy development and environmental stewardship. This MOU, which is consistent with recommendations from the National Commission on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, specifies how BOEMRE and NOAA will cooperate and coordinate by:

  1. Defining specific processes to ensure effective and timely communication of agency priorities and upcoming activities;
  2. Identifying and undertaking critical environmental studies and analyses;
  3. Collaborating on scientific, environmental and technical issues related to the development and deployment of environmentally sound and sustainable offshore renewable energy technologies; and
  4. Increasing coordination and collaboration on decisions related to OCS activities, including with respect to research and scientific priorities.

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.

  • Ocean Acidification: Starting with the Science (report & booklet)

    Last year, the National Research Council’s Ocean Studies Board produced a congressionally-requested report that reviewed the current state of knowledge and identified gaps in understanding ocean acidification. The report also provided scientific advice to help guide the national ocean acidification research program. Based on the report’s conclusions, the board recently released a booklet that describes the chemistry of ocean acidification and explores the many remaining questions about the impact of ocean acidification on marine life and coastal dependent industries. The full report and new booklet are available online at: http://oceanacidification.nas.edu/.

Coastal States Organization Submits Comments to National Ocean Council

April 28, 2011 - In response to its call for comments for the Strategic Action Plans on the National Ocean Policy’s nine priority objectives, Coastal States Organization (CSO) submitted seven sets of comments this week.  CSO’s comments focused on the seven priority areas of Ecosystem Based Management (Objective 1), Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (Objective 2), Coordinate and Support (Objective 4), Resiliency and Adaptation to Climate Change and Ocean Acidification (Objective 5), Regional Ecosystem Protection and Restoration (Objective 6), Water Quality and Sustainable Practices on Land (Objective 7), and Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes Observations, Mapping and Infrastructure (Objective 9).  Many thanks to the work group chairs, members and CSO staff that contributed to the effort. The documents are available at www.coastalstates.org. All public comments are available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/oceans/comments.

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


Draft Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Research Plan Available

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.

http://www.midatlanticoceanresearchplan.org/sites/www.midatlanticoceanresearchplan.org/files/u6/DraftMidAtlanticOceanResearchPlan.pdf

South Atlantic Alliance Action Plan Finalized

December 2010 - The Action Plan of the four-state Governors' Alliance has been finalized and posted to the South Atlantic Alliance website (http://www.southatlanticalliance.org/documents.htm). The implementation plan is underway. For more information about the Alliance and other opportunities for collaboration in our region, visit the Alliance website (http://www.southatlanticalliance.org/).

Background: The South Atlantic Alliance was formally announced (link to news release) on October 19th, 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. GCRC staffer and SARRP Coordinator, Christine Laporte was also present: she is a member of the Alliance Executive Planning Team (representing SARRP).

The mission of the Alliance is 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."

SARRP Research Plan Released

April 2010 - The South Atlantic Regional Research Priorities Plan 2010 has been posted here. This plan benefited from, and is 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 SARRP, please visit our partner website.

http://www.gcrc.uga.edu/SARRP/Documents/SARRP_ResearchPlan_2010.pdf
Please contact Christine Laporte at claporte@uga.edu with questions or requests for hard copies.


Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Information

 

Online Clearinghouse for Education & Networking: Oil Interdisciplinary Learning

The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) and our partners invite you to use and contribute to the most comprehensive, free, peer-reviewed resource troves about the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the Online Clearinghouse for Education & Networking: Oil Interdisciplinary Learning (OCEAN-OIL):  www.eoearth.org/oceanoil 

Resources now available on OCEAN-OIL include:

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: Arthropod Studies

National Geographic has produced a short video on NSF-sponsored work by Steve Pennings (Univ of Houston professor & GCRC affiliated scientist: GCE-LTER). "Using huge hoses, researchers are vacuuming up marsh bugs along the oiled Gulf coast. By comparing their samples to bugs collected before the spill, teams hope to determine the effects of oil on creatures near the bottom of the food web."

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

Oil and Dispersant Monitoring Report

December 17, 2010 - The Operational Science Advisory Team report, "Summary Report for Sub-sea and Sub-surface Oil and Dispersant Detection: Sampling and Monitoring" is available online.  It includes analytical chemistry data from 17,000 samples, making it the most comprehensive data set and analysis yet completed since the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill in April. To view the report and associated data, please visit
http://www.restorethegulf.gov/release/2010/12/16/data-analysis-and-findings.

Oil Plume Research Blog

Mandy Joye, UGA Professor of Marine Sciences kept a weblog during her foray to the Gulf of Mexico to explore the plumes of oil drifts in the region affected by the Deep Horizon oil well. To read the blog, visit -- www.gulfblog.uga.edu

State of Louisiana Oil Trajectory Maps

 

Flow Rate Measurements

Daniela Di Iorio, UGA Professor of Marine Sciences was a member of the team of experts who used a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to collect flow rate measurements on May 31, 2010 (after the top-kill attempt had ended and before the riser was cut.)  For more information on this effort, please visit the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution site.

Additional Web Resources about the Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster

University of Georgia Oil Spill Website

 

NOAA’s Emergency Response Program

 

Deepwater Horizon Joint Information Center


Restore the Gulf

 

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