By: Michelle Nguyen. I stand there in the Hawk’s Nest launch viewing area right outside of Vandenberg Space Force Base near Lompoc, CA, watching as NOAA’s JPSS-2 satellite, atop an Atlas V rocket, successfully joins its Joint Polar Satellite System comrades in orbit. While my eyes are trained on the ascending rocket, I can’t help but think “How did I, an invertebrate physiologist by training, end up at a satellite launch?!”
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NOAA’s Sea Grant and Disaster Preparedness Programs help address disaster impacts and recovery with three new projects
Hurricanes. Flood events. Oil spills. When disaster strikes, communities come together to respond. NOAA Sea Grant and NOAA’s Disaster Preparedness Program are partnering to help communities respond to and recover from these occurrences through three projects that strengthen local preparedness measures.
Flooding in a coastal town after Superstorm Sandy. Photo credit: New Jersey Sea Grant Many communities do not consider their vulnerability to coastal hazards like
Rhode Island Sea Grant Lays Groundwork for Long Island Offshore Wind Farm Approved to Power 50,000 Homes
Wind turbine as part of the nation’s first offshore wind farm off of Block Island. Photo credit: Rhode Island Sea Grant A growing global market
Beachgoers walk along small portion of uncovered beach during a King Tide. Photo credit: Hawaii Sea Grant Hawai`i Sea Grant partnered with the City and
Kayaker enjoys the Broad Creek waterfront from the water. Photo credit: Christopher Katalinas, National Sea Grant Office A new kayak launch installed by the Nanticoke
Virtual reality installation, nicknamed “Owl,” on the Santa Monica Pier. Photo credit: USC Sea Grant Planning for the impacts of sea level rise are a
Minnesota and Wisconsin Sea Grant programs developed innovative ways to recycle and reuse dredge material. Photo credit: Chris J. Benson Over 100,000 cubic yards of
Kaety Jacobson, Oregon Sea Grant Extension marine fisheries faculty member leading a Shop at the Dock tour in Newport. Photo credit: Oregon Sea Grant Oregon
Abandoned vessels can have devastating impacts on their environment as they can leak oil and waste and add chemicals to waterways. Virginia Sea Grant extension
In collaboration with other Great Lakes Sea Grant programs, Wisconsin Sea Grant created a marine debris teaching tool: Trash Trunk. This all-ages resource describes marine debris,
A Community Engaged Intern with USC Sea Grant examined marine debris release through data collection and comparison of marine debris type, location, abundance and size. The intern
Bringing together almost four dozen local, state, academic and community partner groups, Connecticut Sea Grant and New York Sea Grant released a 38-page plan aimed at reducing
Across the country, coastal and Great Lakes Sea Grant programs have committed to cleaning their local beaches and shores of marine debris. Guam Sea Grant
Several Sea Grant programs are committed to the removal of abandoned, lost or derelict crab pots, which can hurt commercially valuable organisms and seagrass communities
By: Renee Richardson. The Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship specifically targets students who “… have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.” Although it is not explicitly stated, meteorology does fall under this statement. The atmosphere and the ocean are linked and, in many cases, cannot be considered independent of one another. But what does this mean exactly?
NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program and Office of Sustainable Fisheries awarded approximately $900,000 of FY21 federal funds to support projects that will initiate “Food from the Sea'' career development programs. With these funds, Sea Grant programs and partners will work collaboratively with members of the fishing industry to identify training needs and develop updated and/or new resources and programming to address those needs.
Research is an essential component of Sea Grant’s work in coastal and Great Lakes communities, supporting scientists from hundreds of institutions. Here are just a few of Sea Grant’s recent research publications that are making a splash.
By: Bryan Keller. There are plenty of fish in the sea and some of them taste really good. That is how the saying goes, right? Fisheries management is the reason why plenty of fish continue to be in the sea. But, without fisheries science, fisheries management would not be successful. Transitioning from the world of academia to the world of policy, I saw the important connection between these two fields first-hand.
Connect virtually with Sea Grant at Restore America’s Estuaries & Coastal States Organization’s 2020 Summit
Network with Sea Grant colleagues and learn the latest in coastal restoration and management during Restore America’s Estuaries’/Coastal States Organization’s National Coastal & Estuarine Summit, held virtually September 29 – October 1, 2020.
By: Grace Roskar. From a summer internship in North Carolina to policy work in D.C., graduate school in Florida, and a research cruise in the Southeast, the variety of experiences I had and the people I met over the years are what influenced my journey to the fellowship.
â€œSo, tell meâ€¦â€ How in-depth conversations propelled my work with communities in graduate school and the Knauss fellowship
By: Maggie Chory. When thinking about my experience so far as a Knauss Fellow, I am struck by the fact that many of the skills I learned and practiced as a graduate student play into my day-to-day work now. One skill that I was surprised to discover would have so much importance this year is the ability to conduct a productive and meaningful interview.
While I now live in Washington, D.C., and have committed to a career in science, it was only six months ago that I packed up my favorite corkscrew and bottle opener to begin my adventure as a Knauss fellow. Five of the lessons I learned through my bartending experiences stand out as those that I believe make me successful as a scientist.
New research from Michigan Sea Grant finds climate warming increases Asian carp threat to Lake Michigan by offsetting quagga mussel â€˜ecological barrierâ€™
The ongoing warming of Lake Michigan increases its susceptibility to Asian carp, in part by reducing the capacity of quagga mussels to act as an ecological barrier against the voracious algae-eating fish, according to a new study supported by Michigan Sea Grant.
Logan Bilbrough, Maryland Sea Grant’s undergraduate multimedia intern, describes his education path, finding his passion for environmental communication and what led him to the Community Engaged Internship program.
By: Alexandra Skrivanek. NOAA’s mission of science, service and stewardship is vast in scope, spanning the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean. I can personally attest to this because, in the first 24 hours of traveling with RDML Gallaudet in HawaiÊ»i at the start of my fellowship year, we covered most of this breadth.
By: Cheyenne Stienbarger. Before we begin, there is something you must know about me. I like organization and need to have a plan, whether it’s a plan for the trip to the grocery store, for the year, or for the next five years. I live to plan. Spoiler alert: you just can’t plan for some things. I discovered the Knauss Fellowship at a critical point in my graduate career where I was uncertain as to what my next steps would be. My decision to pursue the fellowship was not a frivolous one, but it also wasn’t part of my original plan.
Management activities to rebuild the Chesapeake Bay eastern oyster population have achieved limited success. One reason is that the magnitude of oyster spatfall (settling and
Changes in land-use coupled with sea-level rise contribute to changes in marsh habitat. Living shorelines, oyster restoration, and marsh buffer policies can help to mitigate
NC Sea Grant Researchers Identify Sustainable Oyster Settlement Substrate, which is Now Used in State, Federal Restoration Work
Oysters provide important ecosystem services and economic value. However, reduced natural stocks need to be restored. Oyster restoration is growing rapidly worldwide because there are
In 2012, following a severe drought and high salinity, Apalachicola Bay experienced a crash in its oyster population. Historically the bay was the #1 source
With the help of Virginia Sea Grant funding, researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) have developed a genetic test for evaluating whether
Georgia Sea Grant Funds Research to Understand Sensitivity of Invertebrates in Gray’s Reef NMS to Ocean Acidification
With a research award from Georgia Sea Grant, scientists at Georgia Southern University are conducting a series of laboratory experiments to assess the effects of
While razor clams have virtually disappeared on the eastern shores of Alaska’s Cook Inlet, no one knows exactly what’s caused the clams to crash to
MIT Sea Grant funds work examining combined effects of ocean acidification and warming on American lobster. Photo credit: Robyn Hannigan MIT Sea Grant funded researcher
Washington Sea Grant Liason Assembles Scientific, Government, Legal and Stakeholder Communities to Address Ocean Acidification
In Washington, the growing challenge of ocean acidification has intensified the need for bridging translational gaps between scientists and those relying on their findings. Affected
Seagrasses, like eelgrass, may help mitigate the negative effects of ocean acidification. Photo credit: California Sea Grant The negative impacts of ocean acidification on ocean
Hawai’i Sea Grant Research Studying Coral Reefs’ Tolerance to Climate Change Leads to Additional $1.2 M in Grants
The fate of coral reefs, and the human communities which rely upon them, depend heavily on the capacity for reef-building corals to adapt or acclimatize
From Knauss Fellowship to center stage: One Knauss Alumâ€™s unique career move from the fellowship to a successful music career
Knauss Fellowship alumni use the experiences they gain during the fellowship to pursue a variety of careers, from NOAA Chief of Staff to professors or U.S. Senate committee staff. But as a musician in the successful band Animal Collective, 2004 fellow Brian Weitz may have the most out-of-the-box “where are they now” story.
National Academiesâ€™ Gulf Research Program and Sea Grant release reports from collaborative workshop series on improving regional oil spill preparedness
The Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach Program and the Gulf Research Program (GRP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a series of workshops around the country – in Alabama, Alaska, California, Louisiana, and Virginia – designed to bring regional priorities to the fore in community oil spill preparation and resiliency planning. Five regional workshop reports and one summary report are now available online.
By Zac Cannizzo
“Not for you. You just don’t have the mind for science.” The words of my 8th grade science teacher when I asked to be placed in Biology for my freshman year. It hurt. I always liked science, and I loved biology. Some of my earliest memories are watching Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures. From a young age, I wanted to be a biologist. But, I guess it wasn’t for me. I guess I’m not smart enough. I guess maybe I need to do something else. I just don’t have the mind for science.
Two years. I believed her for two years.
Wisconsin Sea Grant funded a two-year aquaculture research project designed to compare the production of walleye, a native Wisconsin fish, and saugeye, a natural hybrid of walleye and sauger, in a recirculating aquaculture system and a closed aquaponics system.
Sea Grant supported research, education and workforce development to help make it possible
Georgia Sea Grant funded the development and testing of a turtle excluder device (TED) to help jellyfish trawl fishermen operate more efficiently.
The Aua transect on Tutuila island in the remote island territory of American Samoa recently celebrated its 100th anniversary, and scientists from throughout the region traveled to the island to celebrate and conduct the 100th year transect survey.
â€œConsider it a practice run:â€ Hawaiâ€™i Sea Grant and partners advise state of unusually high tide levels expected this summer
The highest mean water levels ever recorded in Hawai'i occurred in April 2017. Scientists with the University of Hawaii and Sea Grant predict there is more to come and provide early notice to help communities prepare.
Investigating theâ€™ Plankton Conveyor Beltâ€™ and the â€˜Sweet Spotâ€™ for Phosphorus Loading in Lake Michigan
A Great Lakes Sea Grant Research Project Leads to Bigger Questions and NSF Funding
Washington Sea Grant and its partners LEED the way for waterfront dwellers trying to restore their shorelines.
This guide features strategies for local governments, conservation principles and neighborhood site design, stormwater best management practices and local case studies.
The Alaska Seafood Processing Leadership Institute offers professional development and enhances promotion opportunities for Alaska’s seafood processing professionals.
America’s first offshore wind farm will begin producing electricity in November. Sea Grant’s local leadership to guide the planning and community engagement process was vital to the project’s success.
Sustainable Aquaculture: New expertise and education efforts developed for New Hampshire’s growing interest in seaweed
by Becky Zeiber, New Hampshire Sea Grant From kelp beer to seaweed salads, the public’s appetite for sea vegetables seems to have grown exponentially over
Wisconsin Sea Grant has worked with partners for more than 30 years to bring back a chain of barrier islands in Green Bay, Lake Michigan. It’s paying off. Rare birds are now making the emerging islands a home.
Virginia Sea Grant’s Advanced Science Communication Seminar challenged graduate student scientists to develop a communication tool that explains their research to the public. One graduate student’s infographic about sea turtle strandings ended up crossing institutional boundaries.
Yale graduate student’s project selected by Connecticut Sea Grant’s 2016 Arts Funding Program
Highlights of California Sea Grant's State Fellowship program
Sea Grant graduate student hopes his research will result in the creation of a viable tool to help make coastal communities and ecosystems more resilient to the effects of climate change.
Water Resources: Research informs efforts to reduce nitrogen inputs from lawn care practices to New Hampshireâ€™s Great Bay
Some lawn care practices intended to get that lush green grass can affect nearby rivers and bays, but new research indicates that homeowners in the Northeast are willing to make changes to their lawn care routine to help protect the environment.
Hawai'i Sea Grant helps homeowners adapt and respond to coastal impacts.
Lake Champlain Sea Grant sponsored a trip to the University of New Hampshire Stormwater Research Center. The information being utilized by researchers and government agencies in Vermont, New York, and New Hampshire.
The National Sea Grant Law Center, Maine Sea Grant, and NOAA’s Office of Coastal Management received funding through the NOAA Preserve America Initiative to capture and preserve oral histories showcasing working waterfront preservation efforts.
Changing Tides: New Coastal Mapping Tool Helps to Gauge the Potential Influence of Sea Level Rise on Coastal Inundation in Hawai’i
In response to a record-breaking Pacific hurricane season, Hawai'i Sea Grant led a NOAA Coastal Storms Program project to assess the risk of urban Honolulu to coastal inundation.
Georgia Sea Grant, in partnership with organizations along the east coast, is piloting a sea level rise smartphone app to monitor local flooding and contribute to a database that will help cities better prepare for coastal hazards.
Florida Sea Grant agent, Maia McGuire, receives NOAA grant to raise awareness about tiny pieces of plastic that are causing a big problem in Florida waters.
In May 2015, Delaware Sea Grant launched a series of short format videos, 15 Second Science, aimed at promoting engaging, shareable content on social media.
Sea Grant has extension agents at multiple NOAA laboratories across the country. Rochelle Sturtevant is Sea Grant's Great Lakes Regional Extension Specialist and is based at the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Michigan.
Connecticut Sea Grant's Education Coordinator had the opportunity to assess strategic benefits for integrating Ocean Literacy into research and training strategies with experts from the US, Japan, Canada, and the European Union as a participant of the Fulbright Specialist Program.
NOAA has released a Guidance for Considering the Use of Living Shorelines, which outlines how we promote living shorelines as a shoreline stabilization technique. Along sheltered coasts, living shorelines can preserve and improve habitats and the benefits they provide and promote resilient communities.
National Seafood Month: Washington Sea Grant Helps Northwest Tribes and Salmon Fishermen Upgrade their Catches, Open New Markets, and Triumph in Tough Times
From cleaning and bleeding to direct marketing, casino contracts, and restaurant romance: Pete Granger and his Washington Sea Grant colleagues help Washington's tribes and other coastal communities resist an import invasion and take control of their fishing future.
California Sea Grant worked with local fishermen to open a direct market in San Diego. The success of the Tuna Harbor Dockside Market has been instrumental in the passing of new legislation that streamlines the direct marketing process for California fishermen.
In January 2016, the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program will host the sixth Alaska Young Fishermen's Summit. AYFS offers leadership training, networking capacity and opportunities for fishermen under 40 and/or in the business for less than five years.
Sea Grant has extension agents at multiple NOAA laboratories across the country. Kodi Nemunaitis-Monroe is Sea Grant's Weather and Climate Extension Agent and is based at the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Oklahoma.
Most of the Sea Grant Knauss fellows work for the Executive branch of the government, making a difference in federal agencies throughout the Washington, DC area.
Commercial fishing can be a dangerous job. Thanks to Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium Extension agents, 200 sailors have been trained as marine safety instructors. The training recently helped save two fishermen in a collision.
To help protect and increase the cultural and financial benefits of shellfish aquaculture, Woods Hole Sea Grant partnered with state and local agencies to produce a series of educational brochures about health and safety aspects of handling and consuming shellfish harvested in state waters.
Every year, up to ten Knauss fellows work on Capitol Hill, providing expertise for congressional offices and committees working on marine and aquatic legislation.
" Sea Grant is about the community we are connected to. We are a small staff, but we collaborate with a myriad of organizations to conduct research and get the word out about Connecticut’s coastal and maritime resources and challenges. Our strength is in our partnerships."
With a new Georgia Seafood Directory and research on the local food movement, Georgia Sea Grant is helping the state's fisheries tap into larger inland markets.
” I am focusing on identifying needs in the areas of outreach and education, as well as the production, safety, sustainability and marketability of seafood.”
" Interacting with people and helping them, that’s the heart of Sea Grant."
Florida Sea Grant's aquaculture specialist has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the US Aquaculture Society following years of work supporting fishers in the growing clam farming industry.
On average, 400 million oyster larvae were produced at the Grand Isle Oyster Hatchery annually. With the recent grand opening of the new hatchery facility, 1 billion Crassostrea virginica oyster larvae can be produced annually.
Mussels dominate rocky coastlines and support aquaculture worldwide. Now Washington Sea Grant-supported researchers at the University of Washington are investigating climate-related threats to the amazingly tough mussel threads that anchor them to wave-pounded rocks and docks.
Virginia Sea Grant's Hampton Roads Adaptation Forum is a networking and educational meeting for professionals working on sea level rise adaptation. A recent survey of attendees indicates that 83% have built professional relationships through the Forum, leading to new opportunities.
New Hampshire Sea Grant has assisted with the assembly of an aquaculture raft that will provide year-round local fish and shellfish, as well as promote integrated multi-trophic aquaculture in New England.
South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium is based in Charleston, S.C., one of the U.S. cities most threatened by a rising global sea level. More intense rainstorms combined with unusually high tides have communities rethinking traditional flood control structures.
The NOAA Sea Grant College Program is announcing new grants totaling $1.9 million, for 15 competitively selected projects supporting the development of environmentally and economically sustainable ocean, coastal, or Great Lakes aquaculture.
Here at MIT Sea Grant, we decided to create a directory of social scientists. We anticipated that this directory would be very valuable for scholars seeking expertise in other fields for interdisciplinary projects; for journals interested in identifying peer reviewers; for graduate students who need mentors or outside committee members; and for managers who have issues that would benefit from addressing social-cultural factors or other aspects of human dimensions.
Texas Sea Grant Research Project Studies Effects of Drugs, Personal Care Products on Texas Estuaries
Texas Sea Grant-funded research is exploring how much everyday products enter Texas bays and estuaries, and the effects that such products have on wildlife.
An important part of coastal resilience is understanding the dynamics of the shoreline, particularly, “How has the shoreline changed?” With funding from NOAA and National Sea Grant, a team from Connecticut Sea Grant, UConn CLEAR, UConn Extension and Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection took on an ambitious project designed to understand and quantify shoreline change in Connecticut over the last 100 years.