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Hurricane Preparedness Week: Spotlight on New York Sea Grant Communications Specialist Paul Focazio

As New York Sea Grant's Web Content Manager, Paul Focazio oversees the development and production of New York Sea Grant's Web site, e-newsletter (Currents) and all social media platforms. The program's virtual presence not only includes downloads of NYSG's Coastlines newsletter, for which Focazio writes, but also features sub-sites for all extension staff and a number of special research and education initiatives.

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Heather Wade

Hurricane Preparedness Week: Spotlight on Texas Sea Grant Extension Agent Heather Wade

As Texas Sea Grant’s Coastal Planning Specialist, Heather Wade helps communities on the Texas coast plan for the future. With a toolkit that includes the Coastal Resilience Index, weTable and Community Health and Resources Management (CHARM) model, she leads community leaders through workshops that help them determine their readiness and plan for future needs with respect to coastal hazards, green infrastructure, water quality impairment and other issues related to sustainable development.

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Hazard Resilient Coastal Communities

Hurricane Preparedness Week: Spotlight on Kodi Monroe

Kodi Monroe is a Weather and Climate Extension Agent at the NOAA-funded Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) and is affiliated with the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) in Norman, Oklahoma.

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Safe Boating Week: Spotlight on Sea Grant Extension Agent Peter Nguyen

Peter Nguyen works very closely with Vietnamese-speaking fishermen to offer them technical assistance, such as providing information about new regulations and proposed legislation. Peter, a former commercial shrimper, has been with the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Outreach Program since 2006. He works at Mississippi State University’s Coastal Research Center in Biloxi and works on fishing gear research, seafood marketing and other outreach efforts.

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Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development

Safe Boating Week: Spotlight on Extension Agent Lauren Land

Lauren is an Extension Agent at Louisiana Sea Grant. She was a recipient of the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship in 2011 where she worked at the National Sea Grant Office. She has a masters in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences with a Minor in Applied Statistics from Louisiana State University.

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Safe Boating Week: Spotlight on Marine Advisory Program Agent Torie Baker

Torie Baker is the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program agent for the Prince William Sound region and is based in Cordova. As a MAP agent, she works with fishermen in marine safety training, business assistance and collaborative applied research. She is also a 20-year commercial salmon harvester in Prince William Sound, Copper River and Bristol Bay, and has worked extensively in Copper River salmon marketing initiatives. She holds a master's degree in adult education from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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