A Woods Hole Sea Grant-sponsored candidate was named a finalist for the prestigious John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, the National Sea Grant Program announced.
Rebecca Certner is a recent graduate of Northeastern University with a PhD in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology. Her dissertation focused on white band disease in critically endangered Caribbean corals, particularly bacterial population structure, quorum sensing, and gene expression.
Dr. Certner is passionate about science communication and has contributed to several blogs and media outlets aimed at science education and marine conservation. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Cellular Biology and Molecular Genetics from the University of Maryland, College Park.
“I’m looking forward to building a strong foundation at the interface between research and practical policymaking and hopes to use the Knauss Fellowship to advocate for sustainable solutions to the many challenges facing our oceans,” she said.
Knauss finalists are chosen through a competitive process that includes several rounds of review. Students finishing Masters, Juris Doctor (J.D.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs with a focus and/or interest in marine science, policy or management apply to one of the 33 Sea Grant programs. If applicants are successful at the state Sea Grant program level, their applications are then reviewed by a national panel of experts. In November 2017, the 2018 finalists will travel to Washington, D.C. to interview with several executive or legislative offices. Following placement, they will begin their fellowship in February 2018.
With the conclusion of their project, Fisheries & Aquaculture staff removed a bay scallop sanctuary in West Falmouth Harbor recently. The sanctuary was a ‘fence’ design used by the Norwegians modified for their purposes. They stocked it several times over the years with pre-spawn bay scallops in the hopes of boosting the resident population(s). Thanks to Falmouth Marine and Environmental Services for their assistance removing gear – especially the large amount of chain used to hold it!
In response to the recent return of Portuguese Man-of-Wars in area waters, Woods Hole Sea Grant is offering area beach departments, municipal officials, or local property owners, etc. warning/awareness signs suitable for posting when the creatures are spotted.
Printed on durable water-resistant paper, the 17”x11” sign is bright yellow for visibility and can be easily deployed and removed as needed. It also includes a blank area for local authorities to write messages specific to their location in permanent marker.
The signs are available free by contacting Jeffrey Brodeur of Woods Hole Sea Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 508-289-2665.
Woods Hole Sea Grant in the 21st Century: Issues, Opportunities and Action for Massachusetts 2018-2021 is the Woods Hole Sea Grant Program’s plan to address local, regional, and national issues and opportunities over the next several years.
This recently released plan identifies marine-related issues of importance, institutional resources, and potential partnerships in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Northeast region of the U.S.
Barnstable County’s regional approach to the Community Rating System (CRS) received the 2017 James Lee Witt Local Award for Excellence in Floodplain Management from the national Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM). The James Lee Witt Award is given out annually to programs demonstrating excellence in floodplain management at various levels of governance. The County’s Cape Cod Cooperative Extension CRS Coordinator, Shannon Jarbeau, was granted the award on May 4 at ASFPM’s annual conference, held this year in Kansas City, MO.
Barnstable County’s regional CRS program is the first of its kind in the country, made possible through funding from Woods Hole Sea Grant that shared the cost of outreach efforts for the first few years. The CRS is a program within the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that allows towns to participate to earn discounts on flood insurance for their policyholders. Residents and business owners in CRS towns can now enjoy a reduction in flood insurance premiums because of their community’s active participation in CRS. Besides the benefit of reduced insurance rates, CRS floodplain management activities enhance public safety, reduce damages to property and public infrastructure, avoid economic disruption and losses, and protect the environment.
Cape Cod Cooperative Extension hired Jarbeau to fill the position of the CRS & Floodplain Coordinator in 2015. As a Certified Floodplain Manager ® with a master’s in coastal policy from the University of Rhode Island, Jarbeau has been working with Cape towns to insure that Barnstable County’s participation in the program pays off. A number of Cape Cod communities have received assistance with the lengthy CRS applications and technical assistance on floodplain and/or CRS issues. In 2016, 2,100 policyholders in four communities saved $162,000 in the CRS, projections for 2017 are $275,000 for 2,900 policyholders in seven communities, and projections for 2018 are $730,000 for 5,300 policyholders in nine towns. Jarbeau aims to help all 15 towns in the county participate in the CRS, which would save over 10,000 policyholders more than $2 million annually.
The first genetic study of the diversity of clinging jellyfish populations around the globe discovered some surprising links among distant communities of jellies and also revealed there may be more than one species of the infamous stinger. The paper published April 18, 2017 in the journal Peer J by Sea Grant-funded researchers at WHOI.
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March 18, 2017 – Dr. Matthew Charette, a senior scientist in the Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry department of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, is the new director of the Woods Hole Sea Grant Institutional Program, WHOI recently announced.
Charette replaces Dr. Judith McDowell, a scientist emeritus in the Biology department, who has led the program for 24 years.
“I’m thrilled and honored to have been selected as the next director of the Woods Hole Sea Grant Program, and I look forward to serving a program that has served me well throughout my career,” Charette said.
“As a high school student who spent summers on the Cape, I was a subscriber of the program’s newsletter, which played a significant role in my decision to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in Oceanography,” he said. “As a newly minted scientist at WHOI, Sea Grant funded my first project, which was to refine a new technique for quantifying groundwater flow into estuaries, a process that carries nutrients from septic systems to the coast and is the root cause of water quality issues here on Cape Cod.”
Woods Hole Sea Grant-funded researchers, Charette said, are “providing valuable insight and new knowledge on the health and functioning of our coastal ecosystems, fisheries and aquaculture, and shoreline erosion in a changing climate.”
“These scientists and program staff are also committed to engaging the next generation of earth and environmental scientists, and our Knauss Fellows are helping to set national policy regarding coastal ocean resources through internships in the legislative and executive branches of our federal government,” he added.
Charette earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical oceanography from the Florida Institute of Technology and a doctorate in chemical oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. He began his career at WHOI as a postdoctoral fellow in 1998.
His research focuses on marine chemistry in the coastal and open ocean; use of natural and artificial radionuclides as tracers of oceanographic processes (i.e., coastal groundwater discharge, particulate organic matter cycling, and the fate of trace metals in marine systems) and remote sensing of coastal oceanographic processes using in situ sensors.
Charette and McDowell will lead the program jointly during the next few months to ensure a smooth transition before McDowell steps aside permanently later in 2017, WHOI announced.
Woods Hole Sea Grant supports research, education, and extension projects that encourage environmental stewardship, long-term economic development, and responsible use of the nation’s coastal and ocean resources. It is part of the National Sea Grant College Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a network of 33 individual programs located in each of the coastal and Great Lakes states.
The term “Beach Raking” includes a variety of methods to remove material (e.g., litter, seaweed, rocks) from a beach. While most beach-goers appreciate a nice patch of sand devoid of cobbles and seaweed, these things come naturally to the beach and the entire coastal system requires these materials to function normally. Removal of these natural beach ingredients from the shoreline can have significant impacts to aesthetics, economics, sanitation, shoreline stability, the ecosystem, and threatened/endangered species. This new Extension Bulletin by Woods Hole Sea Grant and the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, “A Primer on Beach Raking,” describes what is typically raked off a beach and if there is any value to the coastal system. This bulletin provides an overview of the raking process as well as some general Best Management Practices for raking.
Free hard copies are currently available and can be ordered by emailing email@example.com.
Woods Hole Sea Grant is pleased to release our program guide for the 2016-2018 omnibus cycle, highlighting the projects and people working during the time frame. It all adds up to some amazing numbers and reveal the daily impact the program has on the region.