Mid-Atlantic Ocean Acidification Graduate Fellowship Opportunity

Ocean Acidification Program and Sea Grant

The Mid-Atlantic Sea Grant Programs in partnership with the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program, are pleased to announce the availability of Ocean Acidification Graduate Research Fellowships for a two-year period covering the 2018 and 2019 academic years. The fellowship is open to full-time graduate students at any academic institution in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Virginia who are engaged in coastal and marine research relevant to regional ocean, coastal, and estuarine acidification. The focus should be on improving understanding of the potential ecological consequences of increasing carbon dioxide concentration in regional coastal waters. Projects may encompass natural and/or social science research topics.

Proposals are being accepted through 5:00 pm ET on Friday, April 13, 2018 via [EasyDNNnewsLink|91].  

This announcement and additional information can be found on each state Sea Grant program’s website.


Monday, March 5, 2018
Ocean acidification poses new concern for San Francisco Bay water

Ocean acidification poses new concern for San Francisco Bay water

San Francisco State University

Visitors to the Tiburon shoreline may notice a new addition to the seascape — a five-foot tall, bright yellow buoy anchored just offshore San Francisco State University’s Estuary and Ocean Science (EOS) Center. The Bay Ocean Buoy (BOB) and its companion mooring for Marine Acidification Research Inquiry (MARI) bring together researchers at SF State, the University of California, Davis and several other partner organizations and funders. It represents the first effort to perform long-term scientific monitoring of ocean acidity and carbon dioxide in the waters of the Bay.
Friday, February 23, 2018
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MIT Sea Grant Annual Request for Pre-Proposals

MIT Sea Grant

In 2019 MIT Sea Grant will focus our funding resources on the following specific areas of marine research:

(1)   Aquaculture Technologies: Based on data gathered in our constituent meeting on November 30, 2017, MIT Sea Grant created a new focus area for research on novel technologies to enable offshore aquaculture.
(2)   Ocean Acidification: MIT Sea Grant will focus funding research on ocean monitoring using physics-based data inference, buoy data, and fusing diverse sources of data, e.g. at least two of satellite data, data from drifters.  The target is to demonstrate such a computer monitoring system for the Boston Harbor or the Gulf of Maine.
(3)   Underwater Wireless Power Transmission and Data Communication:  MIT Sea Grant will focus funding on research that delivers a laboratory prototype for wireless energy transfer to exceed 1 kW, and/or a prototype for data transmission underwater in highly stratified environment targeting distances of the order of 100m.

An informational meeting for year’s RFP was held at MIT Sea Grant on Thursday, January 25 2018 to provide guidance for interested applicants. A recording of that meeting can be found on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvRUt6lkYKw

For more information, important dates, and eligibility requirements, see the MIT Sea Grant RFP website.

Monday, February 12, 2018
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Consultant for Ocean Acidification related Project Implementation

Secretariat of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), Ocean Sciences Section

The International Oceanographic Commission is seeking a Consultant for Ocean Acidification related Project Implementation. Applications are due February 28, 2018.

Under the overall authority of the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and under the particular supervision of the Head of the Ocean Science Section, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties: 

i. Ensure effective communication among members of the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON) Executive Council, including the organization of workshops, meetings, telephone conferences and the facilitation of email exchange; 

ii. Coordinate and deliver IOC’s and GOA-ON’s contribution to relevant ocean acidification UN processes, in particular compilation of relevant information for the reports on progress made to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 14.3, support the IOC secretariat and GOA-ON in developing the SDG indicator 14.3.1 (IOC is the custodian agency for indicator 14.3.1); 

iii. Develop ocean acidification information products and contents of training modules with respect to the SDG target 14.3, in strong collaboration with the IAEA Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre and GOA-ON at large; 

iv. Support GOA-ON and IOC with respect to the Community of Ocean Action on Ocean Acidification, the organization and implementation of capacity building activities, the development of technical protocols, reporting requirements, best practices, and their publication via the IOC website, in consultation with the IOC web officer, as well as to regional ocean acidification networks; 

v. Assist the Head of the Ocean Sciences Section with other IOC activities related to Ocean Acidification, as required; 

vi. Produce the deliverables related to the tasks (i) to (v) above (including documentation for meetings, minutes of teleconferences, written technical notes and reports, contents of training modules, and information products) in a timely and effective fashion.

More detail about the position and application process can be found here: http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/SC/pdf/ioc_joboffer_oss.pdf

Monday, February 12, 2018
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Scientists pinpoint how ocean acidification weakens coral skeletons

National Science Foundation, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Corals grow their skeletons upward toward sunlight, thickening and reinforcing them. The new research, led by National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), shows that ocean acidification impedes the thickening process -- decreasing the skeletons' density and leaving them more vulnerable to breaking. The results were published this week in the journal [EasyDNNnewsLink|90].

Learn more [EasyDNNnewsLink|89]

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
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