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John Tomczuk

Coral Reef Coordinator

John Tomczuk coordinates coral activities for the Office of Ocean and Atmospheric Research (OAR). He resides in the Ocean Acidification Program (OAP) and is responsible for representing OAR in matters pertaining to shallow coral ecosystems through the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP). The CRCP is a matrix-managed program consisting of four NOAA line offices (OAR, the National Ocean Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service) that work cooperatively to conserve and protect coral ecosystems. John’s tasks and duties include tracking budgets; responding to internal and external requests for information; critically reviewing documents for scientific merit, quality, and balance; and coordinating with other CRCP representatives to implement program activities for shallow coral ecosystems. Additionally, John manages the CRCP’s Coral Reef Management Fellowship Program and coordinates their climate pillar activities. The fellowship is a two-year program to address coral reef management capacity needs in the US coral reef jurisdictions while providing recent college graduates with an opportunity to gain professional experience in resource management at the jurisdictional level. His climate responsibilities involve working with internal and external partners to develop implementation plans and projects to address priority research and monitoring needs in the US coral jurisdictions to address climate impacts. The focus is to provide targeted tools, products and services to inform on-the-ground management of coral reef ecosystems. Prior to joining OAP, John worked in NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research coordinating shallow and deep-sea coral activities, and Guam and Micronesia on grassroots coral reef conservation issues.


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The NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (OAP) works to prepare society to adapt to the consequences of ocean acidification and conserve marine ecosystems as acidification occurs. Learn more about the human connections and adaptation strategies from these efforts.

Adaptation approaches fostered by the OAP include:


Using models and research to understand the sensitivity of organisms and ecosystems to ocean acidification to make predictions about the future, allowing communities and industries to prepare


Using these models and predictions as tools to facilitate management strategies that will protect marine resources and communities from future changes


Developing innovative tools to help monitor ocean acidification and mitigate changing ocean chemistry locally


On the Road

Drive fuel-efficient vehicles or choose public transportation. Choose your bike or walk! Don't sit idle for more than 30 seconds. Keep your tires properly inflated.

With your Food Choices

Eat local- this helps cut down on production and transport! Reduce your meat and dairy. Compost to avoid food waste ending up in the landfill

With your Food Choices

Make energy-efficient choices for your appliances and lighting. Heat and cool efficiently! Change your air filters and program your thermostat, seal and insulate your home, and support clean energy sources

By Reducing Coastal Acidification

Reduce your use of fertilizers, Improve sewage treatment and run off, and Protect and restore coastal habitats

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You've taken the first step to learn more about ocean acidification - why not spread this knowledge to your community?

Every community has their unique culture, economy and ecology and what’s at stake from ocean acidification may be different depending on where you live.  As a community member, you can take a larger role in educating the public about ocean acidification. Creating awareness is the first step to taking action.  As communities gain traction, neighboring regions that share marine resources can build larger coalitions to address ocean acidification.  Here are some ideas to get started:

  1. Work with informal educators, such as aquarium outreach programs and local non-profits, to teach the public about ocean acidification. Visit our Education & Outreach page to find the newest tools!
  2. Participate in habitat restoration efforts to restore habitats that help mitigate the effects of coastal acidification
  3. Facilitate conversations with local businesses that might be affected by ocean acidification, building a plan for the future.
  4. Partner with local community efforts to mitigate the driver behind ocean acidification  – excess CO2 – such as community supported agriculture, bike & car shares and other public transportation options.
  5. Contact your regional Coastal Acidification Network (CAN) to learn how OA is affecting your region and more ideas about how you can get involved in your community
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