Open Positions at CRC and Elsewhere
MMIC (Mitigating Microcystis in the Chesapeake)
Researchers from UMCES-IMET (Place), UMD-CP (Paolisso), and CRC (Sellner) received funding from NOAA's Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research to develop a mitigation technology to remove Microcystis aeruginosa, a recurring and occasionally toxic cyanobacterium, from regional tidal fresh waters. Laboratory experiments will employ cultures and field-collected blooms of the taxon and determine 1) removal efficiencies of cells and toxin with mixtures of local soils and flcculants, 2) the fate of the flocced and settled materials, and 3) impacts of that material on the benthos, fish, and SAV. Citizen willingness for general use of the technique will also be assessed. The end result will hopefully be state adoption of the technology for routine mitigation of regional M. aeruginosa blooms.
M.S. in Environmental Sciences & Policy
The Johns Hopkins University Master of Science in Environmental Sciences and Policy program explores natural resources management, policy making for sustainability, and scientific solutions to environmental problems. The program also teaches students to work more effectively with policymakers and scientists. Expert faculty from Johns Hopkins, the government, and industry impart in-depth knowledge of ecosystems, natural processes, policy tools, and current environmental issues. The program is ideal for students with various scientific backgrounds. Classes are offered in the evenings so students can earn their degree without interrupting careers; some courses are offered online and on Saturdays. For more information visit http://environment.jhu.edu to learn more about the program or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
CRC Member Institutions Collaborate on Ballast Water
A University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) research barge called the Mobile Ballast Water Test Platform is visiting Old Dominion University (ODU) this month. Mario Tamburri, director of the Maritime Environmental Resource Center, has brought the barge to ODU to work with Fred Dobbs on logistics and planning for additional research to be conducted in Hampton Roads later this summer. For more information, please visit the ODU website
Sea Level Rise Project
Investigators from the University of Maryland have partnered with the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) in Maryland and others to increase the resilience of coastal marsh and communities on the Deal Island Peninsula in the face of sea level rise. With a $598,645 grant from the NERRS Science Collaborative, the team is using the Collaborative Learning methodology to identify which services provided by marshlands are highly valued by local communities, understand how current management practices impact the marshes’ ability to provide these services, and develop a process for stakeholders to work together to conserve and restore marshes for the future (see http://nerrs.noaa.gov/NSCIndex.aspx?ID=744).
JHU-Howard U. IGERT Climate Change Program
The IGERT (2011-2016) will provide a corps of doctoral students with the ability to assess threats to water resources and health posed by climate change, and the ability to develop innovative adaptive strategies that respond to these threats. IGERT students will adapt fundamental skills to practical problems through a place-based capstone course centering on three diverse watersheds feeding the Chesapeake Bay (a temperate area in a developed country), the Peruvian Amazon (a tropical area in an underdeveloped country), and Ethiopia (an arid area in an underdeveloped country). Go to http://www.igert.jhu.edu/wch for details.
Halloween's approaching, care to see what mother Nature's provided for her scares? Check out this array, compliments of SERC's Plant Ecology group!
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