MPA Long-Term Monitoring Update:
A Biodiversity Treasure Hunt

“It’s like a real-world treasure hunt with the loot being rich biodiversity.”
Nick Sadrpour, California Sea Grant Science Integration Team Program Coordinator

A California Sea Grant funded research team has been conducting surveys of birds, stranded kelp, and fish in surf zones across California to collect biological, human use, and environmental data to assess the responses of beach and surf zone ecosystems to Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). The data collected from this survey, along with that from 27 other sites across California's coastline, will be organized and analyzed as part of the effort to establish a long-term, state-wide time series of MPA knowledge.
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Welcome Carly Shabo.

Welcome Carly Shabo!

Please join us in welcoming Carly Shabo as the new Resilient Communities Research Associate for California Sea Grant’s Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies Program based out of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

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Diver collecting kelp.

New method for reforestation

Researchers are using a new technique dubbed "Green Gravel" as a method for kelp forest restoration. It greatly reduces the cost and effort necessary for reforesting kelp beds.

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Rocky intertidal zones.

Safeguarding rocky intertidal zones

Researchers are continuing to monitor their long-established sites to understand whether MPAs are effective at protecting the unique rocky intertidal environment.

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Volaric story.

Informing nutrient management

Is regulatory action successful in reducing Bay-Delta nitrogen pollution? A 2020 California Sea Grant administered Delta Science Fellowship Program team is studying the interplay between water column and benthic processes in Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta carbon and nitrogen cycling.
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Ocean plastic pollution.

Scripps-Rady Ocean Plastic Pollution Challenge white papers

The key findings of each white paper, taken together, contribute towards a suite of strategies to help California curb the flow of plastic into its coastal ocean. NOAA Marine Debris Program Extension Fellow Tanya Torres contributed to the third white paper. 
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Coastal Dune.

New! California's Coastal Dune Science Network website

The California Coastal Dune Science Network strives to expand understanding of coastal dunes and their role in building a resilient, transitional, and adaptive coast for all future generations. 
Explore the latest coastal dune research and news


CalCOFI 2021 Virtual Conference

Social-ecological indicators to support marine management in a changing climate

December 1-2, 10:30 am to 3 pm (PT) 
The conference will consist of keynotes, panels, roundtables, and contributed talks related to ocean observing data in support of environmental, ecological, and social indicators, ocean management, and understanding the state of the California Current.
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Coastal Dunes for Resilience Workshop
December 8-9, 9:30 am to 12 pm (PT): 
The Coastal Dunes for Resilience Workshop seeks to advance dune resilience best practices and scientific knowledge in California.

Jobs & Internship Opportunities

Communications Program Manager
 — The Communications Program Manager will lead our small team and be responsible for outbound communications, long and short term strategic planning, as well as program-level reporting. Application Deadline: open until filled.

Delta Independent Science Board Postdoctoral Scholars — Seeking two postdoctoral scholars to support the Delta ISB with its legislative mandate to provide oversight of the scientific research, monitoring, and assessment programs that support adaptive management of Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Applications will be reviewed starting November 29, 2021.

Funding and Fellowship Opportunities

Early Stage Propagation Strategies for Aquaculture Species — Funding is available for research projects and programs that will develop and refine early stage propagation strategies (e.g., reproduction, hatchery, and/or nursery strategies) for aquaculture species to supply on-growing operations. Application Deadline: November 16, 2021.

2022 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economies — The National Sea Grant College Program (Sea Grant) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) award a limited number of fellowships each year to PhD students who are interested in careers related to population and ecosystem dynamics and marine resource economics with applications to living marine resources. Application Deadline: January 27, 2022.

John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship — The application period is currently open for the 2023 John A. Knauss Fellowship. This year-long fellowship matches recent graduate students with federal agencies in the legislative and executive branch of government for hands-on training in science policy and resource management. Application Deadline: February 18, 2022.
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