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Andrew Shepard

Andrew Shepard

Andy Shepard is former director and advisor for the Gulf of Mexico Research Collaborative (www.gomurc.org).  Previous experiences include: National Undersea Research Center at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, as Science Director, marine operations specialist, chief scientist on undersea expeditions, and Center Director (2004-2008); 2008-2011-- Associate Director, Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Fort Pierce, FL.  His research interests include: advanced undersea research technologies for ocean ecosystem studies; research, monitoring and management of benthic habitats and associated living resources; and assessment of fishing gear performance and environmental impacts.

NEWS from the Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach Team of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative:

The Team just released a final, in-depth publication to close out 2017 entitle, Corals and oil spills. Scientists discovered that the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill injured some deep water coral communities, while others in shallow areas appeared unharmed. All of Team science outreach publications can be found here.

Upcoming 2018 oil spill science workshops.

  • Responding to oil spills: Offshore and deep sea habitatsJanuary 9, 2018—Available in person and online
    Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex, Lacombe, LA. Free event, last in three-part series, will bring scientists and emergency responders together to discuss offshore and deep sea spill response. Lunch will be provided for attendees registered by January 5.

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GOMURC has been engaged in conversations with colleagues in the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to understand the extent of damages due to the 2017 hurricanes (Irma and Maria), and their priority needs. Kristin Wilson Grimes gave a related presentation at the 2017 CERF conference, entitled "Weathering the Storms: Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the US Virgin Islands." We have posted this ppt here; it conveys the disaster better than words, and provides ways to help! 

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The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science (GoMOSES) conference program is now available! The conference will be held February 5-8, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans. The conference schedule includes a summary plenary about Gulf research and restoration, a closing plenary concerning the future of the conference, and an array of oral and poster sessions, and workshops.

ACT NOW to get early bird registration (ends Nov. 30) and reserve hotel room (it is week before Mardis Gras so rooms may be tight in NOLA!).

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From American Federation of Teachers (AFT), "If the [proposed] Republican tax plan passes, it will not be possible for many graduate students across the country to afford their education. Their [Republican-led] bill will force them to pay hundreds of dollars more in taxes by treating tuition waivers - the tuition that is waived by universities as compensation for their work as teaching and research assistants - as taxable income, a tax bill they can’t afford on the salary of a graduate assistant."

Please share and sign on if you care!

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The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality invites all to attend the 2nd Annual Mississippi Restoration Summit on November 14, 2017 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center. The Restoration Summit is an opportunity for any member of the public to learn about current restoration projects in Mississippi and the announcement of new projects for 2017. For more information and registration see the Summit web site. For questions about the Summit, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GoMA) maintains a comprehensive calendar with the Summit and many more relevant Gulf events.

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The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) and Gulf of Mexico University Research Collaborative (GOMURC) have contracted with the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) to assist with scientific reviews of projects and programs funded under the RESTORE Act Council-funded Restoration and Spill Impact Components (RESTORE Buckets 2 and 3). They are in the process of developing a Best Available Science reviewer database for reviews of Council proposals and applications, and appreciate your help in circulating this message throughout your organization. Ask them to consider filling out the attached Reviewer Application if interested, and return it along with their CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by December 31, 2017. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

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Hurricane Maria devastated the Caribbean including billions in property damages and more than 80 lost lives. The past weeks have been about rescues and personal recovery, which will continue for years. We also need to focus on the next level of recovery in rebuilding island economies and infrastructure. Related to GOMURC's mission, the marine science community in the PR/VI has many needs which our Gulf universities have capacity to help. Here are example actions to consider based on input from affected colleagues:

1)      Work with our PR/VI colleagues to assess damages and immediate needs for supplies and equipment. Students and investigators need lab space—open your doors!

EXAMPLE RESOURCES:

2)      Raise funding and resources required to address these needs and get required resources to where they are needed.

EXAMPLE RESOURCES:

3)      Utilize GOMURC member assets to help support PR/VI research to assess environmental damages and promote recovery. All of CARICOOS observing assets in PR/VI remain down.

EXAMPLE RESOURCES:

Please contribute however you can and pass the word.

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Registration for the 2018 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science (GOMOSES) conference has commenced-- register here. As described on the conference site, the title this year is "Response, Restoration, and Resiliency in the Gulf."

Since its inception in 2013, the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference (GoMOSES) has sought to link fundamental research on the Gulf ecosystem to practical application. The 2018 theme, “Response, Restoration, and Resiliency in the Gulf,” continues this trend, exploring how fundamental science can help restore and maintain Gulf ecosystem integrity, inform response strategies, and strengthen resilience. This year’s program will also emphasize cross-cutting discussions among academics, industry, government agencies, and public interest organizations.

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Email from NSF Directorate, September 18, 2017:

"Dear Colleagues:

With the second major hurricane – Hurricane Irma – to strike the United States, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and its staff remain strongly committed to supporting the people and institutions affected by these storms. Now that the consequences of these disasters are upon us, new science and engineering questions are being raised. Through this Dear Colleague Letter, NSF encourages the submission of proposals that seek to address the challenges related to Hurricane Irma. NSF also will support fundamental science and engineering research projects whose results may enable our country to better prepare for, respond to, recover from, or mitigate future catastrophic events. Research proposals relating to a better fundamental understanding of the impacts of the storm (both physical, biological and societal), human aspects of natural disasters (including first responders and the general public), emergency response methods, and approaches that promise to reduce future damage also are welcome.

With NSF support, researchers have a long history of advancing understanding and knowledge about natural and built environments, as well as the relationship between humans and their environments in the context of large-scale disasters. Fundamental science and technological advancements are vital to our continued improvement of disaster preparation and restoration. For example, NSF-funded research has advanced understanding of the mechanisms that cause levee failures, gained new knowledge on the performance of critical infrastructure, and supported efforts to improve flood water decontamination. Researchers also have improved our ability to better predict, with longer lead times, the path of tropical cyclones. NSF support for researchers has led to the deployment of underwater rescue robots in an effort to safeguard emergency workers, developed real-time flood potential models, conducted effectiveness assessments of oil plume dispersants, assessed and advised better hazard-resistant buildings, and developed liquefaction mitigation methods in response to earthquakes. In addition, NSF-funded researchers have made ground-breaking discoveries about the long-term psychological and emotional impacts of national disasters.

Multiple proposal mechanisms are available to conduct new research related to Hurricane Irma.

  • RAPID: Proposals focusing on projects with severe urgency with regard to availability of, or access to, data, facilities or specialized equipment, including quick-response research on natural disasters. RAPID proposal project descriptions are expected to be brief and may not exceed 5 pages, with a maximum request of $200K for one year, although many are much smaller. See the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) Chapter II.E.1 for instructions on preparation of a RAPID proposal. (https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappg17_1/pappg_2.jsp#IIE1).
  • EAGER: Proposals to conduct fundamental research representing exploratory work in its early stages on untested, but potentially transformative, research ideas or approaches. This research may be considered especially "high risk-high payoff" in the sense that it, for example, involves radically different approaches, applies new expertise, or engages novel disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives. EAGER proposal project descriptions are expected to be brief, and may not exceed 8 pages. Requests may be up to $300K and with a maximum award duration of two years. See PAPPG Chapter II.E.2 for instructions on preparation of an EAGER proposal (https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappg17_1/pappg_2.jsp#IIE2).
  • Supplements to existing awards: Small amounts of supplemental funding to existing awards may be requested. See PAPPG Chapter VI.E.4 for instructions on preparation of a supplemental funding request (https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappg17_1/pappg_6.jsp#VIE4).

To submit a RAPID, EAGER or supplemental funding request, investigators must contact the NSF Program Officer most closely related to the proposal topic before submitting, to determine if the proposed activities meet NSF's guidelines for these types of submissions or whether the proposed work is more suitable for submission as an unsolicited proposal. The contact people listed below, one from each NSF directorate, can help investigators identify the appropriate Program Officer.

Proposals submitted pursuant to this DCL may request the use of NSF-funded advanced computing resources such as Blue Waters or Stampede2. In these cases, investigators must contact the NSF Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) prior to submission of the proposal.

Proposals may be submitted at any time.

Investigators with general questions are advised to contact one of the following Directorate liaisons:

BIO: Elizabeth Blood, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (703) 292-4349

CISE: David Corman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (703) 292-8745

EHR: David Campbell, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (703) 292-5093

ENG: Joy Pauschke, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (703) 292-7024

GEO: Mike Sieracki, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (703) 292-7585

MPS: John Gillaspy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (703) 292-7173

OAC: Ed Walker, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (703) 292-4863

SBE: Robert (Bob) O'Connor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (703) 292-7263

Signed by:

James Olds, AD BIO

James Kurose, AD CISE

James Lewis, AD EHR

Dawn Tilbury, AD ENG

William Easterling, AD GEO

James Ulvestad, AD MPS

Fay Cook, AD SBE

Suzanne Iacono, Office Head, OIA"

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Do you need disaster assistance?

GOMURC consortia stand ready to assist marine labs hit by the recent hurricanes by connecting with other universities in the region. Consortia contacts are at http://gomurc.fio.usf.edu/index.php/about-us/organization

Government assistance:

Other resources that may help:

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Hurricane Harvey impacts will be felt for years to come.  Texas Sea Grant created an online webpage for post-disaster recovery resources. The posted websites, publications and videos were developed by other Sea Grant programs and state and regional agencies. The page will be updated as new information is made available and vetted. 

AL.com offers an excellent summary of other ways we can all help out Gulf neighbors!

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The Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) is seeking qualified applicants to succeed longtime Executive Director Holly Greening, who is retiring in February 2018. The successful applicant will have demonstrated experience in effectively managing multi-entity environmental, scientific and/or engineering programs; fostering and maintaining collaborative approaches to complex environmental issues; the ability to facilitate consensus among diverse and sometimes conflicting stakeholders; success in raising funds from public and private sectors, including federalstate and local grants; and the ability to manage an effective and talented staff.  The complete job listing is posted here.

Deadline to apply is 2 p.m. Friday, October 6.

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science 2018 conference is ready to receive abstracts and session proposals. The conference will be held in New Orleans on February 5-8, 2018.

Abstracts should promote fundamental Gulf ecosystem science or link scientific results to ecosystem resilience, oil spill response, or restoration and management. Abstract submissions will be accepted for topical tracks; mini-sessions and concurrent sessions will be developed based on the abstracts received. Papers not selected for oral presentations will have the opportunity to participate in the poster session.

Students are encouraged to submit abstracts; the Gulf Research Program, Harte Research Institute, and the Gulf of Mexico University Research Collaborative have generously offered to cover registration fees for student presenters whose abstracts are accepted as oral or poster presentations to the conference program.

The deadline to submit an abstract is September 11, 2017. Applicants will be notified of abstract acceptance/rejection by late-October. You do not need to register for the conference to submit an abstract. Each person may submit up to two (2) abstracts as lead author.

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Restore America's Estuaries (RAE) is asking partners from across the Gulf to participate in National Estuaries Week, September 16-23, 2017, in events across the nation. RAE's web page provides a calendar of events, example social media posts, congressional resolutions and State proclamations supporting this cause.

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The Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustee Council will hold a public meeting on September 12, 2017 at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel, 64 South Water Street, Mobile, Alabama. During this meeting, we will present updates on the work of the Trustee Council and each Trustee Implementation Group (TIG): Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Open Ocean, and Region-wide.  This meeting will serve as the annual public meeting for the Trustee Council and the Region-wide TIG.

5:30 – 6:30 PM-- Open House for discussion and questions 

6:30 – 9:00 PM-- Public Meeting for presentation and public comment.

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The Louisiana NRDA Trustee Implementation Group (TIG) is seeking proposals regarding natural resource restoration opportunities in Louisiana under the following restoration types:

  • Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities
  • Nutrient Reduction (Non-Point source).

Information on these restoration types and the Oil Pollution Act and criteria against which project ideas are being evaluated can be found in the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council's comprehensive restoration plan.

BY AUGUST 14, 2017, submit new restoration project ideas for consideration within these restoration types to the Trustees' project portal or to the State of Louisiana's portal. If you have submitted project ideas in the past to either portal, or in connection with other Louisiana restoration planning efforts, including Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan and Deepwater Horizon restoration planning efforts, you do not need to resubmit those ideas. Instead, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." title="This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and reference the method of and date of submittal of previously submitted proposals, and we will retrieve and consider them.

Projects submitted after the deadline will be considered in future restoration planning efforts.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." title="This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

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The Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council (AGCRC) is seeking project suggestions for RESTORE Act Spill Impact Component funding (Bucket 3); for information on the RESTORE Act, go to www.restorealabama.org.  For potential first round funding under the RESTORE Act’s Spill Impact Component (Bucket 3), please enter project suggestion(s) into the Alabama Coastal Restoration Project Suggestion portal by September 15, 2017. If you have already entered your project suggestion on this website, it is not necessary to re-submit.  You can also see what has been submitted and funded today on the portal page.

Qualifying projects must reflect at least one of the following criteria:

 

 

  • Restoration and protection of the natural resources, ecosystems, fisheries, marine and wildlife habitats, beaches, and coastal wetlands of the Gulf Coast region
  • Mitigation of damage to fish, wildlife, and natural resources
  • Implementation of a federally approved marine, coastal, or comprehensive conservation management plan, including fisheries monitoring
  • Workforce development and job creation
  • Improvements to or on state parks located in coastal areas affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
  • Infrastructure projects that benefit the economy or ecological resources, including port infrastructure
  • Coastal flood protection and related infrastructure
  • Planning assistance
  • Promotion of tourism in the Gulf Coast Region, including recreational fishing
  • Promotion of the consumption of seafood harvested from the Gulf Coast Region.

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State of Alabama is now accepting applications for the vacant Marine Resources Division Director position.  Announcement and application instructions at: https://www.personnel.alabama.gov/Documents/Announcements/103261_A.pdf

Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

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The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council's "Draft 2017 Funded Priorities List: Comprehensive Commitment and Planning Support (draft CPS FPL)" is available  for public and Tribal review and comment at www.restorethegulf.gov until 11:59pm MT August 14, 2017.

Two related informational webinars will be conducted to provide an overview of these FPL Awards. A select number of participant questions will be answered during the live webinar. Webinars will be recorded and posted on www.restorethegulf.gov:

July 13, 2017 at 6:30 pm Central Time [Webinar Registration Link]

July 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm Central Time [Webinar Registration Link]

Register for these webinars in advance. Once registered, a link to access the webinar will be sent to the email address provided during registration.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Please send questions by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or contact Keala J. Hughes at (504) 717-7235.

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Our friends at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation asked us to share that they have an opening for Fisheries Conservation program manager in their DC office, "a key member of the Marine and Coastal Conservation team and will manage the implementation of the Foundation’s sustainable fisheries programs including, but not limited to the Fisheries Innovation Fund, Electronic Monitoring and Reporting grant program, and the Oceanic Fish Restoration Project." Go to the on-line job description for details and how to apply.

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The Natural Resource Damage Assessment process related to the DeepWater Horizon oil spill recovery effort includes "Trustee Implementation Groups" (TIGs). The Region-wide TIG identifies restoration efforts that may apply across multiple Restoration Areas. They recently released four strategic frameworks to assist with restoration planning for oysters, sea turtles, birds, and marine mammals; the frameworks "provide broad context and guidance for project selection and implementation."

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The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) just updated its "BP Oil Disaster: Restoration & Recovery Timeline of Major Events in Gulf Recovery." The timeline "provides an overview of major events related to the three main Gulf restoration and recovery processes: the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA), the RESTORE Act, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund. It also introduces major events in the U.S. Criminal Charges & Civil Claims, which are related to but separate from the other processes."

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The National Academies of Science- Gulf Research Program has position open for Communications/Media Specialist, which they need to fill right away (apply now)!  Questions – call Mike Banker at 202-334-1493 and apply here (https://chk.tbe.taleo.net/chk06/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=NAS&cws=1&rid=8689).

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Products now available from the the 2017 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference (GoMOSES) including:

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The Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA) is seeking a professional to serve as our Regional Coastal Ocean Observing System (RCOOS) Manager.

Primary Job Duties include:

 

  • Completing and maintaining a build-out plan for SECOORA’s RCOOS
  • Leading and managing the RCOOS
  • Leading and managing SECOORA’s Data Management and Communications
  • Supporting proposal development, member recruitment, and identification of funding opportunities
  • Supporting SECOORA operations, especially IT, and other technical needs.

Deadline to apply is July 10, 2017. For full details, please access PDF of announcement here: http://secoora.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/RCOOS-Manager-Final.pdf

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As part of its effort to solicit Gulf restoration ideas, the Natural Resource Damage Assessment, Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group, will host a webinar on Thursday, April 27 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. ET to describe the NRDA restoration planning process, request for project ideas, and next steps for the Open Ocean Restoration Area.

The deadline for submitting project ideas is May 15, 2017. Project ideas can be submitted to NRDA database. OO TIG is targeting restoration for wide-ranging and migratory species at important points during their life cycles and geographic ranges, including inland, coastal, and offshore areas. 

To attend the webinar, register in advance at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7689366780932935683 (Webinar ID: 290-145-947).

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The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) just released its report, "Making the Most of Restoration: Priorities for a Recovering Gulf." This follow-up to its 2014 report provides their recommendations on Gulf coastal ecosystems, with emphasis on estuaries. The report identifies "suites of projects that have the greatest collective impact on priority estuaries." Their approach included: reviewing federal, state and local planning and assessment reports; documenting existing stressors for each system; evaluating potential restoration needs required to tackle each underlying stressor; and prioritizing projects for a given estuary based on the greatest restoration needs.

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The Membership Committee of the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) is seeking nominations for the organization's Board of Directors. GCOOS is the heart of data collection for the ocean and coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico -- collecting thousands of data points from sensors and ensuring the data are reliable, timely, accurate and available to all who need it.

Nominations are due by March 3, 2017. See here for details of the Board responsibilities and how to make nominations.

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The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) will host a webinar on Feb 16 at 4-5:30 pm ET. Registration requested, entitled "The Border Wall: Environmental Law and Policy." Experts will discuss how environmental law and policy may interact with the border wall Executive Order.

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The Texas Subsea Systems Institute funded by the RESTORE Act, announces its first open request for proposals. Priorities include collaborative, innovative programs to develop subsea wireless communications technologies applied to offshore, deepwater oil and gas operations. One 18 month grant for $300k will be awarded; the deadline for submissions is February 24, 2017 for April 2017 start date.

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GOMURC principal member, the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) seeks an experienced and accomplished marine scientist to serve as Chair of University Programs.  The DISL is the administrative home for Alabama’s Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium. Please see the position announcement for position details and how to apply. Position is open until filled with interviews to begin in April.

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Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach Program announces two new offerings:

1) "Frequently asked questions: Oil edition" publication details the ins and outs of petroleum-- where it originates, what it’s made of, and how scientists track it in the environment.

2) "Exploring the intersection between oil spill science and response" free public seminar on February 6th, 2017, 1:00 - 5:00 pm (Central) during the Gulf Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science conference in New Orleans, join in-person (Hyatt Regency New Orleans, LA, Bolden 6 room) or remotely through your computer and phone. This workshop will allow local scientists working on oil spill research and local emergency responders to clearly communicate their needs and form partnerships. Scientists will share peer-reviewed research results that can be applied to response and responders will share response priorities. Questions about the workshop- contact Monica Wilson, UF/IFAS Sea Grant, via email or at (727) 553-3516.

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US and five Gulf of Mexico states announced settlement to resolve civil claims against BP arising from the April 20, 2010 Macondo well (Deepwater Horizon platform) blowout and the resulting massive oil spill that followed; the BP Consent Decree is now available for public comments via http://www.justice.gov/enrd/deepwater-horizon. Comment period ends Dec. 4, 2015.

Deepwater Horizon Trustees Propose Comprehensive Restoration Plan for the Gulf of Mexico: Trustees seeking public comment on draft plan, which would allocate up to $8.8 billion for restoration from proposed settlement with BP-- plan and instructions for comments at http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council released its initial list of restoration projects to be included on its "Final Priorities List."  As stated at the Council web site, "Using funds from the settlement with Transocean Deepwater Inc., the Council is seeking to provide near-term, on-the-ground ecosystem benefits, while also conducting planning activities designed to build a foundation for future success as additional funds become available from other parties." These funds will include funding from the recent BP civil settlement.

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The US Attorney General press release, "Total Value of Settlement Would Top $18.7 Billion, the Largest Settlement with a Single Entity in American History" describes the settlement with BP for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill damages. The web site includes a fact sheet that summarizes the "agreement in principle."

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The trial to determine civic (Clean Water Act) penalties for the BP oil spill recommences on Jan. 20, 2015. As described in the Jan 7 pre-trial briefing, post trial briefs will be due by the end of March.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund announced round 2 for $99.2M of funding for 25 new oil spill restoration projects in AL, FL, LA, MS and TX. 

The National Academy of Science Gulf Research Program will sponsor an ad hoc committee and report under the auspices of the National Research Council will inform monitoring and evaluation of restoration activities in the Gulf of Mexico.

GOMRI announced last week the awards for RFP-IV consortia and new RFP-V opportunity for small teams research; deadline for RFP-V "letter of intent" pre-proposals is Dec. 15, 2014.

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NOAA released a draft version of the science plan for the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program for public comment; electronic comments submitted via e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and written comments may be mailed to Dr. Becky Allee; NOAA OCM - Gulf Coast; Bldg. 1100, Rm 232; Stennis Space Center, MS, 39529.

 

Texas released "notice on selection process for Centers of Excellence" at https://www.restorethetexascoast.org/. As announced, pursuant to RESTORE Act and Treasury statutory and regulatory requirements, "Texas is posting a Request For Grant Applications (RFGA) on the Texas Electronic State Business Daily and on the Texas e-Grants system.  The RFGA will set forth the process by which grant applications must be submitted.  The selection and award of grants will be made in accordance with the TCEQ-established grant process under Texas Water Code 5.124 and the TCEQ grant rules, in particular the rules governing solicitations in 30 TAC Section14.7. Please contact LaTresa Stroud at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you have any questions or comments regarding the proposed RFGA."

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The Gulf Coast Restoration Council has been collaborating with Gulf coast state entities to host webinars open to the public in order to update participants on the status of programs and plans. You can view the webinar and a summary presentation for the Oct. 16 webinar with MS here--  http://www.restore.ms/archived-webinar/

Deepwater Horizon oil spill NRDA Trustees guide to projects and planning contained in the Final Programmatic and Phase III Early Restoration Plan and Early Restoration Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement.

The Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) seeking public feedback. FIO is the designated Florida Gulf Coast Entity to receive funds from the RESTORE Act for administering Florida's Centers of Excellence Research Grants Program (CERGP), section 1605 of the RESTORE Act.  As required by the Treasury's RESTORE Act Rulemaking, FIO is seeking public comments on its CERGP Rules and Policies, including competitive selection process, from October 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014.  FIO will also be conducting regional town hall meetings during this timeframe, for additional details please visit our website at: http://fio.marine.usf.edu/research/fio-cergp.

 

FIO encourages everyone to take the opportunity to participate in this important process to determine the type of research and monitoring projects FIO should fund by filling out the survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/fio_cergp.  Please help circulate this email as you feel fit and if you have any questions, please feel free to send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Treasury announced RESTORE Act Rule is in effect, enabling restoration programs to apply for funding in the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Trust Fund (currently $800M from Transocean settlement); release at http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/JL2663.aspx.

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ABSTRACTS DUE OCT. 3 for posters and oral talks for 2015 Gulf of Mexico Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference hosted by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative.

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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection hosted 9/23/14 webinar and presentation on status of the RESTORE Act, and its process and priorities for submitting projects to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council for consideration of support from the Comprehensive Plan component (30% of Trust Fund).

National Academies of Science Gulf Program announces topics for its first funding competition, exploratory research grants focused on 1) Education and Training of Workers in the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry and 2) Health Professions and Linking Ecosystem Services Related to and Influenced by Oil and Gas Production to Human Health and Well-Being--http://www.nationalacademies.org/gulf/grants/index.html

UPDATE-- Dec. 18 is application deadline for these grants-- more here.

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GOMURC's new web site launched today-- http://www.gomurc.org

Site is customized for mobile platforms and contains new and updated information.

NOAA Coastal Services Center Sea Level Rise and Coastal Impacts viewer is a teaching and planning tool that shows predicted sea levels on coastal communities under different rise scenarios -- http://www.csc.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/tools/slrviewer

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National Academies of Science's The Gulf Research Program: A Strategic Vision establishes the Program’s foundation and introduces its mission, goals, and objectives-- http://www.nas.edu/gulf/vision/index.htm

Submit proposals to Texas portal for restoration projects that may be funded by NRDA, RESTORE ACT, and Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (NFWF)-- .

http://restorethetexascoast.org/submit-a-project/

Restore Act Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council is seeking subject matter experts to serve as panelists to review proposals submitted to the Council via Council members. Download the PDF form to apply. Send it and your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by October 10, 2014.

Department of Treasury administers the RESTORE Act Direct Component and Centers of Excellence Research Grants Program. Links to review guidance for each program, with sample forms, now available via the Treasury's RESTORE Web site-- http://www.treasury.gov/services/restore-act/Pages/default.aspx

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NOAA Research (Office of Oceans and Atmospheric Research) is looking for new Assistant Administrator-- https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/378443100. Announcement closes Sep. 26. This is important position in directing NOAA climate, air and ocean science.

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Treasury released RESTORE Act regulations on Friday Aug. 15 and updated their RESTORE Web site with access to rules and useful new information-- http://www.treasury.gov/services/restore-act/Pages/default.aspx

Public comments on regulations due Sep. 2.

NOAA RESTORE Science Program 8/14/14 news update includes link to pdf of their initial Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) Federal Register Notice-- http://restoreactscienceprogram.noaa.gov/miscellaneous/noaa-restore-act-science-program-update

This "Initial FFO" is FYI and does not solicit proposals or public comments, which will occur in FFO later this year.

LUMCON reports on size of Gulf of Mexico low-oxygen "dead zone" for Summer 2014-- http://www.nola.com/environment/index.ssf/2014/08/low_oxygen_dead_zone_covers_50.html

Department of the Treasury proposes regulations for RESTORE Act concerning amounts available to eligible Louisiana parishes from the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund-- http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-31/pdf/2014-18131.pdf.

Texas restoration portal now up at http://restorethetexascoast.org/; "website provides an opportunity for interested parties to suggest projects for consideration for funding made available to Texas as a result of the DWH Oil Spill."

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U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard will hold a hearing on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. titled, “Revisiting the RESTORE Act: Progress and Challenges in Gulf Restoration Post-Deepwater Horizon.” More, including link for live broadcast, at http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Hearings&ContentRecord_id=fdfbde77-d1f4-45a4-befc-c906faeec3bc

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BOEM preparing a supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for proposed lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico off the states of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, beginning with Central Planning Area (CPA) Lease Sale 241 in 2016, Eastern Planning Area (EPA) Lease Sale 226 in 2016, and CPA Sale 247 in 2017.  EPA 226 site is south of FL panhandle. Public scoping sessions in July across Gulf coast listed at http://www.boem.gov/Note06192014/

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Conference for Ecological and Ecosystem Restoration in New Orleans, Jul 28-Aug 1, 2014; registration at http://www.conference.ifas.ufl.edu/CEER2014/site.html

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NRDA DWH oil spill damage assessment data at http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/oil-spill/gulf-spill-data/

LSU-led team receives funds from BOEM for cost-benefit analysis of ocean and coastal observing and monitoring -- story at http://theadvocate.com/home/7757061-125/researchers-to-study-cost-benefits#.UsLqe1QJVzo.email

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S.1254: Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2014 was signed by President on June 30. Authorizes over $20M to include maintaining and enhancing "a national harmful algal bloom and hypoxia program" -- bill at https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s1254/text. Program is to be led by NOAA and a national task force, similar to Gulf of Mexico Interagency Hypoxia Task Force-- http://water.epa.gov/type/watersheds/named/msbasin/

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National Academies of Science accepting applications for the 2015 session of the Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program. This 12-week program (Jan. 20 - Apr. 10, 2015) is designed to engage early career individuals in the processes that inform U.S. science and technology policy. Fellows obtain essential skills and knowledge needed to work in science and technology policy at the federal, state, or local level. The Gulf Research Program will host a Christine Mirzayan Fellow, so we encourage you to spread the word among potential candidates.

Applications are due Sept. 1, 2014. The fellowship stipend is $8,500. To learn more or apply online, please visit: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/policyfellows/

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New book edited by former Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council director, Dr. S. Bortone, entitled Interrelationships between Corals and Fisheries, published by CRC Press. Available at http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781466588318. Volume includes chapter 9 by GOMURC director, AN Shepard, "Restoring deepwater coral ecosystems and fisheries after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill."

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Final NRDA Phase III Early Restoration plan is now available following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Largest phase (>60% of $1B) of early restoration, the Plan proposes 44 early restoration projects, environmental analyses for each of them, and proposed strategic approach to early restoration and the environmental analysis for that approach-- http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/restoration/early-restoration/phase-iii/?utm_source=final+phase+III+announcement&utm_campaign=early+restoration+phase+III&utm_medium=email

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Opportunities provided by FIO, Dr. M. Neeley, June 2014:

Jobs/Funding:

Opportunities via other organizations:

Jobs in Florida:

FIO is leading new annual multi-institutional summer course, Field Studies in Marine Science/Biology;  5-week, field-intensive course designed to expand student knowledge of the biodiversity, geochemistry, and human impact of Florida’s coastal and offshore ecosystems-- http://www.fio.usf.edu/education/summer-course-2014.

Schmidt Ocean Institute's Call for Expressions of Interest in Collaborative Research on R/V Falkor in 2016-- http://www.schmidtocean.org/story/show/846

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Register now (deadline is Jul 13) for AIBS Biological Sciences Congressional Districts visits-- http://www.aibs.org/public-policy/congressional_district_visits.html

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Most recent White House budgets at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/Overview

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NRDA Phase III Early Restoration Program plan still in review-- track at http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/restoration/early-restoration/phase-iii/

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Bookmark ELI's new interactive timeline as great way to track restoration settlements and litigation-- http://eli-ocean.org/gulf/timeline/

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Water Resources Development Act (HR3080) becomes Public Law 113-121 without National Endowment for the Oceans-- https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr3080

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GOMRI Oil spill and Ecosystem Science Conference for 2015 deadline for session proposals is JUNE 15-- http://www.cvent.com/events/2015-oil-spill-and-ecosystem-science-conference/custom-17-f8e7997d3673455e8ae8ebd03a854af1.aspx?RefID=01&cpc=JXNHXJ3TNFX

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GOMRI Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference, January 2014, report and products-- http://2014.gulfofmexicoconference.org

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House passed FY2015 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) appropriations bill last week, now being considered by Senate. AAAS analysis is at http://www.aaas.org/news/house-passes-one-nsf-budget-while-authorizers-grapple-another

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NOAA RESTORE Science Program FAQs regarding its first Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) now available on the program website-- http://restoreactscienceprogram.noaa.gov/about/faqs, last part of page dedicated to "Initial Funding Opportunity" FAQs

House Committee on Science, Space and Technology hearing on IPCC report on May 29, 11a ET (webcast)-- http://science.house.gov/hearing/full-committee-hearing-examining-un-intergovernmental-panel-climate-change-process. IPCC report is at http://www.ipcc.ch

Environmental Law Institute is maintaining an on-line dbase for funded Gulf restoration projects-- http://eli-ocean.org/gulf/restoration-projects-database/

NOAA Central Library will no longer update its DWH Spill Bibliography as of May 13, 2014-- http://www.lib.noaa.gov/researchtools/subjectguides/dwh.html.

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Judge sets date in January 2015 for final phase (setting penalties) for BP oil spill civil trial-- http://www.nola.com/business/index.ssf/2014/04/timeline_released_for_final_pe.html.

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Hearing on Thu, April 30, 10am ET, of House Science, Space and Technology Committee, Environment subcommittee, will review NOAA's FY2015 Budget (site includes link for live video of hearing)-- http://science.house.gov/hearing/environment-subcommittee-hearing-overview-national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration

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GOMURC annual reports

2013 annual reports posted for: GOMURC -- http://www.marine.usf.edu/gomurc/docs/GOMURC-2013-progress-report-021914.pdf; Dauphin Island Sea Lab-- http://press.disl.org/PDFs/annualreport/2013AR.pdf; Florida Inst. of Oceanography -- http://www.fio.usf.edu/about-us/documents/category/4-annual-reports

NWF report, “Four Years Into the Gulf Oil Disaster: Still Waiting for Restoration”--  http://www.nwf.org/fouryearslater.  Report blog at http://blog.nwf.org/2014/04/four-years-after-the-bp-spill-wildlife-are-still-struggling/

National Ocean Economics Program (NOEP) latest "State of the U.S. Ocean and Coastal Economies 2014"  highlights value of the oceans, Great Lakes and coasts of the U.S., availble at http://www.oceaneconomics.org/download/

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GOMRI Save the Date for RFP V for small team investigations-- http://gulfresearchinitiative.org/request-for-proposals/rfp-v/

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House passed H.R. 2431: National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act of 2013, "a collaborative effort between numerous federal agencies and several state governments to provide a dynamic and accessible drought-risk information system." House subcommittee news item at http://democrats.science.house.gov/press-release/house-passes-drought-research-legislation. Bill now goes to Senate.

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Senate passed S1254 to amend the Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Research and Control Act of 1998; bill now goes to House-- https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s1254?utm_campaign=govtrack_email_update&utm_source=govtrack/email_update&utm_medium=email.

Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas to be an easy-to-use resource for a wide variety of Gulf of Mexico data; 235 map plates covering more than 70 topics. Explore at: http://gulfatlas.noaa.gov/.

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State of the Gulf Summit, Houston TX, March 24-27, 2014-- http://www.sgmsummit.org/

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LA State of the Coast conference, NOLA, March 18-20, 2014-- http://www.stateofthecoast.org/

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Water Resources Development Act (S601 and HR3080) in conference; conferees shown at http://www.nado.org/house-joins-senate-in-appointing-conferees-for-water-resources-bill/. Senate Bill S601 (https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr3080/text) includes Title XII-- National Endowment for the Oceans, not included in original HR3080 passed by House.

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