MIT Sea Grant College Program
Newsletter: January 2012
Vol 3, Issue 1
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In This Issue
Modeling Radioactivity in Seawater
Climate Change Tools & Resources
Detecting "Red Tide" Toxins
New Video from the AUV Lab
Cape Ann Fresh Catch-Bon Appetit
NEMCO Listserv
GOM Stakeholder Survey
Blue Lobster Bowl
Stakeholder Forum: Humans in Marine Ecosystems
Fellowship Applications
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ChrysHappy New Year from MIT Sea Grant to the coastal communities of Massachusetts and beyond, to the harvesters and consumers of seafood, to our fellow ocean scientists and engineers, and to all who love and rely on the world's oceans for sustenance, recreation, travel, and wonder.

We at MIT Sea Grant are starting the year with a host of opportunities for graduate researchers, a new Climate Change information resource, and a public research forum for our stakeholders. Read on for details about these and for news about funded research in ocean modeling, "red tide" detection, and more.

Chrys Chryssostomidis
Director
  MIT SEA GRANT UPCOMING EVENTS & DEADLINES 
MIT SEA GRANT-FUNDED RESEARCHERS MODEL SPREAD OF RADIOACTIVITY IN SEAWATER
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When earthquake-triggered tsunami waves hit Japan in March of 2011, the surging water overtopped seawalls and caused massive damage. On top of the loss of life and general destruction, the disaster resulted in a release of radioactive seawater. Researchers Changsheng Chen, from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Robert Beardsley, from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute are investigating where that radioactivity may spread, using a mathematical model that they developed in part through funding by the MIT Sea Grant College Program. Read the full article by Rachel VanCott here.
CLIMATE CHANGE TOOLS & RESOURCES FROM MIT SEA GRANT

MIT Sea Grant is working to reduce and mitigate the negative impacts of climate change to both the ecology and the infrastructure of coastal habitats, waterfront properties, and marine-related industries. In support of that effort, MIT Sea Grant's coastal ecologist, Juliet Simpson, has compiled an  annotated list of tools and resources for climate change, including general information and teaching tools, sources for climate data, adaptation strategies, modeling and mapping tools, communication tips, and how to prepare for severe storms or hurricanes. Check out these wonderful resources! (Photo: NASA)   

 

With support from MIT Sea Grant, Don Anderson of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), in collaboration with Co-Principle Investigators Juliette Smith (WHOI), and Gregory Doucette (NOAA's Marine Biotoxin Program), is scheduled to deploy an enhanced Environmental Sample Processor (ESP) in Spring 2012. If testing using laboratory-based instruments is completed in time, the deployment at a mooring site near Casco Bay, Maine will include new capabilities to detect and quantify Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxins in phytoplankton. Read more.
VIDEO FROM THE MIT SEA GRANT AUV LAB: NON-NATIVE MARINE SPECIES IN HULL, MASS.
As part of a regional project to study the spread and impact of introduced marine organisms,  MIT Sea Grant Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)  Laboratory deployed their Reef Explorer II vehicle to explore and inspect the pilings and docks of the A Street Pier of Hull, Mass. in Hingham Bay. The vehicle is equipped with onboard lighting, batteries, video camera, computers, sonar, and hyperspectral radiometer. Several organisms were observed including the marine non-native species Didemnum vexillum. The pale yellow Didemnum colonies can be seen encrusting the wooden pilings. Click here for underwater video!  
Community Supported Fisheries, including Cape Ann Fresh Catch, based in Gloucester, Mass., were featured in Bon Appetit magazine as the #1 trend for 2012 in 25 Things to Eat, Drink, and Cook in 2012:

"It started with kale and kohlrabi, then expanded to eggs and meat. Now the noble CSA [Community Supported Agriculture] model is supporting seafood programs like Siren SeaSA, Cape Ann Fresh Catch, and Port Clyde Fresh Catch, which bring sparkling-fresh fish to your kitchen. . ."  
(Photo: Tammy Donroe) 
NORTHEAST MASSACHUSETTS COASTAL OUTREACH (NEMCO) LISTSERV LAUNCHED
MIT Sea Grant invites you to sign up for the recently launched Northeast Massachusetts Coastal Outreach (NEMCO) listserv. NEMCO is an electronic means of enhancing the communication of coastal outreach organizations in Northeastern Massachusetts. Notices of public events and general news, generally from nonprofit and educational organizations, are accepted.
NEMCO is modeled on the venerable and vigorous SEMCO listserv, serving Southeast Massachusetts and moderated by Woods Hole Sea Grant.
GULF OF MAINE STAKEHOLDER PRIORITIES SURVEY
MIT Sea Grant is conducting a survey on stakeholder priorities in the Gulf of Maine region. The survey results will contribute to the Gulf of Maine Regional Ocean Science Initiative.  We welcome responses from those who are concerned about stressors that threaten the health and well being of the Gulf of Maine. We will incorporate survey results in our updated Science and Implementation Plans and use the information to inform policy. Please complete the survey  by January 31, 2012. This survey is very brief and will take no more than 2-3 minutes. 
 
15TH ANNUAL BLUE LOBSTER BOWL COMPETITION TO TAKE PLACE FEBRUARY 4th
BLB 2011 Winners
The 15th annual Blue Lobster Bowl will take place Saturday, Februrary 4th at MIT. Over 120 students from a dozen local high schools will compete. The Blue Lobster Bowl is Massachusetts' regional marine science quiz bowl and is held every spring as part of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. During the full-day competition, teams of high school students are quizzed on their knowledge of ocean science subjects including chemistry, biology, engineering, history, ecology, climate change, and weather. To volunteer at the competition, email Rachel VanCott. (Photo: 2011 BLB champs from Lexington High School)
STAKEHOLDER FORUM: HUMANS IN MARINE ECOSYSTEMS, FEBRUARY 8, 1 PM 
On Wednesday, February 8, from 1-4 PM, MIT Sea Grant will host "Humans in Marine Ecosystems - Addressing Needs and Concerns"a Stakeholder Forum featuring MIT Sea Grant funded researchers  Di Jin, Seth Tuler, Geoffrey Cowles, and MIT Sea Grant staff anthropologist, Madeleine Hall-Arber. The MIT Sea Grant Stakeholder Forums provide an opportunity for our funded researchers to present their projects and current findings to their peers and the public. At MIT Sea Grant, E38/292 Main St, Cambridge, 3rd floor. Open to the public. RSVP appreciated to Gayle Sherman.
  FELLOWSHIP APPLICATIONS DUE: KNAUSS, NOAA COASTAL MANAGEMENT, NMFS 
Knauss, Fern Gibbons
Graduate Fellowship Application Season is upon us!

  

National Marine Fisheries Service - Sea Grant Graduate Fellowship Program in Population Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics applications due to MIT Sea Grant January 20, 2012.

NOAA's Coastal Management Fellowship matches postgraduate students with state coastal zone programs to work on projects proposed by the state (see this year's six winning proposals, below.) This two-year opportunity offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement. Applications to MIT Sea Grant due January 27, 2012. 

  

The Knauss Fellowship provides a unique educational experience to students who have an interest in ocean and coastal resources, and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The program matches highly qualified graduate students with "hosts" in the legislative and executive branches of government located in the Washington, D.C. area for a one-year, paid fellowship. Knauss applications to MIT Sea Grant due February 17, 2012.

(Photo: 2012 MIT Sea Grant Knauss Fellow, Fern Gibbons)

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MIT Sea Grant e-Newsletter created by Nancy Adams. Thanks to Kathy de Zengotita, Seth Newburg, Joanne McHugh, Judy Pederson, Gayle Sherman, Rachel VanCott, for editing, proofing, and contributions.