Marine Science Day Camp 2018 Dates Announced!

January 10th, 2018

Marine Science Day Camp at the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium offers “hands-on” science learning for children interested in the ocean and marine life. Camp is held on Sandy Hook and combines outdoor explorations of the beach and bay with laboratory experiments and fun, educational games and crafts. Instructor to camper ratio is 1 to 6. The six updated sessions for 2018 are now listed below.

Please note that sessions are geared towards specific grade levels. For more information on the focus of each session, click here. Contact Rose Higgins at 732-872-1300 x19 to reserve a spot for your student today!

Jersey Shore Junior Science Symposium 2018 [Details]

December 6th, 2017

The Jersey Shore Junior Science Symposium will be held March 22-23, 2018 at Ocean County College in Toms River, NJ.

JSJSS is designed to challenge, engage, and publicly recognize students (Grades 9-12) conducting research in the sciences, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM).  The Army will sponsor five topic areas during the 2018 event:

Best in Nanotechnology & Advanced Materials Science (Additive Manufacturing)
Best in Robotics
Best in Computing, Computer Science, and Engineering
Best in Aerospace and Astrophysics
Best in Environmental and Earth Sciences

Finalists will compete for several extensive awards, including a $300 (first place) scholarship from the NJSGC.

Fore more information, please visit the official JSJSS website.

Registration is now CLOSED, but we strongly encourage teachers and students to attend as spectators. Please refer to the summary page or email for more details and consideration.

Fellowship Application Deadlines Approaching, January-February 2018

November 21st, 2017

Calling all Graduates!

The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium manages and offers several fellowships each year in conjunction with the National Sea Grant College Program and other federal partners, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Marine Fisheries Service. Deadlines are fast approaching for three fellowships in January and February of 2018:

The NOAA/Sea Grant Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowship provides two years of on-the-job education and training in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students. The program matches postgraduate students with state coastal resource agencies and nonprofit organizations to work on coastal projects proposed by state officials and selected by the NOAA Office for Coastal Management. Deadline to apply is January 19, 2018. For general information on the Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowship go to: Also view the updated ‘digital coast’ announcement here.

Former NJSGC associate Jackie Specht was recently awarded the Coastal Management Fellowship and matched with Maryland’s Chesapeake and Coastal Service to continue studying the beneficial reuse of dredge material. 

The NOAA/Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship matches graduate students interested in ocean resources and the national policy decisions affecting them with “hosts” in the Washington, D.C. area for a one-year paid fellowship. Any student, regardless of citizenship, is eligible if enrolled towards a degree in an accredited graduate program.  Interested applicants must apply through their local Sea Grant Program.  New Jersey applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out to Dr. Peter Rowe or Ms. Claire Antonucci a minimum of one month prior to the state application deadline to provide notification of their intent to apply and request application support. Applicants should also allow sufficient time to schedule an interview at the program’s request. The state application deadline for New Jersey students to submit their final application package to NJSGC is February 23, 2018, 5pm local time. For more information on the Knauss Fellowship go to:

Former NJSGC associate Mary Kate Rogener was recently awarded the Knauss Fellowship through Georgia Sea Grant.

The NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Joint Graduate Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics is designed to strengthen the collaboration between Sea Grant and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The Fellowship is available to US citizens who are graduate students enrolled in PhD degree programs in academic institutions in the United States and its territories. Fisheries Fellows will work on thesis problems of public interest and relevance to NMFS at participating NMFS Science Centers or Laboratories under the guidance of NMFS mentors. Deadline to apply is January 26, 2018. For general information on the NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Fellowships go to:

Read more about these fellowships and how to apply here.

NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Program 2018

November 14th, 2017


NOAA Sea Grant and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) are pleased to once again be partnering together for the NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship program. Two federal funding opportunities (FFO) are currently open to applicants seeking funding beginning in 2018.


The NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship program supports students pursuing doctoral degrees in population and ecosystem dynamics as well as marine resources economics. The program is a focused workforce development effort to train highly qualified professionals for NOAA’s science-based approach to fisheries management.

Since its inception, the joint fellowship program has supported 81 population and ecosystem dynamics students and 32 marine resource economics students. About 40% of the alumni now work for NOAA.

For more information and details on applying, please click here.

Additional resources:

FFO for Marine Resource Economics graduate fellowship

FFO for Population and Ecosystem Dynamics graduate fellowship

The Fall 2017 ‘COASTodian’ Newsletter is Now Available!

November 10th, 2017

Leaves are turning color and there’s a slight crisp in the air at NJSGC. Fall means a bustling season of programs, events, field trips, and more!

In this edition of the COASTodian, learn more about ongoing projects, current advances in aquaculture education, the importance of understanding storm surge, and why three members of the NJSGC staff recently traveled to Astoria, Oregon. We’ve also dedicated a section to mark the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, including details on Monmouth County’s High Water Mark Initiative.

NJSGC strives to inform the public about coastal and environmental concerns in new and exciting ways – please take a look!

We’re also working hard to provide fresh and entertaining content on NJSGC’s official Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. Be sure to check out what’s new and get involved by tagging us on social media! Please visit for further information and updates.

NOAA Aquaculture Grant Supports New Jersey Research

November 2nd, 2017

NOAA recently announced 32 research grants totaling $9.3 million for projects around the country to further develop the nation’s marine and costal aquaculture industry. NJSGC will receive $149,219 of this funding for an Establishing Shellfish Hatchery Biosecurity Certification Standards to Facilitate Interstate Transport of Shellfish Seed project. According to the National Sea Grant College Program website:

This project seeks to fulfill several objectives, including host a three-day workshop that convenes the existing Hatchery Certification Working Group established with prior Sea Grant funding to visit operational shellfish hatcheries of varying size and design to enable the group to overcome its own internal impediments and reach consensus on an initial shellfish hatchery certification protocol; to finalize a set of guidelines that are adaptable to varying situations geographically or temporarily and responsive to varying levels of acceptable risk; to initiate certification of one or more hatcheries; and to refine and disseminate progress and results.

NOAA initially received 126 proposals requesting nearly $58 million in federal funds, of which 32 projects were chosen. For a complete list, including short descriptions of each awarded grant project, please click here.

Introducing the ‘Teachers Guide to the Monmouth County High Water Mark Initiative’

October 24th, 2017

In an effort to raise flood risk awareness and action, many of Monmouth County’s coastal communities are participating in the Monmouth County High Water Mark Initiative.

As a component of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP),  the HWM Initiative uses signs on public and private property to show the high water mark from past flooding events, like Hurricane Irene in 2011 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Through this initiative, the County and its partners have already placed nearly 100 high water mark signs throughout 14 towns and 2 federal sites (including Sandy Hook).

To increase awareness of this initiative and to convey information about flood risk, safety, preparedness, and community resilience to students, New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium has created a Teachers Guide to the Monmouth County High Water Mark Initiative.


Our hope is that this guide will be used by New Jersey’s formal and informal educators to teach students about flood risk so students and their families will be well-informed before future events. The lessons and activities included in this guide could be integrated into your science lessons on weather, climate, or human impact on the earth, or during social studies lessons on geography or people and the environment. Connections to language arts and mathematics could be made as well.

Please click here for more information on the High Water Mark Initiative. For a complete list of lesson plans and other educational materials produced by the NJSGC on related marine and coastal topics, please go to

Building Ecological Solutions to Coastal Community Hazards – A Guide for New Jersey Coastal Communities

October 10th, 2017

The National Wildlife Federation, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and the partners of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant “Building Ecological Solutions to Coastal Community” are pleased to provide this guide.

It is our hope that by highlighting ecological solutions to New Jersey’s coastal hazards, we can help communities prepare and adapt to ongoing and future changes, strengthening long-term coastal resilience for both people and wildlife. This guide advances practices that can help coastal communities to become safer and more sustainable in ways that work with, rather than against, nature. It describes ecological solutions to coastal community hazards, including measures to protect open space, enhance and protect coastal ecosystems (including beaches and dunes, coastal forests and shrublands, and tidal marshes) in ways that increase elevation and reduce erosion and flooding risks.

This project was recently awarded the “Outstanding Community Engagement or Education Award” for a planning project or initiative that has involved or resulted in significant advancement of community comprehension of planning issues or outcomes. BESCCH was nominated by the NJ Chapter of the American Planning Association via Linda Weber and Sustainable Jersey.

Please visit NJ’s ‘Coastal Solutions Guide’ website for more information.

Environmental Science Adventures with the Boy Scouts

September 21st, 2017

Memebers of Troop 36 from Long Valley, NJ earned their Environmental Science merit badges on the shores of Sandy Hook earlier this month. Congrats to the Scouts, and thanks for joining us in the NJSGC lab!

For more information on NJSGC’s Scouts Program, please click here.

Introducing NJSGC ‘Highlights’

September 18th, 2017

Following the success and popularity of NJSGC’s quarterly newsletter the COASTodian, we’d like to provide more consistent and timely updates for our supporters to enjoy!

NJSGC ‘Highlights’ offers a weekly roundup of all the exciting things happening at the Consortium. From research and project achievements to staff updates to environmental/coastline concerns to current events involving the science and marine world – get a better inside look into all the hard work that helps shape and progress NJSGC!

Please find NJSGC’s new ‘highlights’ section under the ‘Communications’ tab. For more information or if you’d like to pitch any relevant story ideas, please contact our Communications Specialist Danica Bellini at

The ‘highlights’ just launched last week (Sept. 11-15), so let us know what you think!