New Jersey Sea Grant Among Hosts of Ocean Frontiers II Screening and Panel Discussion

April 7th, 2016
Please join us on May 2 for a special screening of Ocean Frontiers II at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library, followed by a Q & A with a panel of local and regional experts on ocean stewardship and the Mid-Atlantic’s first-ever regional ocean plan! In a region steeped in old maritime tradition, the film tells the story of a modern wave of big ships, offshore wind energy and a changing climate, and how people are coming together to plan for a healthy ocean off their coast.


When: Monday, May 2, 2016; Reception: 6:00pm; Film and Discussion: 6:308:30pm
Where: Toms River Branch, Ocean County Library, 101 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ 08753
Free admission & refreshments
Event details & RSVP:

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NOAA Office for Coastal Management Accepting Applications for Digital Coast Fellowship

March 21st, 2016

The NOAA Office for Coastal Management is accepting applications for the Digital Coast Fellowship. Three fellowship opportunities will be available in 2016. This two-year opportunity starts in August 2016, and offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement.

This program’s mission, modeled after the Coastal Management fellowship, is to provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students and to provide project assistance to Digital Coast Partnership organizations.

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Horseshoe Crab Twilight Beach Walk Date Set

March 11th, 2016
horseshoe crab

Photo by Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region.

Our annual twilight walk of discovery at Horseshoe Cove on Sandy Hook will be held again in 2016.  There are two available sessions: Friday, June 17th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm; and Saturday, June 18th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  With a warm high tide, and a full moon, it’s the perfect time to see horseshoe crabs on the beach. We will learn about this amazing living fossil through hands-on exploration, crafts, a PowerPoint lecture, touch tanks, and other activities in our laboratory classroom. This event is open to individuals, families and groups including scout troops.

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‘Strengthening the Jersey Shore’ Symposium March 29

March 2nd, 2016

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s Dr. Michael Schwebel will present at the coastal resiliency symposium “Strengthening the Jersey Shore” on March 29. The symposium is co-organized by the Monmouth-Ocean Development Council and Mott MacDonald. It will be hosted by New Jersey Natural Gas at their headquarters in Wall, N.J.

Schwebel is the Community Resilience and Climate Adaptation Specialist for the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute. At the symposium, he will discuss his work helping shore area towns become better prepared for major coastal storms, sea level rise and other impacts of climate change. The workshop will also include another member of the NJSGC staff, Dr. Amy Williams. Williams is a post-doctoral associate at Stevens Institute of Technology.  Dr. Williams will contribute to a panel discussion entitled “How does Winter Storm Jonas serve as a reminder to increase coastal resiliency?”

Additional presentations will cover topics including the COP21 climate change summit, adaptation initiatives in the U.S., sea level rise in New Jersey, and preparing for economic and infrastructure disruptions.

The symposium will be held from 8 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at New Jersey Natural Gas, 1415 Wyckoff Road. Find additional details and registration information here.

NJ Sea Grant Consortium Supported Study Finds Sea Level Rise in 20th Century Fastest in 3,000 Years

February 29th, 2016

Originally appeared in Rutgers Today, Monday, February 22, 2016

By Todd B. Bates

Global sea level rose faster in the 20th century than in any of the 27 previous centuries, according to a Rutgers University-led study published today. Moreover, without global warming, global sea level would have risen by less than half the observed 20th century increase and might even have fallen. Instead, global sea level rose by about 14 centimeters, or 5.5 inches, from 1900 to 2000. That’s a substantial increase, especially for vulnerable, low-lying coastal areas.

The research was funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Group, the U.K. National Environmental Research Council, the Royal Society, and Harvard University. Read More …

Reviewers needed for Monmouth Junior Science Symposium

December 17th, 2015

Each year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory and the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC) assists the Monmouth Junior Science Symposium (MJSS) recruit paper reviewers and selectors, mentors and judges. MJSS is the regional host for the Department of Defense sponsored 54th National Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (JSHS). The goal is to keep the best and brightest science-minded high-school students loving science so that they’ll go on pursuing a future in science, hopefully conducting much-needed research. The students conduct science-based research projects, prepare papers of their findings and present the results of their research at the Symposium in March. The students are recognized for outstanding achievement with awards and scholarships and can go on to compete in the national competition. Last year, the MJSS students had great success at the Junior Science & Humanities Symposium. None of this would have been possible, if it weren’t for your support as reviewers, mentors and judges! Read More …

Rutgers Program brings polar science to classroom

December 10th, 2015

Marine Educators at Rutgers University, a member of the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, will be working over the next three years to bring more opportunities to 6-9th grade students and teachers to interact with polar scientists and polar research through our National Science Foundation-funded program Polar ICE, or Interdisciplinary Coordinated Education.

Interested in getting involved in Polar ICE through one of the up coming opportunities for teacher professional development? Consider participating in the polar themed EARTH workshop that they will be hosting in New Brunswick from July 24-29.

The purpose of the workshop is to:

  • Educate, excite, and engage teachers with the concept of observatory (surface, benthic, and pelagic) data in the classroom
  • Develop curricula enabling teachers and students to utilize near-real-time data (developed by the participating teachers during the workshop based on the research of the scientists)
  • Increase scientific literacy in microbial oceanography
  • Produce leaders in the next generation of microbial oceanographers by providing state-of-the art training

If that sounds like something you would be interested in, the application consists of:
1) Cover letter that includes the following information: your school/district, grade level/s, subject/s taught, and email/phone contact (both school and personal as the school email system sometimes rejects our group emails). Please also address the following questions: Why do you want to be selected for this workshop? What makes you the ideal candidate?;
2) Completed feedback on an activity that you’ve trialed in the classroom (activities:, feedback form:

The complete application should be sent to George Matsumoto at and the deadline is January 29th, 2016.

Shop Amazon smile and give NJSGC a boost

December 2nd, 2015

Will you be using Amazon this holiday season? If so, please consider using AmazonSmile for your purchases.  When you select the consortium as your charity, Amazon will donate a portion of the amount you spend to us.

Using AmazonSmile is exactly like using regular Amazon.  To begin shopping, just go to and type in New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium as your charity of choice.

Thank you for your consideration of this request and happy shopping!