Dr. Arye Janoff, 2021 Knauss Fellow – 2021 Knauss Fellowship Update

July 26th, 2021

Dr. Janoff attended the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee Hearing “Review of Fiscal Year 2022 Budget for the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Programs.

Dr. Janoff led all hearing preparations, including pressing the Coast Guard, Federal Maritime Commission, and Maritime Administration on their budget requests, setting the list of hearing topics, writing the Summary of Subject Material for Members/Member staff on the subcommittee and full committee.

Dr. Janoff attended the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee Hearing – “Impacts of Shipping Container Shortages, Delays, and Increased Demand on the North American Supply Chain.”  He scoped/brainstormed hearing topics, interviewed potential witnesses, curated multiple witness panels, wrote opening speeches for Chairs DeFazio and Carbajal, drafted witness questions for Chairs DeFazio and Carbajal, printed and prepared binders with all hearing materials for Chairs DeFazio and Carbajal, and the Staff Directors for both the committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.

He attended the Mid-Atlantic Regional Association of Ocean Observing Systems (MARACOOS) High Frequency Radar launch at Lewes, DE by invitation from ESP Advisors.

Christophe Tulou, Senior Counsel/Policy
Director for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (Left); Dr. Arye Janoff,
Knauss Marine Policy Fellow for the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation (Right).

He reviewed, tracked, and provided feedback on Member Designated Projects for Chair DeFazio’s INVEST in America Act, a $715 billion surface transportation reauthorization and water infrastructure bill. Provided policy guidance to member offices on climate change adaptation and mitigation legislative language for amendments to the INVEST in America Act.

He participated in a roundtable strategy/tracking discussion on possible legislative provisions for the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2022 with CGMT subcommittee staff.

He staffed the CG&MT subcommittee on various agency briefs and held numerous informational interviews.

He volunteered as a notetaker/participant for NOAA’s Science Advisory Board Leadership in Coastal Resilience workshop with coastal scientists, practitioners, managers, and policymakers.

He serves as a professional mentor for undergraduates in NOAA Sea Grant’s Community Engagement Internship (CEI) program.

 

 

 

NJ Finalists for 2022 John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Announced

July 26th, 2021

JANINE M. BARR

is pursuing an M.S. in Oceanography at Rutgers University.

She is currently a staffer at the New Jersey Climate Change Resource Center where she provides municipal planning support to New Jersey coastal towns interested in becoming more resilient to climate change. She also analyzed coastal states’ ocean acidification research and policy actions in consultation with NJ’s Department of Environmental Protection to inform relevant state policy efforts. She was a Science and Research Education Fellow at the US EPA where she assisted the Office of Water’s implementation of water quality standards to protect fresh and marine water consistent with state and federal regulations

She has pursued professional and academic experiences at the interface of policy, science, and stakeholder engagement regarding our nation’s aquatic and marine resources. This includes research experience in oyster aquaculture at Rutgers University, and training as a Rutgers Coastal Climate Risk and Resilience  (C2R2) Fellow.

Specifically, she is interested in the Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship Program because she would like to further her understanding of how federal offices balance the conservation and management of our nation’s marine resources and how stakeholder collaboration is incorporated into policy decisions.

 

SCHUYLER C. NARDELLI

is presently pursuing her Ph.D. in Oceanography at Rutgers University

She spent a year in Antarctica with research focusing on the impacts of climate change on Antarctic plankton and how future change will affect ecosystem dynamics. In 2019, she joined the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research’s Krill Action Group, which serves as a link between the krill science community and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, which manages the Southern Ocean krill fishery.

Living in Antarctica presented many opportunities to directly demonstrate the importance of her  research through public outreach.  Giving  talks aboard cruise ships and to the Palmer Station community with receding glaciers as a backdrop is a powerful way to spur interest in conservation efforts, with hopes that these interactions translate to action when these people return home. Her time in Antarctica helped her realize that beyond her research, she wants to be involved in making impactful decisions regarding conservation and protection of marine ecosystems threatened by anthropogenic influences. Her motivation for applying to the Knauss Fellowship to pursue a career in marine policy.

ASHLYN SPECTOR

expects to receive an M.S. in Geology in September 2021 from Rutgers University.

She has been studying beach elevation and sediment change using drone imagery to understand erosion. Although pursuing geoscience, she wants to dedicate time outside of her thesis toward planning and policy work to utilize knowledge in both fields. Her pursuits have become focused on coastal resilience-based projects, such as the development of a flood risk visualization tool for the New Jersey Department of Transportation and the development of coastal resilience assessments for local communities.

It is important to her to incorporate equity in coastal resilience decision-making so that policies enacted do not only benefit those with the largest influence but will actively serve community members who are often under-represented. She plans to expand her career serving coastal communities by partnering with them and the state to understand their needs and their current and future risks.  She intends to facilitate this using her skills in communication and knowledge of current state and federal policies to meet communities’ needs while helping them become more physically and socially resilient.

She feels that the fellowship offers a saturated amount of information in a condensed timeline, allowing her to gain knowledge and experience that would otherwise take years to learn.

 

 

ELIZABETH K. WRIGHT-FAIRBANKS

is a Ph.D. candidate in Oceanography at the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University.

Her focus has been to develop novel ocean acidification research, stakeholder collaboration and outreach, and leadership in fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in science. She
investigated the dynamics of ocean physics, biology, and carbonate chemistry as they relate to commercially important habitat.
She is now training technicians, students, and tenured faculty at three other universities on
methods to deploy this new technology, analyze physical and chemical ocean data, and ensure
best practices and quality control. She  wants to apply these skills to cultivate a career in policy where she can promote and incentivize socially impactful marine research.

She mentors first-year students who identify as underrepresented in STEM, providing a support network that helps them navigate the transition to graduate school in hopes that it will improve long-term retention of underrepresented scientists.

Her ultimate goal is a career in science policy, where she can drive the field toward both impactful science and collaboration with outreach-focused groups to ensure those impacts are meaningful to stakeholders.

The Knauss Fellowship offers that first-hand experience providing invaluable insight and networking opportunities in a federal office which will help her achieve her next career goal of serving as a NOAA program manager.

 

Heading to the Beach at Sandy Hook this Summer?

July 12th, 2021

Why not have your children join us for half a day at summer camp to explore coastal environments?

Sessions start July 12 for 3rd, 4th & 5th graders, July 26 for 5th , 6th & 7th graders, and August 2 for 6th, 7th & 8th graders.

For more information email Rosemary Higgins, College and Special Programs Coordinator at rhiggins@njseagrant.org or visit our website.

Hitting the Road this summer? Why not take Camp-in-a-Box with you?

July 8th, 2021

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Marine Science Camp-in-a-Box arrives at your door complete with all of the supplies needed for investigations like building marine animal models, investigating beach sand, and exploring ocean habitats.  All Marine Science Camp-in-a-Box orders can be shipped via USPS to your location anywhere in the continental U.S.  More information can be found on our website:  https://njseagrant.org/education/marine-science-day-camp/

12 Finalists Announced in the NJ Beach Photo Contest

July 3rd, 2021

The twelve winning photos will be used in the 2022 Desktop Calendars posted on the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium website.

Thank you to all the photographers who submitted such beautiful photos.

Here are the winners that voters selected. Click on each photo to see the full version.

Winners Announced for New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s 2021 Favorite Beaches Poll

July 2nd, 2021

We were so pleased to announce the winners of the Favorite Beaches Poll in Ocean City yesterday!

Favorite Beaches by County

Monmouth County

Winner – Spring Lake       Second Place – Asbury Park

Ocean County

Winner – Beach Haven         Second Place – Point Pleasant Beach

Atlantic County

Winner – Brigantine          Second Place – Margate

Cape May County

Winner – Ocean City       Second Place – Sea Isle City

Favorite Beach in New Jersey Overall

Winner –  Ocean City        Second Place – Sea Isle City

Thanks to all who voted and have a wonderful July 4th!

Hitting the road this summer?  Why not take NJSGC’s Marine Science Camp-in-a-Box with you?

June 27th, 2021

Marine Science Camp-in-a-Box arrives at your door complete with all of the supplies needed for investigations like building marine animal models, investigating beach sand, and exploring ocean habitats.  All Marine Science Camp-in-a-Box orders can be shipped via USPS to your location anywhere in the continental U.S.  More information can be found on our website:  https://njseagrant.org/education/marine-science-day-camp/