Stevens Students Develop Coastal FloodHub to Help Track Coastal Flooding

May 23rd, 2022
On Friday, May 6, 2022, a team of Stevens Institute of Technology Computer Science students presented their Senior Design Project Coastal FloodHub at Stevens’ Annual Innovation Expo. Coastal FloodHub is a mobile app that will inform users in the New York and New Jersey region of tidal and storm flooding hazards. The app will also serve to further community science data collection and research while also assisting the user and their community for flood resilience needs.  
Stevens Institute of Technology Computer Science Students Present Senior Design Project "Coastal FloodHub"

Stevens Institute of Technology Computer Science Students (Left to Right) Patrick Juliano, Brian Wormser, Kyle Henderson, Eric Stazzone, Kai Engwall, and Michael Karsen.

In the past, Stevens had produced the highly-regarded peer-reviewed Stevens Flood Advisory System (SFAS), a desktop optimized visualization website that produces email notifications of forecasted flooding throughout the New York/New Jersey region.  However, it was regarded as too complicated by some users. The new Coastal FloodHub simplifies the forecast data and warnings into a more accessible format designed for your phone making these forecasts accessible for quick decision making.  

Coastal FloodHub applications don’t stop there. Users can use the app to send in their own reports of flooding to various organizations collecting community science flood data. Alternatively, it can simply be used for keeping individual records of flooding in particular areas.  

NJSGC Coastal Resilience Specialist, Laura Kerr, recruited an advisory team from Stevens Institute of Technology and New York and New Jersey Sea Grants to advise the student on the app applications, while the students developed the product for the advisory team.  Now that their project is complete, the Senior Design Team is currently working on getting the app pushed up to the Apple App and Google Play stores.  Soon, volunteers from coastal communities will be needed to use the app and provide feedback for version 2.0.  

Ocean Fun Days This Weekend!

May 17th, 2022

See You Soon!

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, in partnership with New Jersey Natural Gas, will be hosting Ocean Fun Days 2022 this weekend!

May 21, 2022 at Island Beach State Park, Seaside Park

May 22, 2022 at New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium on Sandy Hook

Both locations 11AM – 3PM rain or shine
Free admission and free parking!

Enjoy hands-on marine and environmental programs and exhibits. There will be giveaways and plenty of excitement, plus fun ways to learn about our coastal environment and energy conservation for the whole family to enjoy.

Learn how to use a seine net to catch native fish, crabs and other marine creatures. Test your local coastal knowledge or become a sand sampler and search for natural treasures on a guided walking tour. Hear first hand from New Jersey scientists and researchers all about the inner-workings of the ocean and the coastline and how to protect them for generations to come. 

Don’t miss out on these two days of FREE Family Fun!

Please visit NJSGC’s Ocean Fun Days homepage for more information!

GET SOCIAL by using the #OFD2022 or #OceanFunDays2022 hashtags!

Ocean Fun Days is returning this year as an in-person event.  All attendees should follow all government guidelines regarding face coverings and social distancing and check with their own healthcare providers for advice if they have any concerns based on their own, or their child’s, medical condition.

The 6th Annual Jersey Shore Junior Science Symposium

May 9th, 2022

The 6th Jersey Shore Junior Science Symposium (JSJSS) hosted by Ocean County College in Toms River was again held virtually on March 25, 2022. The symposium included presentations of 10 student research papers, 6 posters and a guest speaker. The primary goal of the JSJSS is to promote research and experimentation in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics at the high school level, and to publicly recognize students for outstanding achievement. The event includes presentations from New Jersey high school students on their individual science research projects.

The NJSGC provides awards to the students with the Top Environmental Paper and Top Environmental Poster. At the 2021 Symposium, NJSGC presented a $300 award for the Top Environmental Paper to Saachi Kuthari from Millburn High School, Millburn, for her paper on Inactivation of MS2 Bacteriophage for Water Disinfection via Microwave Radiation and $200 awarded to Eric Wang from Millburn High School, Millburn, NJ for his paper on Effects of Various Soil Microbiomes on Native and Invasive Plants. 

As a member of the Executive Committee, the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium proudly serves many JSJSS activities such as recruiting members to be Technical Paper Reviewers, Student Mentors, and Symposium Judge for Presentations and Poster Session. NJSGC’s Diana Burich and Jody Sackett served as volunteers. Special thanks to the Delaware Estuary Program, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Rutgers University, Kean University, Monmouth University, Georgian Court University, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, The College of New Jersey, George Mason University, Save Barnegat Bay for also reviewing papers

 

New Jersey Sea Grant Attends Sea Grant Mid-Atlantic Meeting

May 3rd, 2022
From Headwaters to Coastal Waters Sea Grant Programs in The Mid-Atlantic Region Work Together to Enhance Coastal and Great Lakes Resources

Scenes from the 2022 Mid-Atlantic Sea Grant Regional Meeting held in Ocean City, Maryland on Apr. 4-7, 2022. (Photo by Aileen Devlin | Virginia Sea Grant)

Several members of the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium team attended the Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting, which occurred April 5-7, 2022, in Ocean City Maryland. The conference is one of the best opportunities for programs within the region to network and collaborate with neighboring states. The meeting featured a variety of breakout sessions, mobile field trips, and panel discussions highlighting the impressive work of Sea Grant programs.

From left to right: Laura Kerr, Samantha Kreisler, Pete Rowe, Tom Herrington, and Diana Burich. (Photo by Samantha Kreisler | New Jersey Sea Grant)

Our team was able to share information, form new partnerships, and learn about innovative projects happening in our states. NJSGC representatives included Pete Rowe (Executive Director), Diana Burich (Director of Education), Samantha Kreisler (Communications Specialist), Laura Kerr (Coastal Resilience Specialist), and Tom Herrington (Coastal Community Resilience Specialist).

Many of our staff were given the opportunity to showcase their impressive work at NJSGC. Diana Burich gave an informative presentation on NJSGC’s work with underserved minority students in Asbury Park and Neptune. Laura Kerr and Tom Herrington also gave presentations on the tools they’re using in the New Jersey community.

Diana Burich gives an informative presentation on NJSGC’s work with underserved minority students in Asbury Park and Neptune. (Photo by Aileen Devlin | Virginia Sea Grant)

The awards ceremony took place at Fager’s Island for the presentation of the Mid-Atlantic Awards. NJSGC’s own extension specialist Tom Herrington received the 2021 Outstanding Outreach Award was for his work with residents and government officials in Ocean City, NJ to find solutions for chronic nuisance flooding in the community.

Peter Rowe (left) presents Tom Herrington (right) with the 2021 Outstanding Outreach Award (Photo by Aileen Devlin | Virginia Sea Grant)

With lots of new ideas, learned skills, and important connections the meeting was an overall success! Special thanks to those who helped put the event together. It was a pleasure seeing our colleagues at Delaware Sea Grant, Maryland Sea Grant, New York Sea Grant, North Carolina Sea Grant, Pennsylvania Sea Grant, Virginia Sea Grant, and National Sea Grant.

Sea Grant Academy Class of 2022

April 6th, 2022

Last week, staff members from 34 different Sea Grant programs across the United States attended Sea Grant Academy. The week- long event, hosted by Oregon Sea Grant, took place in Annapolis, Maryland. The second session will take place in Georgia in September. The program was created as a professional development workshop to give Sea Grant employees valuable training and background information in a variety of fields, advancing working knowledge and the advancements of all Sea Grant programs.

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium representative Samantha Kreisler, Communication Specialist, reflects on her academy experience: “Sea Grant Academy was rewarding and valuable. Not only did I further my knowledge of the inner workings within the Sea Grant network, but I also learned a lot about the different projects of the other state’s programs. I am looking forward to seeing my Sea Grant cohorts again in September!”

Take the NJSGC Stakeholder Survey

March 29th, 2022

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium is currently updating our Strategic Plan for 2024-2027 to guide our work in the coming years. An important component of this Strategic Plan is stakeholder feedback to help drive our priorities and programs for the future. Do you have issues or concerns you’d like to see us address? Share your thoughts and opinions by completing our stakeholder survey.

This anonymous survey allows for stakeholders like you to provide input on significant issues affecting New Jersey’s marine industries, natural resources, coastal communities, environmental literacy, aquaculture, and more. Your responses will help us ensure that our Strategic Plan incorporates and addresses stakeholder needs. Please complete the survey by 5/18/2022 by clicking here.

We’re Back in Person for Ocean Fun Days 2022!

March 23rd, 2022

Save the Date!

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, in partnership with New Jersey Natural Gas, has announced the official dates for Ocean Fun Days 2022:

May 21, 2022 at Island Beach State Park, Seaside Park

May 22, 2022 at New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium on Sandy Hook

Both locations 11AM – 3PM rain or shine
Free admission and free parking!

Enjoy hands-on marine and environmental programs and exhibits. There will be giveaways and plenty of excitement, plus fun ways to learn about our coastal environment and energy conservation for the whole family to enjoy.

Learn how to use a seine net to catch native fish, crabs and other marine creatures. Test your local coastal knowledge or become a sand sampler and search for natural treasures on a guided walking tour. Hear first hand from New Jersey scientists and researchers all about the inner-workings of the ocean and the coastline and how to protect them for generations to come. 

Don’t miss out on these two days of FREE Family Fun!

Please visit NJSGC’s Ocean Fun Days homepage for more information!

GET SOCIAL by using the #OFD2022 or #OceanFunDays2022 hashtags!

Jersey Grown Shellfish Initiative

March 3rd, 2022

When you eat farm-raised clams and oysters from New Jersey, you are supporting both a sustainable and restorative industry. The aquaculture of oysters, clams, and other bivalve mollusks not only improves water quality, but also provides habitat for a suite of species including recreationally and commercially important fish.

There are more than 30 shellfish farms in the State located along Atlantic coastal bays from Ocean County to Cape May County and in portions of the Delaware Bay from Cape May County to Cumberland County. The flavor of oysters and clams is reflected in the waters where they are grown, this is called merroir and just another reason to try shellfish from different locations.

Use our Jersey-Shellfish Directory (below) to find shellfish farmers throughout the State and create your own Bivalve trail as you try them all.

This Directory was supported with funds from the COVID-19 Rapid Response Program of NOAA Sea Grant with the intent to help shellfish farmers of New Jersey expand opportunities for direct-to-customer sales.

Join the NJSGC Team

March 1st, 2022

Love what New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium does? We are currently hiring for 2 positions at our Sandy Hook office:

Field Instructor: The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC), a non-profit organization on Sandy Hook, is hiring part-time field instructors for their K-12 Education Program and Scout Program. NJSGC provides students and scouts with dynamic ocean science programs that may include but not be limited to outdoor experiential learning activities such as seining, interactive games, scientific demonstrations and laboratory experiments. Join a great group of people that love the beach, the outdoors and sharing their knowledge with students to promote a love of environmental science. Gain hands-on educational experience and work in one of the most unique natural “classroom” environments in New Jersey, Gateway National Recreation Area-Sandy Hook Unit. Click here to view job description.

Communications Intern: New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC) is currently seeking a summer intern to work within the communications department and assist staff with all relevant tasks including (but not limited to): social media campaigns, video production, event coverage/promotion, and programmatic outreach. This position is ideal for undergraduates (preferably third or fourth year) interested in pursuing a career in the digital communications field, with a unique emphasis on marine, coastal, and STEM initiatives. The intern will report directly to NJSGC’s Communications Specialist and work throughout the busy 2022 summer season (June-August) at the Jersey Shore. Click here to view the full job description.


Job openings and fellowship opportunities across the Sea Grant Network are listed on the National Sea Grant website. Click here to see all current openings.

The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Proper documentation of identity and your ability to work in the United States is required at the time of employment.

Announcing NJSGC New Executive Director Dr. Peter Rowe

February 9th, 2022

As New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC) enters its fifty-third year of operation, the organization is excited to officially announce Dr. Peter Rowe as its newest Executive Director. Since 2019, as Acting Executive Director, Dr. Rowe has supported vital programming, used his experience to build a strong foundation for the organization, and has guided the Consortium through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Sea Grant is where it all started for Dr. Rowe: in 1984 he embarked on his first graduate student research project via a Delaware Sea Grant award. In addition, he has worked at NJSGC for over 17 years, holding the positions of Associate Director for Sea Grant Administration (2010), Research Director (2008), and Extension Director (2004). 

“I am grateful and excited to further my relationship with NJSGC and take on the position of Executive Director. Looking towards the challenges and opportunities in store for NJSGC, I will continue to find ways to improve our impact on the communities we serve. I am especially proud to be working with a great team of colleagues.”

Dr. Rowe has over 35 years of professional experience in marine research, education, extension, and administration. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Gettysburg College in Biology and Chemistry. His passion for the marine sciences flourished at the University of Delaware, where he received both a Masters of Science degree in Marine Studies and a PHD in Oceanography. Outside of work, he is an avid SCUBA diver and underwater photographer. He is also famous for his world renowned homemade hot sauce.

Dennis Kearney, Chairman of NJSGC Board of Trustees, notes “The Executive Committee is pleased to announce that Dr. Peter Rowe has accepted our invitation to become full-time Executive Director of NJSGC. Pete’s steady hand has guided us through unprecedented times. His dedication to our core values and commitment to our partnership with the Sea Grant program is invaluable. Join us in congratulating Pete!”

As NJSGC faces the road ahead, Dr. Rowe will continue to bring his extensive knowledge of the marine sciences and proven collaborative leadership capabilities to the Consortium. Congratulations, Dr. Peter Rowe!