Congratulations to the 2022 Legislative Knauss Fellows

January 27th, 2022

Congrats to the 2022 Knauss Legislative Fellows for successfully completing virtual Placement Week! Good luck to Ashlyn Spector (Rutgers University) who is placed at the Commerce Committee; Subcommittee on Oceans, Fisheries, Climate Change, and Manufacturing and Janine Barr (Rutgers University) who will be placed at the Committee on Environment and Public Works. Their fellowships in federal government begin February 1, 2022.

Our Executive fellows Schuyler Nardelli (Rutgers University) were placed at the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Office, and Liza Wright-Fairbanks (Rutgers University), at the Ocean Acidification Program Office.

Congratulations to all! See other placements, and learn how to become a fellow in 2023 at

Application Period is Open for the 2022 National Marine Fisheries Service-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Program

January 4th, 2022

The NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics is designed to help Sea Grant fulfill its broad educational responsibilities and to strengthen the collaboration between Sea Grant and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Since 1990, Sea Grant and NMFS have partnered to train students through this joint fellowship program in two specialized areas: population and ecosystem dynamics as well as marine resource economics.

2022 National Marine Fisheries Service-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Program

Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Federal Funding Opportunity
The NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics anticipates funding at least four new Ph.D. Fellowships in 2022 to students who are interested in careers related to marine ecosystem and population dynamics, with a focus on modeling and managing systems of living marine resources. The emphasis will be on the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing marine ecosystems, for assessing the status of fish, invertebrate, and other targeted species stocks and for assessing the status of marine mammals, seabirds, and other protected species.

Marine Resource Economics Federal Funding Opportunity
The NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Program in Marine Resource Economics anticipates funding one new Ph.D. Fellowship in 2022 to students who are interested in careers related to the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing the economics of the conservation and management of living marine resources.

Applications are due to NJSGC by 5PM on January 27, 2022. Interested candidates should contact Dr. Peter Rowe, Acting Executive Director NJSGC for more details. Please forward  this opportunity to interested PhD students. Review the 2022 2022 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Student Guide and the Student Applicant Guide to Sea Grant Fellowships to Sea Grant Fellowships for application preparation tips. This combined Federal Funding Opportunity can also be accessed here. If the link does not work search for NOAA-OAR-SG-2022-2007042. 

The goals of the NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Fellowship Program are:

• To encourage qualified applicants to pursue careers in either population and ecosystem dynamics and stock assessment or in marine resource economics
• To increase available expertise related to these fields
• To foster closer relationships between academic scientists and NOAA Fisheries
• To provide real-world experience to graduate students and accelerate their career development.


The ‘COASTodian’ Newsletter – Winter 2022 Edition

December 20th, 2021

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a Wonderful 2022 from Everyone at New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s ‘COASTodian’ newsletter (Winter 2021) is now available online here or scan the code below.

Highlights include:

Ocean Fun Days Is Once Again Adapted with a Great Program

December 16th, 2021

With the pandemic still looming in our midst, this year’s family-friendly Ocean Fun Days was once again held virtually. The event was a whale of success celebrating 18 years of ocean discovery, coastal stewardship, and energy conservation with a month-long educational extravaganza.

Starting October 1st through the end of the month, Ocean Fun Days participants gained access to online video presentations from over 30 exhibitors, at-home activities, and educational resources to provide eco-friendly fun… right from home. Some videos focused on New Jersey’s most important local animals and their value to the ecosystem including horseshoe crabs, eels, and sharks, while others concentrated on anthropogenic themes such as micro-plastics, saving energy and water, and the environment. New this year, New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium educators led LIVE presentations via zoom on topics like diamondback terrapins, horseshoe crabs, and ocean swimming safety.

Rosemary Higgins, College & Special Programs Coordinator expressed “I just love coordinating Ocean Fun Days and working with many sponsors and exhibitors who help make the event a great success! The last two years Ocean Fun Days has been virtual with fun and exciting videos from our exhibitors for visitors online to enjoy. One of the most frequently visited pages the “Teachers Corner” gave teachers many resources with dozens of interactive classroom activities and lesson plans.”

From left to right: Diana Burich (NJSGC), Samantha Kreisler (NJSGC), Thomas Hayes (New Jersey Natural Gas), and Rosemary Higgins (NJSGC) celebrate the success of Ocean Fun Days.

Thomas Hays of New Jersey Natural Gas notes: “As a company committed to achieving a low-carbon, clean energy future that has built the most environmentally sound natural gas system in the state, we’re proud to have collaborated on Ocean Fun Days 18 years ago and thrilled with our partnership with the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and other participants. Next’s year’s event promises to make an even bigger splash!”

At New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, we appreciate all of the partners that made Ocean Fun Days possible. Thank you to our many exhibitors who took the time and energy to showcase their knowledge and expertise, especially Ocean Fun Days sponsor New Jersey Natural Gas. Most importantly thanks to all participants, whose desire to learn about our marine world makes events like Ocean Fun Days worthwhile. Although we loved seeing your smiling faces on our computer screens, we hope to see you in person next year! Stay tuned for more updates on Ocean Fun Days 2022.  

New Jersey American Water Works Association Supports NJSGC Education Initiatives

November 19th, 2021

Thank you to the New Jersey Section of the American Water Works Association (NJ AWWA) for their support of New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s (NJSGC) educational programs. 

Eileen Murphy, Janice DeFalco and Suzanne Chiavari of NJAWWA present grant award to Diana Burich, NJSGC Director of Education, and Kanesha Jones, NJSGC Board of Trustees Member and First Vice-President of Central Jersey Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc.

Eileen Murphy, Janice DeFalco, and Suzanne Chiavari of American Water Works Association New Jersey present grant award to Diana Burich, Director of Education, and Kanesha Jones, NJSGC Board of Trustee Member and Central Jersey Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc.

The $2,000 grant will support NJSGC’s education initiatives throughout the State of New Jersey. Funds will be directed towards further development of an interactive underwater robotics program with underserved minority students in Asbury Park and Neptune, giving children the opportunity to experience hands-on STEM education right in their own neighborhoods. This grant will also provide student transportation to participate in a pilot aquaculture apprenticeship program in the Delaware Bay-shore area. This program will introduce high school students to aquaculture as an important food source and an emerging industry in New Jersey.  

“We are grateful to NJAWWA for recognizing the relevance of NJSGC’s programs to their mission of providing safe, clean water for all citizens and creating a better world through better water. Through their support, NJSGC will continue to better prepare the next generation of decision makers to thoughtfully care for our watersheds and ocean environments.” 

– Diana Burich, NJSGC Director of Education

Diana Burich, Director of Education, gives NJAWWA members a glimpse of the natural environments explored during NJSGC’s education programs on Sandy Hook.

Please click here to learn more about NJSGC’s Educational Programs. 

AWWA New Jersey Section ~ A Better World Through Better Water

The New Jersey Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA NJ) is dedicated to providing solutions to effectively manage water, the world’s most important resource. AWWA NJ is proactive and passionate about water! We work to advance technology, science, proper management and government policies relative to the stewardship of water. AWWA NJ is the recognized resource for information and guidance for local and state government, water utilities, and the general public.

AWWA NJ is made up of more than 1,300 members united in a mission to provide safe drinking water to the people of New Jersey. Our members include most of New Jersey’s public and investor-owned water utilities along with engineering and environmental professionals and allied industry businesses.

As part of the American Water Works Association, the New Jersey Section joins over 50,000 water professionals and vendors worldwide in a dynamic organization dedicated to a better world through better water.

For more information, please click here.

Sea Grant Announces Finalists for the Knauss 2022 Fellowship

November 15th, 2021

Silver Spring, MD — NOAA and Sea Grant are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2022 class of the Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program. The one-year fellowship places early career professionals in federal government offices in Washington, D.C. The 74 finalists in the 2022 class represent 28 of the 34 Sea Grant programs. Since 1979, almost 1,500 fellows have completed the program, becoming leaders in science, policy, and public administration roles.

Congratulations to NJSGC executive fellows Schuyler Nardelli (Rutgers University) placed at the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Office, and Elizabeth Wright-Fairbanks (Rutgers University), at the Ocean Acidification Program Office. Also congratulations to 2022 Knauss Fellows Janine Barr (Rutgers University) and Ashlyn Spector (Rutgers University) who will receive their placements in January. Please stay tuned for more updates!


Knauss finalists are chosen through a competitive process that includes comprehensive review at both the state Sea Grant program and national levels. Students that are enrolled in or have recently completed master’s, Juris Doctor (J.D.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs with a focus and/or interest in marine and coastal science, policy or management apply to one of the 34 Sea Grant programs. If applicants are successful at the state program level, their applications are then reviewed by a national panel of experts.

“At both the state and national levels, Sea Grant’s active recruitment and student engagement efforts supported one of the most robust applicant pools in fellowship history,” said Jonathan Pennock, Ph.D., National Sea Grant College Program director. “I have no doubt that the finalists’ diverse perspectives will provide great insight towards addressing critical marine policy and science challenges. We look forward to welcoming the 2022 class of Knauss fellows.”

This year’s class comprises students and recent graduates from 51 distinct universities, including 11 minority-serving institutions. The finalists completed coursework and research in a range of fields, such as agronomy, anthropology, ecology, environmental policy and law, fisheries, geology, marine and coastal sciences, several disciplines of oceanography, tourism management, and urban and regional planning.

Download the list of 2022 Knauss finalists (PDF)

Download the placements for 2022 Knauss executive fellows (PDF)

Interested in applying for the 2022 Knauss Fellowship?

Attend NJSGC “Knauss 101 Info Session” with Acting Executive Director Pete Rowe

“Knauss 101” Zoom Session

November 10th, 2021

NJSGC will host an informational “Knauss 101” Zoom meeting with Acting Director Dr. Peter Rowe on Wednesday, December 8th at 10 a.m. Register here.

Please contact our Communications Specialist for more information on how to join the session.

For more information on the fellowship, please visit our website.

Application Now Open for 2021 Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowship Program

November 5th, 2021


“Creating the next generation of coastal leaders”

The NOAA Office of Coastal Management (OCM) offers the Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowship Program. This on-the-job education and training in coastal resource management and policy is offered to postgraduate students and provides assistance to state coastal zone management agencies and NOAA partners.

Eligibility requirements, descriptions of the projects, and guidance on how to apply can be found here (or view this flyer for more information).

Coastal Management Fellowship
Chosen applicants participate in a matching session with state coastal zone management programs to determine the projects that are the best fit. Find out more information about the Coastal Management Fellowship here.

  • This is a two-year program.
  • Up to six fellows are chosen per year.
  • Applicants must have a master’s, Ph.D., or professional degree.
  • Each project aligns with at least one of the following themes: healthy coastal ecosystems; resilient coastal communities; or vibrant and sustainable coastal economies.

Digital Coast Fellowship
The Digital Coast is a website that provides data and information for the coastal management community. The Digital Coast Partnership comprises eight organizations that help direct the site’s content and work to increase the resiliency of the nation’s coastal communities. Fellows work on projects that further the partnership efforts. Find out more information about the Digital Coast Fellowship here.

  • This is a two-year program.
  • Three fellows are chosen every other year. Each fellow is assigned to one of the partnership organizations.
  • Applicants must have a master’s, Ph.D., or professional degree.
  • Projects advance the NOAA and Digital Coast mission.

Application for the 2021 Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowship Program must be submitted to the Sea Grant office in the state where the student is receiving their degree by Friday, January 21, 2021 5pm local time. New Jersey students are encouraged to contact Dr. Peter Rowe at the NJSGC with any questions or concerns.

Every Kid Outdoors FREE Programs for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grades

October 27th, 2021

Whether your students are in class or learning from home, we can enhance their educational experience and support your curriculum with an awesome program!  For more than 30 years, school groups from New Jersey and neighboring states have enjoyed learning about coastal ecosystems with New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC) at Sandy Hook, a unit of Gateway National Recreation Area.  NJSGC is proud to partner with the National Park Service and Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy to offer FREE programs to 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022.

As part of the Every Kid Outdoors initiative, 3rd, 4th & 5th graders (along with their families and teachers) are encouraged to visit national parks to experience the natural wonders and cultural history that can be found there.  NJSGC headquarters has long been located at Sandy Hook, bringing this unique national park experience to tens of thousands of students since 1976.

Educators with 3rd, 4th or 5th grade students interested in participating in the Every Kid Outdoors program through NJSGC can choose from 3 remote synchronous learning programs or 1 in-person field trip at Sandy Hook, all provide FREE of charge and led by NJSGC Educators.

Visit the NJSGC Education Page for programming information and instructions to sign up.