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2/2 - Demystifying FEMA & Flood Plain Maps and Vermont's Shoreland Protection Act for Realtors - Ludlow, VT

2/8 - River Talk - Gene Clark, Harbor Steel Corrosion - Superior, WI

2/16 - Annual Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative Regional Network (NEMIGLSI) Networking Meeting - Alpena, MI

2/22 - Ohio Clean Marinas Program Conference - Lorain, OH

2/24 - Birding Trails Workshop - Traverse City, MI

2/28 - Science Institute (Teacher Professional Development): Wild Rice Detectives – Manoomin Restoration with Tom Howes from Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Natural Resource Program2/28-3/1 - Workshop and Mid-plan review of the Great Lakes Land-Based Marine Debris Action Plan - Erie, PA

2/28-3/2 Wisconsin Association for Floodplain, Stormwater and Coastal Management Conference, LaCrosse, WI 

3/2 - St. Clair-Detroit River System (SCDRS) Annual Meeting - Ann Arbor, MI

3/4 - 36th Annual Ohio Charter Captains Conference - Huron, OH
3/4 - Quiet Water Symposium - East Lansing, MI

3/7 - Great Lakes Day: The Great Lakes: Moving Michigan Forward, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

3/9 - Shoreline and Shallows Conference - Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

3/11 - Watershed Congress Along the Schuylkill River - Pottstown, PA

3/15-4/28 - Extreme Weather E-Forum (for High School Classes)

3/24-25 - Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA) Conference - Novi, MI

4/1 - Erie County Agriculture & Our Climate: The New Normal - Erie, PA

4/20 - Southern Lake Michigan Regional Fisheries Workshop - South Haven, MI

4/20-21 - Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium Conference - Sheboygan, WI

5/14-17 - 5th National Working Waterfronts and Waterways Symposium - Grand Rapids, MI

5/15-19 - IAGLR: From Cities to Farms: Shaping Great Lakes Ecosystems - Detroit, MI

5/16 - Michigan Seafood Summit - Detroit, MI

5/31-6/1 - Emerging Contaminants in the Aquatic Environment Conference, Champaign, IL

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National Sea Grant - Nominations needed for Advisory Board

National Sea Grant Advisory Board seeks new members for two routine vacancies. Read the Federal Registry notice here. Nominations must be received by March 1, 2017. 

MN Sea Grant - Six Projects, $1.5 Million ... What You Should Know
  • Opening the Black Box of Winter - Ozersky
  • Solving a Biocorrosion Challenge in Freshwater Ports - Hicks
  • What if Oil Spilled into a Large Lake? - Shen
  • Understand Harmful Algae Blooms in Minnesota's Inland Lakes - Bramburger
  • Tracking Muskellunge in the St. Louis River Estuary - Venturelli
  • Understand Methylmercury Production and Bioavailability in the St. Louis River Estuary - Johnson
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MI Sea Grant Request for Proposals
Michigan Sea Grant is soliciting proposals for research projects and graduate fellowships for the 2018-2020 funding period.  Michigan Sea Grant will support three types of research this funding cycle:
  • Integrated Assessment – Research that uses Integrated Assessment methods to address important social and ecological issues affecting the Great Lakes.
  • Core Research – Basic core research on issues currently affecting the Great Lakes ecosystem.
  • Graduate Student Research Fellowships – Graduate student (M.S. or Ph.D.) research fellowships for one or two years.
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NY Sea Grant - Request for Pre-proposals
Pre-proposals are currently being accepted for NYSG's Biennial Research Call for 2018-2019. Deadline for online submissions is 4:30 PM on Monday, February 27, 2017. Approximately $120,000 per year for 2 years (beginning 2/1/2018) to support about 5-7 projects. More:

PA Sea Grant - Request for Pre-proposals
Pre-proposals for applied research projects are being solicited by the Pennsylvania Sea Grant College Program. Funding will support one- or two-year projects that begin February 1, 2018 and end by January 31, 2019 or 2020. We anticipated awarding 7-10 grants of $50,000 - $125,000 each will be awarded.  Pre-proposals are due by 5 PM EST March 1, 2017.  For more information visit the Pennsylvania Sea Grant website or contact Sean Rafferty.

PA Sea Grant - Call for Presenters
Erie County Agriculture & Our Climate: The New Normal, April 1, 2017 at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, Erie, PA.  Each year, CRANE (a partnership between Pennsylvania Sea Grant, Environment Erie, Erie County Office of Sustainability, and The Northwest PA Green Economy Taskforce) organizes an annual summit based on specific local impacts from climate change in our community. This will be the fourth annual summit.  This year, the Summit will focus on Erie’s local agriculture and food systems, geared toward:

1. Identifying examples of local impacts farmers are noticing and how they are adapting
2. Raising awareness among the general public about local farmers, local food, and local impacts
3. Educating the general public concerning what they can do about lessening their impacts

Submission Due: Friday, February 10, 2017
E-mail with: 
  • Presentation title and topic
  • Contact information
  • Overview of presentation (no more than 100 words)
  • Demonstrate a connection to climate change
  • Any needs you will have 
MN Sea Grant - New Study Shows Elevated Sulfate Concentrations Can Impair Wild Rice Production

After five years of raising wild rice plants in experimental pools, University of Minnesota Duluth researchers and colleagues from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the University of Minnesota Twin Cities report that when sulfate concentrations are raised, fewer seedlings survive and mature plants produce fewer seeds that can germinate. These results, which were published in January in the journal Ecological Applications, are timely as the MPCA is currently reevaluating the state standard it set in 1973 for sulfate levels in water where wild rice grows.  Read More

WI Sea Grant - Sea Grant Researchers Tackle Issues With Beach Water Quality Testing
Wisconsin Sea Grant researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh are working on ways to speed up the processing time and accuracy of beach water-quality samples to help public safety and avoid unnecessary beach closures. Better testing can even help local economies that rely on beach tourists. The researchers have also found that water-quality testers don’t need a Ph.D. in microbiology to perform accurate analyses. The results of their study were published in the Journal of Great Lakes Research.   Read More

IL-IN Sea Grant - Charter fishing records reveal long-term salmonid story

Researchers at Purdue University are suggesting that fishing by Lake Michigan charter boat anglers has changed in recent years—and the scientists didn’t even have to visit the lake to notice these differences.  In fact, Nicholas Simpson who is the primary author on the study has never even fished Lake Michigan.  Working with Tomas Höök, fisheries ecologist and IISG associate director for research, Simpson, then an undergraduate, compiled 21 years of charter fishing data obtained from the Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources (DNR).  The data, derived from more than 500,000 trips, were readily available from the records charter anglers are required to report to their state DNR after each trip: number of fish harvested—not just caught, location fished, and hours spent fishing.  Simpson, Höök, and their co-authors evaluated patterns for five salmonid species—brown trout, Chinook salmon, coho salmon, lake trout, rainbow trout—harvested from May to September during 1992–2012.  The study on their findings was recently published in the Journal of Great Lakes Research.  Read More

WI Sea Grant - It Ain't Easy Being Green (Infrastructure)
Supported by funding from Wisconsin Sea Grant, Loheide and graduate student Carolyn Voter are, through a combination of outreach, sampling and detailed watershed modeling, trying to remove some of the obstacles that prevent more widespread use of green infrastructure, and, more important, evaluate which green infrastructure strategies are most effective in which areas.  Read More

OH Sea Grant - Ohio Clean Marinas Recognizes Newly Certified and Recertified Marinas
Seventy-one marinas in Ohio have been certified as Ohio Clean Marinas, and an additional 45 marinas have committed to meet the program’s certification standards.  Read More

IL-IN Sea Grant - New Conservation through Community Leadership (CCL) program now accepting applications

Purdue Extension’s new Conservation through Community Leadership (CCL) program led by Kara Salazar, IISG and Purdue Extension sustainable communities extension specialist, is now accepting applications for the inaugural community action planning meetings.This new program guides community groups, boards, and commissions through facilitated action planning sessions to support locally driven natural resource management strategies and policy. Community groups participating in the program identify issues of concern and a program track of either land use planning at a watershed scale or invasive species management.  Read More

IL-IN Sea Grant - 2016 Knauss foreign affairs fellow goes international
Using the professional development funds provided by the fellowship, Knauss Fellow Lauren Fields traveled to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in August for the 34th meeting of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR). Read More

IL-IN Sea Grant - 2017 Knauss Fellow Denise Devotta places with U.S. Representative
Knauss Fellow Denise Devotta will serve as the co-director of the bipartisan Congressional Wild Salmon Caucus. Read More

IL-IN Sea Grant - Sea Grant celebrates 50 years of education
For the month of January, the Sea Grant 50th is focusing on K to Gray education—yes, that includes everyone—and within IISG there is no shortage of resources for all ages.  Read More

IL-IN Sea Grant - From cruise to classroom, Sea Grant and partners expand Great Lakes literacy
Every summer since 2006, CGLL joins forces with GLNPO to facilitate this week­long workshop on one of the Great Lakes. Educators from not only traditional classrooms but also from places like museums, zoos and nature centers are welcome.   Read More

OH Sea Grant - Stone Lab Seeks Young Researchers for Research Experience for Undergraduates Scholarship Program
 Stone Laboratory, The Ohio State University’s island campus on Lake Erie, welcomes college undergraduates to apply for its 2017 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Scholarship Program. Applications are due by February 6, 2017. 

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Recent Publications

MN Sea Grant - Reprints

WI Sea Grant - Green Infrastructure Book
Since 2012, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin has worked with 28 municipalities in southeastern Wisconsin to audit, revise and prioritize codes and ordinances that deter and prohibit the more widespread use of green infrastructure. To help replicate this approach and facilitate the development of strategic code and ordinance revisions for green infrastructure in other communities, Wisconsin Sea Grant, with support from the NOAA Coastal Storms Program, developed the Tackling Barriers to Green Infrastructure: An Audit of Local Codes and Ordinances workbook.  Read More

PA Sea Grant - Mid-Atlantic Field Guide to Aquatic Invasive Species
Pennsylvania Sea Grant, with funding from the Mid-Atlantic Panel on Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), has just released their newest AIS identification booklet: The Mid-Atlantic Field Guide to Aquatic Invasive Species

MN Sea Grant - Seiche 
  • Coming Home (Director's Message)
  • Six Projects, $1.5 Million ... What You Should Know
  • Surrender Now! (Invasive Species)
  • Watch Your Language (Upper Great Lakes Law and Policy Symposium)
  • Sea Life and Science Aboard the R/V Lake Guardian (Education)
  • Readers Want to Know: Why is this sand black?
  • Did 'Ja Know (Climate change and Cyclotella)
WI Sea Grant - Aquatic Sciences Chronicle - 2016 Vol 4
  • We Love Actinobacteria: Foundational Recyclers of the Lake
  • Video offers helpful nuggets on preparing and submitting a research proposal
  • Fallow?  When it comes to fellows, quite the opposite
  • Wisconsin Water Library: Art+Science
  • Sea Grant Social Scientist to Explore Influence of Severe Weather on the Economically Disadvantaged
  • Sea Grant Wades Into Rising Water Levels-Bluff Stability Issue
  • Boat Landings Become a Base for Spreading the Gospel of Clean, Drain and Dry
MI Sea Grant - Upwellings
  • Celebrating Sea Grant’s 50th anniversary
  • Elliot Nelson cherishes life in the Upper Peninsula
  • Request for Proposals
  • Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie poster
  • Are there tsunamis in the Great Lakes?
  • Biology’s new frontier could have big implications for Great Lakes fish (epigenetics)
  • Michigan’s underwater preserves offer unique views of Great Lakes maritime heritage
  • Winter fishing in Michigan on ice-free waters is worth the effort
  • Putting back the (Little) Rapids
  • NOAA Marine Debris Calendar celebrates student voices and student art
  • Graduate Student Fellowship applications
MI Sea Grant - West Michigan Fish Notes
  • Epigenetics: A new frontier for fisheries research
  • Policy brief aims to improve boater education and prevent spread of invaders
  • What will stocking cut mean for Lake Michigan anglers? 
  • Are there tsunamis in the Great Lakes?
MI Sea Grant - Extension Article Series MI Sea Grant - Freshwater Feasts Blog
  • A Twist on the Reuben
  • Recipe Round-Up: Dips and Spreads
PA Sea Grant - Newspapers in Education  MN Sea Grant - New Videos MN Sea Grant - Sea Grant Files Radio Show
  • A Pinch of Road Salt (6:51) 14.6 MB mp3 | Aired 1/17/2017
  • Superior Sand! (6:01) 4.3 MB mp3 | Aired 12/20/2016
NY Sea Grant - 2016 Social Media Year in Review
As we break our way into the first few weeks of 2017, take a look back with us on the coastal science news that was trending in 2016 for New York Sea Grant and our parent federal organization, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Lake Champlain Sea Grant - Sustainable Development
Lake Champlain Sea Grant and the rest of the Sea Grant Network promote sustainable developments in their local communities.  Learn about these programs in this Prezi presentation developed for the Sea Grant 50th Anniversary.


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Staff Updates

MN Sea Grant - New Staff
Marie Thoms joined Minnesota Sea Grant as the program’s first full-time Public Relations and Communications Specialist in August. Marie ensures that Sea Grant's information is shared broadly in a timely and effective way. The Ohio native spent the last 13 years as the Communication and Web Manger at the Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Along the way, she has worked in the newsroom of a daily paper, state natural resource and parks departments, and with the Environmental Protection Agency and the American Red Cross. Contact Marie at:, (218-726-8710).

Don Schreiner, former Lake Superior Area Fisheries Manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, is mixing up retirement by volunteering as Minnesota Sea Grant's part-time Fisheries Extension Educator. Don is pursuing topics and answering questions on subjects including sustainable fisheries management, fish production and behavior, and safe seafood preparation. Contact Don via email ( or by leaving a message at Minnesota Sea Grant's office (218-726-6191).

Chris Filstrup is serving as Minnesota Sea Grant's Inland Lakes Specialist while conducting research at the University of Minnesota Duluth with Minnesota Sea Grant Director John Downing. His expertise is on phytoplankton, hazardous algae blooms and lake eutrophication and modeling. Contact Chris  via email ( or you can leave a message for Chris at Minnesota Sea Grant's office (218-726-6191).

PA Sea Grant - New Communications Specialist
PA Sea Grant welcomes Kelly Donaldson who is working out of the Harrisburg office.  Kelly is an award-winning communicator, educator and documentary producer with expertise in strategic and creative communications, visual design, project management and story telling. She has worked for the Nature Conservancy, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Greentreks Network in Philadelphia and the National Audubon Society.  She will surely be a great resource for PASG and for the entire Sea Grant organization. You can visit her LinkedIn profile page where you will find a portfolio of her work and also links to documentaries and the Greenlife Pennsylvania television series. Her email is

MI Sea Grant - New Saginaw Bay Extension EducatorOn January 30, 2017, Michigan Sea Grant will welcome Kip Cronk, who will join the team as an Extension educator based in Bay City. Kip is a Michigan native who has lived and worked in the Saginaw Bay region since 2004. He comes to Michigan Sea Grant from the regulatory world, where he worked in invasive species outreach, environmental quality permitting, and pollution prevention. 

MI Sea Grant - Congratulations and best wishes to Justin
Congratulations to Justin Selden, who received the 2016 District 11 Top Performer Award for Program Instructors from Michigan State University Extension. Also, effective January 9, 2017, Justin began an Extension educator position with the Natural Resources work team with Michigan State University Extension. 

NY Sea Grant - Job Opportunities
Applications are being accepted for NY Sea Grant's new full-time Great Lakes Coastal Processes Specialist ( Application review will commence on February 13, 2017 for this position, which will be located at either SUNY Oswego or Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County in Newark, NY.

Applications are also being accepted for our new full-time Marine District Coastal Processes and Hazards Specialist ( A review of submissions received will commence on February 27, 2017for this position, which will be located in Stony Brook, NY.

Fellowship Opportunities
Sea Grant is currently accepting applications for the 2018 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship in Washington, D.C. Masters and PhD students should apply through a state Sea Grant program by February 21, 2017. 

WI Sea Grant - International Communications Awards
The AVA Digital Awards are conferred annually and attract an average of 2,500 entries from around the world. They come from the private sector, non-profit organizations, public entities and academic institutions. The awards are administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, which consists of several thousand production, marketing, communication, advertising, PR and freelance journalists. Sea Grant: Science Serving America’s Coasts last week won an honorable mention in the video category. The Undercurrents: The Hidden Knowledge of Groundwater audio podcast won a platinum award in the AVA Digital Awards competition. 


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