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SUMMER 2015 E-NEWS

WELCOME!

Welcome to the first Center for Ocean Solutions (COS) E-newsletter—a quarterly publication to keep our partners, colleagues and friends informed of our work. Each issue will include updates on the latest news, research, publications and emerging solutions we’ve been developing. We will also introduce you to a member of our diverse and talented staff, as well as highlight some of the extraordinary work taking place at one of our partner institutions: Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. Please feel free to send any feedback or suggestions for upcoming issues to contact@centerforoceansolutions.org.  We look forward to hearing from you!
 

FEATURED STORY

Balancing Mining and Deep Seabed Protection

The Center for Ocean Solutions, along with leading co-authors from around the world, recently published a report in the journal Science entitled, “Managing mining in the deep seabed.” The publication coincided with a meeting of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) to determine a regulatory framework for mining in the deep-sea floor.

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Emerging Solutions

The Refugio oil spill off the Santa Barbara coastline earlier this summer was a good reminder that rapid response strategies are imperative during times of crisis. Science Partnerships Enabling Rapid Response (SPERR), a collaboration between researchers at the Center for Ocean Solutions and Stanford’s Changelabs, tackles this challenge head on by creating innovative strategies for scientific response following environmental crises.

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Staff Spotlight

Our first E-news staff spotlight focuses on Rebecca (Becca) Martone, the Center for Ocean Solutions assistant director for science and research. Becca is an integral member of the Center team, inspiring others with her commitment to ocean issues, extensive knowledge of marine ecology, and her contagious enthusiasm.

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NEWS

Environmental DNA: Marine Wildlife Monitoring for the 21st Century

The Center for Ocean Solutions’ Environmental DNA (eDNA) project was awarded $830,000 out of a larger $7 million grant to develop and test innovative genetic sampling techniques that we believe will revolutionize marine wildlife monitoring.

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Massive Harmful Algal Bloom Hits Monterey Bay

This May, scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute used Environmental Sample Processors (ESPs), technology co-developed with the Center for Ocean Solutions, to measure some of the highest concentrations of toxic plankton ever recorded in Monterey Bay.

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The Center Hosts Two Workshops on the Interactions Between Humans and Coastal Marine Ecosystems

The Center for Ocean Solutions recently hosted two workshops on the Stanford campus, inviting notable guest speakers to discuss the importance of considering human values and wellbeing in marine ecosystem-based research and management.

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Center Staffers Attend This Year's Capitol Hill Ocean Week

Two Center for Ocean Solutions staffers had the opportunity to attend this year’s Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW) conference in Washington, DC in June. Ashley Erickson, assistant director for law and policy, and Kristi Boosman, the new communications manager, took a deep dive into the current state of ocean policy during the four-day conference.

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Chapter on Smart Ocean Planning Hits Shelves in New American Bar Association Book on Ocean Policy

The second edition of the ever-popular American Bar Association Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy book hit stores this summer. It includes a new chapter on Smart Ocean Planning, authored by Assistant Director for Law and Policy, Ashley Erickson, and co-authored by former Executive Director Meg Caldwell, and former Research Assistant Zach Koehn.

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Fisheries Forum Transitions to New Home at Duke

After seven years of partnership with COS and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, the The Fisheries Leadership & Sustainability Forum (Fisheries Forum) has transitioned to its new home at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. You can find Forum contacts and resources at their website. We wish them well and look forward to their next chapter.                       
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Partner Shoutout

Monterey Bay Aquarium's Conservation and Science Division Makes a Splash!

Congratulations to the Monterey Bay Aquarium on the launch of an exciting new strategic direction for their Conservation and Science division, including a new website and blog.  Directed by Margaret Spring, the division includes Seafood Watch, research on threatened marine animals including sea otters, white sharks and bluefin tuna, and policy advocacy at local, state, national and international levels.


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Featured Publications

Managing the Deep SeabedScience. July 2015.  L.M. Wedding, S.M. Reiter, C.R. Smith, K.M. Gjerde, J.N. Kittinger, A.M. Friedlander, S.D. Gaines, M.R. Clark, A.M. Thurnherr, S.M. Hardy, L.B. Crowder.
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Managing a Mess of Cumulative Effects: Linking Science and Policy to Create SolutionsThe Journal of Marine Education. July 2015. M.E. Mach, S.M. Reiter, L.H. Good.
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Climate Adaptation in the Monterey Bay Region: An Iterative Spatial Framework for Engagement at the Local Level Natural Resources. May 2015. S.M. Reiter, L.M. Wedding, E. Hartge, L. LaFeir, M.R. Caldwell.
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