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Welcome to Rhode Island Sea Grant’s New Extension Specialist

We’d like to welcome Christopher Condit as one of the newest members of Rhode Island Sea Grant’s and the Coastal Resources Center’s extension team. He will be specializing in coastal climate change adaptation and resilience. Chris joins us from the U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Maritime Law Enforcement, Living Marine Resources Enforcement Division, where he oversaw
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Workshop Explores Impact of Sea Level Rise on Newport’s Historic Structures

The city of Newport is home to some of the oldest buildings in the country, many of which are located close to the water’s edge and threatened by rising sea levels and coastal flooding. Rhode Island Sea Grant and the University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center (CRC) recently facilitated a public workshop with concerned
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Welcome to Rhode Island Sea Grant’s New Staff Attorney

We’d like to welcome Read Porter as Rhode Island Sea Grant’s new staff attorney!  Read joined us last month and is coming to us from the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) in Washington D.C. where he has worked for the last nine years.  At ELI, Read worked in the Oceans Program, directed ELI’s Invasive Species Program, and
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Public Workshop, July 14 | Protecting Newport Historic and Cultural Assets

Event kicks off community-based historic preservation effort to address coastal climate change impacts on Newport’s historic properties NARRAGANSETT, RHODE ISLAND – The public is invited to participate in a community workshop on flood protection for historic and culturally valuable properties on Newport’s coast. The workshop is scheduled for Thursday, July 14 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00
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NOAA Scientist Launched Career as Knauss Fellow

A major turning point in Catalina Martinez’s career, who is now a physical scientist with NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, was the year she spent as a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow – especially since, 14 years later, she’s still with the same program that hired her for her fellowship. Martinez was selected to work in the
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Ocean Drifters Aid University Study of Currents

Rhode Island Sea Grant-funded researchers track water circulation patterns in the hopes of finding the origins of currents and how nutrients are transported. By Alex Elvin | Courtesy of the Vineyard Gazette A team of scientists and teachers last month deployed a small fleet of devices off Lucy Vincent Beach in the hope of tracking
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Coastal Institute Assistant Director Reflects on Knauss Fellowship

It is one thing to know how a bill becomes a law. It is quite another to see your own bill become law for the United States. That was the experience Nicole Rohr, currently the assistant director and assistant research professor of the University of Rhode Island Coastal Institute, had as a NOAA Sea Grant John
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Narragansett Bay is Cleaner Than it’s Been in 150 years

Earlier in June, the “World Oceans Day Summit: Lessons from Narragansett Bay to the Global Ocean,” sponsored by the Newport-based nonprofit Sailors of the Sea and the the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, located on the Gulf of Maine, highlighted Narragansett Bay’s long journey to restoration from its history as a dumping ground for toxic
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Sea Grant Law Fellow Shifts Career from Science to Policy

Former Sea Grant Law Fellow John Ryan-Henry didn’t originally set out to be a lawyer. Now a dual J.D./Masters of Marine Affairs student, he spent his undergraduate career majoring in geology at Brown University. “I thought that I was on the way to becoming a scientist,” he says. “I loved learning about how the earth
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Case Studies Demystify Planning for Ocean Uses

Accommodating the many uses of ocean waters presents challenges for marine spatial planners, many of whom work for agencies with far fewer resources than the shipping, offshore energy, and other commercial interests competing for space. Then, of course, there are other stakeholders, from the Navy to native tribes, to small businesses such as charter boats,
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