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Nicholas Obolensky

The Drive to Effect Change Through Law

Knauss Fellow reflects on path from seafood trader to policy aide to lawyer Nicholas Obolensky, part of the Knauss Fellows class of 2013, had always wanted to fight for the greater good. “I have always been interested in fighting for social and environmental justice issues … I wanted to play a part in advocacy and working
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Discovering the Rhode Island Shore ~ Web App

Find your way to over 300 public access points on Rhode Island’s coast using new app Discovering the Rhode Island Shore is a new free web app offered by Rhode Island Sea Grant and designed to help Ocean State locals and visitors find their way to parks, wildlife refuges, beaches, fishing sites, boat ramps, pathways, and
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BayMap Sets Approach for Habitat Mapping

Prior to 2004, Rhode Island resource managers and scientists had limited and outdated means to effectively study, manage, conserve, and sustain submerged paleocultural landscapes and coastal ecosystems, specifically in shallow-subtidal environments, due to financial and technological constraints. Habitat maps, at the time, were several decades old and were developed with technology that had poor spatial
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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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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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