New Federal Budget Gives Nod to the Oceans

THE HEALTH OF THE NATION’S OCEANS AND COASTS has been one of the primary concerns of Rhode Island’s Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. To provide adequate funding to address those issues, Whitehouse first introduced the National Endowment Act in 2010, along with Senator Jean Snowe, which was designed to enhance America’s coastal and ocean resources through protection, research,
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Tracking Sand: Scientist researches sea level rise, erosion in RI

As global climate change increasingly becomes an issue of international political concern, a URI scientist is conducting research to better understand the effects of climate change and sea level rise here in Rhode Island. Part of the work of John King, professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO),
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2016 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowships Open in Population Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics

Sea Grant and NOAA Fisheries are pleased to announce that the Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellowship (NOAA-OAR-SG-2016-2004722) and Marine Resource Economics Fellowship (NOAA-OAR-SG-2016-2004720) are now listed on The award amount for both fellowships is $46,000 per year.Deadlines Student applications are due to the state Sea Grant office no later than January 29, 5:00 pm local
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Zoe Gentes

URI Oceanography Graduate Selected for NOAA Sea Grant Marine Policy Fellowship

  Zoe Gentes, a San Diego native who earned two degrees in geological oceanography from the University of Rhode Island, has been named a John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow, enabling her to spend a year working on ocean policy issues in Washington, D.C., next year. Gentes is among 55 students from across the country
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Rhode Island Sea Grant Bids Farewell to Founder Dr. John Knauss

Dr. John A. Knauss, one of the founders of the National Sea Grant College Program and founding Dean of the Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) at the University of Rhode Island, passed away last month in Rhode Island, where he had lived for over 50 years. “Rhode Island is fortunate to have been home to
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Ocean Acidification Threatens Shellfish

By Cynthia Drummond | Courtesy of the Westerly Sun NARRAGANSETT — As more carbon dioxide is pumped into the earth’s atmosphere, approximately 25 percent of it is being absorbed by the ocean, where it forms carbonic acid and changes the pH balance of seawater. Ocean acidification is a less-studied effect of the complex process of
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Announcing the 2016 Coastal Management Fellowship

NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management announces the 2016 Coastal Management Fellowship, a 2-year opportunity that matches postgraduate students with state coastal resources agencies to work on coastal projects. Any student completing a master’s, doctoral, or professional degree in natural resources management or environmental-related studies from an accredited U.S. university between January 1, 2015, and July
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Islanders Want Solutions: Beyond Adaptation Strategies

Block Island is a unique, isolated landscape with marshes, beaches, and bluffs exposed to the forces of the Atlantic Ocean. Because of limited resources and space, residents here are more aware of the impacts from sea level rise and severe storms, and the importance of adaptive planning. Concerned citizens, public officials, and planners gathered on October
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Announcing the 2017 Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship 

We invite qualified individuals to submit applications to the Rhode Island Sea Grant College Program for the Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. Approximately thirty individuals are selected nationally for this prestigious Fellowship to spend a year in Washington, D.C., working in Congress or the Executive Branch on critical marine policy and resource management
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Elevating Drowning Salt Marshes

While many coastal residents are seeking measures to protect their homes from a rising sea and increased flooding, one is quietly losing its bid on coastal real estate and could disappear forever. The saltmarsh sharp-tailed sparrow, a small, stocky songbird with an orange-yellow face, is a secretive bird that can easily go unnoticed—even more so
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