Coastodian Holiday 2016
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Season's Greetings! The year is rapidly coming to a close but we couldn't pass up this opportunity to share some updates, reflect on a few of the highlights of 2016, and most importantly, wish you the most joyous holiday season. Thank you for your continued interest in the NJSGC. We look forward to working with you in 2016.

And don't forget to shop Amazon Smile for your holiday gift needs! By simply using this link, the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate a portion of your purchase to New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium. Checking everything off your to-do list and supporting our mission to promote the wise use of New Jersey’s marine and coastal resources through research, education, and outreach at the same time? Count us in.

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Looking back, we can't help but be proud of all that we have accomplished together. None of it would have been possible without an extremely dedicated staff and support from people like you. Here's to 2017!

Before this year closes, won't you please consider making a year-end donation to NJSGC? You can quickly and easily donate here.
A Look Back At 2016
From education to research to extension, this year was full of opportunities and accomplishments. You can check out more of what we've been up to in our Coastodian archive, but here are just a few of the highlights:
  • Our Dune Manual, as well as Dune Sign, was released. These products are available to towns and community members who wish to build or restore beautiful, sustainable and effective dunes.
  • This summer marked the beginning of the Monmouth County and FEMA High Water Mark Initiative. The goal of the High Water Mark Initiative is to build local community-based awareness of flood risks and encourage communities to take action to mitigate those risks. Dr. Michael Schwebel, New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and Urban Coast Institute (UCI) community resilience and climate adaptation specialist worked with the towns and other UCI staff to determine where signs should be placed. The county and its partners placed more than 100 signs in prominent locations in the county including a sign located at New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium headquarters on Sandy Hook. NJSGC education staff will continue its work with the UCI and Monmouth County to create relevant lesson plans and learning materials for public outreach initiatives.
  • Mike Danko, New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium assistant director of extension and marine recreation agent, presented results of his work on vessel wash wastewater systems at the International Boat Builders Exhibition and represented the New Jersey Clean Vessel Act Program at the States Organization for Boating Access Annual Conference.
  • This year NJSGC's Education Program worked with more than 20,000 students at Sandy Hook. Educators also worked with students off site through their Oceans To Go program and launched the Underwater Exploration Program in partnership with Jenkinson's Aquarium.
  • After receiving more than 10,000 votes, New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium crowned Ocean City as New Jersey's Favorite Beach. This year we changed things up. NJ beach enthusiasts voted for their favorite beach by county. Read more about the contest and the full list of winners here and be sure to keep your eyes peeled to for 2017's poll!
  • The National Sea Grant College Program continues to celebrate it's 50th anniversary. Read what programs across the network have accomplished so far and what's in store for the future of Sea Grant.
Currently at NJSGC: Education

Educators Invited To Climate Network

Climate change affects both coastal and inland communities. The National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI) is a community of practice that unites informal science educators, climate scientists and social scientists to better communicate this crucial science. Diana Burich, K-12 program coordinator, and Mindy Voss, education specialist, were recently accepted into this network. This growing network of informal science educators and climate and ocean scientists aim to work together to help communicate the facts on climate change and the effects it will have on our daily life — from rising seas to extreme weather events — as well as the effects on marine organisms.

Living Shorelines in Hong Kong

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium coastal processes specialist Dr. Jon Miller was an invited speaker at the International Workshop on Eco-shorelines Designs for Sustainable Coastal Development.

"It was an amazing opportunity to visit a very unique country and discuss some of the great things we're doing in New York and New Jersey in the field of living shorelines," he notes.

Dr. Miller, also a research associate professor at Stevens Institute of Technology, delivered a keynote address titled "Living Shorelines in Urban Environments."

"Equally enlightening from my point of view was learning about Hong Kong's philosophy on land reclamation and their desire to implement innovative shoreline stabilization approaches that help preserve/restore the marine environment," Dr. Miller adds.

Rain Garden Installed at Ocean Township High School

Michelle Hartmann, New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium's water resources specialist (also of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program) has been hard at work this year installing more than 25 green infrastructure projects this fall alone. Most recently, helped NJSGC funded the installation of an 800-square-foot rain garden at Ocean Township High School. Michelle completed this project in partnership with the Whalepond Brook Watershed Association with the assistance of students in the Ocean Township High School Environmental Science club.

Funding for the additional green infrastructure projects was provided by New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, State of NJ Department of Environmental ProtectionNational Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Camden County Municipal Utility Authority, William Penn Foundation, and others.

Read more in the latest Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program newsletter.

NJSGC shellfish aquaculture program coordinator Lisa Calvo and Dr. Daphne Munroe, of Rutgers University, are currently working on an NJSGC-funded project on development and optimization of production techniques for surf clam aquaculture. In this video you can see surf clams at the Haskins Shellfish lab that are about four months old. Read more about the project here.

Extension Agent Named ASPBA Rising Star

Dr. Amy Williams was awarded the Rising Star Award at the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association Conference. The Rising Star Award is given periodically to honor an individual ASBPA member who has gone above and beyond for the organization.

Dr. Williams, NJSGC coastal ecosystems extension agent, started participating with ASBPA as she worked on her master's degree from Texas A&M in 2007. She credits a connection created at an ASBPA networking event in 2014 for her current position at Stevens Institute of Technology. 

"Through participation in the ASBPA Coastal Conferences and D.C. Summits, I have gotten to experience so many aspects of coastal work that I would never have received in the classroom," she notes. "ASBPA has a diverse group of members that have shown me how much collaboration is needed for coastal projects, such as engineers, geologists, biologists and political entities."  

Dr. Williams was awarded for her efforts to engage students and young professionals through social media. She was also recognized for her own time volunteering as well as organizing other volunteers for ASBPA events. She has also worked on the steering committee to for the ASBPA’s 90th Anniversary Coastal Conference in Long Branch, N.J. where she organized an ASBPA field trip to New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium headquarters at Sandy Hook.

"I look forward to continuing my work with ASBPA so I can further interact with professionals in my field and help students and new professionals get more involved," she adds. 

There are several graduate fellowship deadlines fast approaching. For questions and how to apply, visit

The NOAA/Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship allows students interested in marine, ocean, and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources to spend a year in Washington, D.C. working with agency personnel or in the office of a U.S. senator or representative. Deadline to apply is February 10, 2017.

For general information on the Knauss Fellowship go to:

For Knauss Fellowship application information go to:

The NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Joint Graduate Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics is designed to strengthen the collaboration between Sea Grant and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The Fellowship is available to US citizens who are graduate students enrolled in PhD degree programs in academic institutions in the United States and its territories. Fisheries Fellows will work on thesis problems of public interest and relevance to NMFS at participating NMFS Science Centers or Laboratories under the guidance of NMFS mentors. Deadline to apply is January 27, 2017.

For general information on the NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Fellowships go to:

The NOAA/Sea Grant Coastal Management Fellowship provides two years of on-the-job education and training in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students. The program matches postgraduate students with state coastal resource agencies to work on coastal projects proposed by state officials and selected by the NOAA Office for Coastal Management. Deadline to apply is January 20, 2017. For general information on the Coastal Management Fellowship go to:

 A Year In The News

NJSGC-Supported Study on Sea Level Rise Gains Media Attention

Scientists and press come together to find out NJSGC's State of the Shore event

NJSGC-funded project to develop ways to protect ecosystems and their surrounding communities from flood waters in NJIT Newsroom.
The National Sea Grant College Program is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium is proud to be part of this network working together to support coastal science.
This newsletter is the result of work sponsored by the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC) with funds from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Sea Grant, U.S. Department of Commerce, under NOAA grant number #NA10OAR4170075 and the NJSGC. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NJSGC or the U.S. Department of Commerce. NJSG-16-909.
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