Division of Ocean Sciences - Spring 2001 Newsletter

Program News

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Biological Oceanography

Personnel News

Dr. Kendra Daly is now at the University of South Florida’s (USF) College of Marine Science - St. Petersburg. We thank her again! and again! and again!

Ms. Pamela Shaw has taken over as the Program Assistant, replacing Ms. Veronica Marjerison. You will no doubt talk to Pamela on contacting the Program. Please wish her a warm welcome.

Ms. Natasha Gray finished her tenure as the Science Assistant for the Program. She leaves NSF to go to the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s Marine Invasions Research Laboratory. This lab addresses a broad range of issues in marine and estuarine invasion biology. Natasha will be spending a good portion of her time developing and maintaining the lab’s databases and website. The rest of her time will be spent on invasion research involving coastal fouling communities in the United States and Australia. She hopes this will lead to the development of a PhD project sometime in the future. Natasha has been instrumental in upgrading the way in which we handle proposals from initial receipt through the panel process. She brought us to the “all-electronic panel” and her legacy will remain in the efficiency of our operations. She will be missed for her great efforts and her enjoyable personality.

We had a good number of qualified candidates for a “rotating” Assistant/Associate Program Director in the Program. We are glad to announce that Dr. Phil Yund joined the Program in May as a rotator and Associate Program Director. Phil comes to the NSF with strong recommendations from the community. Phil is from the University of Maine; his interests include evolutionary and population ecology. Much of his past work has focused on the biological and physical conditions that facilitate or hamper fertilization in free-spawning invertebrates, and how these influence life history evolution in the marine environment. His current research also includes molecular genetic studies on differentiation in fish populations, and possible “farming” effects of bait in the lobster fisheries. Phil will bring to the Program much expertise that is very relevant to the proposals that the community submits to us, and to the programs we support. Reminder: While Phil Yund has just come on board, we are now initiating the search for our next rotator hoping to get someone to NSF as early as the fall.

Update on GLOBEC

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REU and CURMLO students visit a bird sanctuary during the February ASLO meeting in New Mexico. Photo courtesy of Matthew Gilligan, Savannah State University.

U.S. GLOBEC Northwest Atlantic/Georges Bank Program: The Biological Oceanography Program, on behalf of the Division of Ocean Sciences, and in cooperation with NOAA Coastal Oceans Program, intends to initiate Integration and Synthesis of the U.S. GLOBEC Northwest Atlantic/Georges Bank Program Studies: The impact of oceanographic and climate-related processes on the dynamics of plankton and fish populations. This will be the fourth and final phase of the U.S. GLOBEC Northwest Atlantic Program. Its principal objective is to foster integration and synthesis of data collected during the field phases of the program, and other relevant data and knowledge, through group interactions and modeling activities. No new fieldwork will be supported. The Phase IV initiative is absolutely open to the participation of scientists without past involvement in U.S. GLOBEC as well as past and present U.S. GLOBEC investigators. The organization of principal investigators and proposals with emphasis on the integration of observations and models, and the close coordination of research groups with one another, will be vital to the success of the Phase IV synthesis effort. The deadline for proposals is 10 July 2001.

Carbon Cycling

The Ecological Determinants of Oceanic Carbon Cycling: A Framework for Research report from the March 13-16, 2000, EDOCC Workshop is available upon request while supplies last. The report can also be found at http://picasso.oce.orst.edu/ORSOO/EDOCC/.

Marine Ecological Genomics

The report from a workshop on Marine Microbial Genomics held on April 19-20, 2000, to develop recommendations for the National Science Foundation is now available. If you care for a copy of Ecological Genomics: The Application of Genomic Sciences to Understanding the Structure and Function of Marine Ecosystems, please contact us and we’ll send one your way.

Phil Taylor (prtaylor@nsf.gov)
Dave Garrison (dgarriso@nsf.gov)
Phil Yund (pyund@nsf.gov)
Cynthia Suchman (csuchman@nsf.gov)
Pamela Shaw (pshaw@nsf.gov)

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