Division of Ocean Sciences - Fall 2002 Newsletter
NSF 04-003
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Biological Oceanography

EC-NSF Research on Harmful Algal Blooms

In the previous newsletter we reported on a Program-sponsored workshop to outline future collaborative efforts between the US (ECOHAB) and European (EUROHAB) harmful algal bloom (HAB) research communities. The results of this workshop have been presented at a number of national meetings and a draft of the workshop report has been posted on the Harmful Algae Page web site (http://www.whoi.edu/redtide/announcements/trieste-workshop.html). As a follow up to this workshop, NSF’s Division of Ocean Sciences has announced an opportunity for funding, Cooperative Activities in Environmental Research between the National Science Foundation and the European Commission: Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algae (NSF 03-580), available online at http://www.nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/getpub.cfm?nsf03580. The deadline for proposals is 16 October 2003.

This solicitation invites proposals for coordinated studies between United States and European Union researchers focused on the ecology and oceanography of harmful algal blooms (US-EU ECOHAB). Because the fundamental ecological and oceanographic factors controlling harmful algal blooms are not well known, it is presently impossible to predict the occurrences of HABs, assess potential effects on ecosystems, or to develop effective mitigation strategies. This cooperative research initiative between the EU and the US will address this lack of fundamental scientific information.

Long-Term Ecological Research

To enhance the scope and disciplinary breadth of the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announces a competition for up to three new LTER sites that focus on ecological systems in the coastal ocean, which, in this context, includes ecological systems from the shoreline outward on continental shelves as well as the Laurentian Great Lakes. This competition solicits proposals to augment this nationally and internationally recognized research program, and to support long-term research in fundamental, inter-disciplinary environmental science (see http://www.nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/getpub.cfm?nsf03599).

This is one of a continuing series of solicitations for NSF’s LTER Program and the third solicitation from the Division of Ocean Sciences in support of the Program. With an initial set of six sites selected in 1980, the National Science Foundation established the Long-Term Ecological Research Program to conduct research on long-term ecological phenomena. The present total of 24 sites represents a broad array of ecosystems and research emphases. The LTER Program is supported at present by many parts of NSF. The research activities are supported by the Division of Environmental Biology; the Office of Polar Programs; the Division of Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences; and the Division of Ocean Sciences. Additional support for educational and international activities is provided by the Directorate for Education and Human Resources and the Office of International Science and Engineering, respectively.

Updated Website

Please check out the Biological Oceanography Program’s website(http://www.geo.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/geo/showprog.pl?id=35&div=oce) if you have not visited it lately. There are many new items of information pertaining to the activities of the Program overall.

Staffing

Changing of the watch: At the end of May, Phil Yund finished his tour of duty in the Program and returned to his position at the University of Maine. Phil brought energy, enthusiasm, humor, and insight to the rotator job, and OCE colleagues will miss him. Phil’s replacement is Joseph R. Pawlik from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where he is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and a researcher at the Center for Marine Sciences.

Joe got his BS in Biology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, his PhD in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography/UCSD, and he did post-doctoral work at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Friday Harbor Labs, and the University of Alberta, Edmonton. Joe’s research specialty is marine chemical ecology, particularly the chemical defenses of tropical sponges, cnidarians and tunicates. His past work has included studies of invertebrate larval ecology and settlement cues. More can be found at http://people.uncw.edu/pawlikj/. In addition to research background, Joe brings with him 12 years of teaching and training experience at a predominantly undergraduate institution. Joe is looking forward to the new challenges of working at NSF, learning about the broad range of research projects funded by Ocean Sciences, and helping the Biological Oceanography Program to make well-informed funding decisions.

Rotator Position in Biological Oceanography: We are seeking someone to join the program as another visiting scientist (rotator) at the end of Lita Proctor’s tenure early in 2004. Please see the job announcement on the NSF webpages and talk to Phil Taylor or Dave Garrison in the Program.

Phil Taylor (prtaylor@nsf.gov)
Dave Garrison (dgarrison@nsf.gov)
Joe Pawlik (jpawlik@nsf.gov)
Lita Proctor (lproctor@nsf.gov)
Gayle Pugh (gpugh@nsf.gov)

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