NOAA Central Library Brown Bag Seminar Series

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The NOAA Central Library Brown Bag program provides an educational forum (hosting over 800 presentations since 1994) for the presentation of ideas, provide updates on research projects and share news in support of NOAA's mission to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans and coasts; to share that knowledge and information with others; and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources. 

Brown Bag Seminars (unless otherwise noted) are held from 12 PM - 1 PM EDT in the NOAA Central Library, 2nd Floor, SSMC#3, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD and via webinar. If you are not able to join us in person at the Library, please register individually for each brown bag seminar using the webinar link under each announcement. During the seminar, please be respectful of the speaker and the audience, and hold your questions until the Q&A period, following the presentation.  


Brown Bag Seminars from 2015-2016 and their available recordings, can be found on the Archived Brown Bags page.

2017 Seminars

Wednesday, November 29th at 12PM EST


Leveraging the CESU Network to help complete your work!

Presenters: Jen Lechuga, ONMS Environmental Compliance Coordinator and NOAA CESU Program Manager; Bill Thompson, North Atlantic Coast CESU Research Coordinator; Danny Filer, Chesapeake Watershed CESU Research Coordinator. 

Abstract: The talk will explain the background and purpose of the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESUs) network and how NOAA program managers can benefit from accessing universities and NGOs at a 17.5% overhead rate.  Bill and Danny will focus their presentation on how leveraging the Chesapeake Watershed and North Atlantic Coast CESUs, in particular, can help NOAA accomplish its mission. The network can be used to support virtually any type of technical assistance, education, or research; the network's breadth is as deep as the university departments and expertise that encompass the national network.  The presentation will also include types of projects that are currently being executed within the network among several federal partners.

Join us Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 12PM EST in the NOAA Central Library or Register for the CESU Webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Participants can use their telephone OR computer mic & speakers (VoIP). 

Thursday, November 30th at 12PM EST

MeganHall338 Dose-dependent impacts of copper and ocean acidification on Mytilus californianus larval development and gene expression

Presenter: Megan Hall, Ph.D. Candidate and 2017 Knauss Fellow, NOAA Ocean Service Policy and Constituent Affairs.

Abstract: Coastal ecosystems have faced enduring exposure to land-and boat-derived toxins such as copper. Meanwhile, the developing challenge of ocean acidification (OA) poses a compounding threat to coastal organisms, particularly calcifying organisms. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that exposure to OA and copper would have detrimental impacts on larval development in the California mussel (Mytilus californianus). We sought to detect effects of OA at a range of copper doses, and to probe underlying mechanisms of these effects using transcriptome (gene expression) profiling.

About the Speakers:  Megan Hall is a Ph.D. Candidate in Marine Biology from the University of Southern California. 

Join us Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 12PM EST in the NOAA Central Library or Register for the November Knauss webinar. Maggie Allen's presentation will follow at 12:30 PM. Registering for the November Knauss webinar provides access to both presentations. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Participants can use their telephone OR computer mic & speakers (VoIP). 

Thursday, November 30th: 12:30 PM EST


Public Perception of Aquaculture and the Role of Aquariums 

Speaker: Maggie Allen, 2017 Knauss Fellow, NOAA Office of Education.   

Abstract: NOAA Office of Education has a partnership with 26 aquariums across North America, called the Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center Network (CELC). Through this Network, NOAA can share resources and experts with these aquariums, and these organizations can, in turn, educate their community about important marine issues. Although NOAA has identified aquaculture as a major priority, nearly half of Americans perceive negatively of aquaculture. Therefore, NOAA Education hopes to work with these aquariums to increase awareness of the merits of sustainable aquaculture. Because opinions of aquaculture are grounded in place, it is essential to understand how perception differs by region. This initial literature review highlights the various views of this activity across the country and addresses gaps and opportunities, in order for this initiative to move forward. 

Join us Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 12PM EST in the NOAA Central Library or Register for the November Knauss webinar. Maggie Allen's 12:30 PM presentation will follow Megan Hall's 12 PM presentation. Registering for the November Knauss webinar provides access to both presentations. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Participants can use their telephone OR computer mic & speakers (VoIP). 

Wednesday, December 13th at 3PM EST


Applying the IRS process to inform EBM in the Gulf of Mexico (Ecosystem Based Management/EBFM seminar series)  

Presenters: Dr. Christopher R. Kelble, NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory

Abstract: TBA

Join us Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 3PM EST in the NOAA Central Library or register for the December EBM/EBFM Webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Participants can use their telephone OR computer mic & speakers (VoIP). 

November 16th: Recording is available

Coffee & Questions

Coffee and Questions in the Library 

Event Hosts: Trevor Riley, Head of Public Services ( and Bibliometrics Librarian: Jamie Roberts ( and ILL Librarian Hope Shinn (  

Summary: NOAA employees were invited to stop in for coffee, snacks, and an introduction to the resources and services of the NOAA Central Library. The in-person presentation/webinar ran from 10AM-10:15AM EST with time for questions following the presentation. Coffee was provided to in-person attendees. Attendees were invited to bring their coffee cups and their questions. 

(November 16, 2017) PDF and MP4

November 15th: Recording is available

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Update on the NOAA IR: Compliance, Submissions and PARR

Abstract:  NOAA now has an Institutional Repository (NOAA IR) to provide long-term public access to NOAA publications and articles. Join us in the library to learn more about your responsibilities regarding submitting publications to the repository and how to submit your publication plus a discussion about 508 compliance and a Q&A session. Bring your questions!

(November 15, 2017) MP4 and PDF 

November 14th: Recording is available

Lexis Advance for NOAA

Presenter: Brenna Clanton, LexisNexis Federal Government Training Solutions Consultant

Summary: a database training on  
Lexis Advance for NOAA. 

Need a Lexis Advance username and password? Email your request to: 

(November 14, 2017) MP4   

November 8th: Recording is available


Ecosystem Based Fishery Management in action: Linking Ecosystem Science to Fisheries Management in Alaska

Speaker: Kerim Aydin, Ph.D., Supervisory Fishery Research Biologist and program leader of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center’s Resource Ecology and Ecosystem Modeling program

Summary: Dr. Aydin highlighted cases where environmental data were used throughout the management process to highlight the need for increased caution in making quota decisions. Dr. Aydin discussed the development of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Fisheries Ecosystem Plan for the Bering Sea, designed to lay out best practices for implementing EBFM in Alaska in a focused, action-informing rather than action-enforcing manner.

(November 8, 2017). MP4 and Updated PDF 

Veterans Day Exhibit: Photo Album is available

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This Map Could Save Your Life: Escape and Invasion Maps of World War II

Summary: In honor of Veterans Day, the NOAA Central Library hosted a special exhibit, “This Map Could Save Your Life: Escape & Evasion Maps of World War II,” curated by Jamie Roberts, MLIS, NOAA Central Library. This exhibit showcased items from the collection with special significance to armed conflicts that NOAA and its predecessor agencies have served in. (November 8-9, 2017). 

Visit NOAA Libraries Facebook and the event album for more photos.   

October 26th: Recording is available

Using Web of Science to support NOAA aquaculture research

Presenter: Kristen Faeth, Product Specialist, Web of Science, Clarivate Analytics

Summary: This was a custom WoS class for NOAA aquaculture researchers, but all NOAA employees were welcome to attend the online training or follow along with Librarians in the Brown Bag area of the NOAA Central Library.  

(October 26, 2017) PDF and WoS Training for NOAA Session Recording. Check out the Clarivate Analytics Training Resource Center's LibGuides content and the WoS YouTube Training Channel for more ways to improve your WoS searching skills!

October 24th: Recording is available


Out of the Vault: Discovery of the Sea Floor

Presenter: Albert "Skip" Theberge, retired NOAA Corps officer, Reference, NOAA Central Library

Summary: Skip Theberge, retired NOAA Corps officer, now with the NOAA Central Library, discussed the history of discovering the seafloor from the early charts of Waghenaer through late Twentieth century satellite altimetry. Discover the surprising role of NOAA and its ancestor agencies in making these discoveries and their role in the evolution of modern earth sciences.

Accompanying Skip’s discussion of the history of seafloor mapping was a selection of rare maps and documents residing in the collections of the NOAA Central Library that illustrate the evolution of our knowledge of the seafloor. These treasures include a facsimile edition of the Waghenaer Atlas of charts, the first map of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge produced in 1876 following the Challenger Expedition, some of the famous Heezen-Tharp maps, maps from the premier geographic journal of the Nineteenth century Petermann's Geographische Mittheilungen, and a number of maps produced by the Coast and Geodetic Survey that were the first of their kind. (October 24, 2017). View a selection of images on NOAA Libraries Facebook, view the Special Collections Talk PDF and listen to the presentation MP4 

October 19th: Recording is available


Development of American Holothurian Aquaculture in Rural Coastal Communities 

Speaker: Charlotte Regula-Whitefield, Ph.D., 2017 John Knauss Fellow, Alaska Sea Grant. Ph.D. in Marine Biology, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, 2016. 

Summary: International markets import sea cucumber products from both cold and warm water areas from around the world. Sea cucumber skin and meat are highly valuable products in Asian seafood markets, particularly in China. Consumer prices for dried sea cucumbers can range from dozens of dollars per kilogram to more than a thousand. The Northeast Pacific Red sea cucumber (Parastichopus californicas) is a premium species, likely due to its relatively large size and unique texture, from developing in a pristine, cold water environment. Wild harvest opportunities in Alaska and Washington states have been declining due to predation by sea otters and overharvesting. This has resulted in reduced industry participant incomes in many coastal fishing communities in the Northeast Pacific. Here, Dr. Regula-Whitefield will explain some of the emerging sea cucumber aquaculture technology being developed in Alaska and Washington states, and discuss the potential for regional economic losses due to declining fisheries.

(October 19, 2017) PDF and MP4  


Previously held seminars (2017)

Views of the presenters are not necessarily representative of NOAA or the NOAA Central Library.
Brown Bag Seminars from 2015-2016 and their available recordings, can be found on the Archived Brown Bags page.

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