Tools for evaluating tradeoffs inherent in marine ecosystem-based management: a perspective from the West Coast (Ecosystem Based Management/EBFM seminar series). Presenter: Isaac Kaplan, Research Fishery Biologist, NOAA Fisheries Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC). Summary: Isaac Kaplan discussed tools in use on the West Coast
to assess several core tradeoffs inherent in ecosystem-based marine
management. These include 1) tradeoffs between recovering marine mammal
populations and protected or harvested fish stocks 2) harvest of forage
fish that also sustain predator populations 3) energy development that
excludes some types of fishing 4) global scale decisions about
business-as-usual CO2 emissions versus local effects on fisheries. The
case studies emphasize the need for collaborative interdisciplinary
efforts that apply a suite of modeling approaches, with rapid deployment
of simple models that can identify data gaps and inform more detailed
(January 10, 2018) PDF
Coffee and Questions in the Library with a Knowledge Workshop on Journals. Event Hosts: Trevor Riley, Head of Public Services; 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 and a Knowledge Workshop on Journals. Coffee
was provided to in-person attendees.
(January 16, 2018). Coffee & Questions PDF; Knowledge Workshop on Journals
Crustacean contagion: an abundance of blue crab virus. Presenter: Dr. Eric J. Schott, Assistant Research
Professor, Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology, University
of Maryland Center for Environment Science, Baltimore, MD.
Summary: The blue crab, Callinectes sapidus, is a
crucial benthic-pelagic link in Atlantic estuarine ecosystems from Nova
Scotia to Argentina. In the US, it supports a $160 million fishery.
Across their range, blue crabs are infected by a pathogenic reovirus,
termed CsRV1 (C. sapidus reovirus 1). In the USA, blue crabs are used to
produce soft crabs, a value added product created by holding pre-molt
crabs in short term aquaculture until ecdysis. There is concern that aquaculture
effluents and millions of discarded CsRV1-infected crabs pose an
infection risk to wild crab populations in estuaries surrounding large
shedding facilities. To assess whether flow through shedding increases
CsRV1 infection risk among wild crabs in the vicinity, we measured CsRV1
prevalence in crabs collected by scientific trawls both near to and far
from active flow-through shedding aquaculture.
(January 17, 2018).
Impacts of wintering redhead ducks (Athya americana) on seagrasses in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Speaker: Maddie Kennedy, M.S., University of South Alabama/2017 John Knauss Fellow, Coastal Resilient Analyst National Sea Grant Office. Summary: While
it has been well established that waterfowl can sometimes control the
distribution and abundance of seagrasses, relatively little is known
about their effects in the northern Gulf of Mexico (nGOM). We measured
the impact of redhead duck (Athya americana) foraging on mixed shoal grass (Halodule wrightii) and widgeon grass (Ruppia maritima)
beds using caging experiments (1.5x1.5m) at three locations in the
nGOM. Time-lapse photography provided estimates of the abundance and
feeding activities of the birds.
(January 18, 2018) PDF
Inland and Marine Fisheries Investment and Economic Impact in North America. Speaker: Emily E. Argo, 2017 Knauss Fellow, National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, USGS. Summary: We developed a proof-of-concept method focusing on data from the United
States and Canada. This work will use data on the economic impact of
commercial and recreational fisheries and employees allocated to
fisheries management at the State and Federal level to evaluate
investment relative to economic impact. Having a clear understanding of
the current investment and relative value of these resources to society
could help inform improved resource allocation and policy development
for managing and conserving fisheries.
(January 18, 2018). PDF
Planning for a Biogeochemical-Argo profiling float array: Results from the SOCCOM array and future goals. Presenter: Ken Johnson, Senior Scientist, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. Summary: Biogeochemical-Argo is the
extension of the Argo array of profiling floats to include floats that
are equipped with biogeochemical sensors for pH, oxygen, nitrate,
chlorophyll, suspended particles, and downwelling irradiance. The
Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling (SOCCOM)
program, with NSF, NOAA, and NASA support, has targeted 200 profiling
floats with oxygen, nitrate, pH and bio-optical sensors in the poorly
observed regions from 30°S down to areas with seasonal ice coverage as
far as 75°S. Computer and statistical models indicate that a global
array of 1000 biogeochemical floats will provide a transformative impact
on our knowledge of oceanic biogeochemical cycles, including carbon,
nitrogen and oxygen. With nearly 100 floats now operating in the SOCCOM
array, we have achieved 1/10 of the global target.
(January 31, 2018). PDF
Coffee and Questions in the Library. Event Hosts: Trevor Riley, Head of Public Services; 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 and a Knowledge Workshop on Journals. Coffee was provided to in-person attendees. (February 8, 2018). Coffee & Questions PDF
"Second launch" of the Coast & Geodetic Survey Ship Pathfinder! A NOAA Heritage Week event unveiled a recently restored painting of the famous ship. Distinguished Guests and Speakers: RDML Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., USN Ret., RDML Shepard Smith, Director, Coast Survey, and Craig McLean, Assistant Administrator, OAR. Event Sponsors: National Ocean Service; Office of the Coast Survey; NOAA Central Library; NOAA Preserve America Initiative; U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey Heritage Society. (February 9, 2018) PDF and check out our Pathfinder Facebook album and the Read more about the Pathfinder on the Pathfinder website.
Process studies to quantify ecosystem dynamics and inform EBFM in the central California Current. Presenter: Brian Wells, NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center. Summary: Brian Wells described the large- and
regional-scale environmental conditions of the Pacific Ocean Basin and
California Current shelf ecosystem that relate to forage, Chinook salmon
(Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), and seabird productivity in central
California. This information can be used to parameterize ecosystem
models and evaluate likely outcomes of ecosystem management options,
including considerations of three fishery resources and recovering
seabird populations. Wells put the work in the context of the EBFM
Register for the EBFM webinar series. (Feburary 14, 2018). PDF
NOAA Institutional Repository Seminar: 508 Compliance. Presenters: Jennifer Fagan-Fry, MLIS and Sarah Davis, MLS, NOAA Central Library. Summary: Welcome to NOAA's Institutional Repository Seminar Series! Each bimonthly NOAA IR seminar will be on a topic related to the NOAA IR. Registering for this seminar will provide you access to the full series of seminars. February 2018's topic is Section 508 Compliance. Recent developments in the NOAA IR and the submission process were discussed in regards to Section 508 compliance. A Q&A session will follow the presentation. NOAA's Institutional Repository (NOAA IR) provides long-term public access to NOAA publications and articles. Register for the NOAA Institutional Repository Seminar Series. (February 20, 2018) Accessible PDF is available. MP4
Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2017 Interim Report. Presenter: Philip Schneider, National Institute of Building Sciences. Abstract [Excerpt]: More than a decade after releasing its original report on mitigation,
the National Institute of Building Sciences issued Natural Hazard
Mitigation Saves: 2017 Interim Report. The 2017 Interim Report
highlights the benefits of two mitigation strategies.The Institute's
project team looked at the results of 23 years of federally funded
mitigation grants provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA), U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and found mitigation
funding can save the nation $6 in future disaster costs, for every $1
spent on hazard mitigation. In addition, the project team looked at
scenarios that focus on designing new buildings to exceed provisions of
the 2015 model building codes. The 2017 Interim Report demonstrates that
investing in hazard mitigation measures to exceed select requirements
of the 2015 International Codes (I-Codes), the model building codes
developed by the International Code Council (ICC), can save the nation
$4 for every $1 spent.
POC: Denna Geppi, NOAA Office of Performance, Risk & Social Science. To access the Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2017 Interim Report, please visit National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) page: https://www.nibs.org/page/mitigationsaves (Feburary 22, 2018)
Coffee and Questions in the Library. Event Hosts: Trevor Riley, Head of Public Services; Reference and Outreach Librarian: Katie Rowley; 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. Coffee was provided to in-person attendees.
Participants were asked to bring their coffee cups and their questions. If you have
further questions about the library's services, please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org (March 8, 2018)
Section 508 Compliance Training. Speaker: Timothy Creagan, US Access Board Staff members. Summary: Along with a high-level overview of the Revised 508 Standards, the presenter shared best practices, helpful tips, and provided real-life examples to better prepare your agency to successfully meet its 508 obligations. (March 8, 2018) Presentation Slides NOAA Specific 508 Training Questions Q&A
Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Sentry, a science community asset
of the National Deep Submergence Facility: current and future
. Presenter: Dr. Carl Kaiser, AUV Program Manager, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Summary: Dr. Kaiser discussed the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Sentry of the
National Deep Submergence Facility and its current and future
POC: Chris Beaverson (email@example.com) (March 9, 2018).
Fishing Effort Survey Transition Update. Presenters: Kelly Denit, Chief of the Domestic Fisheries Division in the Office of Sustainable Fisheries, and Dave Van Voorhees, Chief of the Fisheries Statistics Division in the Office of Science Technology. POC: Laura Diederick (firstname.lastname@example.org) NOAA MRIP/OST. Summary: In January 2018, NOAA Fisheries completed the transition to the mail-based Fishing Effort Survey to estimate the number of shore and private boat fishing trips taken by anglers on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. We combine that information with estimates of angler catch per trip, gathered through a separate survey, to develop total recreational catch estimates. Total recreational catch is one important source of data used by scientists and managers to help ensure healthy, productive fisheries. (March 14, 2018) PDF
Modeling the food web: The mass balance approach at the NEFSC. Presenter: Sean Lucey, NOAA Fisheries Biologist with the Ecosystems Dynamics & Assessment Branch, Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC). Summary: Ecosystem models are useful for providing
context and understand of the system within which management decision
are being made. Among a wide range of ecosystem models, a common
approach for fisheries related questions are aggregate or box models,
including a popular representation of the ecosystem as a mass balance
model. Sean will discuss the general mass balance approach and how it
has been applied at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center.
Please Register for the EBM/EBFM webinar series. (March 14, 2018) Presentation slides, MP4,Transcript
NCL Knowledge Workshop: Predatory Publishing and Evaluating Journals. Presenter: Trevor Riley, Head of Public Services. Summary: Welcome to the bimonthly series: NCL Knowledge Workshops. Lead by Trevor Riley, Head of Public Services at the NOAA Central Library, each bimonthly NCL Knowledge Workshop will feature a different topic. March's NCL Knowledge Workshop topic was Predatory Publishing and Evaluating Journals. With
the rise of the Open Access movement, the scientific community is now
facing exploitative publishing practices by predatory publishers. In
this Knowledge Workshop you will learn about common characteristics of
these journals and how to evaluate a publication. The library will also
introduce you to tools you can use when selecting the best place to
publish your research!
(March 20, 2018). Stay tuned for the related LibGuide coming in the next few weeks! Slides, MP4, Transcript The next NCL Knowledge Workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, May 15th at 2PM EDT. Topic: Bibliometrics. Register for the NCL Knowledge Workshop series.
Women in NOAA Corps: A Women's History month presentation. Presenter: LTJG Melissa D. Mathes, NOAA Commissioned Corps, Assistant to the Deputy Director National Weather Service. Summary: In
honor of Women's History month, Lieutenant Melissa D. Mathes, NOAA
Corps, will discuss the historical role of women in NOAA Corps and her
own road to NOAA Corps.
About the Speaker: Mathes
graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M University in 2013 with a
Bachelor's of Science in Marine Biology. Mathes joined the NOAA
Commissioned Corps in 2014, following service in the U.S. Army Reserves
and the U.S. Navy. (
March 26, 2018) Slides, MP4, Transcript
Library Database Training: Basic Westlaw for NOAA. Presenter: Westlaw Representatives Jared Underberg, JD from Thomson Reuters.Summary: Learn how to find answers quickly and efficiently with Westlaw. During the training session, the topics covered included: Your Westlaw Subscription, Key Number System, Navigating Case Law & Administrative Decisions, Using KeyCite to check whether a case, statute, or regulation is still good law, Graphical Statutes/RegulationsPlus, Westlaw Exclusives - Learn how to navigate through statutes and regulations using Graphical Statutes and Regulations, Expansive Collection of Secondary Resources, Effective Searching and Filtering, Folders – including enhancements exclusive to Westlaw, Customizing Your Content, Resources for NOAA, Q&A time. (March 28, 2018)Slides, MP4, Transcript