Training to explore community strategies for changing climate

A climate adaptation training course for coastal communities will take place Wednesday-Friday, Feb. 27-March 1, at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center, 1815 Popps Ferry Road, in Biloxi. The interactive, three-day training course will offer climate adaptation toolkits that will help identify and address planning priorities. The training is for land-use planners, coastal managers, public works staff, floodplain managers, hazard mitigation planners, emergency managers, local officials, municipal boards, community groups and environmental organizations.

Upon completion, attendees will be able to recognize the changes and variability in climate and climate’s influence on coastal communities; understand key elements to consider for a vulnerability assessment; evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of adaptation strategies; and identify existing plans (hazard mitigation plan, comprehensive plan) where adaptation strategies may be incorporated.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coastal Services Center training staff and local partners will teach the course. Continuing Education Credits have been applied for through the American Planning Association and the Association of State Floodplain Managers.

The fee for the course is $30. To register, contact Michael Shelton of the Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve at or 251-928-9792 or Gwen Shaughnessy of the NOAA Coastal Services Center at

The training is offered through a partnership among the NOAA Coastal Services Center, Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant, Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Alabama Department of Coastal and Natural Resources State Lands Division and Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant seeks candidates for fellowship in marine policy

The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium is seeking applicants for the 2014 Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship.

Knauss fellows spend a year in positions related to marine policy in the legislative and executive branches of the federal government in the Washington, D.C., area. Past fellows have worked in the offices of U.S. senators and representatives, on congressional subcommittees and at agencies, such as the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

To apply, candidates must be in a graduate or professional program during the spring 2013 semester in a marine- or aquatic-related field at an accredited institution of higher education.

Fellowships run from Feb. 1, 2014, to Jan. 31, 2015, and pay a stipend of $45,000 plus $9,000 for health insurance, moving expenses and travel.

Applications are due at the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium office Feb. 15, 2013.

More application details and information about the fellowship are available on the National Sea Grant College Program website. You may also contact Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium Research Coordinator Loretta Leist. To recommend potential candidates, contact LaDon Swann, director of the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium.

Here’s a video about the Knauss fellowship from the point of view of former fellows who were sponsored by the Alaska Sea Grant College Program.


MASGC requests pre-proposals for research funding

The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium (MASGC) is accepting pre-proposals for one- or two-year innovative research projects that address coastal issues.

Pre-proposals in the 2014-2016 research funding competition must apply to at least one MASGC focus area (healthy coastal ecosystems, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture or resilient communities and economies). Funding requests of no more than $75,000 are recommended. A 50-percent non-federal match is required for all projects.

The deadline for pre-proposals is Feb. 22, 2013.

For more information about submission guidelines, funding levels and MASGC focus areas, go to MASGC Director LaDon Swann with additional inquiries at 251-648-5877 or