Winter 2018
Dear Friends,

Science Serving the Delaware Coast
We are at an exciting time in our program's history, a time that will shape the impact Sea Grant has in Delaware for a long time to come, because we are hiring new Marine Advisory Service (MAS) specialists, who work with partners throughout the state to translate cutting-edge science into practical improvements in our lives, communities and ecosystems.

We recently brought on Danielle Swallow as our new coastal hazards and climate resiliency specialist. Last year we added an interdisciplinary ecologist, Jame McCray, who has a PhD in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and years of experience in connecting people to science through the arts. And we are currently in the middle of a search for a new aquaculture/fisheries/seafood technologies specialist.

The coming months will bring opportunities to see the impact of MAS, starting with performances by students from a class Jame taught over the University of Delaware's Winter Session. In the four-week course, they learned about the ecology of Delmarva Bays-unique vernal pools on the peninsula that provide critical habitat for many species of plants, amphibians and reptiles-then embodied those creatures in dance. They will be performing for the public every day at the Philadelphia Flower Show from March 3 to 11.
On March 21, Danielle Swallow will serve on a panel to answer questions about sea level rise, how we can all prepare, and what we need to do as a state to address the many challenges it brings. The panel discussion will follow a screening of Tidewater in Newark sponsored by the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE).

And education specialist Chris Petrone will again help with CEOE's Taking an Interest in Delaware's Estuary (TIDE) Camp, which isn't until July, but applications for high schoolers who want to attend are due by April 15.

Thank you for your continuing support of Delaware Sea Grant
and the national Sea Grant program.



Ed Lewandowski, M.S.
Acting Director, Delaware Sea Grant
Meredith Kurz
Delaware Sea Grant sends
new Knauss Fellow to NOAA

Meredith Kurz, who completed her master of marine policy at UD in 2017, started working in the ocean acidification research program at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) this month.  Kurz is one of just 61 finalists selected from 24 separate Sea Grant programs for the 2018 fellowship program. Read More >>
oyster aquaculture
#WhySeaGrant - Building the coastal economy of tomorrow

DESG has joined Sea Grant programs across the country by launching a video series that answers the question, Why Sea Grant? In the first installment, we hear from a Delaware Sea Grant-funded researcher, Kent Messer, who has studied consumers' preferences in preparation for an oyster aquaculture industry that DESG and partners throughout the state have been working to develop in the Inland Bays. Watch the video >>
Montgomery Blair High School Team A
Delaware Sea Grant organizes Chesapeake Bay Bowl

Providing an opportunity to high school students from four states to learn about marine science and compete in an academic bowl, Delaware Sea Grant worked to spread ocean literacy and knowledge of marine careers through hosting the regional competition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. Read more about the day and watch a video of a teacher describing its impact >>
Coastal Resiliency Summit draws officials from across
the state

Delaware Sea Grant sponsored the inaugural Delaware Resilient and Sustainable Communities Summit, which attracted more than 250 stakeholders from Delaware agencies, academic institutions, non-profits and, critically, 22 local Delaware communities. Read More >>
Bonus Features from Delaware Sea Grant

Sea Talk:
Research in the Arctic

Researchers are exploring areas from Greenland to Alaska to examine everything from how the thawing of per-mafrost affects vegetation and the carbon cycle to the effects of maritime transportation on the region's waters.

water sampling

Salty Memoirs 
With Women's History Month coming up in March, consider learning more about CEOE's pioneering research scientist, Dr. Joanne Daiber, in the book she wrote about the origins of Delaware Sea Grant's home institution.  

 Salty Memoirs_ Adventures in Marine Science
Desktop Wallpaper

Bring the beauty of the coast to your computer screen with our online cal-endars. In addition, check out the list of notable dates, environmental facts, and web links.

esktop Calendar Wallpaper - February 2018
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