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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Environmental Cooperative Science Center (ECSC) mission is to train a new generation of environmental scientists in NOAA-related sciences, particularly from under-represented minority groups, and to develop the natural and social science tools for integrated assessments of ecosystem health in support of coastal environmental decision making…read more about the ECSC


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Upcoming Event-2014 ECSC Center Wide Core Competency Course

The ECSC will host the 2014 Center Wide Core Competency (CWCC) Course in St. Teresa, Florida from August 3rd to August 9th.

The CWCC course focuses on coastal and marine ecosystem dynamics (classroom based) and field research methodologies (field based) as basic core competencies for all ECSC students. The course is topically based, looking at the various demands placed on coastal systems by human uses, as well as anthropogenic stresses and ecosystem processes and services.

Please check back for updates on this event.

To read about the 2013 ECSC CWCC Course click here

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Congratulations to Rebekah Rodriguez,NOAA ECSC UT-B Graduate Student-accepted to join 2014 Okeanos Explorer Research Cruise

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Congratulations to Rebekah Rodriguez ,NOAA ECSC graduate student at University of Texas-Brownsvile,on her selection as the FY 14 EPP Intern on the NOAA Research Vessel Okeanos Explorer.  Rebekah will join the Seamounts Cruise from August 9-30.

Rebekah's research interests include deep sea corals and their associations with bathymetry and habitat. 

To view Rebekah's profile please click here

(photo courtesy of Oceanexplorer.noaa.gov)



2014 FAMU School of the Environment Summer Camp sponsored by the NOAA ECSC


The Florida A&M University School of the Environment Summer Camp is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Environmental Cooperative Science Center (ECSC). The camp is a three-week day camp for eighth through eleventh grade students with an interest in NOAA related STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines.

The SOE Summer Camp plays a vital role in preparing its students for their pursuit of careers not only in the sciences, but in all facets of professional life requiring leadership, critical thinking, and understanding of our multi-disciplinary world. 

This year the  students were exposed to hands on laboratory experiments, guest lectures, and several field trips with a focus on "Anthropogenic Stressors".  Lectures and labs was centered around several subjects including:storm water runoff, plastic consumption, and rain gardens. 

Two additional sessions were added to the students’ daily activities this year: Career Development and “Keep it Moving”. 

 o   The Career Development component required each student to research the career of their choice: skill set needed, degree required, and salary range. This component included several self -assessment quizzes and a final powerpoint presentation about the students’ dream career.

 o   The “Keep it Moving” component gave the students a chance to get out of the laboratory and classroom settings to experience physical activities outdoors. Activities included gathering samples for laboratory experiments, kick ball games, and team races.

Final student projects included individual Career Development power points and a Group scientific poster addressing one of the topics from the summer camp theme” Anthropogenic Stressors”.

To view the group posters please click here

Searching for fossils at the BASF Mine siteBASF Mine SiteNOAA ECSC Graduate Student Duc Le assisting students in fossil digVisit to the Museum of Florida HistoryBehind the scenes tour of the Conservation Lab at the Museum of Florida HistoryMuseum of Florida History -Conservation LabBusy at work while visiting the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR)Receiving instructions on how to take water quality readings with hand-held YSI instruments at ANERRAssessing water quality at Apalachicola NERR in relation to stressors in the environmentWebinar with NOAA ESCSC Alumnus Dr. Donatto Surratt ( Senior Ecologist, Everglades National Park)Cascade Park Tour with Blueprint 2000 Senior Planner Autumn CalderCascade Park Tour-Smokey Hollow Historic Neighborhood MemorialCascade Park-Imagination FountainAnalyzing water samples in the labGood times in the lab with NOAA ECSC Graduate student LaTrisha AllenComputer lab sessionHaving fun at ApalachicolaStormwater Lecture with NOAA ECSC Postdoctoral Associate Dr. Daniel Osborne

Congratulations to Cynthia McGee -NOAA-ECSC Fellow & FAMU College of Law Graduate (JD)

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The NOAA ECSC is proud to announce Cynthia McGee's article Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: The Failure of U.S. Oil Dispersant Policy and Lessons to Be Learned from Australia and Norway, has been published as the lead article in 4 Law of the Sea Reports (2014) (online journal of the American Society of International Law).  Cynthia prepared this paper as a NOAA-ECSC fellow in the Ocean and Coastal Law Seminar in the spring of 2013 taught by Professor Randall Abate at the FAMU College of Law.

To view Cynthia's article please select the link below:

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: The Failure of U.S. Oil Dispersant Policy and Lessons to Be Learned from Australia and Norway









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