Welcome to the NOAA-ECSC Website!
Tomorrow's Environmental Scientists Today.

We train and graduate the next generation of future scientists.

Graduate Students Prepare Final Presentation
During the Annual CWCC

Center-Wide Core Competency short course.

ECSC Ph.D. Students
Work the NOAA-EPP Forum Booth

Education and Science forum.

Education and Outreach!
The SOE Summer Camp

Training and Educating Future Scientists.

Who we are


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.


Our vision is to become a center of excellence in training and graduating scientists and managers, particularly from under-represented groups to meet the future workforce of NOAA and other science-mission driven agencies in the 21st century.


The Educational Partnership Program of NOAA’s Office of Education funds the NOAA-ECSC. The Center has made numerous notable accomplishments in postsecondary education, outreach and K-12 education, as well as research and management. Here are a few achievements:

  • Over 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students trained in NOAA-related sciences.
  • 210 students graduated to date in NOAA core science areas (35 Ph.D., 57 M.S., 4 M.A., 103 B.S., 10 J.D., 1 B.A.) with additional students currently in the pipeline.
  • Over 600 students per year complete courses taught by ECSC faculty in NOAA-mission relevant fields at partner institutions.
  • A peer-reviewed, post-secondary lecture series in Introductory Oceanography, based on the Ocean Science Concept-driven Interactive (OSCI) teaching model. http://www.aslo.org/lectures/fundamentals.html
  • Over 242 peer-reviewed scientific and technical publications in NOAA-related sciences by ECSC faculty and students
  • Over $86,000,000 in additional grants and contracts leveraged over NOAA EPP base funding.

Research Focus


Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 2:00P.M. (EST)

Carbon and the Biogeochemical Cycling of Heavy Metals and Trace Elements in the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Jacqueline McComb, Ph.D. Student - Jackson State University

Fundulus as a model for comparative toxicology: Increasing the ecological relevance of shared modes of action through the incorporation of phylogenetics and species sensitivities

Mark Dugo, Ph.D. Student - Jackson State University

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 2:00P.M. (EST)

Non-Discrimination , Discrimination, Harassment, and Title IX

Mrs. Carrie Gavin, Director, FAMU Equal Opportunity Programs and Labor Relations

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 2:00P.M. (EST)

Oil Rig Decommissioning in the Gulf of Mexico: Policy, Socio-Economic, and Environmental Issues

Elena Kobrinski, Ph.D. Student, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

(Title Pending)

Mayra Lopez, M.S. Student, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 2:00P.M. (EST)

Professional Presence

Dr. Bernadette Kelley, NOAA-ECSC Deputy Director

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 2:00P.M. (EST)

Resume Writing

Dr. Delores Dean, Director, FAMU Career Center

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 2:00P.M. (EST)

Conflict Resolution

(Presenter pending)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 2:00P.M. (EST)

Interview Skills

Mr. Cecile Washington, Coordinator, FAMU Career Development

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 2:00P.M. (EST)

School to Work Transition

Mr. Cecile Washington, Coordinator, FAMU Career Development

ECSC-NCCOS Webinar Series

Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 12:00P.M. (EST)

Organization: Grays Reef National Marine Sanctuary

Speaker(s): Jenny Vander Pluym (Acting Research Coordinator GRNMS) and Sarah Fangman (Sanctuary Superintendent GRNMS)

Contact: jenny.vanderpluym@noaa.gov

Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 12:00P.M. (EST)

Organization: NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserves

Speaker(s): Marie Bundy (NOAA NERR's Research Coordinator), Christina Morhman (ECSC NERRs Coordinator, GBNERR), other additions may follow

Contact: marie.bundy@noaa.gov and christina.morhman@dmr.ms.gov

Coming soon!

Socio-economic Postdoctoral Position Available!

training and educating a new generation of environmental scientists in
NOAA-related sciences,
particularly from under-represented minority groups.

Student / testimonials

  •   1515 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd,
         305-D FSH Science Research Center
         Tallahassee, FL 32307
  •   (850) 412-7797


The Environmental Cooperative Science Center (Award# NA11SEC4810001) was established in 2001 as part of NOAA's Educational Partnership Program to address ecological and coastal management issues at specific National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERR) and National Marine Sanctuaries.

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