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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

ECSC Director's Welcome Address

On Monday, September 8, 2014, NOAA ECSC Director, Dr. Michael Abazinge held a Center-wide meeting welcoming all new and current NOAA ECSC students, staff, and faculty.  A video of the Welcome Address and NOAA ECSC 101 are available. To view these videos, see the links below.

WELCOME ADDRESS (Video)

NOAA ECSC 101 (Video)




Latest News

FAMU Students March for Climate Change in New York City

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On Sunday September 21, 2014, Florida A&M University students made history by participating in the People’s Climate March in New York City. Fueled by the support of the university, their desire for immediate change, and concern for future generations, they flooded the streets in peaceful protest with 1000+ organizations, totaling over 310,000 people. They rallied alongside other HBCUs such as Spelman, Howard, Texas Southern, Lincoln, Xavier, Clark, and Dillard, and as a unit, demanded that their voices be heard. They spoke out against industries that propel climate change by using “dirty” practices as well as climate injustice. They were some of the few minorities in attendance at the march, and their goal was to represent the underserved and underrepresented communities who are impacted the most by global warming. Chanting “This is my people’s territory!” they made it clear that their communities were no longer interested in being passive spectators of the destruction of the environment. This was a great way to start off the school year and catalyze FAMU’s sustainable transformation.    

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Jamila Tull - Gulf of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Internship

Congratulations to ECSC senior environmental science student, Jamila Tull. She was awarded a great opportunity to intern at NOAA’s Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary in San Francisco as a part of the NOAA EPP Scholarship. Jamila worked under lead researcher, Jan Roletto, to develop a short film of deep-sea corals and sponges, and to develop a web-based Sanctuary Integrated Monitoring Network (SIMoN) which allows the general public to have access to footage from deep-sea explorations and sample-collecting cruises. Her film was shown at the NOAA Student symposium and Jamila hopes to present her work in future conferences.    

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2014 Bioindicators Workshop

NOAA ECSC Hosts a Pair of Workshops by National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) Scientists on “Bioindicators of Ecosystem Health”

Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL, September 9-12, 2014

Univeristy of Texas-Brownsville, Brownsville, TX, September 15-17, 2014 

Drs. Lonnie Golsalves and Gretchen Messick from the NCCOS Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research (CCEHBR) Cooperative Oxford Laboratory (Oxford, MD) facilitated two “Bioindicators of Ecosystem Health” workshops for ECSC students and faculty.  The first workshop took place September 9-11, 2014, in Tallahassee, Florida, at Florida A&M University (FAMU), and the second was September 15-17, 2014, at the University of Texas-Brownsville (UTB).  These workshops highlighted specific protocols and analysis tools used by NCCOS scientists to assess ecosystem health. These tools focus on using indicators of organismal well-being to estimate population-level health, habitat quality, and ecosystem change in response to environmental factors. As proposed, the workshop will encompass 1) field sampling of live organisms and health observations, 2) lab-based techniques to assess animal health, and 3) incorporation of bioindicators into biogeographic assessments and modeling.  The learning objectives for these workshops are as follows:

  1. Increase student knowledge of bioindicators used in NCCOS programs to characterize ecosystem health. Focus on living resources and observations of gross pathology, histopathology, disease markers, biochemical and molecular techniques, and ecotoxicology
  2. Improve student understanding of how to incorporate these techniques into ecosystem characterization and ecological processes. In addition, provide real examples of how NCCOS incorporates bioindicators into biogeographic, forecasting/modeling, and ecosystem services data products
  3. Promote the transfer of NCCOS technology/capabilities to ECSC students/faculty for use during ongoing and future research initiatives

Special guest speakers for the 2014 Bioindicators Workshop included:

  • Dr. Paul Montagna (ECSC Institutional Lead, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi)
  • Dr. John Schalles, (ECSC Institutional Lead, Creighton University)

2014 Bioindicators Workshop Photos

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NOAA ECSC 2014 Center Wide Core Competency course

From August 3rd through the 9th, the NOAA ECSC hosted the intensive training Center Wide Core Competency (CWCC) course for undergraduate and graduate students with partnering institutions- Florida A&M University, Creighton University, Delaware State University, Jackson State University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and University of Texas-Brownsville.  The week-long course was organized by ECSC faculty members with leadership from Dr. Jennifer Cherrier (FAMU Associate Professor) who brought in numerous experts in their respective fields to lead portions of the course held at FSU’s Marine Laboratory located in St. Teresa, Florida. 

The CWCC course exemplifies the NOAA Educational Partnership Program’s mission by increasing the number of students from underrepresented communities who are educated, trained and graduated in fields that directly support NOAA's mission and STEM disciplines. The CWCC coursework included coastal and marine ecosystem dynamics (classroom based) and field research methodologies (field based) with a focus on the five research areas of the Center – Ecological Processes, Ecosystem Characterization, Forecasting & Modeling, Policy & Decision Tools, and Socio-economic Processes.

To cohesively tie all five major research areas together, the final project was a Problem Based Learning (PBL) group assignment where groups of students took an environmental issue (a proposed residential development community in Franklin County, Florida) and approached it from different stakeholder groups point of view including environmental activists, land developers, fishermen and the local government. This PBL activity challenged the students to think outside of the box when it comes to real world decision-making, demonstrate knowledge of the local system, and integrate what they learned from the course's focus area activities.

Special guest speakers for the 2014 NOAA ECSC CWCC included:

·    Dr. Geoffrey Scott (Chair of the Department of Environment Health Sciences, University of South Carolina; former Director of NOAA NOS Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Bimolecular Research(CCEHBR))

·    Steve Leitman (Environmental Scientist and Expert on the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River System)

·    Lee Edmiston (Former Manager, Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve)

2014 CWCC Photos

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