USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program
Recent News - stories from the last 14 days.
Ilsa Kuffner (USGS–Research Marine Biologist) will be giving a talk to the Department of Interior Senior Ocean Policy Team (SOPT). The SOPT coordinates and advises on the DOI's approach to implementing the National Ocean Policy. President Obama signed an Executive Order on July 19, 2010, adopting the final recommendations and establishing a National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Coasts, and Great Lakes. Kuffner will highlight the work of USGS scientists working on coral reefs within our National Parks, NOAA Sanctuaries, and State and Territory waters. Coral reefs are ecosystems in crisis: they are degrading quickly from the effects of climate change, overfishing, and many other stressors. Kuffner will be representing the work of several scientists at St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, including Kim Yates, David Zawada, Christina Kellogg, Julie Richey, and Lauren Toth.
Kim Yates and Ilsa Kuffner (Research Oceanographer and Marine Biologist, respectively), were co-authors of several articles in the June 2015 special issue of Oceanography, the magazine of the Oceanography Society. The special issue is titled "Emerging Themes in Ocean Acidification Science" and summarizes discussions of an international group of experts that gathered for the 2nd U.S. Ocean Acidification Principal Investigators' Meeting at Gallaudet University's Kellogg Conference Center, Washington, DC, September 17–20, 2013. Yates was one of four guest editors for the issue as well as co-author on three articles, and Kuffner was a co-author on one article. Ocean acidification (OA) is the chronic decrease in the pH of seawater over recent decades caused primarily by uptake of fossil-fuel derived atmospheric CO2. The excess CO2 is absorbed by the ocean and causes changes in seawater carbonate chemistry that have far-reaching effects on plants and animals living in oceans across the globe.
Heather Henkel (USGS Information Technology Specialist) was invited to give a presentation from June 22–24 to several groups at the USGS in Reston, Virginia. Participants include the Eastern Geographic Science Center and the Ecosystems Mission Area. The talk covered two topics, "What (and Why): Overview of new Survey Manual Chapters/Instructional Memoranda," and "How (and Where and Who): *Free* Data Management Resources to Help You Fulfill the New Requirements." The presentation provided an overview of the new Survey Instructional Memos, as well as walking scientists and managers through available resources and where to go for help.