Welcome to the
MPA Monitoring Enterprise’s August e-update!
North Coast monitoring proposals due August 14!
AT A GLANCE
NEWS & UPDATES
We welcome two new team members!
Dr. Michael “Moose” O’Donnell has joined our team as a Senior Scientist working on a range of projects that span MPA monitoring, fisheries and ocean acidification initiatives. Moose is an interdisciplinary marine ecologist fascinated by the factors that affect species distributions. He brings to the position deep roots in California ecology having done his PhD at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station, studying the effects of waves on marine communities. Moose also has extensive experience studying the biological impacts of ocean acidification, both as a postdoc at UC Santa Barbara, and at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories.
Dr. Benét Duncan has joined our team as an Associate Scientist. Her work will focus on developing and implementing ongoing monitoring for California’s Central Coast marine protected area network. Prior to joining OST, Benét served as a postdoctoral fellow at Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. There, she led an effort to develop ocean climate indicators for the North Central California coast and ocean and to incorporate the indicators into a regional monitoring inventory and plan. Benét received a B.S. in Atmospheric Science from UC Davis, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she focused on regional physical oceanography.
North Coast monitoring proposals due August 14
Proposals to conduct baseline monitoring in the North Coast region are due this Wednesday, August 14. The North Coast MPA Baseline Program Request for Proposals (RFP) was released on April 24 for a 16-week open period. To submit a proposal, log-on to eSeagrant and follow the instructions in Section II-F of the RFP, which provides information on how to set-up an account and start a new application under the “NCMPA Baseline Program”. If you have questions regarding the eSeagrant system or technical problems with submission, please contact Roberto Chavez at 858-534-4441. Additional resources can be found on the North Coast MPA Baseline Program page on OceanSpaces.
OceanSpaces hits 500 members!
We’re hitting an exciting milestone this month on OceanSpaces – 500 members! The growth of the community is truly heartening and we continue to focus our efforts on building new connections. You can help by creating a group profile page on OceanSpaces for your organization, research lab, or ocean topic of interest. We’re also thrilled to report that the Central Coast Symposium page has received almost 11,000 views! Check out videos of all the scientific talks on baseline MPA monitoring results, as well as panel discussions from the symposium.
Facing West has several new blogs this month. Don’t miss learning about new research on white abalone and a great policy blog on the challenge of effectively integrating science and decision-making. Send us your stories at firstname.lastname@example.org!
What's new in the North Central Coast?
Researchers leading baseline monitoring projects in the North Central Coast have completed their data collection and analyses. Data packages for these projects are currently under review and will be publicly available on OceanSpaces this fall. Follow the North Central Coast MPA Baseline Program page on OceanSpaces to receive notifications when new packages are uploaded.
Eleven projects make up the North Central Coast MPA Baseline Program, with comprehensive geographic coverage within the region, including nine ecosystem features. Find out more about these projects by visiting the program page on OceanSpaces. Annual progress reports are available for each project on the California Sea Grant website.
California Citizen Science Initiative: Advisory Group
The California Citizen Science Initiative (CCSI) was launched recently to explore ways that citizen science can play a role in cost-effective, sustainable, and long-term monitoring of California’s MPAs. As an important early step in the initiative, we convened the first meeting of the CCSI Advisory Group on July 30. The advisory group provides ongoing guidance and support based on a broad range of research and practical experience related to citizen science, monitoring, and adaptive management. In particular, the members are helping to frame research and assessment questions, provide feedback on key products, and help us to evaluate ourselves during the first phase of this initiative. Each advisory group member is listed under “Collaborators” on initiative page. Click their profile pictures to learn more about them.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will there be a summary report of key findings from the North Central Coast MPA Baseline Program?
Our team is leading the development of a ‘State of the North Central Coast’ summary report to provide an overview of key findings, baseline characterization of Ecosystem Features, and initial ecological and socioeconomic changes following MPA implementation. Over the next year, we will work in collaboration with California Department of Fish and Wildlife, baseline program researchers and many other partners to generate this summary report. Stay tuned by following the North Central Coast MPA Baseline Program page on OceanSpaces!
Did you know?
There are more than 100 'data packages' from the North Central Coast MPA Baseline Program! They will be available to download from OceanSpaces this fall.