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NOAA Knauss Fellows Lightening Talks/2021 Knauss Fellows Lunch & Learn Seminar Series
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Join us for Knauss Fellows Lightening talks, where four fellows each take 10 minutes to highlight their dissertation research. Moderated by Caleb Taylor, Knauss Fellow with the Committee on the Marine Transportation System, U.S. Department of Transportation.Keywords: salt marsh, carbon sequestration, blue carbon, water quality, watershed management, citizen science, Chesapeake Bay, submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV), wave energyHow much carbon is stored in the Plum Island Salt Marsh and what is it worth?Abstract:
Salt marshes are dynamic systems that provide important ecosystem services, like carbon sequestration. Annual carbon sequestration rates have been studied, however, few publications exist quantifying the total carbon stock of salt marshes. This presentation will focus on quantifying the total amount of carbon sequestered and its monetary value in a portion of the Plum Island salt marsh located in northern Massachusetts.Presenter(s):
Sandra Demberger, Knauss Fellow with US Fish & Wildlife Service's Coastal ProgramBio(s):
The week is Sandra Demberger's one-year thesis defense anniversary! Sandra is a 2021 Knauss Fellow who serves as a Coastal and Marine Resource Specialist for the Fish & Wildlife Service's Coastal Program. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware (her home state) and her masters from Villanova University.Chasing phosphorus: impacts of past land use on current water quality
Changes in land use and food production systems over decades have led to the accumulation of historic, or legacy nutrients, in watersheds across the U.S. This presentation will give a high level overview of research that quantified historical phosphorus flows through an agricultural watershed in the Great Lakes region to understand how legacy phosphorus may be delaying improvements in water quality and the implications for more sustainable management.Presenter(s):
Rachel Johnson, Knauss Fellow with the Office of the Assistant Administrator, National Ocean Service, NOAABio(s):
Rachel is a 2021 Knauss Fellow in NOAA's National Ocean Service working on coastal resilience policy. Prior to joining NOAA, Rachel earned MS degrees in Water Resources Management and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, worked in environmental education and watershed management, and completed her undergraduate at Carleton College. Throughout her studies and previous work, Rachel has focused on collaborating with local communities to understand and adapt to impacts of climate and land use change on freshwater resources.
Codeveloping and evaluating a citizen science monitoring program Chesapeake Bay submerged aquatic vegetationAbstract:
Research on submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) directly informs policy decisions in the Chesapeake Bay; however, limitations to professional scientists' data collection capabilities have left knowledge gaps that hinder scientific research and management efforts. This presentation will 1) describe the collaborative process of working with environmental stakeholders to develop a volunteer monitoring protocol and training program, 2) highlight key aspects of the program, and 3) share insights learned from follow-up reflections and interviews with collaborators. This research can inform the creation of other participatory research programs that simultaneously prioritize engagement, education, and the collection of high-quality data.Presenter(s):
Suzi Webster, Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Specialist, Technology Partnerships Office, NOAABio(s):
Suzi Webster serves as the Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Specialist in NOAA's Technology Partnerships Office. She is also a PhD Candidate at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, where she researches stakeholder engagement in environmental research and management. Prior to joining NOAA, Suzi worked on a team of science communication professionals at the Integration & Application Network and earned a bachelors degree in Biology and Anthropology from the University of Notre Dame.The potential application of ocean energy for small island developing nations
This presentation will be a high level overview of the international applications of ocean, tidal and wave energy. Including market opportunities in Small Island Developing nations to replace high cost diesel fuels for aquaculture, desalination, disaster relief and local grid stability.Presenter(s):
Maya Whalen-Kipp, Marine & Energy Interagency Coordinator Department of EnergyBio(s):
Maya is the Interagency Knauss Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy Wind Energy Technology Office and Water Power Technology Office. She is passionate about de-carbonize the electrical grid and support a just energy transition. Previously Maya worked in community solar, coastal resiliency and marine conservation. Maya has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Fiji and holds a MS in Climate Policy from Bard College.
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