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Now Hiring: MSG Seeks Program Coordinator

Event Date: 2/25/2015
End Date: 3/4/2015

To apply, see: MSG Program Coordinator, Job #107067

Michigan Sea Grant (MSG) is seeking a motivated, organized and outgoing individual with an understanding of Great Lakes and coastal issues to serve as a Program Coordinator. The right candidate will have a passion for sharing science-based information and will be highly collaborative in their approach.

A collaborative effort of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, MSG promotes knowledge of the Great Lakes through research, outreach and education. MSG is part of the NOAA-National Sea Grant network of 33 university-based programs in coastal areas around the country. This position reports to the MSG Program Manager/Fiscal Officer.

Note: This is a one-year, term-limited appointment with the possibility of renewal contingent on funding.


  • Assist in preparing, writing, and formatting project plans, reports, grant proposals and other documents as needed.
  • Coordinate and prepare progress and final reports and news briefs.
  • Provide general support for grant projects as needed, including summarizing meetings, activities, and accomplishments, assisting with project coordination, and drafting new grant proposals.
  • Assist with MSG educators and extension specialists on promoting the use of educational resources and identifying cooperative efforts.
  • Assist with recruiting applicants for Graduate Fellowships.
  • Assist of project reporting process and draft research portion of annual reports.
  • Participate in and help organize meetings and conferences, as needed.
  • Communicate with stakeholders and partners.
  • Ensure regulatory and university policy compliance for special projects or ongoing programs.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Some evening and weekend work is required for seminars and events.

Required Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field e.g. environment policy, natural resource management, water related sciences or relevant work experience.
  • Ability to work independently and to meet a well-defined series of deadlines.
  • Excellent written and communication (oral, listening, presenting, and speaking) skills.
  • Detail-oriented with the ability to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines in a timely manner.
  • Strong computing skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office suite and Google apps, online research skills and general comfort with web-based systems.

Desired Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., environment policy, natural resource management, water related sciences) or relevant work experience.
  • A strong network within the relevant resource management, policy-making, university and/or Great Lakes industry/business communities.
  • Grant writing and grant management experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with ability to work as a team member within established office structures.
  • Creative thinking and desire to contribute to a fun and inspired office environment.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

Work Schedule

40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Webinar: Using Adaptive Management for Fish Habitat Restoration

Event Date: 3/26/2015

Michigan Sea Grant Extension Educator Mary Bohling will discuss how adaptive management was employed to build fish populations in the St. Clair and Detroit rivers. Her discussion, Using Adaptive Management to Create Sustainable Great Lakes Fish Communities via Habitat Restoration will be the featured talk during the March 26 Interagency Ecological Restoration Quality Committee Webinar Series. The presentations will be approximately 30 minutes long, followed by an open discussion.

The Interagency Ecological Restoration Quality Committee hosts monthly webinars in an effort to bring restoration practitioners from across the country together to present and discuss the innovations aimed at improving the quality of ecosystem restoration data.

To join: Click Here; Phone 800-782-1258, access code 1025910

More details: Series Flyer (PDF)

IAGLR Annual Conference

Event Date: 5/25/2015
End Date: 5/29/2015

Fellow researchers from around the world will gather in Burlington, Vermont, for the International Association for Great Lakes Research’s 58th Annual Conference. A great program is in store with four days of scientific sessions and speakers focusing on the theme New Views New Tools in relation to Great Lakes research.

More information: IAGLR Details

Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership Conference

Event Date: 3/11/2015

The Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership is pleased to announce the return of its Shoreline and Shallows Conference this year. This popular one-day conference will be held on Wednesday, March 11 during ANR Week at MSU’s Kellogg Center in East Lansing.

Links to a full agenda flyer and to online registration for the one-day conference may be found by visiting the MNSP Shoreline and Shallows Conference webpage at Early bird registration is $35 and includes lunch. Regular registration (after February 25) is $45, including lunch. Walk-ins are accepted but lunch is not guaranteed.

Topics include:
  • Lakeshore protection in Vermont
  • Ecology, Policy and Social Processes
  • Shoreline Restoration:
  • Lake and River Differences and Challenges
  • Plant Design Processes for Lake Shorelines and Stream Banks
  • Estimating Costs for Shoreline Installations
  • Project Results from the MNSP: What Went Right, What Went Wrong

The conference takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (GLSI) Regional Networking Meeting

Event Date: 2/17/2015

Bringing Great Lakes Science Alive through Place-Based Education

Your school, your community organization, and YOU are invited to participate in the annual, youth-education-focused Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (NE MI GLSI) Regional Network meeting 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17 in Alpena, Michigan. A focus this year is Great Lakes stewardship through citizen science! This is your opportunity to provide input and guidance on how GLSI can better support place-based education programming in northeast Michigan!

Program Expectations/Objectives: 

  • Learn about the NE MI GLSI network. Will include educational updates, information and resources in support of your stewardship education programs and efforts.
  • Network, share and trade lessons learned with participating partners; connect with educators and community partners from the region.
  • Contribute to the future direction of your regional stewardship initiative.

Registration Information:

We hope you will join us — and please share with those who may be interested in participating. The event is free!

  • RSVP by Feb. 12th. Please contact Brandon Schroeder at or (989) 354-9885.
  • Worth repeating: No cost to participate and lunch is provided. We only request that you register, as this helps us plan for meals and educational materials.
  • School participation stipends: Participating schools will be reimbursed ($100 stipend per educator participating) to help cover costs of substitute teachers.

In good tradition, we anticipate a wonderful day of networking and sharing information, resources and new ideas among schools, educators and community partners engaged in youth development and environmental stewardship across northeast Michigan.

Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center
500 West Fletcher Street
Alpena, MI 49707
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Michigan Seafood Summit

Event Date: 3/12/2015

seafood summit logoJoin us to learn more about seafood in Michigan.

The seafood summit is centered on promoting and discussing aquaculture, commercial fisheries and local seafood in Michigan. The event is set for Thursday, March 12 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing.

The event consists of two main sessions and a special Michigan seafood dinner prepared by renowned chefs from around the state. The summit coincides with the Michigan State University Agriculture and Natural Resources Week.

Check out the Seafood Summit website for more information.

Now Hiring: Communications Manager 1

Event Date: 1/14/2015
End Date: 2/10/2015

Michigan Sea Grant is looking for our next Extension program communications lead.

This position serves as a communications professional to the Michigan Sea Grant Extension Program, providing effective liaison with the communication staff at Michigan Sea Grant at University of Michigan, MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources/MSU Extension, and Michigan State University. Michigan Sea Grant College Program, a cooperative program of Michigan State University and the University of Michigan, helps to foster economic growth and conserve Michigan’s coastal and Great Lakes resources through education, research, and outreach. Sea Grant Extension Program staff are involved in planning, organizing, and implementing outreach and education programs that apply knowledge and understanding gained through research and stakeholder engagement.

Specific duties including, program planning and reporting; identifying of stakeholders issues, needs, and impact evaluation; producing key products; and representing the Sea Grant Extension Program and connecting with the field‐based Sea Grant Extension educators located throughout the State of Michigan and Great Lakes region.

See: Full Job Description (Click on “Support Staff”, then search for posting #0687)


  • Strategic Communications Planning and Implementing – Oversee the development and implementation of a Sea Grant Extension Program communications strategic plan, in consultation with Michigan Sea Grant communicators at University of Michigan, ANR Communications/MSU Extension work teams and Sea Grant Extension Educators, and others; Identify opportunities to multi‐purpose communication products, performance metrics and measures, events, partnership, accomplishments, and impacts. Estimated time: 30%
  • Sea Grant Extension Program Planning and Reporting – Lead the development of Sea Grant Extension Program‐wide strategic planning and logic modeling in collaboration with field‐based Extension Educators, campus‐based University faculty and specialists, and external stakeholders; lead the development of the Sea Grant Extension proposals; lead efforts to report program performance measures, metrics, accomplishments, and impacts to MSU Extension, Sea Grant at the University of Michigan (that are then reported to NOAA National Sea Grant Office) and other entities; and other communication tasks as needed to support the Sea Grant Extension Program, its program coordinator, and the Michigan Sea Grant College Program. Estimated time: 25%
  • Identification of stakeholder issues, needs, and impact evaluation – Identify audiences, issues, information needs, and assist with impact evaluation; communicate with news media, as needed; and development of innovative, Extension‐based communications to support the Sea Grant role as reliable and trustworthy brokers of policy alternatives and science communication. Estimated time: 20%
  • Product development and publishing – Facilitating and editing Sea Grant Extension communication products and programs, and disseminating them the ANR Communications/MSU Extension, Michigan Sea Grant, Michigan State University or other websites; developing specialized products; utilization of innovative communications publishing, including development and use of dynamic social media; and providing advice to Sea Grant Extension staff on products and processes for effective, innovative Extension-based communications and educational programs. These tasks to be completed in consultation with University of Michigan Sea Grant communications staff and ANR communications staff Estimated time: 15%
  • Representing Sea Grant Extension Program – In collaboration with University of Michigan Sea Grant communications staff, engagement with National Sea Grant Communications Network, Great Lakes Sea Grant Networks, and other related professional associations, partners, and stakeholders; Work with the Sea Grant Extension Program Coordinator on specialized communications needs and program enhancement initiatives. Estimated time: 10%

Required Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-­‐year college degree program in communications, English, professional or creative writing, journalism, telecommunications, marketing, public relations, adult learning, or related field; three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in public and media relations, composing, editing and publication production; news, broadcasting, and print media, and/or marketing, advertising, and creative services; word processing; desktop publishing; web design; presentation; spreadsheet and/or database software; public presentation; or audio production; Experience developing and managing content for social media channels; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desired Education/Experience/Skills

  • A self-starter whose strengths include problem solving, creative thinking, teamwork, attention to detail, and capability of working on several projects simultaneously in a deadline‐oriented environment;
  • Outstanding writing and editing skills;
  • Master’s degree in a communications, adult learning, or related field;
  • Exceptional organizational and networking skills to work with colleagues on and off‐campus, and with external partners and stakeholders;
  • Prior experience with outreach and engagement‐related communications and educational programming;
  • Prior experience with communications to support grants and contracts, including proposal development, preparing progress reports and performance metrics/measures, and writing accomplishments, impacts, and final reports;
  • Driver’s license;
  • Ability to travel to off‐campus locations (e.g., district Extension offices, community events, Great Lakes regional events, etc.) up to 25% of time;
  • Physical abilities related to lifting and transporting educational/outreach materials (e.g., books, booklets, brochures, etc.) or communications products (e.g., computer, projectors, camera, etc.); and Other skills, knowledge, and/or abilities to perform duties of the position (e.g., proficiency with communications‐related software).

Michigan Sea Grant 2015 Request for Pre-proposals

Event Date: 3/6/2015

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Michigan Sea Grant is soliciting three types of projects for the next research funding cycle, from 2016-2018. For the past several cycles, MSG has focused on Integrated Assessment projects. The 2015 call for proposals, however, includes two new opportunities. Core research, a more traditional approach to research, and graduate student research fellowships have been added to this RFP.

Pre-proposals and proposals are sought for the following topics:

  • Integrated Assessment – Research that uses integrated methods to address important social and ecological issues affecting the Great Lakes ecosystem and communities, up to $75,000 per year.
  • Core Research – Focused on issues currently affecting the Great Lakes ecosystem, up to $115,000 per year.
  • Graduate Student Research Fellowships – Funding for graduate students for one or two years, up to $80,000 per year.

For more details, see:

For the Integrated Assessments and the Core Research projects, pre-proposals are required. Only those selected during the pre-proposal stage are eligible to submit a full proposal.


The deadline for Integrated Assessment and Core Research pre-proposals is 5 p.m. March 6, 2015 (EST). Those who are invited to submit a full proposal will be contacted by Michigan Sea Grant by April 10. Full proposals are due by 5 p.m. on May 29, 2015. Projects begin in mid-2016.

Graduate Student Research Fellowship proposals are due by 5 p.m. on May 29, 2015. Fellowships begin in 2016 or 2017, as appropriate.


Researchers from any accredited university in the state of Michigan are eligible to apply as a principal investigator. However, project teams are not limited to university researchers or Michigan residents. Only those investigators who have submitted pre-proposals are eligible to submit full proposals.

Graduate fellowships will support a graduate student (M.S. or Ph.D.) enrolled at an accredited Michigan university with support of a faculty member from that institution and from an agency sponsor.

Questions about the RFP?

All questions related to this Request for Proposals — whether technical or content-related — should be submitted to the Michigan Sea Grant Research Program by emailing by
5 p.m. (Eastern) Friday, Jan. 30. Answers will be posted to the Michigan Sea Grant RFP web site on Feb. 13.

Scientists Point to Key Factors of Lake Erie Dead Zone

10-705 Great Lakes Basin Map 25x37-rev22A recently published article concludes that climate and weather conditions, specifically low water flow and northwesterly winds, are keys in the development of hypoxia or the “dead zone” in Lake Erie. A collaborative research team, supported by the National Science Foundation, analyzed 28 years of data to find factors contributing to Lake Erie hypoxia. The article will appear in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.

University of Michigan Researcher Dmitry Beletsky, with the Cooperative Institute of Limnology and Ecosystems Research (CILER), contributed to the research. Beletsky examined Lake Erie water circulation patterns and found that nutrient-rich water with soluble reactive phosphorus was transported from tributaries such as the Maumee and Sandusky rivers to the central basin of Lake Erie. In certain years, such as 2010, nutrients spread quickly due to more intense water circulation in the summer and fall. Beletsky’s research also indicated that northwesterly winds in June resulted in more nutrients entering the central basin.

Beletsky is part of a team of scientists, led by Anna Michalak, supported by the National Science Foundation Water Sustainability and Climate Program, under Grant No. 1039043, 1313897, and 0644648.

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