Kayann Chambers, an NOAA-ECSC, J.D. candidate, at Florida A&M University College of Law, earned the opportunity to intern with NOAA’s, National Interest Team this past summer, 2014. The internship was facilitated by NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) in Silver Spring, Maryland and headed by Kerry Kehoe and Jackie Rolleri, two Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) researcher specialists in federal/state coordination. She spent her first few weeks at the OCRM gaining a greater understanding of the CZMA. The following weeks, she assisted members of the OCRM National Interest Team with the development of an annotation to the Federal Consistency regulations. The creation of the annotation was an important assignment because since the Coastal Zone Management Act were first promulgated; there have been numerous interpretations and applications of these rules, which have become the basis for policy decisions by NOAA. Compiling and formatting these rule interpretations into a useful reference served as a great benefit to NOAA’s Ocean coastal resource management, the Office of General Counsel, the federal and state partner agencies and the legal community. She was also assigned to develop a legal memorandum, analyzing whether and when both the National Environmental Policy Act and Endangered Species Act would apply to the domestic implementation of measures agreed to by the United States as a participant in the International Maritime Organization. This aspect of the internship was coordinated with the International Section of the NOAA Office of General Counsel. Additionally, her supervisors coordinated an invaluable judicial experience, where she sat in on the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision. In the later part of the internship, she attended Capitol Hill Ocean Week, where she witnessed a diverse spectrum of ocean science, management expertise, stakeholders and policy makers discuss, political influences affecting our oceans and marine resources.
With this internship she was able to contribute to the agency mission while developing into a sound young lawyer understanding the interplay of federal regulations and state responses; an experience that she wouldn’t have been afforded if it wasn’t for NOAA-ECSC. So, she thanks the NOAA-ESCS for the incredible opportunity to intern in Maryland at the OCRM office!
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.
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.
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. The learning objectives for these workshops were as follows:
Special guest speakers for the 2014 Bioindicators Workshop included:
Rebekah Rodriguez, NOAA ECSC graduate student at the University of Texas-Brownsville was selected as the 2014 NOAA EPP Intern aboard the NOAA Research Vessel Okeanos Explorer. Rebekah joined the Seamount Cruise from August 9th-August 30th.
Rebekah's research interests include deep sea corals and their associations with bathymetry and habitat.
To view Rebekah's profile please click here
(photo courtesy of Oceanexplorer.noaa.gov)