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2017 NERRS Science Collaborative Transfer Awards Announced

2017 NERRS Science Collaborative Transfer Awards Announced


NOAA ’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System Science Collaborative, managed by University of Michigan Water Center, is pleased to announce the outcome of the 2017 Science Transfer competition.

Science transfer grants support the transfer of existing information, approaches, and techniques from the natural, social, or physical sciences to support reserve activities and programs across all reserve sectors. This year, the Science Collaborative is awarding more than $250,000 to six projects involving 14 reserve sites.

This year ’s Science Transfer projects will generate resources and tools to support self-assessments of climate resiliency among fisheries businesses in Alaska; develop regional education programs to further K-12 students ’ understanding of restoring estuarine habitat; provide access to informational products aimed at improving coastal water quality; develop educational modules in American Sign Language for teachers and provide field experiences for children who are deaf and hard of hearing; conduct risk communication trainings at four reserves; and develop and deliver a regional workshop for managers on the present and future impacts of sea level rise on salt marshes. See the table below or download the PDF for more information.

2017 NERRS Science Collaborative Science Transfer Projects

Project Lead and Affiliation Project Title Participating NERRs
Ingrid Abrahamson,
Kachemak Bay NERR
Promoting Coastal Community Resilience through Alaska Fisheries Business Self-Assessments Kachemak Bay (AK)
Lisa Auermuller,
Jacques Cousteau NERR
Coastal Hazards Risk Communication - A Technical Assistance Transfer Project within the National Estuarine Research Reserve System

Jacques Cousteau (NJ), Narragansett Bay (RI), Chesapeake Bay (MD), Weeks Bay (AL), Delaware

Ruth H. Carmichael,
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
NSC Science Transfer: Application of data from the Grand Bay estuary system to enhance water quality on the northern Gulf of Mexico coast Grand Bay (MS)
Joan Muller,
Waquoit Bay NERR
Watershed Stewardship in Action: Deaf Students on the Estuary (WADE) Waquoit Bay (MA), Narragansett Bay (RI), Wells (ME)
Kenneth Rainer,
Guana Tolomato Matanzas NERR
Spreading the Seeds of Estuary Health
Guana Tolomato Matanzas (FL), ACE Basin (SC), North Inlet-Winyah Bay (SC), North Carolina, Sapelo Island (GA)
Jennifer West,
Narragansett Bay NERR
Effects of sea level rise on New England salt marshes: A workshop led by the New England NERRs Narragansett Bay (RI), Waquoit Bay (MA), Great Bay (NH), Wells (ME)
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The National Estuarine Research Reserve System ’s Science Collaborative supports collaborative research that addresses coastal management problems important to the reserves. The Science Collaborative is managed by the University of Michigan ’s Water Center through a cooperative agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Funding for the research reserves and this program comes from NOAA. Learn more at or