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  SMAST bolsters fisheries expertise

March 19, 2014 ‌

The School for Marine Science and Technology has announced the Gavin Fay and WHOI QUEST fellowsappointment of Dr. Gavin Fay as Assistant Professor in the Department of Fisheries Oceanography.

A fisheries modeler, Dr. Fay received his BSc in Marine Biology from the University of Stirling, Scotland, and his MS and PhD from the University of Washington. He is currently employed as a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Ecosystem Assessment Program of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in Woods Hole.

Fay's expertise is in quantitative fisheries science and ecosystem modeling, with a research focus on spatial modeling and statistical analyses of marine fisheries populations. He has published in the area of population assessment for both fisheries and marine mammals.

The faculty position was created under a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration program called Quantitative Ecology and Socioeconomics Training (QUEST), which also created three new fellowships for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution scientists with NMFS funding.

Dr. Fay (left in photo with WHOI QUEST fellows) will officially join the faculty for the fall 2014 semester.


  SMAST out in force for OS14 

March 10, 2014Lou and Sudip at SMAST booth at Ocean Sciences 2014

SMAST faculty, staff and students authored or co-authored some three dozen posters and oral presentations at Ocean Sciences 2014 last month (February 24-28) in Honolulu, Hawai'i.‌

In addition, three SMAST faculty co-chaired technical sessions: Dean Steven Lohrenz co-chaired session 068 – "Understanding biogeochemical and ecosystem responses to natural and human-induced interactions, drivers and pressures in coastal regions"; Prof. Mark Altabet co-chaired session 008: "Revising biogeochemical stoichiometry: The oceans beyond Redfield on a changing planet"; and Prof. Miles Sundermeyer co-chaired session 012 on "Oceanic submesoscale processes."

Co-sponsored by the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, the American Geophysical Union, and The Oceanography Society, Ocean Sciences is the premiere meeting of marine scientists and oceanographers in the world. The biennial meeting is believed to have set an attendance record this year, estimated at more than 5000, based on preregistrations..


  Port recovery plan unveiled

March 6, 2014                                                                                                        

An SMAST-led research team unveiled a “Groundfish Port Recovery and Revitalization Plan” for New Bedford and Dan Georgianna at port recovery workshopFairhaven at a workshop last Friday at the School for Marine Science and Technology. UMassD Chancellor Divina Grossman welcomed participants to the workshop, and New Bedford Mayor John Mitchell provided the introduction.

Led by SMAST economist Dan Georgianna, the research team has been conducting interviews and gathering data since November.  The draft report quantifies the status and trends in the groundfish fishery and the effects on the economic health of the port.

Economist and former UMassD Arts & Sciences Dean Bill Hogan discussed the decline of the groundfish fishery, and Prof. Georgianna reported on the effects on shore-side businesses. The report’s recommendations for recovery and revitalization were presented by Steve Cadrin (SMAST, improvements in stock assessment), Kevin Stokesbury (SMAST, improvements in data collection), Kate Kramer (Center for Sustainable Fisheries, reauthorization of the Magnuson Act) and Jeff Stieb (Harbor Development Commission, improvements to the port).

A final report is expected in about a month.


 Dean Lohrenz featured in Marine Technology Reporter 

November 5, 2013

Dean Steven Lohrenz explaining the use of the SMAST’s Slocum Glider "Blue" Marine Technology Reporter visited with a number of colleagues at the recent Oceans 2013 MTS/IEEE San Diego conference, including SMAST Dean Steve Lohrenz.

Dean Lohrenz attended the conference to chair the Marine Education and Outreach session and to promote SMAST's new Professional Science Master’s in Coastal and Ocean Administration, Science and Technology.

Lohrenz noted that the new program was created in response "to a growing demand in education to provide mid-career professionals and other students with different education goals with an opportunity to advance their skills."

"This two-year, non-thesis master’s program blends the study of science and engineering with elective courses in management, policy, economics and law," he said, "and it provides a strong emphasis on writing and communication skills. The last semester of the program requires that the student obtain an internship in industry, government, nonprofit or academia."

Read the complete interview (PDF)

Reprinted with permission from the October 2013 edition of Marine Technology Reporter: www.seadiscovery.com

Learn more: Professional Science Master’s in Coastal and Ocean Administration, Science and Technology

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