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Southeast Tidal Creeks Summit Set for December 5-6 in Charleston, S.C.
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Denise Sanger, Ph.D., assistant director for research and planning, firstname.lastname@example.org, (843) 953-2076
The Southeast Tidal Creeks Summit will be held at the Francis Marion
Hotel in Charleston, S.C., December 5-6, 2011. The summit is organized
and sponsored by the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium in partnership with North
Carolina Sea Grant, Georgia Sea Grant, North Carolina State University,
The Coastal Society and the Taylor and Francis Group. The meeting will
address critical issues southeastern communities face in understanding
and managing impacts on tidal creek ecosystems.
Leading tidal creek researchers from the region will present
their work on tidal creek functions, impacts upon them and strategies
for future research and sustainable management techniques. Five
facilitated discussions will cover identification of research gaps,
information needs for effective management, linking research with
management, restoration of tidal creek systems and a wrap-up discussion
on the future of research, management and restoration efforts. Guest
speaker Charles Seabrook, author of a soon-to-be published book, “The
World of the Salt Marsh,” will provide his perspective on why tidal
creeks are important. Seabrook is a native of John’s Island, S.C., and a
former science and environment writer for the Atlanta
Journal-Constitution, where he worked for 34 years.
Tidal creeks are productive ecosystems, providing a host of
environmental services. Tidal creeks are important nursery habitats for
fish and wildlife, and are an avenue for energy and material exchange.
“Tidal creeks are the direct connection to our land. They are the zone
of first impact from the upland and provide early warning of potential
negative effects on the larger estuarine ecosystem,” says Denise Sanger,
assistant director for research and planning at S.C. Sea Grant
Consortium. Although naturally resilient to fluctuating water and
salinity levels, tidal creeks can be stressed by significant changes in
local landscapes. This can lead to declines in water quality, shellfish
health and habitat functions. “Southeastern communities face similar
issues in understanding and managing impacts on tidal creek systems,”
says Barbara Doll, North Carolina Sea Grant water quality specialist.
“This summit will provide an opportunity to share tools, techniques and
Scientists, natural resources managers, conservationists and
the ecological restoration community will be participating in the summit
to share experiences and to help shape the future of tidal creeks.
Using the expertise from this broad range of attendees, summit
organizers will develop a paper that outlines the state of tidal creek
research and management in the Southeast and provides an evaluation of
current management and restoration strategies. The paper also will
identify current and potential threats to tidal creeks and relevant
research and management needs.
For more information or to register, visit http://www.bae.ncsu.edu/workshops/tidalcreeksummit.
News Release - September 28, 2011
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CCU President DeCenzo Elected as Board Chair of S.C. Sea Grant Consortium
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Mona Prufer, (843) 349-2087 or firstname.lastname@example.org
David A. DeCenzo, Ph.D., president of Coastal Carolina University, has
been elected as chair of S.C. Sea Grant Consortium’s Board of Directors.
DeCenzo will begin his one-year term on January 1, 2012.
DeCenzo, a native of Maryland, is the 2nd president of Coastal
Carolina University (CCU). Prior to his appointment as president,
DeCenzo served as dean of CCU’s E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business
Administration from 2002-2006, and was named provost of the university
from 2006-2007. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Master
of Business Administration program in 2006.
DeCenzo attended the University of Maryland at College Park, where he
earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics (1978). He also earned a
Master of Arts degree with an emphasis on labor economics (1980) and a
Ph.D. in industrial relations (1981), both from West Virginia
University. He then became a corporate trainer/employee development
specialist with Blue Cross Blue Shield, an assistant professor at the
University of Baltimore and a professor, scholar and administrator at
Towson University in Baltimore. DeCenzo’s teaching and research
interests have focused on management, human resource management and
organizational behavior. He is the author or co-author of nearly 30
textbooks that are used widely at colleges and universities.
“It is an honor for me to serve an organization that plays such an
important role in the life of our state,” said DeCenzo. “The
Consortium’s work is vital to the effective management of our coastal
resources, and I look forward to working with the board and
administration to build on its successful record of achievement.”
“I am very pleased that our board has elected Dr. DeCenzo to serve as
chairman,” said Rick DeVoe, executive director of the S.C. Sea Grant
Consortium. “His extensive experience with strategic planning, program
assessment and growing programs will greatly enhance the success of the
Consortium over the next year.”
The Consortium’s Board of Directors is composed of the chief executive
officers of its member institutions. Currently serving on the board
are: Dr. Raymond S. Greenberg, president of Medical University of South
Carolina (Board Chair); James F. Barker, president of Clemson
University; Dr. David A. DeCenzo, president of Coastal Carolina
University; Dr. P. George Benson, president of College of Charleston;
John E. Frampton, executive director of S.C. Department of Natural
Resources; Dr. George E. Cooper, president of S.C. State University; Lt.
General John W. Rosa, president of The Citadel; and Dr. Harris
Pastides, president of University of South Carolina.
For more information, visit www.scseagrant.org.
News Release - June 30, 2011
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College of Charleston Student Selected for Research Fellowship
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Hein, a candidate in the Master of Science in Environmental Studies
Program at the College of Charleston, has been awarded a 2011 Coastal
Research Fellowship by the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium.
The two South Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserves
(North Inlet-Winyah Bay and ACE Basin NERRs) and the S.C. Sea Grant
Consortium established this new fellowship for South Carolina-based
graduate students with significant support provided through North
Carolina Sea Grant. The fellowship is designed to foster collaborative
research between the two NERR sites.
Hein will compare the impacts of an invasive parasitic species
on American eel populations in each of the two NERRs and the more
developed Cooper River. The invasive parasite, originally from East
Asia, infects the swim bladder of American eels. She speculates that the
NERRs are healthy ecosystems that maintain healthier eel populations,
which are more capable of resisting infections by this invasive
parasite. Hein’s hypothesis is that eel populations from the three
different sites, representing a range of development impacts, will
exhibit different abilities to resist infection.
For more information about the NERR-Sea Grant fellowship, visit www.scseagrant.org/Content/?cid=56.
News Release - April 11, 2011
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2010 S.C. Environmental Awareness Award Winner Announced
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Columbia, S.C.—Frank S. Holleman, III was announced as winner
of the 2010 S.C. Environmental Awareness Award at a ceremony in
Columbia, S.C. today. The South Carolina General Assembly established
the S.C. Environmental Awareness Award in 1992 to recognize outstanding
contributions made toward the protection, conservation and improvement
of the state’s natural resources. Members of the awards committee
represent the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, S.C. Forestry Commission, S.C.
Department of Natural Resources and S.C. Department of Health and
A native of Seneca in Oconee County, Mr. Holleman received the award
for his exceptional leadership, creativity and passion for upstate and
coastal land conservation and education efforts. During his leadership
at Naturaland Trust, one of the oldest land conservation trusts in the
Southeast, Mr. Holleman was instrumental to the success of two projects:
the Blue Wall Connection and Stumphouse Mountain.
The Blue Wall Connection—the southern anchor of the Mountain Bridge
conservation initiative begun in the 1970s—links the Saluda watershed
with conservation properties across the Blue Ridge escarpment in South
Carolina. Over the past five years, Mr. Holleman achieved the addition
of 500 acres to the existing 30,000 acres of critical conservation lands
to the area bordering Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway and
the South Saluda River, including 9 tracts acquired by Naturaland Trust.
On one of the tracts, there are plans for The Blue Wall Center, which
will educate visitors about the mountain region and habitats.
Conservation of these lands protects habitat for many threatened and
endangered species, as well as species of concern, while preserving the
character of the South Carolina mountain region. In addition, protection
of natural resources in the upper reaches of main watersheds improves
water quality in the immediate area and downstream. Mr. Holleman’s
ability to work with landowners, forge new partnerships and creatively
leverage public and private funding sources has led to the $4.6 million
Blue Wall Connection conservation success.
Mr. Holleman’s second successful conservation effort is the Stumphouse
Mountain project. This property, located in Oconee County, was close to
being sold to a developer from Florida. Mr. Holleman was the driving
force in saving nearly 1,000 acres of mountain habitats, including
Issaqueena Falls and other public recreation areas. He was able to bring
together 1,118 private donors, state resources, a municipality and
non-governmental organizations to raise the $4.5 million dollars needed
to protect this environmentally sensitive area. The project paved the
way for the establishment of the 442-acre Stumphouse Mountain Heritage
Preserve now managed by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.
In addition, Mr. Holleman worked closely with the S.C. Department of
Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to help protect
rare piedmont seepage forest areas in the Clear Creek Heritage Preserve
that support the endangered bunched arrowhead plant, which is only
found in small areas of North and South Carolina. One such area is on
the campus of Gateway Elementary School in Greenville County, and Mr.
Holleman has educated the administration about the presence of the
species, habitat requirements and actions the school could take to
improve the survival of bunched arrowhead. He also is a stewardship
volunteer at the Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve and assists with the
control of invasive species that threaten the endangered Miccosukee
gooseberry, a plant known to exist in only two sites in South Carolina
and one in Florida. And during his leadership on the Advisory Board of
Audubon South Carolina, Mr. Holleman worked with conservation partners
to protect thousands of acres of the Four Holes Swamp area in the
Francis Beidler Forest in Dorchester County, saving critical wetlands
and uplands from development.
Frank S. Holleman, III is a true steward of South Carolina’s natural
resources and he has tirelessly strived to protect ecologically and
culturally sensitive lands. His dedication, creativity and talent for
bringing together citizens, conservation organization, and governmental
agencies to preserve our cherished resources will be realized by many
generations to come.
News Release - April 4, 2011
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University of South Carolina Graduate Student Selected for Knauss Fellowship
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Charleston, S.C.— Sierra Jones, a doctoral candidate in the
Department of Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina,
has been awarded a John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship for 2011. She
is serving as a congressional affairs specialist in the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Legislative and
Her task is to facilitate communications between NOAA
scientists and Congress on a range of issues, including invasive
species, harmful algal blooms and hypoxia, Great Lakes, education and
oceans and human health.
“I am greatly enjoying my current position at NOAA, primarily
because of the interaction I have with both scientists and legislators,”
Jones said. “I would like to continue working in NOAA because I feel
that it is an agency where there are opportunities to be involved in
both research and policy. I love the mission of NOAA, and think that the
work the agency conducts is vitally important to the nation.”
To further the education of tomorrow’s leaders, the National
Sea Grant Office sponsors the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship
Program, bringing a select group of graduate students to the nation’s
capital, where they work in the federal government’s legislative and
executive branches. The students learn about federal policy regarding
marine and Great Lakes natural resources and lend their scientific
expertise to federal agencies and congressional staff offices.
Each of the nation’s 32 Sea Grant programs can nominate up to
six students to the Knauss fellows program each year. Selections are
then made competitively from among those nominations. Visit www.scseagrant.org/Content/?cid=56 for more information about this program.