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General Information

All Brown Bag Seminars (unless otherwise noted) are held from 12:00pm - 1 p.m. in the NOAA Central Library, 2nd Floor, SSMC#3, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring.

For remote access via webinar (unless specified otherwise below), please fill out the registration form a few minutes before the meeting is scheduled to begin. The Meeting Number is 742656968; the Passcode is brownbag. For audio in the US and Canada, dial 866-833-7307. The participant passcode is 8986360.

Contact Mary Lou Cumberpatch (301-713-2600 ext. 140) or Albert (Skip) Theberge (301-713-2600 ext. 118) for further information or to set up a Brown Bag.

Archived Seminars

A list of previous Brown Bag Seminars and their accompanying Powerpoint presentations, when available, can be found on the Archive Brown Bags page.

 

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Upcoming Seminars

NOAA Evaluation Training and Capacity Building Seminar

Date: Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 12:00pm EST

Speaker: Abigail Harper, NOAA Director of Program and Risk Management, Office of the Deputy Undersecretary

Abstract: Learn methods to reveal how well your organization is performing Discover how to anticipate barriers that may put your organization off-track and what to do about it Enterprise Risk and Performance Management are Techniques to Help. Speaker’s Bio: Ms. Harper has 30 years of experience in satellite systems, program/project management and strategy development. She is currently the Director of Program and Risk management at NOAA after previously serving as Deputy Assistant Administrator, systems for NOAA Environmental Satellite Information Service (NESDIS) and GOES-R program manager. Prior to coming to NOAA, Ms. Harper held positions of increasing responsibility at NASA GSFC in systems engineering and project management.

Note: This seminar is hosted by the NOAA Evaluation Training and Capacity Building Work Group, Monica Montague, chair

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


How NOAA, USCG, and maritime industry worked together to move shipping lanes away from endangered whale-feeding grounds

Date: Monday, January 26, 2015 at 12:00pm EST

Speaker: NOAA Department of Commerce Golf Medal Team - see bios below

Abstract: NOAA aims to reduce the risk of whale ship strikes, which can cause serious injuries and death to many whale species. As a result of a large number of ship strikes occurring in 2007 and 2010 on ESA-listed whale species off the California coast, ONMS and NMFS employed a collaborative approach to move shipping lanes away from known whale feeding grounds. NOAA seized an opportunity to collaborate with USCG on their Port Access Route Study (PARS) for California ports, thereby utilizing a USCG process and authority, principally focused on enhancing navigational safety, to protect endangered whales. NOAA developed proposals for the PARS process using key information, such as a decade of fine scale whale and ship distribution data; an assessment of the risk of ships striking whales using newly developed methodologies in a marine spatial planning framework; and a layered PDF to convey complex ecosystem-vessel traffic interactions. Equipped with this compelling information, NOAA communicated with USCG, fishermen, and the maritime industry, and turned significant opposition into support for modifying the shipping lanes at the approaches to the harbors of Los Angeles and San Francisco. At the International Maritime Organization (IMO), staff from NOAA’s Office of International Affairs and General Council presented the rationale for the proposals and successfully negotiated the terms of agreement with international representatives. After securing support from the U.S. Delegation to the IMO, on June 1, 2013 the newly designed IMO approved shipping lanes went into effect off California. The lane changes improve navigational safety by setting dedicated tracks through areas of high collision risk between vessels, and decrease the co-occurrence of ships and endangered whales, while still promoting commerce through U.S. harbors.

NOAA's cross-line office team has been selected to receive the Department of Commerce gold medal for professional and personal excellence for collaborating with USCG and the maritime industry to move shipping lanes away from the feeding grounds of endangered whales.

Stephanie Altman is an attorney advisor in the International Section of NOAA General Counsel (GC) and is currently on detail as the Acting Deputy Chief of the Oceans and Coasts Section of NOAA GC. Stephanie is an advisor to the U.S. delegation at the IMO and worked with ONMS and NMFS to develop the IMO proposals to amend the existing traffic separation schemes off the coast of California.

Trisha Bergmann works at NOAA International Affairs and is the NOAA representative to the International Maritime Organization. She is an oceanographer who specializes in international science policy.

Michael Carver is the deputy superintendent of Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary. His role is to oversee enforcement, permitting, planning, and management actions to address threats to the marine environment of the sanctuary. Since 5 whales were confirmed killed by ship strike in 2010 Michael has worked with partner agencies, industry, and the NGO community to address this issue.

Monica DeAngelis is the marine mammal biologist at the National Marine Fisheries Service, West Coast Regional Office. Her current duties include the management and conservation of marine mammals by implementing the Marine Mammal Protection Act and Endangered Species Act and other relevant environmental regulations and policies while working closely with other scientists and researchers worldwide. Since 2003, Monica has worked with partner agencies, industry, the NGO community, and the public to address the large whale vessel collision issue off of the U.S. West Coast.

Sean Hastings is resource protection coordinator at Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Since 1997 Sean has been responsible for the development of policies and programs to address industrial, military, commercial and recreational uses and impacts in and around the sanctuary. Sean helped to create a network of complete “no-take” zones to restore local fish and invertebrate populations and habitats in the sanctuary, and helped the State of California to do the same in state waters on the mainland. Since 2007 he has played a key role facilitating the Sanctuary Advisory Council process toward consensus on development and implementation of ship strike reduction policies, research and education initiatives, and a prevention and emergency response plan.

Karen Reyna is a resource protection coordinator for the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Her current duties include regulatory and policy planning and implementation, restoration project management, and working with local communities to better manage human activities that impact the ocean waters, habitat and wildlife, including whales.

Jessica Redfern is the leader of the marine mammal spatial habitat and risk program at the NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center. Jessica and colleagues used whale-habitat models to assess the risk of ships striking humpback, blue, and fin whales in alternative shipping routes off Southern California. The shipping routes were derived from observed patterns of shipping traffic. They also estimated the potential for conflict between shipping and other uses or marine waters (military training and fishing) due to overlap with the routes.

Elizabeth Petras is a natural resources management specialist at the NMFS West Coast Regional Office Protected Resources Division in the marine mammal and sea turtle team. She has worked for NOAA for over 10 years specializing in Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Magnuson Stevens Act regulations and implementation. She is NMFS’ representative to the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council and has served on the SAC’s marine shipping advisory committee. She was also a member of the Gulf of the Farallones/Cordell Bank NMS Joint Working Group on Vessel Strikes and Acoustic impacts.

Lisa Wooninck is policy coordinator at the ONMS West Coast Region where she coordinates regulatory and policy actions for the five west coast national marine sanctuaries. She has worked for various NOAA programs over the past decade, including NMFS, the National MPA Center and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Her work focuses on using ecosystem-based management tools to promote an integration of sustainable human uses and conservation in the marine environment.

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Examining the 10-year rebuilding dilemma for U.S. fish stocks.

Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 12:00pm EST

Speaker: Wes Patrick, NOAA Fisheries, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, Silver Spring, MD

Abstract: Worldwide, fishery managers strive to maintain fish stocks at or above levels that produce maximum sustainable yields, and to rebuild overexploited stocks that can no longer support such yields. In the United States, rebuilding overexploited stocks is a contentious issue, where most stocks are mandated to rebuild in as short a time as possible, and in a time period not to exceed 10 years. Opponents of such mandates and related guidance argue that rebuilding requirements are arbitrary, and create discontinuities in the time and fishing effort allowed for stocks to rebuild due to differences in productivity. Proponents, however, highlight how these mandates and guidance were needed to curtail the continued overexploitation of these stocks by setting firm deadlines on rebuilding. Here we evaluate the statements made by opponents and proponents of the 10-year rebuilding mandate and related guidance to determine whether such points are technically accurate using a simple population dynamics model and a database of U.S. fish stocks to parameterize the model. We also offer solutions to many of the issues surrounding this mandate and its implementation by recommending some fishing mortality based frameworks, which meet the intent of the 10-year rebuilding requirement while also providing more flexibility.

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Seminar with Mike Pavolonis, winner of the NOAA David S. Johnson Award

Date: March 12, 2015 at 12:00pm EST

Speaker: Mike Pavolonis, Ph.D., Physical Scientist, NOAA Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR)

Abstract: TBD

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Seminar with Stephen M. Volz, Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 12:00pm EST

Speaker: Stephen M. Volz, NOAA Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services

Abstract: TBD

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Seminar with Walter H. Smith

Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 12:00pm EST

Speaker:Dr. Smith is a Geophysicist in NOAA's Laboratory for Satellite Altimetry and Chair of the scientific and technical sub-committee of GEBCO, the international and intergovernmental committee for the General Bathymetric Charts of the Oceans.

Abstract: TBD

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Brown Bag Seminar

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 12:00pm EST

Speaker: TBD

Abstract: TBD

Note: This seminar is part of the 2015 Knauss Fellows Brown Bag Seminar series (3rd Thursday on a monthly basis).

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Brown Bag Seminar

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 12:00pm EST

Speaker: TBD

Abstract: TBD

Note: This seminar is part of the 2015 Knauss Fellows Brown Bag Seminar series (3rd Thursday on a monthly basis).

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Brown Bag Seminar

Date: Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 12:00pm EST

Speaker: TBD

Abstract: TBD

Note: This seminar is part of the 2015 Knauss Fellows Brown Bag Seminar series (3rd Thursday on a monthly basis).

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Brown Bag Seminar

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 12:00pm EST

Speaker: TBD

Abstract: TBD

Note: This seminar is part of the 2015 Knauss Fellows Brown Bag Seminar series (3rd Thursday on a monthly basis).

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Brown Bag Seminar

Date: Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 12:00pm EST

Speaker: TBD

Abstract: TBD

Note: This seminar is part of the 2015 Knauss Fellows Brown Bag Seminar series (3rd Thursday on a monthly basis).

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Brown Bag Seminar

Date: Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 12:00pm EST

Speaker: TBD

Abstract: TBD

Note: This seminar is part of the 2015 Knauss Fellows Brown Bag Seminar series (3rd Thursday on a monthly basis).

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Brown Bag Seminar

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 12:00pm EST

Speaker: TBD

Abstract: TBD

Note: This seminar is part of the 2015 Knauss Fellows Brown Bag Seminar series (3rd Thursday on a monthly basis).

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Brown Bag Seminar

Date: Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 12:00pm EST

Speaker: TBD

Abstract: TBD

Note: This seminar is part of the 2015 Knauss Fellows Brown Bag Seminar series (3rd Thursday on a monthly basis).

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


 

Additional seminars are scheduled through the OneNOAA Science Discussion Seminar Series

 

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