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July 2022 Highlights

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Table of Contents
  1. Director's Update
  2. Extension Update
  3. Funded Extension Projects
  4. Fellowship Update
  5. Research Update
  6. Funded Research Projects
  7. Funding Opportunities
  8. Events
  9. Communications Update

Director's Update

Director John A. Downing
  1. Fires and lakes; revisit wood ash story?
  2. Welcome to interim extension program leader? Maybe ask that person to draft an introduction/vision statement that you (JAD) could add to and use? 
  3. MNSG strategic plan and advisory board meetings?
  4. 2022-23 PIER reporting complete?

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Earth's Eye Director's Column

Extension Update

Extension Leader Jesse Schomberg [update contact here?]
  1. Intro/vision statement from new interim extension program leader?
  2. Maine Aquaculture meeting brief (Amy & Don)?
Coastal Hazards of Superior (CHAOS). The Coastal Hazards of Superior (CHAOS) is a Community of Practice (CoP) focusing on the Minnesota and Wisconsin coasts of western Lake Superior. Founded in 2020, CHAOS continues to hold quarterly community of practice meetings, drawing an average of 60 participants per meeting.

Superior Shipboard Science for Educators. The 2022 Great Lakes Sea Grant Superior Shipboard Science Workshop is underway. Eleven Great Lakes educators will cruise Lake Superior to gain hands-on freshwater science experience, curricula and resources that they can take home and use in their classrooms and other teaching environments. The educators will be aboard Duluth’s Vista Queen and the University of Minnesota Duluth, Large Lakes Observatory, Research Vessel (R/V) Blue Heron from June 27 through July 1, 2022.

Fisheries and Aquaculture Supply Chain project videos. These two videos highlight the viable scenarios for the effective processing and distribution of commercial fish and aquaculture products in Minnesota identified by MNSG's Fisheries and Aquaculture Supply Chain project. 

Twin Ports Freshwater Folk. Twin Ports Freshwater Folk (TPFF) is an informal gathering of people from the Twin Ports who are engaged in freshwater research, policy, or regulation issues, for networking, informal discussion, and a seminar. TPFF meets monthly. Interested in attending? Subscribe to receive notifications about upcoming TPFF events. Have a speaker and/or topic suggestion for a future TPFF meeting? Let us know using this Google form.

Hazardous Material Transport Outreach Network (HazMaTON) 2022 summer webinar series. July 20, 2022. Join HazMaTON for the second installment of our 2022 summer webinar series. This webinar will have facilitated discussions to examine tribal treaty rights and how they apply to energy infrastructure projects, such as coal terminals and crude oil pipelines. Kekek Stark, assistant professor of the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana will describe tribal law and treaty rights, their role in protecting natural resources, and the assertion of those rights by Native American and First Nation tribes as legal objections to energy infrastructure projects. Stark will also provide historical and present-day examples of treaty interpretation by United States courts. A live question and answer session will follow the presentation.

Recreation and Water Safety projects. MNSG's PaddleSafeTwinPorts.org provides real-time boating safety information for recreational paddlers using the Duluth-Superior Harbor, St. Louis River, and the north and south shores of Lake Superior. MNSG's ParkPointBeach.org provide accurate and timely information to the public about the conditions on Park Point Beach, a seven-mile long Lake Superior sandbar in  Duluth, Minnesota.

JB on Jesse?

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Funded Extension Projects

Externally Funded Projects
  • Exotic Invasive Species Management Internship. $68,301. USDI, NPS. Kitson. Ends 9/30/22.
  • Increasing environmental literacy through a parent/child. $18,500. USDI, NPS. Kitson. Ends 9/30/23.
  • Great Lakes Sea Grant Aquaculture Collaborative. $1,026,772. USDC, NOAA. Schrank. 8/31/22.
  • Extending Impact of U.S. EPA's Great Lakes National Program Office Using Sea Grant Outreach Capacity. $209,445, EPA. Ends 12/31/22.
    • Kitson. $82,137 received.
    • Kitson. $39,584 received.
    • Thoms $14,000 received.
  • Enhancing habitat and diversity in cattail dominated shorelines. $338,066. LCCMR. Schrank. Ends 6/30/23.
  • Determining market potential for food-fish aquaculture in Minnesota. $249,052. Ends 11/30/23.
    • Schrank. $55,522 received.
    • Peterson. $124,954 received. 
  • Increasing local food security: best practices and cost estimates for rearing Yellow Perch in recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS). $134,879. NOAA. Schrank. Ends 8/31/23.
  • Increase Golden Shiner production to protect aquatic communities. $188,000. LCCMR. Schrank. Ends 6/30/24.
  • Development of consumer education materials on seafood and aquaculture. $150,731. LCCMR. Schrank. Ends 8/31/23.
  • Using a Teacher Mentor Model to Expand the Impact of the Center for Great Lake Literacy’s Community of Practice. $21,967. USDC/NOAA. Kitson. Ends 12/31/22.
  • Hazardous Materials Transport Within the Laurentian Great Lakes Region. $68,400. USDC/NOAA/Ohio Sea Grant. Prihoda. Ends 7/31/22.
  • St. Louis River Estuary Workshop. $4,500. USDC/NOAA/MNDNR. Prihoda. Ends 6/30/22.
National Sea Grant Office-funded, active projects by MNSG staff.
  • Partners in Education (PIE) FY 20-22 RA. $ 44,544. Downing. Ends 1/31/23.
  • Watershed Game Education Program support from NOAA Regional Collaboration Teams. $56,500. Bilotta. Ends 1/31/2023.
  • NOAA Rapid Response Funding I. $100K. Ends  8/31/2022. 
  • NOAA Rapid Response Funding II. Ends 1/31/2023.
    • Recreational survey. $22,295. Schomberg.
    • Charter Captain. $14,564. Schrank.
    • SARS-COV-2. $13,141. Melvin.
  • Watershed Game Education Program Project Phase II support from NOAA Regional Collaboration Teams. $30K. Bilotta. Ends 1/31/23.
  • One Block at a Time: community-driven planning and implementation of multibenefit green infrastructure in marginalized neighborhoods across the Great Lakes. $46,195. Rodman. Ends 1/31/23.

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Extension Projects

Fellowship Update

Research and Fellowship Coordinator Alex Frie
Partner opportunity: The Woods Hole Sea Grant Science Communication Fellowship provides a year-long professional development experience in science communication based at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Applications are due September 12, 2022.

Featured fellowship: If you are a qualified graduate student interested in population and ecosystem dynamics or marine resource economics, keep your eye on the 2023 NOAA Fisheries-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship, which can provide up to three years of funding support. Applications will be due in early 2023.

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Fellowships and Internships

Research Update

Research and Fellowship Coordinator Alex Frie
A new Minnesota Sea Grant-funded research project led by Lynn Waterhouse will investigate which factors control the ability of larval (young) Cisco to survive and become mature adult fish (recruitment). Visit the research project webpage: Investigating Drivers of Cisco Recruitment in Lake Superior for project details.

Minnesota Sea Grant fast-track grants offer small awards of up to $10,000 (cost-share or match not required). Fast-track awards are designed to:
  1. Address urgent and/or unforeseen needs
  2. Support exploratory research that will form the basis for the submission of a larger proposal
Grants should be:
  1. Relevant to the University of Minnesota Sea Grant's mission and/or focus areas
  2. Immediately useful to Minnesota Sea Grant stakeholders
  3. Useful in the near term
  4. Of importance to the communities and clients served by our program
If you are unsure if your project falls within the University of Minnesota Sea Grant's scope or if you have questions about the process, contact University of Minnesota Sea Grant Research and Fellowship Coordinator Alex Frie.

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Funded Research Projects

A selection of these research projects is on our website.
Every two years we award approximately $2 million in research grants through a rigorous, competitive, peer-reviewed process. Below are highlights of our 2022-2024 funded research projects.
Didymo Invasion of Nearshore Lake Superior and its Tributaries.
This study of Didymo (“rock snot”) represents the first systematic survey along Minnesota’s North Shore streams and nearshore Lake Superior and will provide foundational data on the occurrence, phenology, and genetic diversity of Didymo. These data will be combined with ecological community data at multiple trophic levels to assess the potential impact of Didymo invasion or expansion on aquatic food webs.

Adam Heathcote. Didymo Invasion of Nearshore Lake Superior and Tributaries. ~$345,000 Ends. 6/30/24.

Image credit: Light micrograph of Didymo by Mark Edlund, Science Museum of Minnesota.

Investigating Drivers of Cisco Recruitment in Lake Superior.
The goal of this project is to investigate which processes affect the survival of larval (young) Cisco to mature adults (recruitment). Specifically, the research team will be investigating the biotic (e.g., biological factors like food availability, abundance of competitors or predator species) and abiotic (e.g., non-biological factors such as climate conditions, winter duration, water temperature, and nutrient loading) processes that are linked to recruitment of Cisco.

Lynn Waterhouse. Investigating Drivers of Cisco Recruitment in Lake Superior. ~$215,000 Ends 6/30/24.

Image credit: Don Schreiner/Minnesota Sea Grant

Climate Adaptation in Action: Tribal Climate Adaptation Tools and Resources Across the 1854 Ceded Territory.
This collaborative project seeks to bring together a range of expertise and perspectives to assess and evaluate progress toward climate resilience across the 1854 Ceded Territory and to use this knowledge to co-develop an updated adaptation plan for the 1854 Treaty Authority and the Bois Forte, Grand Portage, and Fond du Lac reservations that incorporates different knowledge (e.g. climate data and tribal observations and stories) and fosters relationships required to develop knowledge and resources that are both useful and used.

Heidi Roop. Climate Adaptation in Action: Updating and Expanding Tribal Climate Adaptation Tools and Resources Across the 1854 Ceded Territory. ~$305,000 (research). Ends 6/30/24.
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Research and Fellowship Coordinator Alex Frie
A selection of these research projects is on our website.

2022-2024 MNSG-Funded Research
  • John Bischof. Development of Surrogate Broodstock for Increasing Aquaculture Production. ~$310,000 Ends. 6/30/24
  • Robert W. Sterner. Stoichiometry Meets Genomics: Assessing Limiting Factors for Diverse CHABs and Associated Toxins. ~$317,000 Ends 6/30/24.
2021-2022 MNSG-Funded Research
  • John Bischof. Cryopreservation of Golden Shiner (Notemigonus crysoleucas) Embryos for Aquaculture.  ~$223,000. No-cost extension to 1/31/23.
  • Christopher Filstrup. Harmful Algal Blooms: Molecular Screening Tool to Rapidly Assess Toxic Cyanobacteria Blooms in Minnesota Lakes. ~$213,000. No-cost extension to 9/30/22.
  • Nathan Johnson. Soil Chemistry and Microbiome Transplant for Wild Rice Restoration. ~$117,000. No-cost extension to 6/30/23.
  • Jessica Gutknecht. Lake Superior: Determining Future Potential Release of Mercury and Sulfur from Peatlands to the Lake Superior Basin. ~$189,000. No-cost extension to 6/30/22.
  • Melissa Maurer-Jones. Microplastics in Lake Superior: An Investigation of Size, Composition, and Weathering. ~$239,000. No-cost extension to 1/31/23.
2018-2020 MNSG-Funded Research
  • Lian Shen. Defining and Forecasting Dangerous Currents on Lake Superior's South Shore. ~$254K. No-cost extension to 6/30/22.
Support comes through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Sea Grant Program and the University of Minnesota. Find titles and journals of published results from previously funded research on our website.
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Research Projects

Funding Opportunities

Research and Fellowship Coordinator Alex Frie

No new funding opportunities.

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Research Funding Opportunities

Events


June Hazardous Material Transport Outreach Network (HazMaTON) 2022 summer webinar: Fueling the Laurentian Great Lakes Region: Multiple Modes, Multiple Perspectives. June 15, 2022. In case you missed our June HazMaTON webinar, you can watch the recording. This panel presentation and discussion explored the movement of hazardous materials, with a focus on crude oil and its refined products, throughout the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River, Lake Champlain, and Hudson River regions from multiple perspectives. Contact Kelsey Prihoda for information.

Superior Shipboard Science for Educators. June 27, 2022 through July 1, 2022. Shipboard science workshops are professional learning opportunities for educators from the Great Lakes region. Over 50 educators applied to participate in Minnesota Sea Grant's 2022 Shipboard Science Workshop. Eleven educators from the Great Lakes region were selected and are set to sail on Lake Superior beginning June 27 through July 1, 2022. Minnesota Sea Grant Environmental Literacy Extension Educator Marte Kitson will be leading the workshop and providing participating educators with curricula and resources that they can take home and use in their classrooms and other teaching environments. Contact Marte Kitson for information.

June 2022 Summer Coastal Hazards of Superior (CHAOS) Meeting. June 29, 2022. In case you missed our June CHAOS meeting ... [blurb from Madison]

Twin Ports Freshwater Folk: Don't Slip on the Didymo: Rock Snot Invades the North Shore. July 6, 2022. At this month's TPFF webinar, Senior Scientist at the Science Museum of Minnesota Mark Edlund will talk about the work being done to investigate the Didymo (i.e., Rock Snot) invasion on the North Shore of Lake Superior. As a project team member, Mark will also talk about the research being done for the Minnesota Sea Grant-funded research project Didymo Invasion on Nearshore Lake Superior and its Tributaries. Contact Alex Frie for information.

Practical Water Wisdom: Blue-Green Algae: What Causes It and Why You Should Care. July 7, 2022. Chris Filstrup, Natural Resources Research Institute applied limnologist, will discuss blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria. Filstrup will share implications for lake and public health, environmental factors that contribute to cyanobacteria blooms including research from Minnesota lakes, and ways that you can contribute towards preventing cyanobacteria blooms in your favorite lake. Contact John A. Downing for information.

Playing the Coast Model of the Watershed Game: The New Classroom Version. July 13, 2022. Register for the 2022 National Marine Educators Association Conference and attend the July 13 session to play Minnesota Sea Grant's new Coast Model of the Classroom Version of the Watershed Game (WSG) and offer feedback on pilot classroom extension materials. The WSG is an interactive, educational tool that helps individuals understand the connection between land use and water quality. Contact Maggie Karschnia for information.

Agaaming Aki: Overnight Camping Experience in Grand Portage. July 18, 2022 - July 22, 2022. During the summer of 2022, youth from Grand Portage, Minnesota will host peers from Bois Forte and Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College's youth outreach program, Gidakiimanaaniwigamig for two separate Agaaming Aki events. Agaaming Aki events are week-long overnight camping experiences for tribal youth, located in Grand Portage, Minnesota. Youth participants will have the opportunity to engage in science-based programming through hands-on experiences, witness an Ojibwe/Dakota star story presentation, craft with community members, and catch up on natural resource management career opportunities. Contact Marte Kitson for information.

Save-the-date: July 19, 2022. The July Twin Ports Climate Conversations event will be posted to the MNSG web event calendar as soon as details are available. Contact Madison Rodman for information.

Save-the-date: July 20, 2022. The July Hazardous Material Transport Outreach Network (HazMaTON) 2022 summer webinar will be posted to the MNSG web event calendar as soon as details are available. Contact Kelsey Prihoda for information.

Twin Ports Freshwater Folk: An Introduction to New Lake Superior National estuarine Research Reserve Staff. August 3, 2022. At this month's TPFF webinar, we will hear from multiple new staff members who will introduce themselves and share some of the work that they do for the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve. Contact Alex Frie for information.

Practical Water Wisdom: Understanding Minnesota's Changing Climate. August 4, 2022. Kenny Blumenfeld, senior climatologist for the Minnesota State Climate Office will break down observed trends in Minnesota’s climate to its essential points, emphasizing the ongoing changes in the quantity, timing, and intensity of precipitation, the rapid rate of winter warming, and how these changes have affected water features in Minnesota. Blumenfeld will also share what lies ahead for Minnesota's climate, according to the best available science. Contact John A. Downing for information.

Practical Water Wisdom: PFAS in Minnesota: Understanding the Impacts of Forever Chemicals. September 1, 2022. Sophie Greene, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) PFAS coordinator, will share an update on what the MPCA knows and doesn’t know about PFAS and its impacts on our state. PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) are a group of nearly indestructible chemicals that linger indefinitely once they make their way into the environment. Contact John A. Downing for information.

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