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Elizabeth Mogus-Garcia
Elizabeth Mogus-Garcia

Elizabeth Mogus-Garcia

Elizabeth Mogus-Garcia, a NOAA CCME Master’s Scholar at UTRGV, will be participating in the NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship 2022 at the New York State Coastal Management Program in Albany, New York starting August 1, 2022 and finish August 31, 2024.

This fellowship project focuses on the development of framework elements for the New York State Coastal Management Program to support successful community-driven managed retreat.

Elizabeth will focus on developing a guidance document to inform a framework on approaches to strategic managed retreat considering coastal processes and climate change adaptation, with particular attention to socioeconomic sustainability and concerns at the municipal level.


Jordana Cutajar
Jordana Cutajar

Jordana Cutajar

Jordana Cutajar has accepted an appointment for a NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control in Dover, Delaware.

She will report for duty on August 8, 2022 and finish the fellowship August 8, 2024 working under Kristen Thornton and Kimberly Cole on “Building Resilience through Relationships: Collaborating with Local Organizations to Support Frontline Communities”.

NOAA CCME Scholar Daryin Medley Shares his Experiences Aboard the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer

During 2022 Caribbean Mapping expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, I was lucky enough to be chosen as an intern and gain experience in hydrography and seafloor mapping while contributing to the expedition mission. Our mission was to map waters outside of Puerto Rico.

During my time on the EX2202 I had several roles. Our primary focus on the expedition was to map predetermined lines outside of Puerto Rico. Collectively, we mapped an area twice the size of Puerto Rico around (18,000 km^2). While we were mapping my roles were to clean the data in Quimera. Throwing out obvious outliers was the main purpose in this role. Secondly, observing the Knudsen which measured the backscatter and revealed whether surface of the ocean floor was rocky or soft sediment. During the observation all we do is keep an eye on depth of the ocean and keep the Knudsen in range. Third, every day we had to perform a daily product. We took all the data collected that day and made sure it is properly stored in the right folders. There were multiple daily products which were backscatter, water column, and multibeam. Finally, we had to conduct XBTs. Every four hour we sent an XBT down hundreds of meters to collect data (temperature, salinity). The objective while conducting the XBT were to make sure we didn’t see anything abnormal occurring in the ocean.

NOAA CCME Scholar Daryin Medley Shares his Experiences Aboard the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer

Tenth Biennial NOAA EPP/MSI Education and Science Forum

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Oral Presentations

Climate Adaptation and Mitigation

  1. Jennifer Kennedy, University of Maryland
  2. Fambougouri Diane, Bronx Community College
  3. Selena Gibson, University of Maryland

Healthy Oceans

  1. Kelsey Martin, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
  2. Joe Day, Jr., Savannah State University
  3. Nicholas Coleman, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies

  1. Mariana Leon-Perez, Harte Research Institute
  2. Tahirah Johnson, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  3. Marcus Teat, Delaware State University

Weather-Ready Nation

  1. Jessica Chen, CUNY
  2. Foroozan Arkian, Florida A&M University
  3. Pamela Lara, University of Texas at El Paso

Poster Presentations

Climate Adaptation and Mitigation

  1. Leanne Cohn, Oregon State University
  2. Ayo Deas, CUNY
  3. Alessandra Zuniga, San Diego State University

Healthy Oceans

  1. Sena Tay, CUNY
  2. Nicholas Coleman, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
  3. Travis Leggett, California State University Monterey Bay

Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies

  1. Keith Sellers, NOAA EPP/MSI
  2. Andrea Pugh-Kelley, Florida A&M University
  3. Edward Gniffke, University Texas Rio Grande Valley

Weather-Ready Nation

  1. Ashley Bailey, CUNY
  2. Sergio Diaz, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  3. Steven Naegele, Pennsylvania State University

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NOAA CCME scholar Lily Walker and faculty members Dr. Paul Montagna and Dr. Michael Wetz were contributing authors on a paper titled A general pattern of trade-offs between ecosystem resistance and resilience to tropical cyclones. The paper, which included over 40 authors from various institutions, highlights a repeated pattern of trade-offs between resistance and resilience in tropical cyclones.

Tropical cyclones drive coastal ecosystem dynamics, and their frequency, intensity, and spatial distribution are predicted to shift with climate change. Patterns of resistance and resilience were synthesized for 4138 ecosystem time series from n = 26 storms occurring between 1985 and 2018 in the Northern Hemisphere to predict how coastal ecosystems will respond to future disturbance regimes. Data were grouped by ecosystems (fresh water, salt water, terrestrial, and wetland) and response categories (biogeochemistry, hydrography, mobile biota, sedentary fauna, and vascular plants). We observed a repeated pattern of trade-offs between resistance and resilience across analyses. These patterns are likely the outcomes of evolutionary adaptation, they conform to disturbance theories, and they indicate that consistent rules may govern ecosystem susceptibility to tropical cyclones.

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Diversity Equity Inclusion and Ocean Justice Webinar

The Monmouth University Institute for Global Understanding (IGU) and Urban Coast Institute (UCI) hosted the virtual panel discussion “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Ocean Justice” on March 9. The event was this year’s first installment of the Global Ocean Governance Lecture Series, which assembles international experts to discuss scientific and policy issues that hold important implications for coastal and marine ecosystems. The discussion was moderated by Professor Randall Abate, director of the IGU, and included the following presentations and speakers:

  • “From Accounting for, to Accountability to: Reciprocity and Restitution in Collaborative Climate Change Research” by Monica Barra, assistant professor at the University of South Carolina School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment and Department of Anthropology
  • “Environmental Justice Impacts of Marine Litter and Plastic Pollution” by Juliano Calil, senior fellow at the Center for the Blue Economy and adjunct professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies
  • “Preparing the Prospective NOAA-Mission Workforce for a More Just Future” by Sharmini Pitter, assistant director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems

See the Monmouth University Institute website for more information -