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John Bilotta

John Bilotta

John Bilotta, Water Resource Management and Policy Extension Educator, went off to sea! Bilotta was one of 28 selected from a national search to participate in NOAA's Teacher-at-Sea program. Bilotta's research cruise in June spanned the edge of the continental shelf between Port Canaveral, FL, and Cape Hatteras, NC. The team aboard the R/V Nancy Foster conducted surveys in and around five marine protected areas in the south Atlantic to support fisheries management objectives. The 24/7 work schedule included collecting water chemistry profiles and mapping. Bilotta is developing a pilot K-12 lesson plan on oceans and ecosystems based on his experiences.

Bilotta said, "If you haven't heard from me after July 4th, I either chose to stay
on board or I just sank to the bottom because I did not put my NOAA Immersion Suit on correctly."

Want to know more about Bilotta's adventure? Use this link: http://teacheratsea.noaa.gov/2014/bilotta.html

Hilarie Sorensen

Hilarie Sorensen

Hilarie Sorensen, Climate Change Extension Educator, became a full-time Assistant Extension Professor in April. Sorensen is helping Sea Grant to
develop science-based responses to changing climatic conditions in communities rimming the edge of Lake Superior in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Over the past year, Sorensen worked on climate change adaptation and mitigation concerns part-time for Sea Grant. Given the extent of community needs, Sea Grant posted a job announcement for a full-time Climate Change Extension Educator in February.

Sorensen earned a Master's of Environmental Studies from Lakehead University, Ontario, Canada. Her expertise is in coastal hazard resiliency and climate adaptation planning. Sorensen continues to operate out of Minnesota Sea Grant's main office at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Minnesota Sea Grant's Climate Change Extension Educator position is funded by NOAA, University of Minnesota Extension and the EPA through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

William French

William French

William French, conservation biology doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota, won the 2014 Best Student Paper Award at the Minnesota Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. The award comes with a $250 prize and is sponsored by Minnesota Sea Grant. French's paper, Using stable isotope analyses to examine relative position of brown trout in winter food webs of Southeastern Minnesota streams, was co-authored by Bruce Vondracek, Leonard Ferrington, Jacques Finlay, and Douglas Dieterman.


By Sea Grant Staff
July 2014

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