Last Wednesday, I had the opportunity to help celebrate the extraordinary work and leadership of Dr. Russell Callender, who just left his role as assistant administrator for NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NOS), the nation’s most comprehensive ocean and coastal agency. The NOS is lucky to have had Russell for the last 18 years, and his dedication to our ocean and coasts began long before that and will continue in his new role director of Washington’s Sea Grant Program. A huge thank you to Russell for your decades of dedication and service — we at COL wish you all the best in your new role in the “other” Washington!
As we celebrate the work and expertise of one scientist and his decades of selfless service to advance understanding and management of our ocean and coasts, another has the opportunity to have a huge positive impact in our federal government. Last week, the president nominated Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier to be the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Dr. Droegemeier is a renowned meteorologist who has been at the University of Oklahoma for 33 years; he also co-founded and directed NSF’s Science and Technology Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms and the Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere and served two six-year terms on the National Science Board. I strongly encourage the Senate to move quickly and confirm Kelvin Droegemeier for this key scientific advisor and leadership position.
Can Seagrass Help Fight Ocean Acidification?
Seagrass meadows could play a limited, localized role in alleviating ocean acidification in coastal ecosystems, according to scientists from Old Dominion University, University of California Davis’s Bodega Marine Laboratory, University of California San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of Washington, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, California State University Northridge and Carnegie Institution for Science, whose work was recently published in Ecological Applications.
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