Jon White – From the President’s Office: 01-02-2018

2018-01-02T16:28:39+00:00 January 2, 2018|

At the close of 2017, I attended the Women’s Aquatic Network (WAN) holiday party in DC, where the group honored Dr. Marcia McNutt (COL Trustee) with their “Woman of the Year” award. Reflecting on her inspirational words and career of amazing leadership and scientific achievement, I am reminded of the remarkable change I have witnessed in the ocean science and technology community’s diversity. I am honored to have been part of the Navy (specifically naval oceanography) advancing gender equity and consider those opportunities to have had major influence on my career trajectory. Today, I am inspired by so many people in our community who persistently champion diversity and true equal opportunity in ocean sciences.

Gender, ethnicity, identity, ability, orientation, and age are only some of the profound differences that underlie perspective, experience, and diversity of thought that enable our teams, our ideas, our science, and our discoveries to be greater than the sum of the individuals involved. We have indeed come a long way in short time, thanks largely to the dedication and sacrifice of incredible scientists achieving successes in the face of significant adversity. Dr. McNutt is but one of many that we all know. If the recent exposure of sexual harassment and assault across politics, media, entertainment, and many other sectors do nothing else, hopefully they remind us all to stand up for ourselves, for our colleagues, for our boss, for our mentee, for all to have a safe and respectful workplace, and for the dignity of each one of us. While criminal behavior and misconduct will never be eradicated, the scientific community must ensure such behavior is never tolerated nor covered up. Each one of us must be empowered and inspired to act and react with integrity and honor, firm in the knowledge of the full support of our community. AGU has stepped up and recently amended their ethics policy to formally define harassment as scientific misconduct. Organizations like WAN and AGU are and have been incredibly important to making our community safer and stronger; I salute them and thank them.

As a community, let us resolve in this new year to intentionally cultivate safe, respectful, and inclusive environments. I look forward to working with all of you in 2018 (and the many years to come) with renewed dedication toward this goal for our ocean science and technology community.

RADM Jonathan W. White, USN (ret.)
President and CEO
Consortium for Ocean Leadership

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Member Highlight – Year in Review
Consortium for Ocean Leadership is proud to represent the leading ocean science and technology institutions. Each week we highlight some of the amazing ocean research and innovation our members are undertaking. There were tremendous accomplishments in 2017. In case you missed any of these highlights, read all of them below.

Threatened Sea Turtles In Hawaii Losing Ground To Rising Oceans 
University of South Carolina
New Gene-based Model Suggests, For Microbes, It’s Not Who You Are But What You Do
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Learning From The Past: What The Ice Age Can Teach Us About The Future Of Our Coastlines
Dalhousie University
Pacific Island Countries Could Lose 50-80 Percent Of Fish In Local Waters Under Climate Change
East Carolina University
How Wind Might Nudge A Sleeping Giant In Antarctica
Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania and the University of Texas at Austin
Chukchi Mooring Returns A Year Of pH Data
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Climate Shifts Shorten Marine Food Chain Off California
Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and Scripps Institute of Oceanography, University of San Diego
Melting Glaciers Could Raise Sea Levels In Sharp Bursts, Reef Fossils Show
Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Research In The Arctic: Discovering Changes In The Ecosystem
North Pacific Research Board
Fueling The Future
Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin
A Tsunami’s Worth Of Sea Creatures Landed Along The Pacific Coast. Is This A Problem?
Oregon State University
How Openings In Antarctic Sea Ice Affect Worldwide Climate
The University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins University
Liquid Robotics Debuts Next Generation Wave Glider
Liquid Robotics
Ecosystem Cascades Affecting Salmon
University of California Santa Cruz
A New Model Yields Insights Into Glaciers’ Retreats And Advances
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Researchers Find Coral Reefs In A Place They Shouldn’t Exist
Texas A&M University
Mission Log: FAU Harbor Branch Leads Exploration of Cuba’s Deep Coral Reefs
Florida Atlantic University, Harbor Branch
The Beach Time Capsule
University of California Santa Barbara
Marine Predators Have Grown Larger As Their Prey Remain The Same Size
University of Florida
Toxic Mercury Levels Are Actually Declining In Alaskan Polar Bears—But That’s Not As Great As It Sounds
University of Connecticut
COL Welcomes New Member, Shell Oil Company
Shell Oil Company
New Research Vessel to Impact Marine Research Across Florida
University of South Florida
Antarctic Dispatches: Miles of Ice Collapsing Into The Sea
Columbia University
Mapping Deep Reefs Produces Valuable Data For Researchers, Conservationists
University of Delaware Professor
Scientists Solve Mystery Of Antarctica’s Blood Falls
University of Alaska Fairbanks (& Colorado College)
Turtle Power: Endangered Species Spawn On Florida Beaches
Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium
Rare Sighting Of Giant Octopus Reveals A Surprise
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Ubiquitous Marine Organism Co-evolved With Other Microbes, Promoting More Complex Ecosystems
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
After Deepwater Horizon spill: Which animals weathered the disaster
Rutgers University
Southern California: Why do red tides happen?
University of California San Diego
Biologists Identify Ancient Stress Response In Corals
Stanford University
Study Finds Preliminary Recovery Of Coastal Sharks In Southeast US
Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary
Broadening Ocean Current Could Carry Less Heat Poleward With Climate Change
University of Miami
Greenland Ice Sheet Melting Can Cool Subtropics, Alter Climate
University of Michigan
New Ocean Observations Improve Understanding Of Motion
University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
Large Marine Protected Areas Effectively Protect Reef Shark Populations
Stanford University
Underwater Volcano’s Eruption Captured In Exquisite Detail By Seafloor Observatory
University of Washington
A New Tsunami-Warning System:  Scientists Devise way To Relay Sound Signals Under Water
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Protecting The Ocean: Benjamin Halpern, Director Of NCEAS, To Receive The 2017 Peter Benchley Ocean Award For Excellence In Science
University of California Santa Barbara
3D Ocean Map Tracks Ecosystems In Unprecedented Detail

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