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March 31, 2004

Highlights

  • RUCOOL Satellite operations has set up an emergency data transfer system with colleagues at the University of Maine to back up the NOAA SST data collected with our L-Band system. This collaboration is the first of it's kind and will serve as a model for backing up and sharing satellite data within ocean observing systems. We have also set up an ftp protocol to share data collected from the Chinese fy1-d satellite on a daily basis with the University of Texas at Austin. Finally, the Indian government has activated on our Oceansat (OCM) license and we now track passes with our x-band dish over the east coast region every other day.
  • On March 18, 2004, Ken Able gave expert testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans, which is examining reauthorization of the Atlantic Striped Bass Conservation Act.
  • Norbert Psuty was the recent recipient of the Mel Marcus Distinguished Career Award, bestowed on him by the Geomorphology Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers. It was presented to Norb at the National Meeting of the AAG, 14-19 March 2004, Philadelphia, PA.
  • David Bushek was elected to serve another term as Treasurer for the National Shellfisheries Association.
  • Susan Ford received the David A.Wallace Award from the National Shellfisheries Association at their annual Business Luncheon. John Kreauter, a previous recipient also from the HSRL, presented the award which is given to an individual whose actions most demonstrate the principles and actions concerned with programs in shellfisheries, aquaculture, and conservation as exemplified by Mr. David Wallace during his lifetime. These principles and actions should include promoting understanding, knowledge, and cooperation among industry members, the academic community, and all levels of government (state, national and international); an outstanding success in bringing together shellfish scientists and industry officials for the benefit of shellfisheries.
  • Liz Sikes has been appointed an associate editor of the journal Paleoceanography.
  • A new book entitled "The Taming of the Oyster" by Dr. Melbourne Carriker is available from the National Shellfisheries Association (www.shellfish.org) and details the history of the Association. Of interest to Rutgers, IMCS, NJAES and HSRL is the documentation of the prominent role that Rutgers scientists, students and staff have played in the development and operation of the Association and it predecessors during the past century.
  • The February 2004 paper on "Mercury in canned tuna" by Michael Gochfeld and Joanna Burger in Environmental Research was among the documents considered by the FDA in its March 2004 revised advisory: What You Need to Know About Mercury in Fish and Shellfish.

Meetings Attended

  • Sybil Seitzinger attended the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program (IGBP) Scientific Committee Meeting, in Moscow, Russia, from March 2-6, 2004.
  • IMCS was well represented at Aquaculture 2004 in Hawaii by faculty, staff and students from HSRL. Aquaculture 2004 was held March 1-5 in Honolulu. It is the triennial meeting of the World Aquaculture Society, the National Shellfisheries Association and the Fish Culture Section of the American Fisheries Society. Ecological impacts of aquaculture in the environment was a major theme that began with opening talks by Dr. Jane Lubchenco of Oregon State University and Dr. Geoff Allan of Port Stephens Fisheries Centre in New South Wales, Australia. The talks were followed by a panel discussion and then a number of sessions dedicated to various impacts such as the management of nutrient dynamics and exotic species used in aquaculture. The conference drew well over 3,000 attendees with 17 concurrent sessions.
    Highlights of IMCS presentations included:
    • STRATEGIES FOR MAPPING DISEASE-RESISTANCE GENES IN THE EASTERN OYSTER Crassostrea virginica (GMELIN)
      Ximing Guo*, Ziniu Yu, Yongping Wang and Susan Ford
    • PHYSICAL AND LINKAGE MAPPING IN THE EASTERN OYSTER Crassostrea virginica GMELIN
      Ximing Guo*, Yongping Wang and Ziniu Yu
    • AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE GENETIC BASIS FOR PHENOTYPIC DIFFERENCES OBSERVED IN CHROMOSOMAL MUTANTS OF THE PACIFIC OYSTER Crassostrea gigas
      B.J. Landau* and Ximing Guo
    • PRODUCTION AND EVALUATION OF ALL-TRIPLOID AND DISEASE-RESISTANT EASTERN OYSTERS FOR AQUACULTURE
      Yongping Wang*, Ximing Guo, Gregory DeBrosse and Susan Ford
    • LOCALIZATION OF TAACC REPEATS TO TELOMERES OF Penaeus vannamei CHROMOSOMES BY FISH
      Yongping Wang*, Ximing Guo, Acacia Alcivar-Warren, Linghua Zhou and Jianhai Xiang
    • GENETIC ANALYSIS OF SELECTED STRAINS OF THE EASTERN OYSTER Crassostrea virginica (GMELIN) USING AFLP AND MICROSATELLITE MARKERS
      Ziniu Yu* and Ximing Guo
    • INTEGRATION OF ORNAMENTAL AQUATIC PLANT PRODUCTION IN CRANBERRY FARMING
      George E. Flimlin, Jr.*, Donald F. Schnoor and Thomas E. Budd
    • Geff Flimlin also organized the "EAST MEETS WEST" session in which members of the well established Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association and the newly formed East Coast Shellfish Growers Association met for the first time to discuss issues of mutual interest. The program consisted of discussions about Federal permitting of shellfish culture, foreign interest in US shellfish markets, organic labeling of cultured shellfish, assessing successful agricultural or aquaculture organizations, tempering harvested clams, interstate or interregional shipping of shellfish seed, update on post harvest treatment of shellfish, using a marketing board to improve profits and environmental impacts of shellfish aquaculture. The two groups also addressed topics which they can collaborate on together, and where they are focusing their energies presently. David Bushek of HSRL presented information regarding interstate transport of shellfish for aquaculture and related disease concerns during this session.
  • Shannon Newby presented a poster entitled "Distribution of juvenile Spisula solidissima at LEO-15 in 1993: Rippled reality or a one year wonder?" at the Benthic Ecology Meeting in Mobile, AL (March 25-28).
  • Ximing Guo, Yongping Wang, Susan Ford and Gregory DeBrosse presented two papers at the 24th Milford Seminar, February 23-25, 2004, Milford, CT.
  • Ximing Guo gave an invited seminar on "Shellfish Genetics and Genomics" at Florida Institute of Technology, March 25, 2004. The seminar is part of the Elise B. Newell Seminar Series sponsored by Florida Sea Grant College Program.
  • John Reinfelder gave an invited talk: "Mercury and Other Metals in the NJ Meadowlands," Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Delaware. March 18, 2004.
  • Lily Young gave a presentation, "Microbial Degradation of Atkanes and PAHs in Anoxic Environments" on March 11, 2004, Dept. Microbiology Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

New Grants

  • Ken Able recently received a grant from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Baltimore District) for assessment of risk on entrainment of juvenile summer flounder (Paralichthys dentatus) by hydraulic dredges in the vicinity of Asseateague Island, Virginia. Field work begins in mid-March.
  • John Wilkin received $143,596 from the Office of Naval Research for the first year of a 2-year study (March 2004 through Dec 2005) on Modeling Boundary Layers and Air-Sea Interaction in the Coastal Ocean using ROMS
    and COAMPS.
  • Oscar Schofield, Scott Glenn, and Josh Kohut were awarded a Department of Defense-Office of Naval Research, DURIP grant to acquire 2 Sloccum Gliders. The proposal "Development of an Autonomous Relocateable Rapid Environmental Assessment Capability" will provide the COOL group with both an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler Glider and a Bio-optical Glider.
  • Tony Broccoli was awarded a grant from NOAA (Climate Change Data and Detection) for the project "Evaluation of Fingerprints of Natural and Anthropogenic Climate Change," May 1, 2004-April 30, 2007, $268,550.
  • Scott Glenn and the CODAR group were awarded $1,000,000 from the Counter-Narcoterrorism Technology Program Office for the project "HFSWR Superdirective Antenna Technology Demonstration." This work will be conducted in collaboration with Don Barrick, CODAR Ocean Sensors, Ltd.

Publications

  • The Marine Field Station, Tuckerton, published a total of 24 peer-reviewed journal articles in 2003.
  • Wang, Y., Z. Xu and X. Guo. 2004. Differences in the rDNA-bearing chromosome divide Asian-Pacific and Atlantic species of Crassostrea (Bivalvia, Mollusca). Biol. Bull., 206:46-54.
  • Vinnikov, Konstantin Y., Alan Robock, Norman C. Grody, and Alan Basist, 2004: Analysis of diurnal and seasonal cycles and trends in climatic records with arbitrary observation times. Geophys. Res. Lett., 31, L06205, doi:10.1029/2003GL019196.
  • Liu, A., E. Garcia-Dominguez, E.D. Rhine & L. Y. Young. 2004. A Novel Arsenate-respiring Isolate that can Utilize Aromatic Substrates. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, in press.

Student News


Paul Falkowski, Dan Tchernov, Lisa Warden, Gary Taghon, Ronald Wong, and Costantino Vetriani

Congratulations to Lisa Warden and Ronald Wong! Lisa and Ron were selected to receive this year's Outstanding Senior in Marine & Coastal Sciences Award. Lisa was working with Dan Tchernov and Paul Falkowski on "Coral Bleaching and Metal Toxicity," and Ron was working with Costantino Vetriani on "Microbial oxidation of n-alkanes: isolation of organisms from deep-sea vents and cold seeps, and identification of alkane hydroxylase genes."

Congratulations!


Allen Hays, Travis and Laina, congratulations on your engagement. Best wishes from your friends at IMCS.

Let's Welcome

The Marine Field Station welcomes new postdoctoral associate Mark C. Sullivan, who recently received his Ph.D. from University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (Bob Cowen, advisor). He will analyze/synthesize long-term ichthyoplankton data sets, and examine the effects of mobile fishing gear on fish habitats.