The New York Marine Sciences Consortium is an association of colleges, universities, and degree-granting institutions with expertise and interest in marine and/or coastal science. New York Sea Grant is an associate member and was represented at the NYMSC annual September meeting at SUNY Maritime in the Bronx by NYSG Director, Dr. James Ammerman. The theme of the meeting was “Climate Change –Marine Connections: an Ecosystem Approach.”
“Interdisciplinary, collaborative and ecosystem-based approaches to tackle marine issues have long been a hallmark of NYSG research, “ said Dr. Ammerman. “NYMSC is a new platform to facilitate even greater collaboration and advocacy by the academic marine science community in New York. NYMSC should become a major voice for this community and strive to communicate marine science priorities and increase support for marine science within New York State,” he continued.
Dr. Christopher Gobler, Associate Professor at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) at Stony Brook University and long time NYSG researcher gave a keynote speech entitled “The role of climate change in altering NY’s coastal ecosystems: from algal blooms to shellfish and beyond.” (See the "Harmful Algal Blooms Plague Long Island Waters" article in this issue of New York Coastlines for some of Gobler’s most recent research on harmful algal blooms.)