New York Sea Grant Welcomes Helen Cheng as Jamaica Bay Coastal Resilience Specialist
Jamaica Bay / NYC - Press Release


Brooklyn, NY, February 22, 2016 - New York Sea Grant, in partnership with the Science and Resilience Institute @ Jamaica Bay (SRIJB), is happy to announce the arrival of Helen Cheng in her capacity as New York Sea Grant’s Jamaica Bay Coastal Resilience Specialist starting February 22. Helen will be designing outreach programs to support community engagement and research efforts to enhance resilience for the communities within the Jamaica Bay Watershed. Helen will work at the Science and Resilience Institute @ Jamaica Bay office on the Brooklyn College campus.

"New York Sea Grant welcomes the opportunity to partner with the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay in this critical effort," says Bill Wise, New York Sea Grant Director.

Helen comes to the Institute from a yearlong stint as a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Sea Grant John D. Knauss 2015 Marine Policy Fellow, a highly competitive fellowship program among the nation’s highest qualified graduate students. As such, she was the Coastal Communities Specialist working in the National Sea Grant Office in Silver Spring, Maryland, where she synthesized Sea Grant Network research and extension activities surrounding coastal community sustainable development, hazard resilience, and climate change adaptation and was a member of NOAA‘s Coastal Hazards Resilience Workshop Planning and Support team.

"Increasing coastal urban resilience is a matter of applying general principles of coastal hazards and climate change preparedness to the unique environment of densely populated urban communities,” continues Director Wise. “Helen and her colleagues will tailor these principles to local conditions in the New York Metropolitan Area helping local government and stakeholder groups implement them in decision making."

“Learning about the Nation’s top issues makes this an exciting time to be working on Jamaica Bay resilience, especially since the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy,” says Helen, a Brooklyn native eager to get to work on her home turf—or surf as it were.

Helen earned her BS in Biology from Stony Brook University and MS in Zoology from University of New Hampshire with research experience on horseshoe crabs, lobsters and scallops. Her interests and capabilities in both the natural sciences and the applied, stretching from New England to the Mid-Atlantic, make Helen a natural for her new role. Welcome home, Helen.
SRIJB is a new research center focused on enhancing environmental, social, and economic resilience in communities of Jamaica Bay funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and the City of New York.

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New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York, is one of 33 university-based programs under the National Sea Grant College Program (NSGCP) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The NSGCP engages this network of the nation’s top universities in conducting scientific research, education, training and extension projects designed to foster science-based decisions about the use and conservation of our aquatic resources. Through its statewide network of integrated services, NYSG has been promoting coastal vitality, environmental sustainability, and citizen awareness about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources since 1971.

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