UOG Sea Grant’s mission is to integrate and apply research, extension, and education activities to sustain and develop island environments while integrating knowledge and cultural perspectives of the island’s people.
Within the Mariana Islands Archipelago, coastal environments are dynamic ecosystems with fluctuating water levels, many species of fish, birds, plants and other wildlife, and diverse habitat types.
Recreational and commercial use of coastal resources–our watersheds, beaches, reefs, and open ocean–all present challenges to maintaining our ecosystem’s health. UOG Sea Grant addresses issues that can pose ecosystem challenges through research, education, and outreach. Our strategic plan provides an overview of the types of issues we are looking at.
Research, education, and outreach means:
Download or view the UOGSG Strategic Plan for 2018-2021 here: UOGSG 2018-2021 Strategic Plan
Download or view the UOGSG Strategic Plan for 2013-2016 here: UOGSG 2013-2016 Strategic Plan
On August 30, UOGSG convened a Stakeholder Listening Session. Find the notes from the meeting here: UOGSG Stakeholder Listening Session Notes_083016
The National Sea Grant College Program is a partnership between universities and the federal government’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an agency within the Department of Commerce. The Sea Grant network includes more than 3,000 scientists, engineers, public outreach experts, educators, and students from over 300 institutions, representing 33 programs in states and territories.
Sea Grant’s mission is to provide integrated research, communication, education, extension and legal programs to coastal communities that lead to the responsible use of the nation’s ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources through informed personal, policy, and management decisions.
Examples of research that Sea Grant helps to fund include: population growth and development on the coasts; preparation and response to tsunamis; human interactions with the marine environment; fish and shellfish farming; seafood safety; and fisheries management. Communication, education, and extension professionals then share the research with stakeholders in a way that is understandable and meaningful.
Sea Grant is a national initiative, but is managed and implemented locally. Hence, a program in the Great Lakes region will be very different than one in Puerto Rico, Louisiana, California, or the Western Pacific.
An upcoming STEM workshop at the University of Guam will teach students how to build and pilot a drone with the help of Lego pieces.
The University of Guam will be playing a vital role in a new Guam Aquacultural Task Force, established by Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero via Executive Order 2019-12 on April 30.
University of Guam Sea Grant's resident sea turtle biologist Josefa Muñoz was selected in April to join the distinguished 2019 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.
The University of Guam welcomes the following new administrator to the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs for the 2018-2019 academic year.
The National Sea Grant Program has a long tradition of increasing environmental literacy through formal educational structures: that is, schools.
(December 2017 - March 2018)
Turtle Education Outreach Interns will research turtles in the Pacific region, design a game or activity for use in community outreach, conduct at least twelve (12) presentations in public elementary schools, and train UOGSG staff and interns to do school presentations well.
Interns will undergo a minimum of 40 hours of formal training, assist and participate in UOGSG’s regularly scheduled activities, gain experience in a professional work environment through shadowing occupations related to science and education, and learn how to be an excellent school presenter. A science background is not required but applicants must want to learn and teach science-based lessons. This is a superb opportunity for students who want to explore education, environment or natural resource management, and science professions!
Interns will receive a stipend of $1,000.
Read full description (PDF file): UOGSG Turtle Education Outreach Internship_Wntr 2017
Application (Word file): UOGSG Turtle Education Outreach Internship Application 2017
AN462: MARITIME ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD METHODS (Summer Session C, 7/3/17-8/5/17). Guam Preservation Trust and UOG Sea Grant were pleased to help fund and coordinate this SCUBA-based field methods course. The class spent its field time at two sites, Seabee Junkyard in Apra Harbor and the Amtrac at Agat. Students learned how to do archaeological surveying, corrosion data collection, 3D photogrammetry, and some biological monitoring.
BI 194/BI194L: UNDERWATER ECOLOGICAL SURVEYING TECHNIQUES (Summer Session C, 7/5/16 – 8/5/16). UOG Sea Grant was pleased to offer a Special Projects course through the Biology Program, courtesy of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (Pacific Island Regional Office) and University of Hawaii’s Marine Option Program. The course and concurrent lab was an introduction to nearshore underwater ecological surveying techniques with field experience conducted on snorkel. Students identified common fish and invertebrate species, gathered data using survey techniques practiced on land and in water, and applied scientific skills through the development and writing of a scientific report.
For educators who are interested in developing Guam Department of Education (GDOE) service learning opportunities, we work most closely with the Guam Nature Alliance in order to help coordinate and deliver a quality educational experience. Teachers should contact us as far in advance as possible to explore service learning options.
Right now UOG Sea Grant faculty and staff do not regularly present in classrooms. However, we may able to accommodate requests based on availability.
In part modeled on the Navigating Change Education Program, UOG Sea Grant has two lesson plans and supplemental classroom visual aids about the Mariana Islands. Educators can contact us to get laminated card sets and posters for classroom use.
UOG Sea Grant offered two courses for teachers as professional development opportunities
in 2010 and 2012. Currently we welcome input from those in GDOE, Department of Defense
Education Activity (DODEA), private schools, and home school specialists as to how
we can connect your students to science-based resources within the university.SUSTAINABLE SCIENCE FOR TEACHERS (offered 1/1/12 – 4/26/12). This class was designed
to encourage exploration of Guam’s outdoor environment by teachers, who would then
design lesson plans that create, orchestrate, and implement a community project with
an overarching theme of sustainability. (Syllabus: Sustainable Science for Teachers_Spr 2012 syllabus)
ISLAND SCIENCE FOR TEACHERS (offered 3/4/10 – 4/13/10). This class was designed to provide course participants an opportunity to improve their content knowledge of coral reef ecosystems, watersheds, and the ecology of Guam, while learning how to best implement interactive, hands-on activities. (Syllabus: Island Science for Teachers_Spr 2010 syllabus)
SNORKEL INTROS FOR ADULTS (Sun., 12/17 and Sat., 12/23). Not confident in the water but always wanted to try snorkeling? This snorkel intro, with a high supervisor to participant ratio, allowed adults to learn about snorkel gear, try and adjust it, defog a mask, breathe with a snorkel, and kick with fins. Participants could learn at their own pace in a calm environment with water safety pros.
NÅ’AN GUIHAN SIHA: CHAMORRO FISH I.D. (Sat., 11/19/17). This family-friendly workshop reviewed scientific and Chamorro organism classification systems and Chamorro names for animals found in the bay. Participants then played a special version of fish bingo to practice both their fish identification and Chamorro skills.
YPAO BEACH SNORKEL FOR ADULTS (Sun., 11/12/17). Open to anyone but especially those adults who need a buddy or a water safety pro for assistance, this adult snorkel event at Ypao have participants a chance to practice coral and fish identification in-water. A collaboration with the Guam Community Coral Reef Monitoring Program.
FINA’NÅ’GUEN PESKADOT: FISHING EXPO FOR FAMILIES (Sat., 10/14/17). For the Guam Museum’s monthly Ha’ånen Familia, fishermen demonstrated various styles of fishing: chenchulu, spear, jigging/rod & reel, and talåya. A collaboration with Western Pacific Regional Fishery Council, Guam Museum and Humanities Guåhan.
SNORKEL INTRO FOR ADULTS (Sun., 9/17/17). To support Humanities Guåhan‘s Hita I Hanom (Water/Ways) exhibit, contributor Marie Auyong led a snorkel intro at the Dededo Pool. Participants learned to: fit a mask, defog it, breathe with a snorkel, adjust fins, and practice efficient kicking. A collaboration with Humanities Guåhan.
“CHASING CORAL” SCREENING AND MINI-EXPO (Sat., 9/9/17). This movie captures one team’s quest to document coral bleaching on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef system. A panel discussion afterwards discussed what local scientists and agencies are doing to address coral bleaching. Participants could visit tables afterwards to learn about local volunteer opportunities and projects. Sponsored by the Guam Community Coral Reef Monitoring Program.
KID’S AUGUST SALTWATER FISHING CLINIC & DERBY (Sat., 8/5/17 and Sat., 8/12/17). Derby competitors ages 7-12 could practice tying knots and casting at the Mangilao Mayor’s Softball Field. Thirty seven children competed in the derby, where they vied for prizes in the following categories: most fish, longest fish, and longest pulonnen (triggerfish). A collaboration with the Department of Agriculture.
HITA MUSEUM TALKS: REALIZING THE SIGNIFICANCE OF WORLD WAR II UNDERWATER CULTURAL HERITAGE IN THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION SYMPOSIUM (Sat., 7/22/17). Maritime archaeologists, conservators, educators, and resource managers from Palau, the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, and California gave 20 to 30-minute presentations on underwater heritage management, 3-D photogrammetry, cannon conservation, artificial reefs, and World War II sites in Chuuk and Guam. Sponsored by the Guam Museum.
KID’S JULY SALTWATER FISHING CLINIC & DERBY (Sat., 7/8/17 and Sat., 7/15/17). Derby competitors ages 7-12 could practice tying knots and casting at the Mangilao Mayor’s Softball Field. Thirty children competed in the derby, where they vied for prizes in the following categories: most fish, longest fish, and longest pulonnen (triggerfish). A collaboration with the Department of Agriculture.
EPSCOR COLLOQUIUM: MICROBIAL DYNAMICS OF HAWAIIAN FISHPONDS (Thurs., 7/13/17). Dr. Kiana Frank, native of Kailua, Oahu, is an Assistant Professor in Pacific Biosciences Research Center at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. She explained how Hawaiians have refined a fishpond aquaculture technique and how stories inform the development of scientific hypotheses. She also presented her research about how microbes influence the health and sustainability of Hawaii’s natural resources.
SNORKEL INTRO (Sat., 6/24/17). In the comfort of a calm swimming pool with safety pros, participants learned to defog a mask, breathe with a snorkel, and practice safe snorkeling. Sea Grant provided masks, snorkels, and fins.
KIDS’ FRESHWATER FISHING DERBY AND NATURE WALKS (Sat., 4/8/17). Derby competitors 5-16 years old were welcome to the Masso Reservoir for a day of fishing for ahgao and umatang. Other activities included guided walks to learn about the area’s native trees and plants for åmot (Chamorro medicine) and two stations where people could make their own hook/line fishing gear and learn about non-hook and line fishing set-ups. A collaboration with the Department of Agriculture.
SCIENCE SUNDAY: LIFE HISTORY PARAMETERS AND THE EVOLUTION GENETIC STATUS OF ANGUILLA MARMORATA FROM GUAM (Sun., 1/15/17). Sean Moran, a UOG graduate student in Biology and Sea Grant Fellow, researches life history and genetics of a Guam freshwater eel (Anguilla marmorata). Learn more about this species, which comprises a valuable island subsistence fishery. Sponsored by Guam Community Coral Reef Monitoring Program and National Park Service.
NÅ’AN GUIHAN SIHA, OR CHAMORRO FISH I.D. (Sat., 11/19/16). This family-friendly workshop reviewed a brief history of Tomhom, scientific and Chamorro organism classification systems, and Chamorro names for animals found in the bay. Participants then played a special version of fish bingo to practice both their fish identification and Chamorro skills. (Flyer: UOGSG_Fish ID_111916)
K-12 OUTREACH: CREATING EFFECTIVE GUEST PRESENTATIONS (Mon., 10/3/16). Being an effective guest speaker in Guam’s public schools requires planning, practice, and a sense of adventure! This workshop convened a panel of committed, experienced teachers, representing schools from all over the island, who provided tips on how keep students inspired and engaged! (Flyer: UOGSG_K12_Outreach_Creating Effective Guest Presentations_100316)
RIOTERS SEMINAR: PHYLOGENETICS OF THE CATADROMOUS EEL, ANGUILLA MARMORATA (Wed., 9/14/16). Sean Moran, a UOG graduate student in Biology and Sea Grant Fellow, researches life history and genetics of an eel living in Guam’s streams (Anguilla marmorata). Sponsored by the Biology Program, RIOTERS stands for “Research Integration of Teaching, Education and Sustainable Resources” and happens every Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the Science Building, Room 306.
RIOTERS SEMINAR: BUILDING ISLAND RESILIENCE AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE (Wed., 8/24/16). Dr. Austin Shelton presented on ecosystem restoration projects in the Humåtak and Pago watersheds. These project intend to build up our island’s resilience against climate change impacts by reducing local environmental stressors. Sponsored by the Biology Program, RIOTERS stands for “Research Integration of Teaching, Education and Sustainable Resources” and happens every Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the Science Building, Room 306. (Flyer: UOGSG_RIOTERS_Shelton_082416)
EPSCOR STUDENT PRESENTATIONS (Mon., 7/25/16). Sea Grant and EPSCOR-funded students presented work from their summer research experiences: Enrika Espiritu (“The Correlation between Coral Assemblage and Water Quality in Apra Harbor, Guam”), Ajette Manabat (“Spawning Aggregation Patterns at the Conclusion of Seasonality in of the Blue-Banded Surgeonfish, Acanthurus lineatus, on Guam”), and Cassandra Pocaigue (“Developing Microsatellite Markers for Acropora Species”). (Flyer: UOGSG_EPSCOR_SRE Presentations_072516)
HUMATAK WATERSHED ADVENTURE at the 2016 Island Sustainability Conference (Fri., 4/15/16). Participants embarked on an exciting tour through the La Sa Fu’a Watershed, starting on the hillsides of the upper watershed and culminating in Fouha Bay, the site of human creation, according to Chamorro folklore. Scientific experts and cultural practitioners learned about Guam’s natural resources, watershed connections, environmental threats, and engaged in a hands-on seed dispersal/watershed restoration activity. (Flyer: UOGSG_Humatak Watershed Adventure_CIS_041116)
MARITIME ARCHAEOLOGY: CULTURAL HERITAGE OF COMMUNITIES (Sat., 3/19/16). At this interactive workshop, participants learned about the field of maritime archaeology, the experience of doing underwater research, and about local shipwreck and fish weir (trap) sites. The workshop ended with attendees practicing two research techniques on land, just like ones archaeologists use. (Flyer: UOGSG_Maritime Archaeology_031916)
SCIENCE SUNDAY: ENDOLITHIC ALGAE, WHAT’S ON THE INSIDE COUNTS (Sun., 2/21/16). Endolithic algae are organisms that live inside the skeletons of live and dead corals. Adrian Kense, a graduate student at UOG’s Marine Lab and Sea Grant Fellow, researches the diversity of these microscopic algal communities using environmental DNA sequencing. Learn more about endolithic algae and why they’re important for our coral reefs. Sponsored by Guam Community Coral Reef Monitoring Program and National Park Service. (Flyer: UOGSG_Science Sunday_Endolithic Algae_022116 and the presentation hand-out: UOGSG_Kense_Boring algae are not so boring_2016 )
TIDES: THE SCIENCE AND CULTURAL IMPACTS OF WAVES (Sat., 2/6/16). As island residents, tides affect what we do and how we live on the coastline. Historically, tides have been integral to Chamorro culture and its changes over time. At this interactive workshop, participants learned about what causes tides, how to read tide charts and therefore improve personal water safety, and how Chamorro people have been affected by and use the tides. (Flyer here: UOGSG Tides_Science and Culture_020616)
UOG Sea Grant is an active collaborator with the Guam Nature Alliance, a group of governmental and nongovernmental representatives who coordinate activities that enhance public knowledge about Guam’s natural resources. These activities are usually free or very low cost; sometimes transportation is provided to locations. For more information about upcoming activities, check out the Guam Nature Alliance Facebook page here. You do not have to be a Facebook member to look at the page.Among its many diverse members, the Guam Nature Alliance includes representatives from the Guam Department of Agriculture, the Bureau of Statistics and Plans, Guam Environmental Protection Agency, Guam Waterworks Authority, and the Guam office for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The University of Guam Sea Grant requests proposals to fund research in Guam, CNMI and the Freely Associated States for one-year projects. Projects should be directly relevant to the goals of the UOGSG Strategic Plan (2018-2021). Research projects within this region focused in one or both of two areas will be considered: 1) healthy coastal ecosystems; and 2) environmental literacy and workforce development. An estimated $85,000 will be available to support 2-3 research projects over a one-year funding period. Researchers may request between $20,000 to $40,000 in federal Sea Grant funds. Successful proposals will have a start date of July 1, 2019 and an end date of no later than June 30, 2020. Researchers at institutions of higher education and organizations or agencies that conduct research in Guam, CNMI and the Freely Associated States are eligible to respond to this RFP. The research conducted must demonstrate the benefits it provides Guam.
For more information on the call for proposals, click here.
University of Guam graduate students: you can apply for up to $5,000 in funds to support research for your Master’s thesis. Eligible expenses include materials and supplies, equipment, travel to academic and professional development opportunities such as conferences, and stipends to support modest living costs.
Applications for the 2018-19 cycle are due on Friday, August 31, 2018.
A question-and-answer session about the request for proposal (RFP) will be held Tuesday, August 21, 2018 from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm and Monday, August 27 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm at the UOG Marine Lab Lecture Hall 205. Presentation slides are here: 2018 UOGSG RFP_Q-A
We welcome inquiries from potential applicants! Below, please see the frequently asked questions, and our replies, that can apply to a cross-section of applicants.
No. Applicants should identify the appropriate target audience that will deliver the outcomes they intend to obtain. Specifically, the judging criteria for this component is on the RFP’s page 7. Reviewers are asked to consider the following questions: Has the applicant identified a specific target end user and/or target audience? How well has the applicant justified targeting the specific end user and/or target audience? How appropriate is the applicant’s extension/outreach product in reaching the target audience? Will the results be useful to the identified users?
Fellow recipients should commit to completing enough hours required to implement a high quality extension/outreach product and activity. There is no set minimum of hours. Historically, it seems reasonable to plan for at least 10-15 hours of prep work per hour of outreach. However, it can take much more depending on the activity’s complexity and Fellow’s professional experience. Outreach is an integral and unique component of the local and national Sea Grant College Program.
“Approach” is a basic overview of the project’s execution, while “Methodology” is most closely aligned with those that one would find in a scientific paper (protocols, data analysis). For methodology, each step or action that one plans to take should be written in the proposal.
Either is fine, just be consistent.
For the 2018-2019 fellowship competition, Sea Grant will be awarding two (2) fellowships due to a reduction in budgets. Please note that reviewers could indicate that a proposal is worth funding, but that a projected budget is too high for a particular activity, and the amount awarded could be less then what was requested. Thus, having well-researched and thoughtfully justified expenditures are important.
A proposal should include realistic deliverables and timelines for the amount of funds requested. It does not mean, for example, that one is required to have a completed and defended thesis as a final output (although, if that is truly a realistic output, then it would be “realistic” to include). Sea Grant wants to help fund active research, not necessarily the entire thesis endeavor, which for some students can take several years.
The RFP does not explicitly disqualify research that does not take place in Guam. That being said, an applicant should make a strong connection and justification between the proposed research site and the relevance to the community’s coastal users/user groups. Outreach products and/or activities must also target such coastal users/groups.
In reading research RFPs, potential applicants may find that their projects do not appear to fit “perfectly” (at first glance) under the RFP’s purview. Therefore, it is incumbent upon the proposer to write a proposal in such a way that clarifies to reviewers why/how the project meets RFP objectives. People who regularly write applications develop that skill over time; proposals are not just great plans but also compelling and convincing writing! Additionally, sometimes proposals that do not get funded inform the RFP development in subsequent years, as they may demonstrate a need that the RFP developers did or could not originally envision.
If applicants find that they have researchable topics and activities that need support, they should consider applying. However, understand that grants are not “free” money nor a purely merit-based disbursement of funds. Acceptance and implementation of a grant incurs responsibility and accountability, not least of which means making progress on research, analysis, and conducting an extension and outreach component.
There is no preferred citation system as articulated in the RFP. It is more important to maintain consistency throughout one’s proposal.
According to the RFP, “Proposals should be single spaced with 1-inch margins, 12-point Times or Times New Roman font, and page numbers on the bottom right corner.”
If a relevant permit is not secured and/or finalized by the proposal submission date, the applicant should indicate in the proposal that the permit is in process and an anticipated date of acquisition. Additionally, reviewers may take this information into consideration. They might see a project as unrealistic if permit acquisition takes a protracted amount of time.
Applicants should not include indirect cost charges to their budgets.