DEEP: NERR Teams

Long Island Sound National Estuarine Research Reserve Teams
 
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Connecticut National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) Partnership Team: 
Manages all aspects of the selection process to ensure that the nominated site meets Federal NERR goals as well as Connecticut’s needs regarding long-term protection, research on coastal management issues, land management, and public education and outreach. 
 
Members:
  • Brian Thompson, Director, CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CTDEEP) Office of Long Island Sound Programs
  • Peter Francis, CTDEEP Office of Long Island Sound Programs
  • Kevin O’Brien, CTDEEP Office of Long Island Sound Programs
  • Sylvain De Guise, Director, Connecticut SeaGrant
  • James Edson, Chair, Department of Marine Sciences, University of Connecticut (UConn) - Avery Point
  • Craig Tobias, Department of Marine Sciences, UConn - Avery Point
  • Ivar Babb, Director, Northeast Underwater Research Technology and Education Center; Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence - Technology & Engineering for Knowledge
Federal NERR Program Team:
The NERR System has dedicated staff to act as liaisons between established NERR leadership and Connecticut.  These staff will provide general guidance to the Connecticut teams during the process and assistance in communication and education about the NERR system.
 
Members:
  • Erica Seiden, Program Manager, Ecosystems and NERRS Program, Office for Coastal Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Allison Castellan, Coastal Management Specialist, Office for Coastal Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Regional NERR Team:
Comprised of invited representatives from each of the three existing NERR’s in the Southern New England sub region.  These individuals will bring key knowledge to the process regarding typology, experience in management of a NERR site, and implementation of required programs.
 
Members:
  • Betsy Blair, Regional Marine Habitat Manager, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Regions 3 and 4; Manager, Hudson River NERR
Site Selection Team:
Responsible for inventorying, analyzing and evaluating sites for a potential Connecticut NERR.  The team will consist of a core group of subject matter experts to provide leadership and continuity to the selection process.   In additional, they will be empowered to identify and engage outside experts who can provide additional information as needed to fully and completely evaluate sites.
 
Core Members:
  • Susan Whalen, Deputy Commissioner, CTDEEP Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resources
  • Dave Kozak, CTDEEP Office of Long Island Sound Programs
  • Mark Johnson, CTDEEP Inland Fisheries (Coastal)
  • Mark Parker, CTDEEP Water Planning, Long Island Sound Study Coordinator
  • Shannon Kearney, CTDEEP Wildlife
  • Chris Elphick, Departmert of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UConn - Storrs
  • Jamie Vaudrey, Department of Marine Sciences, UConn - Avery Point
  • Michael Whitney, Department of Marine Sciences, UConn - Avery Point
  • Roman Zajac, Department of Biology & Environmental Science, University of New Haven
  • Scott Warren, Professort Emeritus of Botany, Connecticut College
  • Chantal Collier, The Nature Conservancy
  • John Forbis, CT Audubon Society, Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center Board
  • Ralph Wood, CT Audubon Society, Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center Board
  • Peter Auster, Mystic Aquarium
  • Diana Payne, Connecticut SeaGrant
  • Julianna Barrett, Connecticut SeaGrant
Outside Experts:
  • Jennifer Mattei, Sacred Heart University
  • Shimon Anisfeld, Yale University - Water Resources & Environmental Chemistry
  • James Ammerman, EPA Long Island Sound Study
  • Suzanne Paton, US Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Patrick Comins, National Audubon Society
  • Ralph Lewis, CTDEEP (retired)/UConn Marine Sciences Emeritus
  • Ron Rozsa, Public
 
 
NERR Meetings 
May 16, 2017
Public Status Update - Preliminary Site Selection Results
October 4, 2016
Site Selection Team
Preliminary Site Review Meeting
N/A
August 15, 2016
Site Selection Team
Conference Call Follow-up to
June 30, 2016 Meeting
N/A
June 30, 2016
Site Selection Team Meeting 2
May 18, 2016
Site Selection Team Meeting
April 12, 2016
NERR Kick-off Meeting
   
 
 
 
Content Last Updated June 9, 2017.