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Graduate research fellowships available at Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve

News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.
Vol. 40, No. 311
Contact:  Dr. Robert Scarborough, Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) research coordinator, 302-739-3436; or Melanie Rapp, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

DOVER (Sept. 8, 2010) – The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) has announced that two research fellowships in coastal and estuarine sciences will be available beginning in the summer of 2011 for graduate students who are enrolled in full-time masters or doctoral programs at accredited U.S. universities.  The fellowships are funded through the National Estuarine Research Reserve Graduate Research Fellowship Program, supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
 
The fellowships will be awarded for one to three years and include a stipend of $20,000 per year. Special consideration will be given to proposals addressing two critical topics of DNERR – the impacts of climate change on the Delaware estuary and estuarine and watershed restoration.

Complete information, application forms and procedures can be found at http://www.nerrs.noaa.gov/Fellowship.aspx . The application deadline is Nov. 1, 2010.
Research must be completed, in part, within the boundaries of the DNERR, which includes portions of the St. Jones River near Dover, Blackbird Creek near Townsend and the Delaware Bay. A map showing the boundaries of the DNERR is available at http://www.nerrs.noaa.gov/Reserve.aspx?ResID=DEL .
Established in 1997, the National Estuarine Research Reserve Graduate Research Fellowship Program provides an opportunity for students to conduct research within a National Estuarine Research Reserve and contribute to scientific understanding of estuaries and coastal management in a collaborative and supportive environment. Fellows gain hands-on experience by engaging with reserve staff and participating in the reserve's research, education, stewardship and training programs.

Fellows are selected based on the quality of the proposed research, the applicability of the topic to the reserve’s scientific focus areas, the resource management goals of the proposed reserve, and the student’s academic record (based on applicant’s transcripts and two letters of reference).

For more information, contact Dr. Robert Scarborough, DNERR research coordinator at Bob.Scarborough@state.de.us .
The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve  (DNERR) is one of 27 National Estuarine Research Reserves across the country. Its mission is: to preserve and manage the natural resources within the Reserve as a place for research; to provide education and outreach programs that promote better understanding of Delaware’s estuarine and coastal areas; and to promote informed coastal decision-making.
Established in 1993, DNERR includes two main components, the Blackbird Creek Reserve  near Townsend and the St. Jones Reserve  near Dover, with both brackish and freshwater estuaries that  represent the diverse estuarine ecosystems found throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. DNERR is a cooperative program between the State of Delaware and NOAA.