Aerial view of Salt River Bay.
Aerial view of Salt River Bay. Croix. St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands. Credit: Mr. Sean Linehan, NOAA, NGS, Remote Sensing

The MPA Center, Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) Tools NetworkOpenChannels and EcoAdapt sponsor a monthly webinar series focused on building and strengthening MPA networks. Miss a recent webinar? See the archive.

Watch this site for additional information on upcoming MPA Center Webinars.

Implications of spatial connectivity and climate change for the design and application of marine protected areas 

Date: March 9, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Mark Carr, Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Long Marine Laboratory, University of California, Santa Cruz

Dr. Sarah Robinson, Critical Inquiries Research, Brookline, Massachusetts

Abstract: The US Marine Protected Area (MPA) Federal Advisory Committee (FAC) has a Connectivity Subcommittee charged with understanding how knowledge about ecological spatial connectivity and climate climate change can be incorporated into the design, use, and management of effective MPAs and MPA networks. The committee has summarized the current scientific understanding of: 1) different types and scales of connectivity and their ecological implications, 2) how connectivity processes create ecological linkages among marine areas, populations, communities, and ecosystems, and 3) how connectivity impacts conservation outcomes in MPAs. This webinar will summarize the work of the FAC on the implications of spatial ecological connectivity for the design and application of MPAs in a changing ocean. This work forms the basis of the FAC's recommendations to the US Secretaries of Commerce and the Interior for future US MPA management and policy.

Harnessing Ecological Spatial Connectivity for Effective Marine Protected Areas and Resilient Marine Ecosystems: SCIENTIFIC SYNTHESIS AND ACTION AGENDA


NOAA Marine Debris Program-funded Microplastic Research and Current Research Priorities

Date: April 13, 2017 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Speaker: Carlie Herring, Research Coordinator, Marine Debris Division, NOAA Office of Response and Restoration

Abstract: Dive into the world of microplastics with the NOAA Marine Debris Program! Learn about the various types and sources of microplastics, and the impacts associated with microplastic marine debris. In this webinar, we will highlight microplastic studies funded by the NOAA Marine Debris Program, including studies that examine chemical and microplastic interactions under various environmental conditions (leaching and sorption studies), ingestion of microplastics by planktonic marine organisms, microplastic and contaminant interactions in marine food webs, and the abundance and occurrence of microplastic debris on beaches and in the Mississippi River watershed. In addition, this webinar will also briefly highlight current MDP research priorities.


A Coastal Conservation Leadership Program in Washington State

Date: June 8, 2017 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Speaker: Casey Dennehy, Surfrider Foundation, Washington Coast Program Manager

Abstract: This webinar will describe a unique program on the Washington coast that has been offered to coastal conservation leaders the last two years. Known as the Surfrider Leadership Academy, the program follows the principles of networked leadership, collaboration, Marshall Ganz's public narrative framework, and concludes with a self-identified group project.