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  • Writer's pictureKristina Barclay

OA News (You Could Use) July 22, 2021

Here are some of the latest happenings in the world of ocean acidification in Canada and beyond!

New on the Blog

Scientist Spotlight:

Benjamin Richaud, Ph.D. Candidate, Dalhousie University

Benjamin Richaud is a Ph.D. candidate at Dalhousie University studying the variability of biogeochemistry in the Arctic Ocean using a numerical modelling approach. His research examines the impacts of biogeochemistry and sea-ice on carbon dioxide exchange between the ocean and the atmosphere. Benjamin shares with us his background and interests in marine carbonate chemistry, chemical oceanography, and perspectives on Canada’s role in marine carbon research.

Read the full post here.

DEADLINE EXTENDED to July 30th - We’re Hiring!

Ocean Acidification Community of Practice Coordinator

MEOPAR is searching for a dedicated and self-motivated individual to facilitate and co-ordinate activities for the Canadian Ocean Acidification Community of Practice. The aims of the Community are to facilitate the uptake and exchange of information and data related to ocean acidification, collate and promote best practices, use online platforms to facilitate knowledge mobilization, and disseminate activities through webinars and workshops.

Find out more here.

Upcoming Webinar

Ocean Acidification in the Gulf of Maine: Issue and Solutions

Date: Friday, July 30 Time: 12:30 – 1:30pm Location: No physical location, online via Zoom Admission: Free to the public, registration IS required

Join us for a one-hour panel discussion on ocean and coastal acidification’s impact on scallops and softshell clams, methods of remediation, and future projections for the Gulf of Maine. This online talk will be moderated by Dr. Libby Jewett, Director of the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program. Panelists include, Dr. Samantha Siedlecki, University of Connecticut; Dr. Nichole Price, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences; and Dr. Robert J Holmberg, Downeast Institute.

Save the Date – OA Week (September 13 – 17, 2021)

Cross posted from the OA Info Exchange:

“Ocean Acidification Week will be back in 2021!

Last September, GOA-ON launched OA Week as a response to the postponement of conferences and events due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. We received such positive responses that GOA-ON, in partnership with NOAA OAP, IAEA OA-ICC, and IOC-UNESCO, is bringing OA Week back this year. We will bring you even more information and sessions from the regional hubs, more presentations by plenary speakers, and more conversations about global ocean acidification research. Please visit the new OA Week 2021 webpage for more details on the event. This webpage will be updated regularly as we continue planning the meeting.

We also need your help: please suggest topics for the Community Discussion Sessions. Think of Community Discussion Sessions as short workshops, listening sessions, interactive presentations, or other platforms for promoting conversations about issues that are relevant to the OA community. Even if you cannot commit to leading a session, we'd still like your thoughts on what topics you'd like to see covered during OA Week 2021. Share your suggestions by commenting on the post on the OA Info Exchange.

Finally, please share this news with your professional networks, and most importantly, don't forget to save the dates: Monday 13 September - Friday 17 September, 2021! If you have other questions about OA Week 2021, please contact us at”

Call for student volunteer – blue carbon project

Dr. Kristina Boerder (Dalhousie University):

“Looking for a summer student volunteer to work with me & some awesome folks on a novel project exploring blue carbon in eelgrass beds and coastal wetlands. Can be remote but ideally located in Nova Scotia (fieldwork!). Experience with GIS and imaging software a plus.”

Find more info here.

In the News

West Coast heat wave burned B.C.’s shellfish sector”

Source: National Observer

Read the full article here.

New Paper of Interest

Burt, D.J., Fröb, F., and Ilyina, T. 2021. The Sensitivity of the Marine Carbonate System to Regional Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement. Frontiers in Climate, 3:624075.


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