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ecoCURRENTS is a joint initiative between ECO magazine and select universities, which benefits science students by recruiting them to summarize the latest marine science research and providing them with a published byline. Beginning in December 2016, students from University of Portsmouth, School of Biological Sciences (Institute of Marine Science) contributed short articles to ECO editor Greg Leatherman. These are published online, with select articles also appearing in ECO’s print edition.

ECO expects to add more universities to this initiative during 2017. Interested administrators should contact Greg Leatherman at editor@ecomagazine.com.

Special thanks goes to Kira Coley, a lecturer in science communication at the University of Portsmouth, who played a major role in getting ecoCURRENTS underway.

This week’s featured video comes to us from Dispatches from the Gulf. If you haven’t seen their feature documentary showing how scientists confront the challenges of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, seek it out (link under video).

The ocean ecosystems face tremendous pressure from human impact on the planet. The previous four years have been particularly devastating for coral reefs around the Indo-Pacific region. Hundreds of millions of people depend on coral reefs for food, shelter, tourism, and a healthy lifestyle.

What started as a small, daylong gathering in 2001 is now Capitol Hill Ocean Week® (CHOW), the nation’s premier annual conference examining current marine, coastal and Great Lakes policy issues.

The Marine Technology Society has announced the Marine Industry Mentoring Program (MIMP), an online platform designed to connect MTS members and provide the next generation of marine scientists and technologists with

  • industry and subject-matter knowledge;
  • career and networking guidance, and;
  • collaborative opportunities on projects.

Mentees will have the opportunity to further their professional development and receive technical and managerial guidance while making valuable contacts within the marine industry. Mentors will be able to hone their skills in coaching and counseling, receiving a tremendous sense of fulfillment by giving back to the community in a profound way.

How it works


Signing up is easy! Simply click on the link above to launch the MIMP Portal and complete your Mentee or Mentor profile. Mentor profiles are reviewed prior to becoming searchable to prospective Mentees, who can search for available Mentors based on their mentoring needs. Prospective Mentees can then submit an engagement request to the Mentor(s) of their choice. If the request is approved by the Mentor, the mentorship begins by whichever means of communication the Mentor and Mentee agree on.

Mentors and Mentees are encouraged to fill out and exchange a Mentoring Action Plan to help stay on task.


All participants in the MIMP must be 18 years of age or older and MTS members in good standing. Mentors must have worked in the maritime industry for at least 10 years. Mentees must be in the first 3 to 5 years of their careers, or currently searching for a maritime career. By participating in the MIMP, you agree to the MTS Terms of Use.

Mentoring Resources: Questions for Building Connections

Follow the link below to read some potential questions you can use to get better acquainted with your mentor during the kickoff meeting and throughout the course of your mentoring relationship.

Question Ideas

The cool April rain could not dampen the spirits of the scientists and friends of science at the Earth Day March for Science on 22 April 2017 in Washington, DC.

Roffer's Ocean Fishing Forecasting Service, Inc. - ROFFS™, West Melbourne, Florida is looking for a self-motivated, investigative, reliable, positive, and energetic person that will flourish in a challenging deadline and production oriented environment.

The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) seeks a Fish Biologist based out of their San Francisco, California offices. The position serves as the South Pacific Division (SPD) Regional Technical Expert in coastal, estuarine and anadromous Fishery Resources and National Technical Expert on the endangered Central California Coast (CCC) Coho Salmon.

World Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. Every June 8 thousands of people across the world take action for our oceans and celebrate their connection to the sea. Last year hundreds of organizations got involved by hosting World Oceans Day events.

Working out of Washington, D.C., the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's (NFWF) Coordinator, Marine and Coastal Conservation (Coordinator) will have programmatic, communications, and administrative responsibilities for the Foundation's marine and coastal grant making.

The International SeaKeepers Society will host SeaKeepers Bermuda 2017 on Thursday, 22 June 2017 at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI) and Harbourfront Restaurant in Hamilton, Bermuda. The event will honor Wendy Schmidt as the 2017 SeaKeeper of the Year for her outstanding leadership and support of the environment and ocean conservation.

Organization: Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Chesapeake and Coastal Service, Center for Coastal Planning

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