2022 NOAA Experiential Research and Training Opportunities (NERTO)

The following NOAA Experiential Research and Training Opportunities (NERTO) have been approved and are accepting applications:

Project title: NOAA EPP/MSI Research and Training Opportunity with NOAA Office of Legislative Affairs and NOAA’s House of Representatives Congressional Authorizations Committees

Hypothesis or objectives: To learn how the legislative process works (e.g., how bills are written and introduced, how committee hearings are developed and executed and how oversight of Federal agencies is conducted) and how it informs policy, and to contribute to NOAA’s mission while supporting NOAA’s House of Representatives Congressional Authorizations Committees.

Estimated start – end date: February 2022 – September 2022

Project title: EPP CSC student: Spatial modeling of diets, predation, and the pelagic food web of the California Current

Hypothesis or objectives: In the California Current, modeling of marine food web dynamics has lacked a comprehensive species diet database of the type available for other US regions. Previous California Current diet syntheses primarily relied on literature reports rather than information at the level of individual predator stomachs or scats (see Szobsolai et al. 2015, Wippel et al. 2017). Recently however, as part of the Atlantis ecosystem modeling, our team at NWFSC has been exploring a new diet database, with thousands of predator diets, including fish, sharks, and pinnipeds. Uses of this include identifying predators most dependent on forage fish, understanding how diets shift over space and time, and quantifying which predators exert the strongest topdown mortality on forage stocks.

Estimated start – end date: May 2022 – August 2022