- Gulf of Mexico Coastal Training
- National Estuarine Research Reserve Coastal Training Program
- Our Staff
Gulf of Mexico Coastal Training
Gulf of Mexico Coastal Training is a unique collaboration between the five Gulf Coast National Estuarine Research Reserve Coastal Training Programs. Through the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas are now working together to address priority issues affecting the entire Gulf of Mexico region. Gulf of Mexico Coastal Training is educating professional audiences and coastal communities across each of the five Gulf States using shared information and technology. From coastal community resilience to habitat conservation, topics covered in Gulf of Mexico Coastal Training workshops address priority issues and promote activities that improve the health of the Gulf of Mexico.
Gulf of Mexico Coastal Training hosts regular workshops that cover one or more Gulf of Mexico Alliance priority issues. You can view and sort through upcoming and past workshops on the Workshops page.
Coastal Training Program(visit site)
The National Estuarine Research Reserve System is a partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the coastal states establishing a network of protected areas for long-term research, education and stewardship. Nationally, there are 27 reserve offices, with five located around the Gulf of Mexico.
Each of the Gulf Coast National Estuarine Research Reserves houses a Coastal Training Program, which provide coastal decision-makers with up-to-date scientific information and skill-building opportunities to ensure they have the knowledge and tools needed to address critical coastal resource management issues. Through workshops, hands-on skill training, lectures and technology demonstrations, participants benefit from opportunities to share experiences and network in a multidisciplinary setting. The Coastal Training Program acts as a bridge between the science, policy and management communities and encourages collaboration among the many individuals, disciplines and institutions who affect coastal and estuarine ecosystems. Through the framework of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, the five Gulf Coast National Estuarine Research Reserve Coastal Training Programs are now working together to provide consistent information on a regional scale.
Gulf NERR Partners
The Grand Bay NERR is currently hiring to fill the position of CTP Coordinator. If you or someone you know would be interested the job posting is included below.
NOW HIRING!! - Grand Bay NERR CTP Coordinator
Rosalyn Kilcollins – Apalachicola Coastal Training Program Coordinator
Rosalyn Kilcollins is currently the Coastal Training Program Coordinator at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve. The program provides training and technical assistance to decision-makers, including elected and appointed officials, planners, consultants, non-profit organizations and associations, ecotour operators, and others who make decisions that affect coastal resources. Priority topics include growth and land use issues, especially relating to watershed planning and stormwater management, wastewater alternatives, coastal hazards, ecotourism, and sustainable practices. Rosalyn also serves regionally on the Coastal Community Resilience Priority Issue Team with the Gulf of Mexico Alliance.
Rosalyn has prior experience as a planner, educator and environmental specialist in the areas of coastal management; comprehensive planning; coastal, marine and upland ecology; environmental science; and teaching gifted students. Rosalyn earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from FSU in 1979 and a Master of Science degree in Geography from FSU in 1986. She also completed all but a thesis for a Master of Science degree in Secondary Science Education from FAMU/FSU 1986. Contact Rosalyn
Kristin Hicks - Mission-Aransas Coastal Training Program Coordinator
Kristin Hicks manages the Coastal Training Program at the Mission-Aransas NERR in Port Aransas, TX. Since the goal of program outreach efforts is to educate decision-makers on pivotal coastal management issues throughout the Gulf of Mexico, Mission-Aransas NERR works with the partnership to coordinate activities in Texas and to advertise sessions locally. Mission-Aransas NERR is committed to working regionally with the Gulf of Mexico Alliance and other partners in the Gulf of Mexico.
Contact Kristin for training and other events on the south Texas Gulf Coast - Contact Kristin
Michael Shelton – Weeks Bay Coastal Training Program Coordinator
Michael Shelton is the Coastal Training /Watershed Program Coordinator at Weeks Bay NERR, a partnership between the Lands Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the National Estuarine Research Reserve System of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Since 2001, Mike has worked with agencies, decision-makers and area residents for protection, restoration and planning for better use of the water resources of the Weeks Bay watershed. Duties include technical and community education, water quality monitoring and research and assisting watershed stakeholders with on-the-ground pollution prevention and restoration projects. Mike earned a masters degree in Biology at Emory University. Prior to Weeks Bay, Mike managed the applications and environmental testing laboratory for an environmental engineering firm in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mike, wife Wendy and sons, James and Charlie live in Fairhope, Alabama. Contact Michael
Tabitha Stadler – Rookery Bay Coastal Training Program Coordinator
Tabitha Stadler is currently the Coastal Training Coordinator at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Naples, Florida. She also serves regionally on the Environmental Education Network Priority Issue Team with the Gulf of Mexico Alliance.
Tabitha's undergraduate degree in Marine Science began at the University of the Virgin Islands on St. Thomas where she focused on underwater coral reef research. Needing to transfer after Hurricane Hugo devastated the island, Tabitha graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg in 1993 where she majored in Maritime Studies. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree she worked at several outdoor education programs throughout Florida. In 2001, she pursued her Master's degree in Science Journalism from the University of South Florida where she was awarded a fellowship with the Science Journalism Center. She coordinated the Tampa Bay Manatee Watch program working closely with Tampa BayWatch and the Tampa Bay National Estuary Program. Contact Tabitha