For posts about Lynker’s community service activities.

Lynker staffs NOAA Booth at Nation’s Largest In-Water Boat Shows

Lynker Employees Joe Linza, Katie Fitzenreiter, and Sam DeBow (L-R) at the 2019 Annapolis Boat Show

Lynker President Joe Linza stopped in to see Lynker employees RADM Sam De Bow (VP) and Katie Fitzenreiter (Oceanographic Data Specialist) who were helping staff the NOAA booth supporting The Office of Coast Survey (OCS) and the Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (COOPS) at the October 2019 Annapolis, MD Powerboat and Sailboat Shows.  These are the Nation’s Largest In-Water Boat Shows.  Lynker interacted with the recreational mariner community and answered technical questions about charting and tide products.  High praise was received for the work NOAA does to promote the safety of navigation.

 

 

  

 

There were significant high tides over the weekend and a tropical storm offshore, which pushed water up the Chesapeake Bay, resulting in a lot of people with soggy shoes and wet pant legs asking questions about the tides. The chart below displays the predicted tide (shown in blue) against the measured tides (shown in green).

Data courtesy of NOAA/NOS/COOPS

 

 

Lynker Attends First Annual Nic ECO at Duke!

Lynker HR attended Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment first annual Nic ECO (Explore Career Options) event last week. We met a lot of talented students interested in a career in the environmental field. We identified exciting potential candidates that Lynker is looking for to fill internships and full-time openings in the future.

 

Lynker Supports PRiMO Conference in American Samoa to Help Protect Pacific Islands From Natural Hazards

Lynker staff flew to American Samoa last week to support the PRiMO (Pacific Risk Management ‘Ohana) Conference and bring together community leaders to protect Pacific Island communities from natural hazards.

For more information check out the official conference page on NOAA’s website

Lynker Participates in International Coastal Cleanup

Lynker is proud to have participated in the InternationalCoastalCleanup last week as part of our work with NOAA Digital Coast, and NOAA Marine Debris. You never know what you’ll find creeping into the marsh as marine debris.

 

Lynker Work Cited in Capitol Hill Testimony

How will climate change impact winter sports in future years? The Washington Post recently used a 2017 study by Lynker’s Cameron Wobus and other researchers from the University of Colorado, Boulder to answer this exact question. Read the article below, and learn more about the environmental, recreational, and monetary impact of reduced winter season lengths in Cameron’s study “Projected climate change impacts on skiing and snowmobiling: A case study of the United States.”

 

Could global warming spell the demise of winter sports? These athletes told Congress that’s their fear.

Lynker Makes a Big Splash at Oahu Elementary School’s Career Day

Lynker’s Observer Program Port Coordinator, Erin Emanuel, made a big splash at the Keoneula Elementary School Career Day, held May 10, 2019. Erin was one of 30 guest speakers sharing what they do with over 170 third graders (including Erin’s twins) and hosting tables and demonstrations in the cafeteria. Erin’s talk and table focused on marine science, and included life sized models of turtles, fish, and birds found in the Greater Pacific as well as the gear scientists use to capture and record interactions, behaviors, and other information about marine species and their habitats in and around Hawaii.

 

The biggest hit was Erin’s ocean safety suit demonstration – as part of at-sea survival training, Lynker marine scientists like Erin must be able to put on these life-saving suits in less than one minute. Everyone at the event will definitely need more practice!

 

Erin said, “I basically explained my job as a Lynker observer. It was a blast!” Lynker believes it is never too early to inspire the next generation of marine scientists!

Lynker Director Teaches Autistic Children to Surf

Tom is our Contracts Director. Many types of Lynker legal document ends up on his desk for review. Out of the office Tom is an avid surfer! As a volunteer with Surfers Healing, Tom takes kids with autism surfing. He has surfed with hundreds of kids over the past 12 years. Tom provides instruction on the beach, shows them positions on the board, gets them on their knees, paddles out with them on tandem boards, shows them fish along the way, and finds a wave that works for them.  He takes off and lifts them in standing position.  As soon as they reach the shore many plead to go right back out. Some say they want to go by themselves. All are new surfers. Tom tells them, “You are now in the surfing club, you’re always a surfer, and no one can take this away from you.” They run to their parents affirming, “I’m a surfer now!”  He gives them friendship bracelets they don’t take off for years. :)

Lynker Observer is Helping to Save Seabirds

Hollyann Naholowaa is a Fisheries Observer & Scientist with Lynker in Honolulu, HI. Hollyann also volunteers to bring back Hawaii’s avian biodiversity by creating safe places for seabirds that call Hawaii home. Many of Hawaii’s birds are facing numerous threats to their populations. “With a lot of hard work and a little bit of a MacGyver attitude, we are helping Hawaii’s seabirds weather the storm that is climate change.” She’s creating ‘islands within islands’ – predator proof areas for safe nesting. She’s diving into predator control by baiting mouse traps, checking bait stations, fixing traps, and weeding and clearing predator grid trails. She also creates customized diets and feeds the chicks. End result… 60 healthy Bonin Petrel chicks ready for translocation!

Lynker Employee Serves as Non-profit Director to Preserve Historic Kaimuki, Oahu

For Lynker, Nicole Evans is a Planning and Evaluation Specialist II at the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Honolulu.  As a volunteer, Nicole is the Director of EnVision Kaimuki, a non profit that supports residents and businesses of Kaimuki by ensuring that local growth evolves with a sense of community and commitment to promoting the unique charm and character of Old Historic Kaimuki.  She is currently working on improving tree planters, making safe crosswalks, and compiling historic information on Kaimuki.

Lynkerite in Kohala Hawaii is Working to Improve Our World, One Marine Scientist at a Time

Meet Julia Meurice.  For Lynker, Julia works on Scientific Communications and Community Outreach in the Sustainable Pacific Program for the West Coast/Pacific Islands.  In her volunteer efforts, Julia is making a big impact on youth in science at her local high school to address the growing problem of commercially compostable bioplastics in HI.  She’s led over 30 lab explorations with the students in compost microbiology, bioplastic structure and function and micro-organisms.