Lynker conserves critical habitat and promotes resilient communities by focusing on three elements: the complexity of ecosystems, the connectivity and interdependence of natural and human systems, and the variety of marine, coastal, and ocean biological and geological features – all of which helps living resources and the people that depend on them to respond, recover, and adapt to environmental changes and hazards.

We support multiple programs and projects with Federal, state, local, and territorial governments, non-government organizations, industry, and community-based advocates to build natural and human communities, and ecological resilience capacity as well as minimize vulnerabilities, and establish sustainable conservation solutions both within the US exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and across the globe.

Habitat Conservation

Lynker personnel work diligently throughout NOAA to understand and ameliorate impacts to Essential Fish Habitat (EFH), Habitats of Particular Concern (HAPC), and marine managed areas (MMAs). We provide scientific and technical expertise at Sanctuary Ecologically Significant Areas (SESAs), as well as contribute to decision-making and policy designed to protect benthic habitats and restore natural ecological functions. Our people are also intimately involved in climate change and impact studies, the development of tools and information to support disaster preparedness, and supporting various watershed management initiatives.

Species Recovery

Lynker personnel are integral to NOAA’s efforts to recover threatened and endangered species. We conduct regulatory analyses and compliance assessments, collect and process fisheries observer data, handle all aspects of permitting, engage in acoustic monitoring and behavioral observations, and undertake at-sea marine mammal disentanglement. Our policy experts support numerous projects involving the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management (MSA), and others.     

Climate Change Impact Studies

Lynker conducts climate change vulnerability assessments, identifies climate trends and anomalies using climate models and projections, and researches climate change impacts in coastal and marine environments.

We study the impacts, build capacity, and develop strategies for watershed restoration, water quality management, and response to climate-driven issues such as sea level rise, ocean acidification, sea surface temperature rise, ocean circulation changes, precipitation frequency and intensity. Our work helps the government, communities, and industry create holistic approaches to coastal resilience and sustainability. 

Disaster Preparedness and Response

Lynker develops disaster response plans that are tailored to specific communities, locations, and emergency events. Capacity building and communication strategies in the event of a disaster (oil spill, natural disaster, disease outbreak) are described in these plans to mitigate impacts. We work on oil spill response plans, marine mammal recovery plans, emergency response and recovery plans, post-incident summaries, tsunami support and signage, emergency watershed protection programs, course development and instruction for national disasters, preliminary loss and damage assessments, operations and disaster recovery, safety and environmental management, disaster recovery strategies, household disaster preparedness tips, and weather and data on local hazards.

Program Support

Lynker works with numerous government agencies and local communities to plan, develop, train, and facilitate projects that protect marine and coastal ecosystems, habitats, and resources in the US, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. We develop workshops, write papers and create professional networks focused on integrating science into marine planning. As part of NOAA’s International Marine Protected Areas Capacity Building Program (IMPACBP), we have created curriculum for marine protected area managers on coastal habitat science and connectivity, marine protected area networks, damage assessment and restoration, marine planning, managing visitors and uses, integrating emerging science into management, and managing stakeholder process. Our experts help manage international training teams including training of the trainers, workshop development and logistics, trainer preparation, and NOAA international travel procedures. We also manage multiple grant-funded capacity building activities including planning, scoping, budget oversight, and coordination with international aid and national government leads.