Apply Now! All Expenses Paid Workshop on Ocean Tipping Points

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Putting Ocean Tipping Points Science into Practice in Your Ecosystem: A Workshop for Scientists and Natural Resource Managers

The Ocean Tipping Points Project, an interdisciplinary research collaboration among academic, non-governmental and governmental partners, is excited to offer a unique 3-day workshop for scientists and practitioners of marine ecosystem management. Receive hands-on training in cutting-edge scientific and management strategies to better understand and cope with the potential for dramatic change in the ocean or coastal ecosystem where you work.  With generous support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, we are offering an all-expenses paid 3-day training in Santa Barbara, CA, November 1-3, 2017.

This hands-on workshop will help resource managers understand and apply a suite of scientific tools and methods to support effective management decisions related to ecological regime shifts, fisheries collapse and other types of dramatic ecological change in the ocean. Check out our recently released web portal to see the types of topics, methods and studies we will draw on in this course. The workshop will be team-taught by our inter-disciplinary team of scientists and law/policy experts with experience developing and applying these methods.

The workshop will introduce tipping point science, tools and resources and demonstrate their use in case study examples. Ample time will then be given to working with participants to design and begin to implement new applications in specific locations and/or management contexts. Hands-on activities and small group discussions will allow you to explore new analytical approaches, assess data and capacity needs, anticipate key challenges, and map out next steps. You will come away from the workshop with a set of resources and a roadmap for applying them to your specific management context, as well as a peer network of managers and scientists interested in testing, applying, and sharing these approaches in their daily work.

We seek applicants who can bring a specific need and objective related to describing, detecting, anticipating or monitoring major ecological change in a specific ecosystem, and/or implementing new policy, rules or restoration activities to address major ecological change. To maximize productivity of the workshop, we invite participants to self-organize into interdisciplinary teams of ideally 3-5 people who can bring data or other relevant resources and work together on the specific objective proposed. Please info [at] (subject: Putting%20Tipping%20Points%20Science%20into%20Practice%20workshop%20inquiry) (contact us) if you would like to apply as an individual or with a team smaller than 3 or larger than 5.


  • Interdisciplinary Teams - Scientists, managers, and administrators from NGOs, government and/or academic institutions may apply.
  • Early Career Scientists - a limited number of spots are available for early career applicants from the quantitative natural or social sciences who are interested in providing data analysis support and collaborating with one or more teams during and potentially beyond the workshop. This could be an excellent opportunity for a student, postdoctoral fellow, or other early career researcher to get connected to local experts and a study region where s/he could pursue further research.
All meeting expenses will be covered, including travel, lodging, and per diem meals. We cannot cover participants’ time.
Application Date and Required Materials
Submit the following application packet by midnight PT on Friday, September 22 to info [at]
  1. Project description (1-2 pages, 2 pp. limit) 
    1. Problem - Describe your system, management context and how this training could help advance decision making toward improved system resilience. What past or potential tipping points are known? Does science and management currently account for such tipping points? 
    2. Potential impact - What do you see as the potential benefit of your team receiving this training?
    3. Team - Describe your interdisciplinary team. What diverse skills and perspectives do you bring? How will you work together to apply this training when you return home? Alternatively, if you are applying as an individual early career scientist, describe the skills and perspective you will contribute to the workshop and address how you anticipate applying the training and the networking benefits of this workshop when you return home.
    4. Data - What social and ecological datasets are available to you to understand the tipping points in your system? Which, if any of these, can be brought to the training? 
  2. Short-form CVs for each team member applying to attend (no more than 2 pp. each)

Review Process
Successful applicants will show a strong interest in applying a tipping point lens to their management context and a willingness to test new approaches, methods, and tools using existing data sets. Access to available data on your system's social and ecological dynamics and past or potential tipping points is a strong plus, but not required. Applicants will be notified of acceptance no later than 5pm PT on Friday, September 29.

We look forward to exchanging ideas and stories and learning from each other in this emerging community of practice.

Questions?  Email info [at]

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