TIDES (Training for the Integration of Decisions and Ecosystems Science) is a non-thesis master’s degree program that provides the knowledge and skills needed to connect science with coastal decision making through a combination of course work and a field-based internship at a Reserve in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS).

TIDES is one of the few graduate programs in the nation to provide such training—and the only such program to complement coursework with a field-based internship at a NERRS site. TIDES is hosted by the University of New Hampshire’s Department of Natural Resources & the Environment.

An internship at one of 28 Reserves around the country is at the heart of the TIDES experience. Each internship is linked to a NERRS Science Collaborative sponsored research project, designed to insure that investigators work with intended users of the science before, during, and after the generation of knowledge. These projects focus on one of four issues: impacts of land use change, habitat change and restoration, estuarine contamination, and the management of stormwater and nonpoint source pollution. The Science Collaborative sponsors two TIDES fellowships each year.

TIDES interns help coordinate and facilitate collaborative ecosystem research within these projects. They provide input on how multistakeholder scientific discussions are structured and facilitated for maximum impact. They also may organize, implement, and evaluate interactions between researchers and intended users.

The National Estuarine Research Reserve System is a network of 28 areas, representing different biogeographic regions of the United States, that are protected for long-term research, water-quality monitoring, education and coastal stewardship. The System is a partnership program between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the coastal states. NOAA provides funding, national guidance and technical assistance. Each reserve is managed by a lead state agency or university, with input from local partners.

For more information on the TIDES program please contact:
Dr. Mimi Becker
Associate Professor, Environmental & Natural Resource Policy
Coordinator, Natural Resources M.S. program in Integrated Coastal
Ecosystem Science, Policy & Management
Office Room 134 James Hall
Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: 603-862-3950
E-mail: Mimi.becker@unh.edu

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