There are plans afoot to create a new federal 10-year ocean research plan ( to replace the plan created in 2007 and updated in 2013. This new plan will guide future federal funding, so it is vital that the science that we think is important is considered in the plan. To refresh your memory, C-DEBI scientists provided numerous comments on the 2013 update, and the impacts were undeniable in the resulting document. Now is the time to do that again! The public comment period on the draft societal themes and research goals is open until January 1, so there is not much time. It is only 7 pages, so take 10 minutes to read it.

We appreciate your commitment to C-DEBI and all its science, education, and outreach efforts. We are stronger together, evidenced again by the great interest in the latest call for research and education grants (13 graduate fellowship, 15 postdoc fellowship, 9 research, 3 education), which are currently being reviewed by C-DEBI Leadership and our E&O Steering Committee.

Happy holidays and best wishes for the new year!

Jan Amend
C-DEBI Director