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Cayla Cothron

Coastal Planning Specialist


Climate Resilience Extension Associate

NC Sea Grant

NC State Office of Research and Innovation

Toxicology Building NA


Cayla is the climate resilience extension associate for NCSG. She has a background in long range community and environmental planning, policy, and implementation in both the private and public sectors, and experience working with communities, government agencies, decision-makers, and other stakeholders to collaboratively address local needs and changing conditions across a wide variety of land use and environmental topics. Cayla received her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Florida State University and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Colorado Denver.

Coastal resilience, climate change, policy and planning, equity, research and extension


Date: 07/01/22 - 6/30/26
Amount: $44,576.00
Funding Agencies: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

The NC Sea Grant program is submitting this scope for work for funding to support the placement of three water level sensors in the coastal region of North Carolina. In fulfillment of this scope of work, the NC Sea Grant extension team will lead a prioritization/scoping of the three sites and lead the engagement with selected communities. NC Sea Grant has direct ties to state level resilience initiatives and networks and will use this knowledge to inform siting.

Date: 02/01/22 - 12/31/24
Amount: $4,068,129.00
Funding Agencies: US Dept. of Commerce (DOC)

The North Carolina Sea Grant College Program integrates three university functions: research, education, and outreach into a cohesive, innovative, program that addresses priorities of the state's numerous coastal stakeholders. These stakeholders include but are not limited to: communities located along the 300 miles of oceanfront shoreline and those within the 20 counties designated by the Coastal Area Management Act; communities further inland and located in the watersheds that drain to the Atlantic Ocean; coastal and estuarine water- and landbased industries; and many others. North Carolina's vast natural environmental resources including the 2.3 million acres of estuarine habitat are of important ecological, cultural, and economic significance for the entire state. North Carolina Sea Grant (NCSG) positions itself at this intersection of research, education, and outreach, working to ensure results are translated to actionable information in support of the varied stakeholders invested in the state's coastal region. Taking discoveries, demonstrations, and experiential knowledge developed by experts and delivering those results to identified audiences is a model our program embodies. These efforts support improved understanding and appreciation of the watershed, near-shore, and coastal ocean environments and the sustainable use and development of their resources. We join other coastal and Great Lakes states in a national network of Sea Grant universities charged with meeting the needs of society in our home state, our regions, and the nation as a whole. In North Carolina, Sea Grant program activities began with an institutional planning and project grant in 1970. With the establishment of the 16-campus University of North Carolina system in 1972 and involvement of Duke University via a consortial arrangement, NCSG became the nation's 12th recognized Sea Grant College in 1976. The UNC system has remained committed to Sea Grant throughout the program's history, including state funding generously provided through North Carolina State University, supporting portions of cost-share match requirements for the federal award received from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Date: 08/01/22 - 7/31/24
Amount: $62,750.00
Funding Agencies: NCSU Sea Grant Program

This proposal describes three objectives and related projects in support of North Carolina???s resilience portfolio including extension, research, and communication priorities. All of these objectives support NC Sea Grant???s strategic plan, and the National Sea Grant College Program Strategic plan, and address the Resilient Communities and Economies, Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, and Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development focus areas. These objectives also support NC Sea Grant???s commitment to embed the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, justice and accessibility in our resilience extension priorities and efforts. Within these focus areas, we envision this work addressing the following outcomes: ??? Support community resilience and technical assistance to those that are the most impacted by a changing climate and land use and development patterns. ??? Provide guidance in planning and policy that moves beyond traditional hazard mitigation to holistic adaptation and resilience planning. ??? Support solutions that consider natural and nature based infrastructure for inclusion, working towards the intersection of community and ecosystem resilience initiatives. ??? Provide training and resources to position leaders to have productive conversations about changing coastal conditions and supporting resilient communities. ??? Provide student training opportunities and workforce development. ??? Provide opportunities for regional discussions to share lessons learned and best management practices for translating work done elsewhere to and from North Carolina.

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