USVI coral reef. Image: NOAA CCMA Biogeography Team
Biodiversity

Vacancy: University of the Virgin Islands Marine Biological Restoration Technician

The University of the Virgin Islands is inviting applications for a position in their coral reef restoration and research programme: Under the direction of the Center for Marine and Environmental Studies (CMES) and UVI’s coral health ecologists provides technical support for coral reef restoration and coral reef ecological research activities …

Oil refinery, St. Croix, USVI. Image: via Caribbean News Now
Oil and gas

USVI Governor signs deal to reopen oil refinery

The island of St. Croix was once home to one of the largest oil refineries in the world. The refinery was closed in 2012, but plans are afoot for it to be refurbished and for oil refining operations to restart on St. Croix as early as 2019: US Virgin Islands …

Damaged solar panels on October 10, 2017, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Image: Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA via RMI
Climate Change

Recommendations for designing and building hurricane-resilient solar photovoltaic systems

The Rocky Mountain Institute recently published Solar Under Storm, a report which addresses the question of why some solar photovoltaic (PV) survive hurricanes virtually unscathed, while others suffer extensive damage: The 2017 hurricane season was one of the most active in history. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria brought widespread destruction …

Biodiversity

Vacancy: Buck Island Sea Turtle Research Program Research Assistant, USVI

Buck Island Reef, a US National Monument in the Virgin Islands, is inviting applications for the internship position of Sea Turtle Research Assistant: Buck Island Reef National Monument (BIRNM), located on the island of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, is seeking applicants for the position of Sea Turtle Research Assistant …

Starfish Market produce clerk Leslie Lambertis and Josephine Roller put a fresh bag of St. John-grown greens on the shelf.. Image via the St. John Source.
Agriculture

Coral Bay Organic Gardens in St. John, USVI, is making a post-Irma comeback

To close the day, an inspirational story from the St. John Source about the post-hurricane recovery of the Coral Bay Organic Gardens/Josephine’s Greens: Discerning shoppers at Starfish Market on St. John were thrilled this week to see the first delivery of Josephine’s Greens since Hurricane Irma. “I’m so excited. I …

USDA NRCS conservation innovation grants
Agriculture

Opportunity: Conservation Innovation Grants for agricultural lands in the US Caribbean

The United States Departure of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces the availability of Conservation Innovation Grants for qualifying entities in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands (as well as other US states and territories): Conservation Innovation Grants are competitive grants that stimulate the development and adoption …

Coral reef, St. Thomas, USVI
Oceans

Exploration of seas in the US Virgin Islands reveals corals devastated by Hurricane Irma and Maria

The Independent reports on the results of early investigations into the condition of coral reefs in the US Virgin Islands after Hurricanes Irma and Maria: To investigate how vulnerable corals are to hurricanes, and how capable they are of recovering, a team of scientists has been exploring the reefs off …