New Hampshire CoastWise

New Hampshire CoastWise
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New Hampshire CoastWise is a year-long, cohort-based immersion program for students and professionals working on coastal resilience and marine resource management issues in the state. Designed to build new skills and stronger networks, CoastWise seeks to cultivate an engaged and diverse workforce to better tackle the challenges facing our coasts (including upland watersheds) to support more engaged and impactful coastal research across disciplines.  

New Hampshire CoastWise forges connections between students, researchers, practitioners, and decision-makers around the state to build a more resilient and sustainable future. Throughout the year, CoastWise participants come together to attend workshops and spend time in the field – learning about coastal issues, building a repertoire of skills, networking with peers and partners, and gaining first-hand knowledge of and connections with the stakeholders and communities across the state.   

To apply: The application period for the 2023-24 CoastWise cohort is now closed. Please check back periodically for when the application period for the 2024-2025 Cohort is opens. Applicants will be notified in mid-May. In case it's helpful, you can download this word document that includes the questions that involve more of a narrative response to draft responses before submitting via this online form.

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Time commitment: Participants commit to attend two multi-day in-person workshops, two day-long field trips, and four virtual webinars over the course of the year.

Who's eligible? Participants from any discipline that addresses challenges around coastal resiliency and resource management are eligible to apply.

More info: See our FAQ page for additional details or reach out to

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A photo of Lindsey Williams, Ph.D. labeled CoastWise Leader

Dr. Lindsey Williams brings years of experience as a social scientist and marine policy expert to CoastWise. Lindsey joined NH Sea Grant in 2021 to help develop and manage this new program. At the University of New Hampshire (UNH), Lindsey is a Senior Fellow for Coastal Policy and Engagement, Affiliate Assistant Research Professor, and Lecturer within the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering and UNH's Sustainability Institute. In the summer, she teaches a Sustainable Fisheries course for undergraduates at the Shoals Marine Laboratory. Lindsey received her Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environment Studies from UNH in 2020.

A photo of Lisa Wise, with name and labeled CoastWise Leader

Lisa Wise joined the NH Sea Grant team in 2017 as the Climate Adaptation Program Manager, which is a joint position with UNH Cooperative Extension. Lisa works with New Hampshire communities to build awareness of and resilience to the impacts of a changing climate. She is an active member in NH's Coastal Adaptation Workgroup (CAW) and helps coordinate the Climate in the Classroom program to engage students in Seacoast NH schools. Nationally, she co-leads the Sea Grant Climate Network community of practice. Lisa received her Master's degree in Coastal Ecosystem Management from UNH in 2015.

CoastWise News and Announcements

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CoastWise: a year of building skills and networks for coastal resiliency

CoastWise: a year of building skills and networks for coastal resiliency

Learn more about the first CoastWise Cohort and Apply for 2022-2023

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Building a network for stronger coasts – New Hampshire CoastWise

Building a network for stronger coasts – New Hampshire CoastWise

Learn more about the Launch of NH CoastWise

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