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: Applications are accepted each spring, with cohorts announced in June and the first workshop in August. The application period for the 2021-22 CoastWise cohort has closed. Be sure to sign up for our mailing list to hear about the next application opportunity.

Time commitment: Participants commit to attend three weekend-long in-person workshops over the course of the year along with bi-monthly virtual webinars.

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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The application period for the 2021-22 CoastWise cohort has closed.


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Lindsey Williams Ph.D. CoastWise LeaderDr. 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.

Lisa Wise CoastWise leaderLisa 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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Now Accepting Applications!


Now Accepting Applications!

Join our inaugural 2021-2022 CoastWise cohorts

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CoastWise Coming Soon


CoastWise Coming Soon

Learn more about CoastWise in our news story from March 31, 2020

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