87.5 F
Charlotte Amalie
Thursday, August 18, 2022
HomeNewsArchivesNicolas Drayton Hired as VI EPSCoR Program Coordinator

Nicolas Drayton Hired as VI EPSCoR Program Coordinator

May 4, 2009 – Nicolas Drayton, one of the key players in the establishment of the East End Marine Park on St. Croix, has joined the University of the Virgin Islands as a program coordinator for VI EPSCoR, which is the Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, a territorial program housed at UVI that builds the territory's capacity for scientific research and education. As coordinator, Drayton will facilitate VI EPSCoR incubator grants for start-up research, from assisting with the selection of proposals through the tracking of funds. He will also work closely on the program’s major initiative of strengthening science, technology, engineering and mathematics in kindergarten through 12th grade in the territory through collaborations with the V.I. Education Department and UVI’s departments of education, science and mathematics. Drayton will also produce the quarterly VI EPSCoR newsletter.
Drayton said he looks forward to the opportunity to put his energies into some of the fundamental issues like the promotion of science in the community and encouraging young people to choose marine science as a viable career option. “I got real excited about the possibilities,” he said.
He holds a Master of Science degree in coastal biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Over his career he has been involved in a wide range of marine conservation-related roles, including training, advocacy, planning, management and administration of Caribbean marine parks and protected areas. Before joining UVI, he was the Ocean Conservancy’s Caribbean Ecosystems program director where his main duty was to promote best management practices for coral reefs and marine parks and protected areas.
VI EPSCoR is funded by a five-year $11.5 million Research Infrastructure Improvement grant from the National Science Foundation. The U.S. V.I. received its first VI EPSCoR grant in 2004, making the territory the smallest jurisdiction to have ever received such an award and UVI the only historically black university ever awarded.
Nicolas Drayton may be reached at 693-1239 or ndrayto@uvi.edu

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Keeping our community informed is our top priority.
If you have a news tip to share, please call or text us at 340-228-8784.




Support local + independent journalism in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Unlike many news organizations, we haven't put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as accessible as we can. Our independent journalism costs time, money and hard work to keep you informed, but we do it because we believe that it matters. We know that informed communities are empowered ones. If you appreciate our reporting and want to help make our future more secure, please consider donating.

FROM FACEBOOK

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons
Load more
May 4, 2009 - Nicolas Drayton, one of the key players in the establishment of the East End Marine Park on St. Croix, has joined the University of the Virgin Islands as a program coordinator for VI EPSCoR, which is the Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, a territorial program housed at UVI that builds the territory's capacity for scientific research and education. As coordinator, Drayton will facilitate VI EPSCoR incubator grants for start-up research, from assisting with the selection of proposals through the tracking of funds. He will also work closely on the program’s major initiative of strengthening science, technology, engineering and mathematics in kindergarten through 12th grade in the territory through collaborations with the V.I. Education Department and UVI’s departments of education, science and mathematics. Drayton will also produce the quarterly VI EPSCoR newsletter.
Drayton said he looks forward to the opportunity to put his energies into some of the fundamental issues like the promotion of science in the community and encouraging young people to choose marine science as a viable career option. “I got real excited about the possibilities,” he said.
He holds a Master of Science degree in coastal biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Over his career he has been involved in a wide range of marine conservation-related roles, including training, advocacy, planning, management and administration of Caribbean marine parks and protected areas. Before joining UVI, he was the Ocean Conservancy’s Caribbean Ecosystems program director where his main duty was to promote best management practices for coral reefs and marine parks and protected areas.
VI EPSCoR is funded by a five-year $11.5 million Research Infrastructure Improvement grant from the National Science Foundation. The U.S. V.I. received its first VI EPSCoR grant in 2004, making the territory the smallest jurisdiction to have ever received such an award and UVI the only historically black university ever awarded.
Nicolas Drayton may be reached at 693-1239 or ndrayto@uvi.edu