Lynker is a three-time consecutive winner of the Washington Business Journal's Fastest Growing Companies Award!
Lynker is a growing water-focused small business delivering innovative high-value scientific, engineering and management solutions with offices in Leesburg, VA, Boulder, CO, and Honolulu, HI.
We are Scientists, Engineers, Developers and Conservationists -- mission-focused and highly passionate.
Lynker is a three-time consecutive winner of the Washington Business Journal's Fastest Growing Companies Award!
Lynker is a proud corporate sponsor of Seattle-based Long Live The Kings (LLTK), and several Lynkerites attended their virtual Autumn Gala last night. Lynker's mission is to support global environmental sustainability and economic prosperity as a trusted partner to governments, communities, and industry. So we are happy to support LLTK and their efforts to restore wild salmon and steelhead to support sustainable fishing. They are implementing solutions to rebuild salmon and steelhead populations in Hood Canal and Puget Sound, advancing science and retooling fisheries management throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Alaska's Koktuli River watershed, potential home of the future open-pit Pebble Mine, is also home to a distinctive river-type sockeye. See full article in Hakai Magazine below.
The Koktuli River watershed, potential home of the future open-pit mine, is also home to a distinctive river-type sockeye.
Lynker's Sustainable Pacific Program has been working with Hawaii Wai Ola, a new coalition of partners with a mission to improve Hawaii Island’s coastal water quality through science and collaboration. “We are training citizens in scientific methods to help collect data that can be used seamlessly with state sampling,” says Erica Perez, Program Manager for The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) and Hawaii Wai Ola’s lead organizer. Volunteers are trained to fill the large data gaps in sampling coastal waters for health parameters. To learn more, visit https://www.hawaiiwaiola.com/
From left in photo: Kathleen Clark, Kona regional coordinator; Erica Perez, Project Manager; Leslie Young, Hilo regional coordinator; and Corbin Young, Hilo assistant.
In the past couple of weeks, Lynker's CO-OPS Field Operations staff, Trent Savage , Kris Kirby, Lacey Barwick, Jack Marshall, Clifton Huff, and Bret Hegler, have gone on trips to Mobile, AL for visibility installation, Wilmington, NC for emergency maintenance on our stations, Shell Beach, LA for emergency maintenance, and Annapolis, MD for bridge clearance work (as an appreciative captain waves from the passing ship below). Great work team!
Video credit: Endicott Parks
The Fall 2020 Bottomfish Fishery-Independent Survey in Hawaii is earning praise and serves as a model for successful operations during these challenging times. This effort has been led by a collaboration between NOAA' Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, the Pacific Islands Fisheries Group cooperative, and Lynker. Lynker's Project Manager, Forest O'Neill, has led our company's collaboration with PIFSC, PiFG, and the outstanding vessel crews and observers in our collective efforts to complete this year's survey in and around the main Hawaiian islands.
Pictured is Capt. Mike Abe and crew member Riki Hun of F/V Ao Shibi IV with the day’s biosamples, four opakapaka, a lehi, and a hapuupuu. (Photo by Lynker/PIFG observer Gary Shirakata). https://www.lynker.com/fall-2020-bottomfish-fishery-independent-survey-in-hawaii-winning-praise/
Humpback whale disentangled off New York thanks to an incredible team effort that Lynker was proud to be a part of. See the full story here http://ow.ly/7eNw50B5KTq
Lynker’s PIRO Illustrator, Rachel Strader, developed this innovative scientific illustration, as shown on NOAA Fisheries' website, depicting the Uku lifecycle and the importance of conserving each habitat critical to a fish’s life in Hawaii. http://ow.ly/JRwz50B3BgN
Lynker has made the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America, for the 5th year in a row! Lynker made the 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and now the 2020 list. https://www.lynker.com/lynker-makes-inc-5000-list-for-5th-year-in-a-row/
It can be stressful enough to conduct emergency maintenance on a crucial air gap sensor, let alone under a bridge, at night, during a pandemic. But our staff overcame the challenges and got the work done! https://www.lynker.com/emergency-maintenance-under-a-bridge-at-night-in-a-pandemic/
Looking for fun this weekend? Experience NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary System from wherever you are. Take an ocean safari, dive through shipwrecks, learn to cook sustainably from a professional chef…there’s something for everyone! Get Into Your Sanctuary from July 31 – August 2. http://ow.ly/2YTu50ALy07
Lynker wins NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) contract! We are thrilled to support the NEFSC Fisheries Monitoring and Research Division including the Fisheries Sampling Branch’s Northeast Fisheries Observer Program! Our focus will include the collection, processing, and management of fishery data, at-sea observer and monitoring operations, training and certification, and advancement of new technologies to support these activities. https://www.lynker.com/lynker-wins-noaa-nefsc-contract/
Lynker is thrilled to receive an award to continue supporting NOAA’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS). MBNMS is a federally protected marine area offshore of California’s central coast and it’s one of our nation’s largest marine sanctuaries. We are honored to continue supporting and protecting this underwater treasure! https://www.lynker.com/lynker-wins-award-to-continue-supporting-noaas-mbnms/
Lynker won the Greater Atlantic Fisheries Regional Office (GARFO) IT Support contract! We are excited to continue our support for GARFO’s Technology and Data Management (TDM) division, which provides technical support for approximately 250 internal and external customers. Our data management, web development, mobile application development, and help desk staff support all GARFO's sites on the Eastern Seaboard, Maine to North Carolina, and external customers in the fishing management and fishing communities.
Congrats to the @NOAA Digital Coast, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and Lynker team for putting out new economic statistics measuring the marine economy! This analysis found out that the marine economy grew faster than the U.S. economy as a whole from 2017-2018 (growing by 5.8% compared to 5.4% U.S. GDP growth). Great job team! http://ow.ly/iCQz50AkFY8
Lynker helped the Coastal Coupling Community of Practice go virtual for their second annual meeting! Cayla Dean, Outreach Specialist/Coastal Scientist, helped secure keynotes such as Jesse Feyen, the Deputy Dir of @NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory and John Warner, an oceanographer at the @U.S. Geological Survey at Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center. This meeting included over 90 attendees (double last year)! http://ow.ly/24rF50AhyLP
2019 Team Member of the Year Awards go to Lynker’s Keith Kamikawa, Hawaii Fisheries Extension Agent, and Jessica Tuifagu, Web & Multimedia Specialist, for their outstanding contributions to NOAA’s Pacific Islands Regional Office (PIRO). Congratulations!
Where does a Bonefish call home? Find out as Lynker’s Hawaii Fisheries Extension Agent, Keith Kamikawa, presents to elementary & middle school students on “Following ‘Ō‘io: The Life of Hawaiian Bonefishes.” 174 attendees from around the country enjoyed his talk. You can enjoy it here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYJ71GR7aVc
Have a question for NOAA Coast Survey? Meet the “Answer Man!” Lynker’s Nick Perugini manages communications and has been on the receiving end since 2008 for nearly 20,000 questions & comments from recreational boaters and cargo ship operators to historical chart enthusiasts from around the world!
CHOW's (Capitol Hill Ocean Week) virtual conference was a big success yesterday - over 3,000 registrants! Lynker staff including Joe Linza, Sam De Bow, Loleta Rollerson, and Kathy O'Day manned our virtual "booth" and talked to participants who stopped by. #VirtualCHOW
Join us today at CHOW (Capitol Hill Ocean Week) 2020 and stop by our virtual Lynker booth! #VirtualCHOW
Join us at CHOW (Capitol Hill Ocean Week) 2020, a virtual conference, tomorrow June 9th. Stop by our virtual booth. CHOW 2020 will focus on the global issue of protecting biodiversity. Happy World Oceans Day! #VirtualCHOW https://marinesanctuary.org/capitol-hill-ocean-week/
Congrats to our Lynker team at @NOAA Digital Coast! Their communications products won 4 awards from @Hermes Creative Awards and the highest award from @South Carolina Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (SCPRSA)! https://scprsa.org/blog/id/10
Our Lynker Gives Back Campaign for 2020 is focusing on local food banks in the top Lynker communities nationwide. We are ramping up our efforts to help those in need in the following areas:
• Leesburg, VA
• Boulder, CO
• Honolulu, HI
• Charleston, SC
• Gloucester, MA
• Chesapeake, VA
• Seattle, WA
• Tuscaloosa, AL
Corals: Too Hot to Handle! Tune in Thurs, May 28 from 9 - 9:45 a.m. HST (3pm EST) to listen to Dr. Paulo Maurin, a program coordinator with Lynker at the NOAA National Ocean Service Office for Coastal Management, give a presentation to elementary & middle school students explaining the impacts of climate change on coral reefs using a handheld 3D coral polyp as an interactive educational tool. Sign up using this link: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/event/noaa-live-pacific-islands-corals-too-hot-handle
This Memorial Day 2020:
“Remember, honor and be eternally grateful”
American Legion National Commander James "Bill" Oxford
Lynker’s Senior Science Writer, Joey Bennington-Castro, was featured in NOAA’s NMFS Newsletter with his article on the endangered Hawaiian Hawksbill Sea Turtle. How well do you know this turtle? Take his quiz! Just in time for World Turtle Day, May 23rd, which was created to celebrate and help protect turtles around the world. https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/test-your-knowledge-hawaiian-hawksbill-sea-turtles?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) announces “Ground-breaking Climate Change Mitigation Tool Allows Communities to Assess Risks.” This web-based visualization tool, called Future Avoided Cost Explorer (FACE:Hazards), https://cwcb.colorado.gov/FACE, was developed by Lynker in collaboration with DHSEM and CWCB in partnership with FEMA. FACE:Hazards measures the current and future impacts from flood, drought, and wildfire across multiple sectors of Colorado’s economy and is now available to help communities examine the economic risks of climate change and population growth.
Lynker’s Senior Hydrologist, Sophia Sigstedt, received a nice profile highlight in the Rio Grande Basin Roundtable Newsletter as an introduction to the group. Sophia specializes in basin-scale water resources and hydrogeology. She brings extensive experience to the Rio Grande Basin in the conjunctive administration of surface and groundwater rights. Sophia’s dog “Fish” also got some recognition in the attached newsletter! http://rgbrt.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/RGBRT4.2.pdf
Lynker Observers Dan Landry, Kitt Langdell, Beth Runciman, Amanda Polotta, and Mario Esera are on the front lines of shark conservation and have tagged three species: oceanic whitetip, silky, and bigeye threshers, providing valuable data to estimate survival. Some sharks have really long deployments as shown by the Oceanic Whitetips travels below!https://www.lynker.com/lynker-observers-making-impact-on-shark-survival-in-the-pacific/
Deep learning is an effective tool for land cover monitoring and change detection. In Lynker Analytics' latest blog, they explain how computer vision integrated with GIS can be used to identify and map land cover. https://www.lynker-analytics.com/theblog/2020/4/24/automating-land-classification-with-machine-learning
Lynker's NOAA Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services staff Warren Krug, Max Ivanov, Mark Hafez and Shaena Rausch have been testing refurbished sensors (specifically Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers) that measure real-time currents at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers facility on the Elizabeth River in Norfolk, VA. Lynker staff ensure these sensors function properly by detecting and fixing system performance issues before they are used in the field. Pictured: Lynker staff Warren Krug wiring the sensor’s battery system
When bridge construction threatened a vital air gap sensor for ships in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the Lynker team sprung into action! With little notice to save the station, our team completed 2 station removals and station installs in 5 months with minimal sensor downtime. Go Team!
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