Margaret A. Davidson Coastal Career Development Program


Margaret A. Davidson

Drawing on 45 years of coastal leadership, The Coastal Society proudly launched its “Margaret A. Davidson Coastal Career Development Program” in 2018. This Program continues TCS’s long-term emphasis on students, recent graduates, and coastal professionals and was inspired by the late Margaret A. Davidson, an icon who mentored and befriended many of today’s coastal leaders. As a primary part of the MAD program, TCS will honor Margaret’s legacy through a series of career development workshops to benefit early- and mid-career professionals and the next generation of coastal practitioners.

The first workshop in this series was December 13, 2018, in Long Beach, California, in association with the Restore America’s Estuaries – Coastal States Organization Habitat Summit. The Long Beach workshop featured a morning of keynote talks on career options, employment prospects, and important career opportunities in California and around the nation. The afternoon offered a series of smaller group discussions about various skills needed to succeed including resume development, interview tips, how to successfully engage with a mentor, and networking. Subsequent in-person workshops followed a similar agenda, condensed into half-day events on a virtual platform during the COVID pandemic, to provide the latest information on coastal careers.

In honor of Margaret’s life-long commitment to the coasts and those charged with protecting them, most of these workshops feature a strong mentoring component. Registrants will first hear inspiring stories about successful mentor-mentee accomplishments and then have the opportunity to engage with potential mentors during each workshop. After the workshop, participants are paired with a workshop speaker of their choice for a separate conversation. 

In an effort to help TCS gauge interest, identify locations, and shape the workshop offerings, we are requesting interested attendees fill out this survey: Additionally, TCS is seeking coastal professionals interested in serving as a mentor/presenter at workshops. If interested, please contact the TCS Office at:

Margaret A. Davidson Coastal Career Workshop, November 16

The Coastal Society will join Michigan State University in hosting the next “Margaret A. Davidson Coastal Career Development Program” on November 16, 2021. This hybrid in person and virtual workshop targets students, recent graduates, and early professionals interested in a coastal, estuarine, or marine careers.

 This will be a hybrid event with most of the audience gathered on the MSU campus and most of the speakers scattered across the country. The program includes two plenary sessions in the morning and two break-out sessions in the afternoon. Thanks to full sponsorship from the MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, this workshop is offered at no charge. Register Here!

Workshop Program and Poster

MAD Workshop Archive: 

Click on the bolded date below for information on past workshops.

December 8, 2018  Long Beach, CA, in conjunction with Restore America’s Estuaries and the Coastal States Organization

January 10, 2019  Washington, DC, in conjunction with the National Council for Science and the Environment conference

April 4, 2019  Woodbridge, VA, in conjunction with the Atlantic Estuarine Research Society Spring Meeting

June 3, 2019  Washington, DC, in conjunction with Capitol Hills Ocean Week (CHOW)

June 10, 2019  Brockport, NY, in conjunction with the International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) Annual Conference

November 18, 2019  Wilmington, NC, in partnership with the University of North Carolina – Wilmington

February 7, 2020  Charleston, SC

February 27, 2020  Durham, NC

March 26, 2020 West Long Branch, NJ (cancelled)

June 10, 2020 Virtual Workshop

September 24, 2020 – Virtual Workshop

June 29 & 30, 2021- Virtual Workshop
Check out another amazing opportunity for graduate students through NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management and the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, the Margaret A. Davidson Fellowship Program.