2014 Lecture Series:
UNDERWATER IN SALEM SOUND
Join us for the 2014 series at the Marblehead Abbot Library on the last Wednesday of the month from 7 - 8:30 pm. January through April.
March 26 - "Changing Climate, Changing Fishes"
Illustrated Talk by Dr. Mike Armstrong - Assistant Director, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
Although Dr. Armstrong has worked throughout the east coast, he has special attachment to Salem Sound as he grew up on the North Shore and spent many hours as a youth catching mackerel and flounder from the Salem Willows pier. Different species of fish are swimming in our waters these days. The flounder are harder to find, but last year we had a bumper crop of squid. Dr. Armstrong will share with us his knowledge of the changing fish populations and how changing water temperatures are now adding another factor into what is determining the mix of local fish species.
Dr. Armstrong is the Assistant Director at the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and lives in Salem Sound. He has spent 30 years studying marine fishes in the U.S. with special emphasis on estuarine assemblages, flounders, and diadromous fishes.
April 30 - "Shellfish, Shellfish Everywhere and Not a Clam to Eat!"
Illustrated Talk by Barbara Warren - Executive Director, Salem Sound Coastwatch
Descriptions can be found on the calendar.
Thank you, Dr. Robert Buchsbaum for your talk on winter waterfowl in Salem Sound and Dr. Brad Hubeny for sharing the past 450-year record of human impacts found in the Salem Sound mud.
MET is funded through the sale of environmental license plates. Every Massachusetts driver who purchases one of the "Preserve the Trust" license plates is contributing to the Trust and to the state's environmental well-being.
The Lecture Series is part of a MET grant awarded to Salem Sound Coastwatch to study the issue of turbidity in Salem Harbor. Turbidity, which is cloudiness in the water column, affects the ability of the water to sustain marine life. Dr. Brad Hubeny of Salem State University's Geological Science Department is the principal investigator along with Barbara Warren, Salem Sound Coastwatch Executive Director.
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"Climate Change in New England"
2013 Lecture Series Presented by Salem Sound Coastwatch and the National Park Service
There is no doubt that climate change is a complex subject and is challenging us in ways we've never seen before. Based on what scientists understand, the changes we are seeing today are far more rapid than anything that has occurred in our planet's history. This 5-part lecture series concluded our programming for 2013. We will continue bringing experts to share with us how climate change is affecting our New England region, what is being done about it, and how you can help. Please stay involved. Videos of each presentation were filmed by Salem Access TV and are available for streaming.
- Dr. Cameron Wake, Research Associate Professor, Climatology and Glaciology at the University of New Hampshire, for "Climate Change in Coastal New England: Past, Present, and Future"
- Barbara Warren, Salem Sound Coastwatch director, for "Oceans and Climate Change"
- Jonathan Parker, Chief of Interpretation, Education, & Partnerships and Public Information Officer for the Salem Maritime National Historic Site for the National Park Service's response to Climate Change
- Fara Courtney, director of US Offshore Wind Collaborative, for "A Piece of the Carbon Mitigation Puzzle: America's Offshore Wind Energy Opportunity"
- Dr. Paul Kirshen, Civil Engineering Professor at the University of New Hampshire for "Dealing Coastal Climate Change: How Do We Assess Vulnerability and Plan to Adapt?"
Link to Dr. Paul Kirshen's lecture slides:
Links to two working papers Fara Courtney co-authored: