Thank you for visiting the community education past events & workshop materials page. If you have any questions, or would like additional information please contact Joan Muller, Education Coordinator. (Please click on the titles to open presentations)
Research at the Reserve: Spring 2017
Are Our Salt Marshes Rising to the Challenge of Sea Level Rise?
Monday, April 3
In the past few decades, scientists across New England have observed a decline in salt marsh plants that prefer higher elevation and less frequent flooding. Sea level rise is considered to be the main driver of this ecological shift. Salt marsh survival and the continuation of important marsh ecological services, including bird and wildlife habit, recreation, shoreline protection, and as a natural carbon sink, depends on marshes keeping pace with sea level rise.
Meagan Eagle Gonneea, U.S. Geological Survey
What’s Up with the Water in Waquoit Bay?
Monday, April 10
Preliminary analysis of some of the over twenty years of weather and water quality monitoring data. A look at trends in temperature, salinity, and dissolved oxygen that could have implications for seagrass and harmful algal blooms.
Megan Tyrrell, Research Coordinator, Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Bats & Bunnies: Managing Habitat for Seldom Seen Mammals
Monday, April 17
The New England cottontail, a species of conservation concern and Northern long-eared bats, recently listed as a threatened species, are being studied by US Fish and Wildlife biologists in the forests of Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge and Waquoit Bay Reserve.
Eileen McGourty, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Are You Ready for the Next Big Storm: October 2016
Cape Cod Strong: Meeting the Challenges of Coastal Storms – What can past hurricanes and nor’easters tell us about our current and future risks? The history of past storms in southeast New England gives us insight into what the future may hold with the backdrop of sea level rise. Hear about forecast capabilities and limitations as well as where to find information when a storm threatens. Learn about measures that can protect you, your family, your pets, and your home.
Responding to a Rising Tide: Coastal Storm Hazards for Cape Cod, Bob Thompson, Meteorologist-in-Charge, Southern New England National Weather Service Forecast Office, NOAA
Emergency Preparedness: Town of Falmouth Emergency Response Team, Dan Dinardo, Coordinator, Falmouth CERT
Emergency Preparedness for Your Pets, Cathy Catanach, Cape Cod Disaster Animal Preparedness Team
Safe and Warm Before, During and After the Storm – Hardy homes can help keep you safe and comfortable. What should homeowners and renters be doing now to prepare for the next storm? Learn how to reduce damage to your home and help your family stay warm during power outages and times of extreme conditions. Topics include how to detect issues in your home, generators, solar electric systems with various types of energy storage options and solar hot water.
Renewable Energy Options & Generators, Megan Amsler, Cape and Islands Self Reliance
Family Preparedness, Home Energy Audits & Programs, Greg Abbe, Cape Light Compact
Research at the Reserve: Spring 2016
Nitrogen Removal A Shell (or Shellfish) Game: Insights into Nitrogen Loading in Coastal Waters & Potential Remediation Strategies
Nitrogen pollution of our coastal waters is a threat to the health of our ecosystems, public health and economy. For the residents of Cape Cod, nitrogen remediation is a multibillion dollar issue. This economic driver has spurred increased interest in alternative strategies to restore the health of our coastal waters. Oyster aquaculture is one such strategy that has benefitted from the increased interest but does it really remove nitrogen or just move it to another place within our estuaries?
Dr. Daniel Rogers, Assistant Professor, Analytical Chemistry, Stonehill College in Easton, MA
After Twenty Years, What Can the Waters in Waquoit Bay Tell Us?
The Waquoit BayWatchers volunteer citizen science program has over twenty years of temperature, salinity, depth, dissolved oxygen, and chlorophyll data for Waquoit Bay. The Reserve’s Research Associate Jordan Mora has recently examined the data and detected dramatic changes in temperature and dissolved oxygen that provide compelling evidence that Waquoit Bay may be experiencing impacts from climate change as well as eutrophication from the addition of too much nitrogen to the waters stemming from wastewater, fertilizers, and the burning of fossil fuels. Join us to see what the data is revealing.
Jordan Mora, Research Associate, Waquoit Bay Reserve
Tracking the Movement Patterns of Seabirds and Shorebirds to Inform Siting and Monitoring of Off-Shore Wind Facilities
Ever wondered about the antenna rising up from the sands at South Cape Beach in Mashpee? Researchers from UMASS Amherst are tracking the movements of Common Terns, Roseate Terns, and Piping Plovers in Southern New England by using light-weight transmitters which track the birds around the clock. Knowledge of offshore flight paths of birds is essential to inform effective conservation decisions in marine planning such as how to minimize impacts of offshore wind energy facilities on key bird populations. Hear about the work at South Cape Beach in Mashpee and how it connects to work in southern New England which is coordinated with automated radio telemetry stations throughout the Western Hemisphere. To learn more about wildlife tracking, visit www.motus-wts.org.
Pamela Loring, PhD candidate, Dept. of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Are You Ready for the Next Big Storm? October 2015
Resilient Cape Cod Video Presentations – click here to watch the live presentations.
Cape Cod Strong: Meeting the Challenges of Coastal Storms
What can past hurricanes tell us about our current and future risks? Learn about measures that can protect you, your family, and your home. Hear about the pros and cons of shoreline stabilization techniques. Learn how to use a tool to visualize the potential effects of storm surge on roads and critical facilities in your town.
Hurrican Risks in Southeastern MA, Jeff Donnelly, Ph.D., Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Meeting Challenges of Coastal Storms, Greg Berman, Woods Hole Sea Grant/Cape Cod Cooperative Extension
Cape Cod Commission Sea Level Rise Tool, Anne Reynolds, Cape Cod Commission
Safe and Warm Before, During, and After the Storm
Hardy homes can help keep you safe and warm. What should homeowners and renters be doing now to prepare for the next storm to reduce damage to your home and help you stay warmer during power outages?
Power After The Storm, Megan Amsler, Cape and Islands Self-Reliance
Safe and Warm; Before, After and During the Storm, Margaret Song, Cape Light Compact
Eating Our Way to a Resilient Community
Learn about local sustainable food options including fish, shellfish, meat, and fruit and vegetable options. Make your own yard into a productive, edible landscape. Discuss how to increase food resiliency for the whole community.
Gardening Our Way to Resilience, Derek Christianson, Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership
Josh Leveque, Gardening Roundtable Moderator and local professional horticulturalist
Pariah Dog Farm, Matt Churchill and Jeny Christianson, Pariah Dog Farm
How Your Town Can Reduce Flood Insurance Rates and Save Lives and Property
Did you know your flood plain insurance rates can be reduced if your town puts a hazard planning process in place? What are some towns doing now that will make families safer?
Hazard Planning on Cape Cod, Callie Harper, Cape Cod Commission
Reducing Flood Costs Through CRS, Shannon Jarbeau, Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Flood Plain Coordinator
CZM Coastal Resilience & Green Infrastructure Grant Programs, Steve McKenna, MA Coastal Zone Management
Preparing the Whole Community for Storms and Flood Impacts, Tonna-Marie Rogers, Coastal Training Program Coordinator, Waquoit Bay NERR
Research at the Reserve: Spring 2015
The Subterranean Estuary: An Unseen and Overlooked Boundary Between the Land and the Sea
This presentation will explore the Waquoit Bay subterranean estuary. This unique mixing zone between fresh and salty groundwater has been used over the past 25 years as a natural laboratory for understanding groundwater’s effects on marine chemistry and biology. (video link)
Matt Charette is a Senior Scientist in the Department of Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry and Director of the Coastal Ocean Institute at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
What’s Next for Blue Crabs?
For centuries, Cape Cod has been the northern range boundary for blue crabs, an ecologically and economically important predator in Atlantic coastal estuaries. In recent years however, people have begun to see blue crabs in waters north of Cape Cod. As conditions continue to warm, will we see blue crabs expand their populations into the Gulf of Maine? What will this mean for the salt marshes and invasive green crabs if a new predator comes to town? (video link)
Tanya Rogers is a PhD student at the Northeastern University Marine Science Center. She is studying crab populations in Waquoit Bay and in many other estuaries north and south of Cape Cod.
Winter Flounder & Waquoit Bay
The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries has conducted research on winter flounder for over 50 years in Massachusetts waters. In recent years, historically low populations of winter flounder were recorded in the region. We will look at the data collected and discuss what we have done and learned about this important species. (video link)
Vincent Manfredi has worked at sea collecting fisheries data since 2001 onresearch surveys for the States of Maine & Massachusetts. He is currently a Survey Biologist for Massachusetts’ MarineFisheries Agency in New Bedford, MA.
What’s Happening with Contaminants of Emerging Concern in our Coastal Waters?
The Center for Coastal Studies, in collaboration with several other organizations, including Waquoit Bay Reserve, has documented the presence of contaminants of emerging concern (from sources including pharmaceuticals and personal care products) in our coastal waters. In 2014, the Center expanded this work to include research on accumulation of these contaminants in living organisms. What is their impact on the environment and humans? (video link)
Dr. Amy Costa is a Research Scientist at the Center for Coastal Studies. Her work focuses on the quality and overall health of marine and coastal ecosystems through the integration of chemical, physical and biological studies.
Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria at the Beach
Antibiotics have revolutionized the way we treat bacterial infections. However, bacteria have increased their resistance to antibiotics partially due to the prevalent use of these chemicals by humans. Why are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the White House, and World Health Organization, concerned about antibiotic resistance? What does it have to do with our local beaches? (video link)
Megan May is a second year graduate student pursuing her Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography, she is a National Science Foundation Fellow and works in Rebecca Gast’s laboratory in Woods Hole.