A series of free lectures have been organized to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Among the guest speakers is our own BUMP Prof. Les Kaufman.
April 12: “The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary – Its Future” presented by Les Kaufman, a professor of biology in the Boston University Marine Program, the Senior Marine Scientist for Conservation International, an associate in Ichthyology at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, and research scholar at The New England Aquarium. Kaufman, who holds a doctorate in marine biology from Johns Hopkins, has conducted research in the Mass Bay—Stellwagen Bank area for 31 years. Whenever possible he is outdoors, either fishing, hiking, birdwatching, or diving.
See the Gloucester Times article for more info.
The BUMP lab renovations are moving along. The wall has been cut out and framed for the lage tank. New walls, floors and fixtures have been installed in the research room.
Lab renovations are continuing in the basement of BRB. Justin Scace, Laboratory Supervisor/Aquarist, provided a sketch up of the new space. In the foreground to the right will be the window to the new 700-gallon coral reef display tank. Directly behind the tank will be two mangrove tanks. On the back wall to the left will be two coral frag tanks. The left wall will be dedicated tanks for additional undergraduate research.
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Congratulations to Prof. Robinson (Wally) Fulweiler, BUMP Associate Director: “The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of 126 outstanding U.S. and Canadian researchers as recipients of Sloan Research Fellowships for 2012. Awarded annually since 1955, the fellowships are given to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders.”
The long-anticipated BUMP Lab renovation and expansion has begun. We will soon have a new 700-gallon coral reef display tank, 2 180-gallon coral frag grow out tanks, and additional tanks dedicated for student research.
BUMP lecturer and New England Aquarium associate scientist Randi Rotjan was one of three experts invited to speak at the Advancing Science, Serving Society (AAAS) “Cutting Edge: The Oceans” lecture series (subscription required). Randi discussed five cutting edge topics in coral reef science: symbiosis, “omics” as reef diagnostics, ocean acidification, marine protected areas and connectivity.
(Courtesy of SEA)
BUMP students are involved in many different internships. A group of five BUMP students are the social media team for Stellwagen Alive.
“Stellwagen Alive! is on a mission—a mission to preserve Stellwagen Bank and the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. We are all at risk of losing this backyard undersea treasure that we’ve depended on for centuries.”
(Courtesy of Stellwagen Alive)