James J. McCarthy, Professor of Biological Oceanography at Harvard University, will be giving a talk entitled “Changing Sea Ice Conditions and Arctic Marine Ecosystems,” today, Tuesday, September 27.
The shrinking area of Arctic sea ice in summer is one of the most often cited examples of anthropogenic climate change. The areal extent of sea ice at the time of the September minimum has declined by about 1% per year since satellite observations began 35 years ago. Sea ice is very different from lake ice. A brine is created as ice crystallizes, a portion of which remains in channels within the ice and provides habitat for microscopic plankton. These organisms include photosynthetic algae and microscopic animals that feed on the algae, and they then become food for shrimp and fish under and at the edges of the ice. This production is the base of the food web that supports marine mammals and birds that flourish in the Arctic during spring and summer. Climate models project that, with additional warming from greenhouse gases, summer sea ice could vanish in the Arctic my mid-century, with profound implications for many iconic species.
Tuesday, September 27, 4 pm, CAS 132
Research Assistant Professor Pontus Olofsson is teaching a week-long workshop at the National University of Laos on how to achieve IPCC-compliant estimates of deforestation. The workshop is part of the SilvaCarbon capacity building program of the U.S. Government which aims to enhance capacity worldwide in monitoring and managing forest and terrestrial carbon.
Earth & Environment PhD candidate Sarah Farron is in Portland, Oregon this week to present a paper at the Coastal & Estuarine Research Federations (CERF) 23rd Biennial Conference.
Farron’s presentation will be on “Quantifying the effects of crab bioturbation on salt marsh sediment erodibility.”
Farron is a PhD candidate in Earth Science working with Professor Duncan FitzGerald.
Earth & Environment Associate Professor R. Wally Fuweiler and many of the students that comprise the Fulweiler Lab are in Portland, OR this week to take part in the Coastal & Estuarine Research Federations 23rd Biennial Conference.
As part of the conference, Fulweiler and her team are participating in the conference in a number of ways:
Fulweiler will be giving an invited plenary talk on “Triaging the Coastal Ocean” as well as chairing a session on the same subject.
Currently Ph.D. Sarabeth Buckley will be giving a presentation on “The Race Between Salt Marshes and Sea Level Rise: Northeastern US and Bay of Fundy.”
Current PhD Hollie Emery will be giving a presentation on “Salt marshes in a changing climate: greenhouse gas emissions, carbon cycling, and precipitation change.”
Undergraduate member of the Fulweiler Lab Rob Lauto will be giving a presentation on “The impact of harmful algal bloom organic matter on sediment denitrification.”
Current Ph.D. Sarah Foster will be presenting a poster on “Evidence of phosphorus limitation on sediment nitrous oxide uptake in a shallow, temperate estuary”
Current Ph.D. Tim Maguire will be giving a presentation on “Waste water and urban runoff – significant anthropogenic sources of silica to coastal systems.”
Former PhD student and now postdoctoral associate at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole Jo Carey is cockering a session titled Responses of Salt Marshes to Sea Level Rise and giving a talk titled “Salt marsh greenhouse gas emissions in a warmer world.”
Former Fulweiler lab student and current UCONN Ph.D. student Amanda Vieillard is giving a presentation on “How the eastern oyster influences coastal nutrient cycling: stable isotopes in a mesocosm study.”
Former Ph.D. co-advised by Fulweiler at the University of Rhode Island and now postdoctoral associate at the University of Georgia Lindsey Fields will be giving a talk on “Resuspension of sedimented oil from the Deepwater Horizon: Impact on biogeochemistry at the sediment-water interface.”
Baldwin’s talk, titled “The Middlesex Canal in the Context of the Great 19th Century Energy Transition” discussed the rise and fall of the Middlesex Canal and the role of it’s chief engineer and his son in the transition to steam power in 18th century New England. The Middlesex Canal was the first canal built in the United States and operated from 1802 to 1851 and connected Boston to Lowell, and ultimately Concord NH, by water. Canal Street in Boston lies on the canal bed.
To learn more about Baldwin’s work, check out his profile page.
Earth & Environment Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi will be at MIT tomorrow, Thursday October 29th, to give a presentation at the Environmental Science and Engineering Parsons Laboratory.
The title of Fagherazzi’s presentation is “Salt Marsh Collapse Does Not Require Sea Level Rise.”
Earth & Environment Research Assistant Professor Pontus Olofsson was invited to give a talk at the United States Department of the Interior headquarters in Washington DC.
He presented a capacity-building initiative aimed at providing open-source software and educational materials for monitoring land cover change, an initiative developed by Olofsson and graduate students Chris Holden and Eric Bullock.
To learn about Olofsson’s work, check out his profile page.
Earth & Environment Research Associate Professor Rachel Abercrombie was in California this week to participate in the 2015 Southern California Earthquake Center Annual Meeting.
At the meeting Abercrombie presented a poster on the topic of “Earthquake stress drop measurements – variability and resolution.” The abstract for her poster can be found here.
Earth & Environment Professor Curtis Woodcock recently gave a presentation on near real-time monitoring at the Google Forest Strategy Meeting.
Earth & Environment Professor Curtis Woodcock was in China this past week to give the keynote address at the International Conference on Carbon Cycle and Global Change in Hangzhou, China.
Professor Woodcock’s presentation was titled “Time Series Analysis of Landsat Data for Continuous Monitoring of Land Cover Change and Condition.”