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New England’s Marine Monument under Fire: “Review” threatens preservation status

New England’s Marine Monument under Fire: “Review” threatens preservation status

Americans are proud of their land, and not just around the Fourth of July. So proud that, since 1906, they have worked with 16 presidents of both parties to designate 129 places as so important from a historical or scientific standpoint that they should be preserved for future generations. The process began in 1906 under Teddy Roosevelt to “preserve historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic […]

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Save the Bay Cruises for Wildlife

Save the Bay Cruises for Wildlife

It’s November, and it feels like it. Though it’s sunny and the wind is calm, aboard Save the Bay’s educational vessel Elizabeth Morris, the passengers wisely left their boat shoes and shorts at home and wore winter coats and hats instead. Perched on a rock in the Pawcatuck River is a Harbor seal. The first-year plump, gray animal is happily ignorant of the chilly temperatures, lying on its side with […]

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Stone, Sturgeon, and Golden Eyes:  Celebrating RI Natural History Week

Stone, Sturgeon, and Golden Eyes: Celebrating RI Natural History Week

It lay on the Block Island beach in October, looking for all the world like a medieval missile. Four feet long, body fortified with bony plates. A shortnose sturgeon, a fish that normally resides in rivers and a species that has been cruising around North American waters for 70 million years, had somehow washed up on the beach, at least twelve miles from the nearest river.  How did it get […]

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New Hope for Urban Waterways

New Hope for Urban Waterways

Note: This is a .pdf file from 41N Magazine, a publication from Sea Grant and the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography. 41N_Summer16_Urbanwaterways

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Remove All Obstructions: The Long, Slow Road to Restoring Rhode Island’s Rivers

Remove All Obstructions: The Long, Slow Road to Restoring Rhode Island’s Rivers

There are roughly 800 dams still in existence in the tiny state of Rhode Island,  some of which date back to the colonial era. Read about the work being done to restore the rivers they stopped to their original state in a story that I wrote for 41°N magazine, a publication of Rhode Island Sea Grant and the Coastal Institute at the University of Rhode Island. remove_all_obstructions_2015

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Coffee Shop Conversation: URI Grad Students Present Findings at Science Café
By     |    Nov 12, 2015
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Coffee Shop Conversation: URI Grad Students Present Findings at Science Café

Here’s the thing: you have five minutes to explain all you can about a project you’ve been working on for years. And you’re going to do it in front of a live audience. Ready? Go. If this sounds like a panic attack-inducing dream, you may not have done so well at URI’s recent Science Café. Fortunately the baker’s dozen presenters, all post-graduate students, did not panic as they spent 90 […]

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Sea Level Rise and Salt Marsh Migration
By     |    Mar 13, 2015
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Sea Level Rise and Salt Marsh Migration

Introduction: This is a story I wrote for 41°N, Rhode Island’s Ocean and Coastal Magazine, a publication of Rhode Island Sea Grant and the Coastal Institute at the University of Rhode Island .  It revolves around an impact of sea level rise that may surprise some: the destruction of salt marshes.  These are a vital part of the ecosystem, and this tale explains and explores the issue. http://issuu.com/41n_rhodeislandseagrant/docs/41degreesnorth-winter15/30  

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