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Woods Hole Field Center Staff Participate in Massachusetts Maritime Academy High School Environmental Symposium
The event was held at MMA's Cape Cod Canal campus (Buzzards Bay, MA) on February 28 under the direction of Christopher Ryan, Jim Watkins, and Fuji Fulgueras, the MMA symposium coordinators. Approximately 200 students and teachers departed for behind-the-scenes tours of the Woods Hole scientific community as part of the symposium. Seth Ackerman (WHFC), who organized the field trip in Woods Hole, led students and teachers to the first stop on the field trip, Megansett Beach in West Falmouth, MA.
At Megansett Beach, Tony Williams of the Coalition for Buzzards Bay discussed water quality on Cape Cod. The coalition's objective is to pursue the restoration and protection of the bay ecosystem through direct citizen advocacy and through the regulatory and legal process at local, State, and Federal levels.
Stops in the Woods Hole Village included:
The Marine Resources Center at the MBL in Woods Hole is a state-of-the-art facility where scientists can conduct research on aquatic organisms, supply field-collected aquatic organisms for use in research and education, provide veterinary medical care to aquatic organisms, and conduct basic research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of diseases affecting aquatic animals. Bill Mebane, Catherine Hemmerdinger, and Steven Roberts gave a video presentation on MBL's research, and Hank Maude and Ed Enos gave students a tour of the Tank Room, where MBL stores various aquatic organisms in saltwater tanks.
Hovey Clifford and John Dyke gave a tour of one of WHOI's main research vessels, the research vessel Oceanus. Hovey described the equipment configuration on the ship and then showed students the main labs and the bridge. John Kemp gave an overview of WHOI's engineering projects in the Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering department, where engineers design a wide array of instruments, vehicles, and observing systems that extend the reach of WHOI scientists and the entire oceanographic community.
Ellen Mecray and Elizabeth Pendleton of the USGS WHFC gave talks about the many projects that USGS scientists work on in Woods Hole. They described the diverse science we do here in Woods Hole and the various places we work, including many of the underwater areas between shorelines and deep water off the U.S. east coast and the Gulf of Mexico and in parts of the Caribbean and Great Lakes. Elizabeth and Ellen highlighted sea-floor mapping, the SWASH (Surveying Wide-Area Shorelines) system, geochemistry, and National Assessments; they educated the students on the USGS' role within the Federal Government; and they discussed their personal career paths.
Feedback from the students, their teachers, and parents has been very positive. The students had an exciting time exploring Woods Hole, its labs, and its ships. Thanks to everyone who helped out!
in this issue: Adriatic Sea Instrument Redeployment
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