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From the Director: Knauss Fellowship Opportunity

The application period has opened for the 2024 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program, which provides unique professional experiences for graduate students interested in national ocean policy.  Since 1979, Sea Grant has supported over 1,000 Knauss Marine Policy Fellows, pairing graduate students in marine sciences with host offices in the legislative or executive branches of government.…

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Calling Massachusetts Coastal Scientists!

Woods Hole Sea Grant’s call for proposals is out for our next funding cycle (February 1, 2024 –January 31, 2026).  Investigators at academic, research and educational institutions throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are invited to submit proposals for two-year projects. Depending on availability of funds, approximately $1 million will be available to support 4-6 research…

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Into the Breach: Modeling Coastal Management Strategies

Many saltwater or brackish ponds are separated from the ocean by a narrow barrier beach. For hundreds of years, cuts — or breaches — have been made intentionally to manage water levels and nutrients in ponds along Massachusetts’ coastlines. Tisbury Great Pond on Martha’s Vineyard is one example of a coastal pond that benefits from…

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The Island Conference Returns

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID, the Islands Coastal Conference series resumed with a meeting on October 24th on Martha’s Vineyard.  Held in a new venue – the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center in Vineyard Haven – the day’s presentations featured project updates from scientists, coastal managers and others involved in coastal resilience related projects…

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Girls in Science: Diving Head First Into Our Futures – by Eden Salley

Author Eden Salley, front row, center, with her 2022 cohort of Girls in Science Fellows.   This summer, I participated in a week-long program in Woods Hole on Cape Cod. The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Sea Grant / Earthwatch Girls in Science Fellowship provides an opportunity for young, aspiring scientists to work in the…

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7 Tips and Tricks to a Successful, Hands-on Classroom Visit

Woods Hole Sea Grant Educator Grace Simpkins knows how to talk to kids! Here are Grace’s top 7 tips and tricks to a successful, hands-on classroom visit: 1. Have three main takeaways ideas or concepts but relax and enjoy the unexpected. Be flexible. Pick the main three things you want students to understand.  Introduce them,…

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New Faces: Poonam Narotam

Woods Hole Sea Grant is thrilled to welcome new Science Communications Fellow Poonam Narotam. Poonam began her year-long fellowship in October, after having graduated from Northwestern University with a master’s degree in journalism. Poonam hit the ground running at Woods Hole Sea Grant, focusing her attention on communicating about our funded research and extension work…

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Video: Three Bays Research Project

This month, Science Communications Fellow Poonam Narotam spent some time in the field with Research Coordinator Jennie Rheuban and Extension marine team Abigail Archer, Harriet Booth, and Josh Reitsma, measuring clams and oysters and collecting water samples in the Three Bays Watershed on Cape Cod. Here’s a look at that research. Watch Now

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River Herring Network Gathers

Woods Hole Sea Grant’s Abigail Archer is the River Herring Network coordinator and helped organize this year’s annual meeting, which included participants from 16 towns, 12 watershed organizations and nonprofits, three federal agencies, three state agencies, and two academic institutions. After two years of meeting virtually, river herring wardens and others from along the Massachusetts…

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20th Annual State of Wellfleet Harbor Conference Held

Once a year for the last twenty years, the residents of Wellfleet and their neighbors from nearby towns have been invited to learn about the latest science and current issues affecting the health, ecology and resources of Wellfleet Harbor and its surrounding waters.  The meeting was moderated by Abigail Archer, with WHOI Sea Grant/Cape Cod…

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