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From Classrooms to Coastlines: Young Innovators Shape Sustainable Futures

This spring a small group of middle school students from Mashpee gathered in their school’s Indian Education room at lunchtime to meet with a group of educators from UMass Boston. The educators, who included Asa Peters, a graduate of UMass…

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Insights on Coastal Resilience and the Future from the 2023 Islands Conference

“A world without ice sheets? Is this our future?” These were questions posed in June at the Islands Conference on Nantucket by keynote speaker Sarah Das, a physical oceanographer at WHOI. Sea level rise – the result of warming water…

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Safeguarding Shores: Training Conservation Agents in Wetland Boundary Delineation

Each year in Massachusetts, dozens of wetlands are threatened by development projects that, if permitted, could degrade their functions. Wetlands provide food and habitat for fish and wildlife, improve water quality and help control flooding and shoreline erosion. Determining if…

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Unleashing Curiosity at the Woods Hole Science Stroll

This month, WHOI Sea Grant had the opportunity to participate in the Woods Hole Science Stroll, an outdoor event involving all the Woods Hole science organizations. Nearly 2000 people passed through the tents to explore highlighting our work in shellfish…

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Ocean STEAM-Powered Women in Woods Hole

Ten young women interested in exploring ocean science arrived in Woods Hole on August 6, 2023 to spend a week conducting bioacoustic research with WHOI biologist Laela Sayigh and investigating different marine Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) careers.…

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Applications Now Being Accepted for MA Graduate Research Fellowship

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Sea Grant (WHOISG) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sea Grant (MITSG) are pleased to jointly invite qualified individuals to apply for the Massachusetts Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellowship. The purpose of this Fellowship is to support…

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Intern Olivia Hooper: Extending a Hand

There’s no better way to learn about the WHOI Sea Grant Extension Program than to jump in and help. Massachusetts Maritime Academy senior Olivia Hooper spent six months interning with WHOI Sea Grant marine extension team members Abigail Archer and…

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Q&A with Knauss Fellow Sophia Ly

WHOI Sea Grant wanted to get to know 2023 Knauss Fellow Sophia Ly better and learn how her Knauss Fellowship year is going. Check out our Q&A with her!

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Getting to Know Graduate Research Fellow Sarah Guitart

One of two inaugural MA Graduate Research Fellows, Sarah is a student in Dr. Michelle Staudinger’s lab at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Environmental Conservation.

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WHOI Sea Grant in Museums

WHOI Sea Grant has been involved in creating two new museum exhibits in the region. Find out more below!

A Tale of Two Capes

Explore the diverse ecosystems and some of the sustainability challenges common to Cape Cod and Cape Verde! An exhibit created by WHOI Sea Grant intern Carolyn King and featured at the Cape Cod Cape Verdean Museum and Cultural Center in…

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Buddy Pocknettin a purple t-shirt and wearing a wampum necklace by a Mashpee marsh

Shellfish Sustaining Communities

Shellfish: Sustaining Communities       About the exhibit Shellfish: Sustaining Communities was designed, written, and produced in 2023 by members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, this land’s original stewards. Produced in collaboration with WHOI Sea Grant, this exhibit explores…

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Around WHOI Sea Grant

A Virtual Transition for Shellfish Farming Education

The WHOI Sea Grant marine extension team has been teaching a class on the fundamentals of shellfish farming for over 20 years. During COVID, our education specialist Grace Simpkins helped update the curriculum and transition the program to the virtual world. In July, Grace Simpkins gave educators at the National Marine Educators conference the inside scoop on how to transition an in-person class to an online environment.

Preserving Our Homelands Camp Comes to WHOI

WHOI Sea Grant’s Leslie Jonas and Grace Simpkins were instrumental in bringing the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s Preserving Our Homelands camp to WHOI as part of an ongoing effort to develop knowledge exchange with the Tribe. Among other attractions, the campers learned about 3D printing & tested an underwater robot at WHOI’s AVAST lab. What a great day!

Visualizing Sea Level Rise

Can you visualize sea level rise? Don’t worry, you’re not alone!  That’s why WHOI Sea Grant staffers Shannon Hulst and Grace Simpkins worked with high school art and science students on a visualization project. The students painted waves on five pilings in Millway Marina in Barnstable Harbor to designate future high tide levels.

Boat Shrink Wrap Recycling Results

We’re happy to report our 2023 Boat Shrink Wrap Recycling program was the best yet — collecting an amazing 22 tons. Transfer stations in Bourne, Chatham, Dennis, Eastham, Falmouth, and Wellfleet generously served as drop off locations. Thanks to their staffs for monitoring the wrap to be sure boaters properly cleaned and prepared it for recycling.  Thanks also to Barnstable County’s Cape Cod Cooperative Extension and AmeriCorps of Cape Cod for their work in this group effort! Watch the video!

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