News Items of Interest to Plum Island Ecosystems Research

 


21st Annual Coastal Science Conference, organized by Mass Audubon’s Salt Marsh Science Project. The conference was held at the Parker River Wildlife Refuge Headquarters on Plum Island, November 16, 2017
Students from 7 schools in Northeast Massachusetts presented projects and some included using new mobile app tools, see Students use new tools on old salt marsh to study new problems


PIE-LTER Education Representative Featured on Boston’s NPR WBUR 90.9 Climate Change in MA Series.
This summer, 2017, Boston Public Radio has been doing a series focused on climate change in Massachusetts.  Liz Duff, Educator for the PIE-LTER Schoolyard program, was featured in this series, speaking about the importance of local salt marshes, and the risk they face with rising sea levels.
To hear the North Shore Salt Marshes Play a Key Environmental Role interview go to: http://www.wbur.org/news/2017/08/30/salt-marsh



Summer 2017 PIE-LTER Scientists and Educators partner with Museum Institute for Teaching Science to offer Course for Middle and High School Teachers:
Research and Resiliency: Investigating the Local Effects of Global Changes.   How are human activities impacting our planet’s climate, water cycle, and the balance and distribution of species and ecosystems? How are PIE-LTER scientists investigating these questions in Massachusetts, and what steps are citizens taking to help have a more positive impact? Middle School and High School teachers will have the opportunity to investigate these questions this summer as part of a course   To register for the course go to: 2017-summer-professional-development-institutes-north-shore-region/

 

EDUCATORS EXPLORE CHANGING ECOSYSTEMS
On the North Shore, Educators Explore Changing Ecosystems with the Museum Institute for Teaching Science
During July 2016, teachers from Massachusetts middle and high schools participated in the 2016 Summer Professional Development Institute, Research and Resiliency: Exploring the Ways Local Ecosystems are Responding to Global Change. This summer institute, held at Ipswich High School, was a collaborative effort of Mass Audubon’s Endicott Wildlife Sanctuary, Plum Island Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research (LTER), the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Ipswich River Watershed Association and Boston University.
 

CLASSROOM ACTIVITES
Data Nuggets - are classroom activities, co-designed by graduate students and teachers, which give students practice interpreting quantitative information and making claims based on evidence. PIE LTER contributes to Data Nuggets, check them out for ideas for classroom activities in the Plum Island area, PIE Data Nuggets.
 

 

VIDEO
NSF Science Nation Special Report, September 8, 2014
Plum Island Estuary: Studying how marshes respond to sea-level rise


 

 LANDCOVER DATA
Landcover data for 26 towns associated with Clark University holmes project (HERO object-based Lawn Mapping Exploration of Suburbia), a subgroup of the HERO project which conducts .45 meter resolution mapping of the Plum Island Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research Site.

 

 SURFICIAL GEOLOGIC MAP
Onshore-Offshore Surficial Geologic Map of the Newburyport East and Northern Half of the Ipswich Quadrangles, Massachusetts.
MSG Geologic Map GM 13-01 By Christopher J. Hein, Duncan M. Fitzgerald, Walter A, Barnhardt and Byron D. Stone, 2013.

 

PIE SITE MAP
Find data associated with a PIE LTER research site (site_maps) by scrolling through a Google map that includes location tags that link to data for that site.




MARSH VIDEO
Danger in the Reeds: The Great Marsh Classroom with Liz Duff and Lori LaFrance. Follow students participating in the PIE-LTER schoolyard “Salt Marsh Science Project” with Mass Audubon Education Coordinator, Liz Duff.  Ipswich High School Students learn about tidal restrictions, which alter the flow of salt and fresh water and have a major effect on the conditions which can favor the growth of the invasive reed Phragmites. Students present their findings at Mass Audubon’s  17th  annual Coastal Science Conference.  Filmed by Rick Hydren of Staddles Productions.

 


“Done by Noon!” A Tribute to Anne Giblin After Her Election as AAAS Fellow
MBL senior scientist Anne Giblin was recently named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.

 


 

Renovations Begin at Marshview Field Station
The Ecosystems Center was recently awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Field Station and Marine Laboratory renovation grant to improve our Marshview Field Station which is the field site of the (PIE-LTER) project.

 

PIE LTER creates field guide using Encyclopedia of Life
Samantha Bond and Samuel Kelsey collaborate with Encyclopedia of Life to create a field guide for organisms associated with PIE LTER research.

 

 

Reaching New Heights to Measure CO2
Anne Giblin, postdoctoral scientist Inke Forbrich and other PIE LTER research staff have built a 40-foot instrumentation tower at the Plum Island Long Term Ecological Research site in northern Massachusetts to allow them to make year-round measurements of net ecosystem carbon exchange.


 

Nutrients Causing Salt Marshes to Disintegrate
A long-term, large-scale study of salt marsh landscapes in an undeveloped coastline section of the Plum Island Estuary in Massachusetts has shown that nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus can cause salt-marsh loss.
Deegan LA, Johnson DS, Warren RS, Peterson BJ, Fleeger JW, Fagherazzi S, and Wolheim WM
 

 

Bruce Peterson Wins A.C. Redfield Award for Career Achievements in Aquatic Science
The award honors the career achievements of an aquatic scientist whose work is recognized for its importance and long-term influence. Dr. Peterson is being honored for “innovative and transformative studies of carbon, nutrient, and water cycles at process, ecosystem, and global scales.”