New England salt marshes: so great, it’s Madness?

April 1, 2019 This past Monday, we hosted our latest Science Cafe, MarshMadness, showcasing the curiosities and intricacies of one of our favorite coastal habitats, the salt marsh. Marshes may not feature in this month’s basketball brackets, but our speakers made sure to highlight many reasons why studying, monitoring, and restoring salt marshes are slam dunks for coastal conservation. Dr. Robert Buchsbaum of Mass Audubon … Continue reading New England salt marshes: so great, it’s Madness?

If not you, then who?

Lynn youth use their voices to champion storm drain improvements. Last month I had the pleasure of representing Northeastern University Marine Science Center at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event put on by Lynn Community Association. On the drive in, I was listening to a segment on WGBH Boston on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, discussing the importance of face to … Continue reading If not you, then who?

Weird Mollusks Science Café

“What a great concept. The only thing better than talking about sea shells, is talking about sea shells over great beer and great food,” recounted T.J. Cullinane when asked about his experience at Northeastern’s Marine Science Center’s latest Science Café. The event, an informal night of science, occurred on Monday, November 5th at Gulu-Gulu in Salem. Following Halloween, the theme featured the weird science of mollusks—a group of invertebrates including … Continue reading Weird Mollusks Science Café

Beach Sisters

Beach Sisters is a collaborative program between Northeastern’s Marine Science Center & Girls Inc of Lynn. You can learn more about the program from this link: The Beach Sister Peer Leaders had a busy year sharing their passion for our marine environment. In addition to teaching weekly marine science lessons to elementary and middle school girls at Girls Inc., they were actively involved in … Continue reading Beach Sisters

School to Sea AND Sea to School for Lynn Students

One of my favorite parts of teaching with the MSC Outreach Program is seeing all the excited faces when I tell students that they get to meet the tidepool animals. It doesn’t matter how much the students knew about the ocean already, they were ready to learn even more. In the past six months, over 1000 Lynn students were able to see the tidepool critters … Continue reading School to Sea AND Sea to School for Lynn Students

Sustainable Choices for Healthy Oceans

Health of the oceans If the Oceans were to go to the doctors for a physical, they would be told that they are overheated, acidifying, and full of trash; but this isn’t a new diagnosis. On a global scale, the ocean surface (upper ~250 ft) has warmed by about 0.2 degrees fahrenheit every 10 years from 1971-2010 (IPCC ). Since the early 1800s, the oceans … Continue reading Sustainable Choices for Healthy Oceans

Dispatch from the field – OGL expedition to Cozumel, Part 4

For their fourth and final dive day in Cozumel, Mexico, OGL divers took a fast boat and headed to Cozumel’s wild north coast. There they encountered not only the strong swells and high currents that the north coast is famous for, but also a completely different fauna and reef structure than is typically seen by recreational divers in the more placid waters to the south. … Continue reading Dispatch from the field – OGL expedition to Cozumel, Part 4