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Department of Estuarine and Ocean Sciences Seminar

“Langmuir circulation and turbulence in Chesapeake Bay”
Malcolm Scully
Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
12:30 pm

At SMAST I, Room 204
706 S. Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford, MA 02744
*Will be simulcast to Room 325A, SMAST II

Department of Estuarine and Ocean Sciences Seminar

“Behavioral response of fish and sea turtles to anthropogenic activities”
Joe Iafrate & Stephanie Watwood
Naval Undersea Warfare Center
Friday, May 2, 2014
11:00 am

At SMAST I, Room 204
706 S. Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford, MA 02744
*Will be simulcast to Room 325A, SMAST II

Department of Fisheries Oceanography Seminar

“What causes gray meat in the Atlantic sea scallop in Georges Bank closed areas?”
Susan Inglis
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
03:00 pm

At SMAST II, Room 158
200 Mill Road, Fairhaven, MA 02719


Barney Frank leads SMAST roundtable
04.22.14 SMAST_roundtable
Former U.S. Congressman Barney Frank led a roundtable discussion themed "Intersection: Policy, Politics and Science" at SMAST Tuesday morning. The topics treated ranged from the current and future state of marine fisheries to the U.S. military budget, science denial in the American population, and national support for research and development.

Frank represented Massachusetts in the U.S. House from 1981 to 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee (2007–2011) and was co-sponsor of the 2010 Dodd–Frank Act, a sweeping reform of the U.S. financial industry.

A resident of Newton, Massachusetts, Frank worked as a political aide before winning election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1972. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1980 with 52 percent of the vote, and was returned to the House by a wide margin in every subsequent election.

SMAST bolsters fisheries expertise
03.19.14 Dr._Gavin_Fay (left)
The School for Marine Science and Technology has announced the appointment of Dr. Gavin Fay as Assistant Professor in the Department of Fisheries Oceanography.

A fisheries modeler, Dr. Fay received his BSc in Marine Biology from the University of Stirling, Scotland, and his MS and PhD from the University of Washington. He is currently employed as a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Ecosystem Assessment Program of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in Woods Hole.

Fay's expertise is in quantitative fisheries science and ecosystem modeling, with a research focus on spatial modeling and statistical analyses of marine fisheries populations. He has published in the area of population assessment for both fisheries and marine mammals.

The faculty position was created under a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration program called Quantitative Ecology and Socioeconomics Training (QUEST), which also created three new fellowships for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution scientists with NMFS funding.

Dr. Fay (left in photo with WHOI QUEST fellows) will officially join the faculty for the fall 2014 semester.

SMAST out in force at OS14
03.11.14 SMAST_booth_at_OS14
SMAST faculty, staff and students authored or co-authored some three dozen posters and oral presentations at Ocean Sciences 2014 last month (February 24-28) in Honolulu, Hawai'i.

In addition, three SMAST faculty co-chaired technical sessions: Dean Steven Lohrenz co-chaired session 068 – "Understanding biogeochemical and ecosystem responses to natural and human-induced interactions, drivers and pressures in coastal regions"; Prof. Mark Altabet co-chaired session 008: "Revising biogeochemical stoichiometry: The oceans beyond Redfield on a changing planet"; and Prof. Miles Sundermeyer co-chaired session 012 on "Oceanic submesoscale processes."

Co-sponsored by the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, the American Geophysical Union, and The Oceanography Society, Ocean Sciences is the world's premier conference of marine scientists and oceanographers. The biennial meeting is believed to have set an attendance record this year, estimated at more than 5000, based on preregistrations.

[Reposted from March 10, 2014]

Port recovery plan unveiled
03.11.14 Dr._William_Hogan
An SMAST-led research team unveiled a “Groundfish Port Recovery and Revitalization Plan” for New Bedford and Fairhaven at a workshop on Friday, February 27, at the School for Marine Science and Technology. UMassD Chancellor Divina Grossman welcomed participants to the workshop, and New Bedford Mayor John Mitchell provided the introduction.

Led by SMAST economist Dan Georgianna, the research team has been conducting interviews and gathering data since November. The draft report quantifies the status and trends in the groundfish fishery and the effects on the economic health of the port.

Economist and former UMassD Arts & Sciences Dean Bill Hogan discussed the decline of the groundfish fishery, and Prof. Georgianna reported on the effects on shore-side businesses. The report’s recommendations for recovery and revitalization were presented by Steve Cadrin (SMAST, improvements in stock assessment), Kevin Stokesbury (SMAST, improvements in data collection), Kate Kramer (Center for Sustainable Fisheries, reauthorization of the Magnuson Act) and Jeff Stieb (Harbor Development Commission, improvements to the port).

A final report is expected in about a month.
[Reposted from March 6, 2014]

"Class of 2013" sets SMAST record
02.03.14 Commencement_2013
Twelve SMAST students completed their requirements for advanced degrees (six MS, six PhD) in 2013, the most within a calendar year since the founding of the growing academic program over a decade ago. An additional six students (one MS and five PhD) completed their requirements in time to qualify for a January 2014 conferral date.

A majority of the research topics focused on marine life, ranging from tiny algae and diatoms to apex predators like sharks, and a number of commercially important species in between. Students also successfully defended research on air-sea interaction, measuring isotopes in sea water, Antarctic productivity, and the effects of sea level rise on estuaries.

The degrees are awarded through the University of Massachusetts' system-wide Intercampus Marine Science program, which confers degrees on marine science students at the Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, and Lowell campuses.

[Photo, l to r: Katherine Thompson, Chawalit Charoenpong, Kaitlynn Shaw.]

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