Center for Coastal Studies Summer Speaker Series

Join us for our Summer Speaker Series featuring the Center for Coastal Studies. This series of complimentary one-hour sessions will highlight fascinating environmental topics that surround us on a daily basis and each will be led by an expert in the field from the Center for Coastal Studies. The series is open to the public as well as guests of the Inn and no advance reservations are required. All sessions will take place from 4pm - 5pm in the South Lounge and complimentary snacks will be served. Please see the list below for dates and topics:

Tuesday, July 16: Two Rare Whale Species Depending On One Habitat
Charles "Stormy" Mayo, Ph.D., Senior Scientist and Director, Right Whale Ecology Program

Humpback whales in this region have been catalogued and studied by CCS since 1976 in a robust study including photo-ID, biopsy genetic work, and satellite tagging. Meanwhile, nearly half the remaining population of rare, endangered North Atlantic right whales come to the waters of Cape Cod and Nantucket to feed and socialize. CCS has been collecting data on individual right whales and their habitat requirements since 1984, gleaning information critical for the species' survival. This presentation by Dr. Charles “Stormy” Mayowill focus on the Center’s robust research, and the status, ecology, and threats to right whales and humpback whales in our waters.

Tuesday, July 30: Saving Oceans and Ourselves
Rich Delaney, President and CEO of Center for Coastal Studies

Rich Delaney, President and CEO of Center for Coastal Studies, will explore how climate and oceans are inextricably connected and the local efforts underway to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned time is running out
to prevent excessive rises in global temperatures and the dire consequences. But what does this all mean for us, here on Cape Cod and the health of our oceans? Mr. Delaney participated in the 2015 Paris Climate Accord and he will share his perspective on how the world’s oceans figured in those discussions, and why these issues may be more important to Cape Cod than many other parts of the world.

Tuesday, August 13: The Past, Present and (potential) Future of the Chatham Inlets. Placing ongoing inlet evolution into historical context.
Dr. Mark Borrelli is a Coastal Geologist. He is the Director of the Coastal Processes and Ecosystems Laboratory, or CAPE Lab, a joint research effort between the School for the Environment within the University of Massachusetts at Boston and the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown.

Dr. Mark Borrelli, who did his doctoral work in Chatham Harbor and Pleasant Bay, will discuss the nature of tidal inlet processes in general and the ongoing evolution of inlets in Chatham in particular. His research interests include coastal sedimentary processes, in general, and understanding how storms, sea level rise and human-induced impacts affect the coast, in particular.The talk will focus on current, and ongoing research.


Tuesday, August 27: Cape Cod Fishermen and Scientists Working Together for a Sustainable Fishery
Owen Nichols, Director, Marine Fisheries Program

There are many aspects of fisheries biology, ecology, and oceanography that are poorly understood and yet crucial to an accurate understanding of how fishing and other human activities affect the marine ecosystem and how best to manage fishing activity. Working together, fishermen can combine their skills and knowledge with the tools and techniques employed by scientists to conduct field research aimed at filling gaps in our knowledge and providing managers with sound science on which to base management decisions. The Center for Coastal Studies’ Marine Fisheries Research program conducts research on a broad array of topics, including fishing gear design, environmental and climate effects on fish/invertebrate distribution, fisheries habitat investigations, and marine mammal/fisheries interactions.


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