Advanced tutorials in marine resource policy

Over the last two years, we have offered two difference advanced tutorials called advanced marine resource policy seminar.  In both years we have had 4 students with 2-3 faculty members where we have examined a topic in marine policy in great detail, with the goal of producing papers at the end that can be made available to the public.  Another advanced seminar will occur during the 2011-2012 academic year, focusing on a new topic that will be decided in the spring of 2011.  The focus of the previous classes were:

Scales of management and the definition of success in fisheries management. Ken Cline, myself, and four students started this class asking if and when small-scale management of fisheries made sense.  Quickly it became clear to us that differences in how people answered this question depended on how they defined success in fisheries management.  We developed a draft of a manuscript that Ken, myself and student Iris Lowery worked on over the summer.  We need to revise this draft, and then hope to submit the manuscript to a interdisciplinary journal.

Biology, conservation, and management of anadromous fishes. Again with Ken Cline and this time adding COA faculty member Todd Little-Siebold, we examined several aspects of anadromous fishes, focusing on the alewife, Alosa pseudoharengus, a river herring that comes up streams and rivers to spawn in lakes late in the spring.  We collaborated  with several groups including David Lamon at the Somes-Meynell Sanctuary, Jason Stockwell from the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and Bruce Connery from Acadia National Park.  Each student in the tutorial led on a specific research project, graduate student Jackie Bort worked on the history of human use and dams on Somes creek in Somesville, Alex Brett examined patterns of predation on alewives by a variety of animals at the Somesville fish ladder at the head of tide, and Emily Argo examined the status and feasibility of making Denning Brook accessible to anadromous fish so that native species could once again migrate to Echo Lake.  These papers are currently under revision, and I hope to get at least some of them up here in the near future.

Here are a couple:
Emily Argo – Can Denning Brook in Somesville, Maine be Restored as an Alewife Run? (pdf)
Alex Brett – Predator-Prey interactions at Somes Brook: examining the predator dilution effect (pdf)

2011-2012 tutorial. We will be deciding on the topic for upcoming course sometime in the spring of 2011, based in part on the projects that are done in the marine policy class. The tutorial may be taught as early as the fall of 2011.

This seminar series is supported with a grant from the Long Cove Foundation.