My work in marine policy has evolved as I find myself more and more pulled into not just the biology of marine systems but also the human side of the equation, how we view, manage, and use natural resources in coasts and oceans. There are several ways that I work on marine policy issues. First, I teach several classes, one interdisciplinary class with Ken Cline, an environmental lawyer and COA faculty member, an occasional marine policy tutorial, and a new class is planned for the spring of 2016 call Fisheries, Fishermen, and Fishing Communities that I will be teaching with Natalie Springuel.
Second, I work with collaborators, and often have grants that allow students to do internships under these projects. Currently, I have one active marine policy grant – as part of a large consortium of scientists working with the New England Sustainability Consortium (NEST) based out of UMO and UNH. This work revolves around two issues. The first involves the major question of how to help clam harvesters (clammers) manage their fishery while trying to make the best decisions about when clam flats should be open and closed for health and conservation. The grant focuses on how science can help managers be better decision makers, both for opening and closing mudflats for health reasons, but a lot of my research involves working with local clammers and towns to find pollution problems and get them resolved, monitor populations, and help determine if and when to use conservation measures. The second part of this work is helping hydrologists collect data to monitor stream parameters to help us understand how terrestrial runoff and streamflow influence water quality characteristics on the shoreline. I’m hoping to help several investigators do this work on Cromwell Brook in Bar Harbor starting in the spring of 2015.
I also currently chair the Bar Harbor Marine Resource Committee, which manages the clam flats in Bar Harbor, and works on other issues such as water quality in the town.
Over the past decade I have also been working on understanding how some aspects of animal life history, and especially fertilization ecology of marine organisms, effects their conservation and management. I have published several papers that have tried to analyze the importance of this aspect of the ecology of marine organisms for sustainable management of these species.
There are a new emerging project on the historical ecology of Frenchman’s Bay, but that project is still in its infancy, but soon it will have its own link.
This is a newly updated page, as of November 4, 2014, and I plan on adding links and pictures to it soon.