Seminar Series

Our Tuesday evening seminar series (Rock Talks) is a long-standing and well-loved tradition at SML. Historically, faculty members and guest speakers would gather students out on the rocky shoreline of Appledore Island (giving the Rock Talk series its name), and present anything from a natural history seminar to a demonstration dissection. Today, Rock Talks are going digital! Each rock talk highlights the work of visiting scholars, alumni, faculty, or staff, and presents a new and exciting perspective on science. Rock Talks are open to the public - advance registration is required.

Upcoming Speaker

Dr. Vanessa Constant

Dr. Vanessa Constant

Speaker: Dr. Vanessa Constant, NOAA Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellow
Date and Time: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 7:30 PM
Title: Coastal dunes as meta-ecosystems: Connecting marine subsidies to dune ecosystem functions on the U.S. Pacific Northwest coast
Summary: Vanessa is a coastal ecologist passionate about finding ways to couple science with policy for the development of practical solutions to complex environmental problems. Her dissertation research explored the role of marine subsidies in invasive beachgrass growth and the significance of this relationship for coastal protection along the U.S. Pacific Northwest coast. Throughout her graduate program, Vanessa also pursued opportunities in science communication and interdisciplinary collaboration, delving deeply into the role of science in policy, management, and public understanding. Vanessa is particularly interested in using scientifically-grounded and stakeholder-informed strategies to build coastal adaptive capacity. She received her BS in Natural Resources from Cornell University in 2014 and her PhD in Integrative Biology from Oregon State University in 2019. Currently, she is a NOAA Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellow in the Office U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).

Future Speakers

August 18, 2020, 7:30 PM Rear Admiral Timothy Gallaudett, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Deputy Administrator of NOAA  
August 25, 2020, 7:30 PM Dr. Liz Harvey, University of New Hampshire  
September 1, 2020, 7:30 PM Dr. Daniel Pauly, University of British Columbia  
September 8, 2020, 7:30 PM Dr. Maya deVries, San Jose State University  
September 15, 2020, 7:30 PM Dr. Robin Hadlock Seeley and Dr. Nate Hamilton  
September 29, 2020, 7:30 PM Dr. Hal Weeks  
October 8, 2020, 12:00 PM Hannah Webber, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park  
October 22, 2020, 12:00 PM Dr. Mike Sigler, NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center  
November 5, 2020, 12:00 PM Dr. Brian Cheng, UMass Amherst  
November 19, 2020, 12:00 PM Dr. Ester Quintana-Rizzo, Boston University  
December 3, 2020, 12:00 PM Dr. Nishad Jayasundara, University of Maine, School of Marine Sciences  

Past Seminars

Owen Nichols: Community-based Collaborative Fisheries Research: Fishermen and Scientists Working Together
Dr. Aaron Rice: Calling Whales and Chorusing Fishes as Sentinels of Human Influence on Marine Ecosystems
Michelle Staudinger: The impacts of warming due to climate change in the Gulf of Maine ecosystem
Dr. Willy Bemis: Rachel Carson and the Gulf of Maine, with comments on Woods Hole, MA

Seabirds of NH - Dr. Liz Craig

Dr. Ian Hewson: Red herrings, misleading results and redefining a disease: Sea star wasting in a changing ocean
Dr. Brian Silliman: Sea Rescue: Marine species partnerships restoring our coastal ecosystems
Dr. Jarrett Byrnes: Understanding Changes in Kelp Forest Around the World and Around Appledore