Rock Talk Seminar Series
Our Rock Talk Seminar Series is a long-standing and well-loved tradition at SML. Historically, faculty members and guest speakers would gather with students on Appledore Island's rocky shoreline (giving the Rock Talk series its name) to present on a wide range of topics related to natural history, ecology, biology, and more. To stay connected with our community following the pandemic, we transitioned our Rock Talks online and have featured guest speakers from across the country. Below you will find a list of upcoming speakers, as well as past seminar recordings. Please note that you must register for these talks ahead of time, and all registration links will be shared on this page. We look forward to seeing you at a future Rock Talk!
NEXT SPEAKER: DR. KATHY MILLS
Talk Title: Climate change, adaptation, and resilience in Northeast U. S. fishing communities
Talk Description: Ocean waters on the Northeast U. S. continental shelf have warmed rapidly in recent years, and climate models project this warming to continue. Associated changes in species distributions and productivity are already affecting fishing communities, as they face declines in traditionally-fished species and the appearance of emerging species in their fishing areas. The local impacts of these changes depend on the nature and rate of ecosystem change, patterns of dependence on marine resources, and adaptation capacity and choices. This talk will describe some of the changes occurring in the Northeast U. S. shelf ecosystem and their effects on fisheries in the region. It will also characterize how these changes are testing and demonstrating the resilience of certain regional fisheries and how others are planning to adapt to climate-driven species shifts.
Bio: Dr. Katherine Mills is a research scientist at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, Maine. She earned her Ph.D. in Natural Resources at Cornell University. As a quantitative fisheries ecologist, Kathy studies marine ecosystem changes and fish-ecosystem-fishery relationships with a focus on the Gulf of Maine and Northeast US Shelf regions. Specifically, her research investigates (1) how physical and ecosystem conditions are changing; (2) how these changes affect fish populations, biological communities, and marine fisheries; and (3) how fisheries and fishing communities can effectively respond.
2021 SPEAKER LINEUP
|JUNE 3RD, 2021|
|JUNE 10TH, 2021|
|JUNE 17TH, 2021||Dr. Lauren Divine – Addressing Arctic climate change through tribally-led monitoring programs|
|JUNE 24TH, 2021|
|JULY 1ST, 2021||
|JULY 8TH, 2021|
|JULY 15TH, 2021|
|JULY 22ND, 2021||
|JULY 29TH, 2021|
Please note: We will be adding more guest speakers to this lineup, so be sure to check back!
Marine Biology & Fisheries Management
All That Live Must Die: Exploring Microbial Mortality in the Ocean - Dr. Liz Harvey
NOAA Science &Technology: Accelerating Innovation in the 21st Century - Rear Admiral Timothy Gallaudet
Physiological Responses to Environmental Change: Insights from Polluted Lives of Atlantic Killifish - Dr. Nishad Jayasundara
Rockweed: Foundation Species, Harvestable Resource - Hannah Webber
The Global Impact of Fisheries and Global Warming on Marine Ecosystems - Dr. Daniel Pauly
Climate Change and Alaska Marine Ecosystems - Dr. Mike Sigler
Exploring Global Change in the Ocean - Dr. Brian Cheng
Sea Rescue: Marine Species Partnerships Restoring Our Coastal Ecosystems - Dr. Brian Silliman
The Impacts of Warming Due to Climate Change in the Gulf of Maine Ecosystems - Michelle Staudinger
Understanding Changes in Kelp Forests Around the World and Around Appledore - Dr. Jarrett Byrnes
History, Art, & Natural Sciences
Childe Hassam & Celia Thaxter on the Isles of Shoals - John Coffey
Childe Hassam and Diagnostic Rocks of Appledore - Dr. Hal Weeks
6000 Years of Shoals History Through Archaeology and Mapping - Dr. Robin Hadlock Seeley & Dr. Nathan Hamilton
Rachel Carson and the Gulf of Maine, With Comments on Woods Hole, MA - Dr. Willy Bemis