Effective communication and shared decision-making may lead to better outcomes for sustainability science teams working on collaborative research.
Communication affects project participants’ ongoing commitment to collaboration, their ability to combine different ideas and understand one another, and eventual project outcomes such as developing research methods, implementing new technologies, and enacting legislation.
A session at this year’s Maine Sustainability & Water Conference will look at how changes in coastal water quality are affecting – or projected to affect – beaches and shellfish beds in Maine and New Hampshire. Led by NEST researchers Kathleen Bell, UMaine and Kevin Gardner, UNH, presenters will discuss what new tools, methods, data, and collaborative approaches are available to help anticipate changes, understand the impacts of these changes, and guide regional and local responses to these changes.
“Jackie Lemaire is such a good example of what community colleges can do for bright, motivated students,” said Leslie Barber a biological science professor at Great Bay Community College. “Relatively quickly, she discovered a talent for sciences: something that our faculty also noticed. We encouraged her to pursue a major in the area of biological science, and to consider joining one of our research projects." She is currently working on a NH EPSCoR internship under Dr. Stephen Jones at UNH, testing oysters in Great Bay for the vibrio bacteria as part of the NEST project.
Maine and New Hampshire are working hard at understanding and combating the growing threat of fecal bacterial contamination and naturally occurringVibrio pathogens. In an effort to manage the threat, both Maine and New Hampshire close thousands of acres of clam flats every year, but this severely harms the states economies. A new multi-institutional research project funded by the National Science Foundation to Maine EPSCoR and New Hampshire EPSCoR seeks to both better understand and find solutions to the scourge plaguing these crucial fisheries.
Researchers, faculty, students, project coordinators, and volunteers are welcome to a UNH campus seminar, "Choosing and Using Citizen Science: Methods for Engaged Environmental Research" on Wednesday, November 12, 12:30 - 2:30 pm in Room 320 Gregg Hall at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.
Most people know water runs downhill from mountain to sea. But they may not be aware of what gets picked up along the way, things like human waste, animal feces and storm water full of nutrients and pesticides from farm fields.
Registration is now open for the Maine EPSCoR State Conference. The conference is free! Please complete the registration form here: http://umaine.edu/epscor/home/upcoming-events/
Maine EPSCoR State Conference
December 1, 2014
Wells Conference Center
7:30 am - 5 pm
Keynote Address: Ted Ames, MacArthur Fellow, fisherman and applied scientist
UNH's research associate professor Steve Jones is looking at environmental conditions that favor Vibrio parahaemolyticus, a pathogenic strain commonly found in oysters. He hopes to one day be able to tell fisherman when it is safe to harvest and when not to.