"The research opportunity has been invaluable for [undergraduate student Andy] Marion, an environmental studies major...
'I’ve been working with Dr. Burchsted since my first semester at Keene in fall 2014 and have been focusing mainly on this project, and I’ve learned so much from working with her, including developing my skills in field study, data management, communicating professionally about my work, and public speaking,' Marion said.
The NEST Safe Beaches and Shellfish Project paved the way to Emma Fox's future academic endeavors and, she says, really opened her eyes with respect to the opportunities and unique challenges with collaborative, cross-institutional research partnerships.
New Hampshire’s beautiful and highly rated 13 mile slice of the Atlantic coast is a popular vacation destination in New England. So how clean are its coastal beaches? This July, citizen scientist volunteers dodged sunbathers and boogie boarders as they blitzed the beaches looking for clues, collecting samples, and taking a water quality snapshot for researchers and beach managers at North Hampton State Beach (NHSB), Jenness, and Sawyer beaches.
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.