September 20, 2012

Monitoring eelgrass, water quality and invasive species in Massachusetts. Brown Bag Seminar with Chris McIntyre, Environmental Scientist, MIT Sea Grant

Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: MIT E38-300

Bring your lunch and learn about coastal monitoring efforts

Eelgrass monitoring was conducted at eleven sites throughout Boston Harbor and along the north and south shore using underwater cameras, the AUV REX III, a light sensor, secchi disk and castaway CTD. Collected data will be used to compare study sites to determine how water quality has influenced the success of natural and recently restored eelgrass meadows. Invasive species monitoring was conducted to track the expansion of recently discovered species and to determine whether invasive species have negative impacts on eelgrass meadows.

About Chris McIntyre
Environmental Scientist Chris McIntyre joined MIT Sea Grant's team for the summer to collaborate with engineers of the REX II AUV in surveying eelgrass beds along the coast of Massachusetts. McIntyre, a Massachusetts native from Scituate, has worked as a research assistant for the Division of Marine Operations at UMASS Boston, and as a crew member for the City of Boston's Pumpout Boat. As part of the Green Boston Harbor Project, McIntyre studied how water quality influences biodiversity and dominance by marine non-native species in fouling communities throughout Boston Harbor. McIntyre holds a BA in environmental science from Saint Anselm College, and an MS in environmental science from UMASS Boston.

About the Brown Bag Lunch Series
MIT Sea Grant staff and students present projects, programs, research, and other topics in an informal setting to inform and inspire MIT colleagues and the wider community. The Brown Bag Lunch Series is a monthly event, and open to the public.

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Chris McIntyre utilizes an AUV with the coastal ecosystem monitoring effort.

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