Providence, RI – District Hall Providence and Rhode Island Sea Grant are excited to announce the fourth webinar — “Effects on the Food Web” — of a five-part event, the 17th Annual Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium on renewable offshore energy, “Offshore Renewable Energy in the US: Learning as We Go,” is taking place virtually on Zoom on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 from 9:00-10:30 AM.
Researchers will present from an ecological perspective how the changes created by offshore wind development affect the food web, with a focus on how this relates to fish as key elements in the food web. A bottom up perspective, will link how habitats and food web changes, including links to migration, reproduction, and species composition.
To lead this timely discussion, we are excited to welcome as presenters Jennifer McCann, Director of U.S. Coastal Programs at the University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center at the Graduate School of Oceanography and Director of Extension Programs for the Rhode Island Sea Grant College Program; Elizabeth T. Methratta, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Fisheries Science Center; Andrew Gill, Principal Scientist, Centre for Environment, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Science, United Kingdom; Jennifer Dannheim, Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany; George A. Maynard, Policy and Research Coordinator, Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance; and Dave Stevenson, Fishery Management Council Coordinator, Habitat and Ecosystem Services Division, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Join us for a morning exploring one of New England’s most thriving industries with seasoned experts of innovation in the field.
About District Hall Providence:
A platform for Rhode Island’s innovation community, District Hall Providence, and its signature programming, Venture Café Thursday Gatherings, are operated by Venture Café New England, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit. Designed to bring people together at every level, District Hall offers free public workspace lounges, as well as meeting and event space. Their mission is to educate and connect anyone with an idea to the resources and relationships they need in order to successfully launch and grow businesses. Learn more at www.districthallprovidence.org.
About the Baird Symposium:
The annual Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium provides a forum for researchers, resource managers, and stakeholders to discuss the most current science in various areas important to Rhode Island coastal communities and coastal and ocean environments. This forum was formed in 2002 and renamed in 2006 to honor former National Sea Grant Director Ronald Baird and his contributions and continued service to the Sea Grant mission as an advisor to the Rhode Island and National Sea Grant offices.
About the Rhode Island Sea Grant College Program:
The Rhode Island Seat Grant College Program is one of 34 programs in the National Sea Grant College Program working to enhance environmental stewardship and long-term economic development and responsible use of coastal and marine resources. Located at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, Rhode Island Sea Grant supports research, outreach, and education programs designed to foster the resiliency of local and regional communities and marine environments.
The URI Graduate School of Oceanography Coastal Resources Center (CRC) helps communities become more effective stewards of their coastal and marine resources. CRC partners with stakeholders to apply science and find solutions to societal issues. Working with communities, other universities, industry, and government, we respond to issues that matter and build the capabilities of our collaborators and ourselves. We are fortunate to have excellent partners.
About the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and Working Group on Marine Benthal and Renewable Energy Developments:
The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and Working Group on Marine Benthal and Renewable Energy Developments looks at benthal and renewable energy-related research, cause-effect relationships, and develops guidelines to aid future research. The aim of the group is to increase the scientific efficiency of benthal renewable energy-related research, to specify the various cause-effect relationships resulting from the construction and operation of offshore renewable energy installations, and to develop guidelines and an overview of existing data for cumulative impact research by future international collaboration. The outcomes will assist in improving monitoring concepts in the context of offshore renewable energy constructions and will also be set within the context of marine spatial planning strategies and future ecosystem-based management approaches.
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