Top researchers, entrepreneurs, scholars, and policymakers from Massachusetts and Switzerland convened at Northeastern University on Friday for an energy summit, where participants discussed innovations and strategies to address climate change and a range of other global energy challenges.
Marine and Environmental Sciences
Assistant professor Loretta Fernandez has developed a straightforward method for determining the concentration of contaminants likely to end up in the tissues of organisms living in polluted waterways.
Last week, Northeastern researchers were joined by Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Stephen W. Director to converse with audience members at the Boston Museum of Science from a unique vantage point: the bottom of the ocean at the Aquarius Reef Base off Florida’s coast.
When animals must balance the fear of being eaten with their own need to feed, their decisions affect the entire ecosystem. New research from professor Geoff Trussell, who directs Northeastern’s Marine Science Center, suggests this effect is even more pronounced under future climate change scenarios.
Fish are not silent creatures. Just like the terrestrial world, there’s a veritable symphony of sound echoing under the sea. Indeed, the black drum fish was the subject of many a phone call to the Miami police back in 2005, when their midnight mating calls were waking up the locals.
Waterfront homeowners’ efforts represent hundreds of thousands of miniature conservation projects. Understanding how they tick is essential to urban coastal sustainability efforts, according to post-doctoral research fellow Steven Scyphers.
Graduate student Amanda Dwyer will lead a research project in conjunction with Mission 31, a monthlong underwater expedition led by Fabien Cousteau, in which she’ll examine the dynamics of zooplankton on coral reefs.
As part of a month-long underwater research mission, graduate student Allison Matzelle will lead a project studying the flow of energy through one of the oldest organisms in the world: the giant barrel sponge.
Allison Matzelle and Tanya Rogers are among 2,000 awardees from a pool of more than 14,000 applicants to the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship program, which aims to help ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States.
Jon Grabowski, associate professor of marine and environmental science, has been working with other fisheries scientists as well as economists, social scientists, and policy makers to determine the best strategies for dealing with the all of the Northeast region’s fisheries that impact habitat, which includes cod, haddock, cusk, scallops, clams and other fish that live near the sea floor and are of significant socioeconomic value to the region.