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Ocean sunfish and marine wildlife stranding on Cape Cod

Carol “Krill” Carson, New England Wildlife Alliance

April 16 | 5:30 PM, Zoom

Learn about the ocean sunfish rescue and research activities that are conducted each fall and early winter by NECWA staff, interns and trained members of our Team Mola group. Hear about how you can become part of this community effort to rescue live ocean sunfish that strand along our Cape Cod shores and/or help document dead animals that wash ashore. Krill will review what we know about this very unusual fish, as well as what we don’t know. All of this information is used to better understand the biology and ecology of the ocean sunfish in New England waters.


Double-crested cormorant nests:  What can they tell us about debris pollution in our local environment?

Lisa Sette, CCS Rescue Assistant/Seal Project Manager

April 30 | 5:30 PM, Zoom

Biologist Lisa Sette has been at the Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) since 2007. She currently directs seal research at CCS and is a founding and active member of the Northwest Atlantic Seal Research Consortium (NASRC).

Last summer on route to seal surveys in Provincetown Harbor and Cape Cod Bay, the Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) Seal Program noted that many of the double-crested cormorant nests on the Town Breakwater use debris as nesting material. Come join CCS biologist Lisa Sette and hear about the collaborative project that evolved from these preliminary observations.


Squid Pro Quo: Fishermen & Scientists Working Together to Study Cephalopods from Cape Cod to the Dominican Republic

Owen Nichols, CCS Director of Marine Fisheries Research

5/14 at 5:30 PM, Zoom

Owen Nichols, Director of Marine Fisheries Research at the Center for Coastal Studies, will talk about his work studying squid around Cape Cod and during a 2018 expedition to the Dominican Republic. Owen will describe how fishermen and scientists are working together in both places to study these animals, focusing on their fascinating natural history and the people studying and harvesting them.


Cape Cod Catboats

Stan Grayson, Author

May 19 | 5:30pm, Zoom

Stan is widely known for his books and articles about American yachting and small-craft history, and the American automobile and marine engine industries. Stan has had a career that has included stints as a newspaper reporter, photographer, and automotive industry consultant, but most notably as a writer. He is the author of many articles and books. Prior to A Man for All Oceans, Stan completed a biography of famed yacht designer and racer Raymond Hunt. His work has appeared in “Automobile Quarterly,” “Nautical Quarterly,” and WoodenBoat magazine, among other publications. Among his best-known works are:

  • Cape Cod Catboats
  • A Genius at His Trade
  • The Wianno Senior Story
  • A Century on Nantucket Sound
  • WoodenBoat article, “The Musketaquid Mystery: In Search of Thoreau’s Boat”


Building the Cape Cod Catboat

Geoff Marshall, Marshall Marine

May 26 |  5:30pm, Zoom

Geoff Marshall is the owner of Marshall Marine located in South Dartmouth and builds the 18-foot Sanderling, Marshall 22 and the 15-foot Sandpiper which many of you have become familiar with here at PBCB. The Marshall family has a long history revitalizing the popularity of the catboat and revolutionizing its production. The sheer number of boats built by Marshall Marine is a testament to their success. Geoff will talk about boat handling and boat building.
Q&A format will be used here.  We welcome any questions you would like to ask Geoff.


Weather on Pleasant Bay

William Ryan

June 2  | 5:30pm, Zoom

Bill is an Affiliate Assistant Research Professor at Penn State University and has been a leader in air quality forecasting in the mid-Atlantic for many years. He developed the first operational ozone forecast models for the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan areas in 1993, extending to Philadelphia in 1996. He has been an operational air quality forecaster in the mid-Atlantic, for both ozone and fine particles, since 1995. He has also provided technical analysis and advice to the State of Maryland on subjects ranging from photochemical modeling to data trend analysis in support of State Implementation Plan (SIP) development. He is a member of the Air Quality Forecasters Focus Group that provides technical feedback to the developers of the NOAA National Air Quality Forecast Capability (NAQFC) and, in 2010, was named the EPA AIRNow “Partner of the Year” at the EPA National Air Quality Conference.

This will be a Q&A format. Please send in your weather questions for a lively discussion. Now’s your chance to ask an expert!

We welcome your curiosity!  Please submit any and all questions you may have for these speakers to info@pbcb.cc with subject line:  Speaker Series Questions.


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