The Floating Classroom Has Landed on the Cape!

On July 19th, the Floating Classroom Research Vessel finally arrived on Cape Cod! The Friends of Pleasant Bay is busy outfitting the boat for use and the marina has now has installed engines, hydraulic steering, the solar panels, the lab table, and is waiting final fittings and testing.  It will have to undergo a float test and stress test over the next 10 days. Once it passes, the vessel will receive its final Coast Guard certificate and be ready for shakedown trips. We can’t wait to start offering science and research opportunities!
Photos by Bill Hayes and Sarah Griscom. 

Summer Speaker Series: Voyaging Transatlantic – Marine Science Under Sail with Dr. Audrey Meyer Wright

The Summer Speaker Series continues!
FRIDAY JULY 13th, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Marine science research has been performed under sail since the earliest sea voyages in 3200 B.C., continuing until 1964, when Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute retired their ocean research ketch, R/V Atlantis. Sea Education Association has returned to research under sail, and have expanded their mission worldwide. Learn about Dr. Meyer’s successes and challenges as she continues cutting-edge research under sail.
The Sea Education Association (creator of the Sea Semester programs for college and high school students) is an internationally recognized leader in undergraduate ocean education. Since 1971, they have equipped students with the tools to become environmentally literate leaders prepared to address the defining issue of the twenty-first century: the human impact on the environment.
Dr. Meyer received her B.S. in Geology from Stanford University, and her Ph.D. from University of California, Santa Cruz, in Earth Sciences.  She worked for the U.S. Geological Survey in the Pacific Marine Geology branch then continued to become part of operations and science management team at the international Ocean Drilling Program (formerly DSDP).  Dr. Meyer’s research interests span the distribution patterns and erosional and depositional processes of marine sediments; stratigraphy and evolution of ocean basins; paleoclimatology; evolution of coastal systems in response to natural and human-induced changes in environmental conditions. She is a leader in teaching science through investigative learning experiences for undergraduate students and has developed programs for teacher training in integrated Marine Sciences.

Summer Speaker Series: “The Life of Terns: Birds of Paradox” with Peter Trull, Author and Naturalist

Our Summer Speaker Series Continues!  July 6, 2018, 4:30-6:00 pm

The Arctic Tern is a special bird that travels incredible distances — it makes the journey from the Arctic to the Antarctic and back again every single year.
What’s even more impressive is the Arctic Terns’ size — it weighs just 100g (about the weight of 20 nickels!), has a body length of about one foot, and a wingspan of about two feet! Join Peter Trull as he weaves his story about these amazing birds and their important place in our local ecosystem.
Author Peter Trull has been involved in field research and education on Cape Cod for 40 years. He conducted field research in Guyana and Surinam, studying the market-trapping of Common and Roseate Terns, working with local bird trappers in several coastal villages. He served as Education Director at The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies and presently teaches at the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School. He has written six books on the Cape’s natural history, describing the lives of coywolves, cetaceans and his lifelong passion, birds. One reviewer of Mr. Trull’s most recently published book, The Gray Curtain notes: “Peter Trull is a world class naturalist and the go-to expert for all things wild on Cape Cod. In this fascinating book, he explores the complexity of cause and effect in a natural ecosystem as three of the ocean’s top predators converge on Cape Cod.” His newest book The Life of Terns – Birds of Paradox, will be released in 2019.