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Essential Eelgrass: Ecology of a Vital Resource in Maine's Coastal Waters
Date: 03/08/12 3:30 pm ET - 03/08/12 4:30 pm ET
Location: Online Webinar
Attendance: Science teachers and others interested in marine environments

You are invited to join us for a webinar entitled Essential Eelgrass: Ecology of a Vital Resource in Maine's Coastal Waters on Thursday March 8th from 3:30-4:30 pm to learn from eelgrass expert Dr. Hilary Neckles about the ecology of eelgrass, its range, its services, its threats, and efforts to preserve it in the state of Maine. She will make a presentation referencing a concept map that will be made available as a research, curriculum development, or teaching tool! There will be plenty of time for questions and answers following Dr. Neckle’s presentation.

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Dr. Hilary Neckles: A Brief Biography

Dr. Neckles has worked as a coastal research ecologist with the US Department of the Interior for 23 years, the past 13 of which have been in Maine. She works within the Biological Resources Discipline of the US Geological Survey. Her professional responsibility, broadly defined, is to provide information needed by coastal resource managers and decision makers in the Department of the Interior and other organizations with regulatory or management interest in coastal environments. Her research focuses on understanding and predicting responses of estuarine and wetland systems to various anthropogenic and natural stressors. Recent areas of emphasis include quantifying relationships between nutrient loading and the integrity of seagrass ecosystems on Mt. Desert Island, determining the impacts of some common commercial fishing practices on New England eelgrass habitats, and developing appropriate indicators and approaches for seagrass and estuarine ecosystem monitoring and assessment at local and regional scales. Her earlier research experience includes investigations of seagrass ecosystems in Chesapeake Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. She received a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Massachusetts, a M.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in Marine Science from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

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Find out more about MDIBL's Environmental Education Programs

This webinar is sponsored by MDI Biological Laboratory with funding and support from US EPA NE-96152801 and COSEE-OS.

Contact Name: Jane Disney (MDIBL)
Contact Phone: (207) 288-9880 x423
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