Thursday, December 9, 2010

Climate Change lecture tonight

Tonight I'll be doing a reprise of my lecture on Climate Change and its relevance for Nantucket.

"What is Climate Change and What Does it Mean for Nantucket?
Thursday, Dec 9. 6:30-8:30pm @ the Greenhound Building (Downtown NRTA bus terminal building near Wilkes Square)

Description: Marine Biogeochemist, Dr. Sarah Oktay, describes the current understanding of climate change science and explores the ways in which Nantucket, both the island and its inhabitants, may be affected.  (No charge)

For about 10 years during my research career in Galveston and in Boston I worked on identifying the sources for organic matter in the ocean using iodine isotopes. [one of several articles from that research, abstract only]:

I would also recommend you check out this video: "What's the worse that can happen" also known virally as The Most Terrifying Video You'll Ever See

Pictures of the day; Bob Prescott [Director of Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary on Cape Cod; Bob is also Massachusetts coordinator for the Northeast Sea Turtle Stranding Network] dissected this male loggerhead turtle here at the field station on November 30 with the rapt attention of the Lighthoouse School students and assistance from the Marine Mammal Stranding Team. It was extremely cold, loggerhead had been frozen for quite some time and there was hermit crabs in its stomach.


Sunday, December 5, 2010

"Stroll" barrelling down on Nantucket

Stroll weekend is one of the nicest times to be on Nantucket. Check out this video to see what I mean. This is also the last weekend for 2010 for the Nantucket Clean Team to spring into action as we met Saturday morning bright and early at 800 at the Grand Union ("A&P") parking lot downtown to remove any shreds of trash before Santa arrived. WE got about 1/3 of a trick full before Sybille arrived with her huge haul from various parts of the island. The Nantucket Field Station is one of the primary sponsors of the Nantucket Clean Team and I have been lucky enough to be a co-captain with Bill Connell (the founder) and Grant Sanders ( for 5+ years.

Last, but not least, check out this flash mob that showed up at Stroll (video courtesy of GenoTV)