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Former REU Publishes Research

S. Alejandra Castillo Cieza was an REU in Co-PI Rachel Stanley’s chemistry lab at Wellesley College in 2020 and 2021. It wasn’t just a pandemic pushing Alejandra to dig deeper into data analysis and lab work.  She’s driven to unraveling data-driven stories and sharing them as she is now pursuing her PhD in Biology at…

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Undergraduate students present research on the Northeast U.S. Shelf ecosystem

This summer the Northeast U.S. Shelf Long-Term Ecological Research (NES-LTER) project hosted three undergraduate researchers in Woods Hole. All three presented posters at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)’s annual summer student poster symposium held on August 10, 2023. Victoria Abunaw, a rising senior in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University, participated in WHOI’s Summer…

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Data Jam Creativity Continues into 2022-23

In our fifth consecutive year of Data Jamming as part of education and outreach for the Northeast US Shelf Long Term Ecological Research (NES-LTER) project, we are pleased to announce the winners! From 30 full Data Jam projects (116 students) and 6 Mini Jam projects (23 students), 3 high schools, and 2 middle schools– we commend…

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ASM is where the LTER Network shines

Four years ago, when our team attended the LTER Network All Scientists’ Meeting (ASM), we were “newbies”, only a year into playing our role in this long term network of researchers.  After an extra 1-year delay of the meeting, our team returned with more attendees, more connections, more posters, more workshops, and more appreciation. Our…

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Data Jam 2021-22 Jammin’ more than ever

word cloud of titles and project types for this year's Data Jam

120 students and 38 projects from grades 7 through 12 generated raps, a symphony, dancing scallops and wind and satellites, claymation, cupcake data points, board games, poems, comic strips, and puppet shows. Students used 13 different datasets from the provided Data Jam datasets and entertained 17 judges from the NES research team for days. While…

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Scallop Balance- Modeling for Management

Model results of Scallop Scope for Growth, for Jan-Feb and Mar-Apr with color scale above

In the recent publication of Fisheries Oceanography, Zhengchen Zang et al. share their sea scallop scope for growth (SFG) model. Scallop energy dynamics depend on the spatial and seasonal variability on the Northeast US Shelf. The scallop SFG model is therefore driven by high-resolution hydrodynamic and biological models and provides key information about scallop growth…

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L&O Letters- When It’s Spring in the Gulf of Maine

Bar chart with Years 2001-2016 on y-axis and months Feb-Jun on x-axis showing 4 patterns of the duration and timing of bloom patterns

In a recent publication to Limnology and Oceanography Letters, Zhengchen Zang et al. share work on the role of silicate in the Gulf of Maine. In this study, they employed an artificial neural network method to identify the spring blooms from satellite images and reconstructed the spring bloom magnitude with strong interannual variability. This study…

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Ask a Scientist- Dr. Rubao Ji, Tue Jan 25

The North Atlantic Right Whales depend upon a rich diet of copepods during their summer months in the Gulf of Maine and along the Northeast US Shelf. Understanding and predicting how changes in the ecosystem might affect the food chain leading up to these endangered whales is critical. Dr. Rubao Ji at the Woods Hole…

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Ask a Scientist– series debut Dec 16, 2021

Ask a Scientist question overlaid on satellite image

Because we value data literacy, the NES-LTER is debuting a new webinar series with a new format! What: Ask a Scientist– Phytoplankton Fingerprinting: a DataJam dataset and its creator When: Thursday, Dec 16, 3:30-4:40 EST With Whom: PhD Candidate, Diana Fontaine, URI-GSO For Whom: NES-LTER Schoolyard Educators (you may sign up if you haven’t already) In this free one hour…

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Creativity and Data Literacy– Together in a Jam!

NES Data Jam logo

While not all learners will become data scientists, they will all become data users and consumers. Visualizing, analyzing, and making decisions based on data are skills essential to 21st-century living: necessary for both work and personal life. The LTER Schoolyard program from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is once again offering its Data Jam which emphasizes creativity in presenting data. Doing the Data…

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