The May meeting of the Marine and Oceanographic Technology Network (MOTN) will be held at Tabor Academy, Lillard Hall, 245 Front Street in Marion, MA, on May 6 at 5:30 PM. Tabor Academy is a private boarding and day high school located on the shores of Sippican Harbor. The school enjoys a strong Marine and Nautical Science program with several important emerging research partnerships. As the host, Tabor faculty and students are eager to share some of their work with MOTN members and guests. The meeting is free and open to the public.
Jay Cassista, Director of Marine Sciences at Tabor Academy, will give a quick introduction and overview of the marine science courses, initiatives, and research endeavors at the School by the Sea.
Dr. John Crosby, Jaeger Chair in Marine Sciences at Tabor Academy, will share a summary of Tabor’s ongoing research into the mortality and recovery of important reef-building corals in the Caribbean. Included will be an overview of their most recent fieldwork in the Bahamas to build a coral nursery, and what steps are being taken to improve disease resistance in newly planted reefs.
Rich Arena, a graduate student at UMASS Dartmouth’s School for Marine Science & Technology (SMAST), will discuss his research with OCEANOL, Ocean Observation Laboratory, and the collaboration with Tabor Academy senior Sophie Banas who will present her work with Rich for her senior capstone project.
The researchers in the Ocean Observation Laboratory (OCEANOL) seek to better understand coastal ocean processes by integrating modern ocean observations with numerical ocean modeling. Measurements from moorings, coastal high-frequency (HF) radar sites, ocean gliders, shipboard surveys, operational satellite imagery, and meteorology are integrated into their studies of various coastal ocean and estuarine domains including the Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank, the New England Shelf, and the Mid-Atlantic Bight (MAB).
Sophie will be analyzing the data taken from the ocean gliders and looking for correlations between the saw-tooth diving pattern of the glider and the similar swimming pattern of the loggerhead turtle. Sophie will spend time during the school day at Tabor crunching data as well as meeting at the School for Marine Science and Technology with Richard Arena each week.
Finally, two of Tabor Academy’s seniors will share ways they have supported the school’s Marine Science initiatives. Tabor senior Anna Douglas will describe the work she is doing to support Dr. Crosby and the school’s REEF initiatives in nursery and coral mapping with data, a gene expression study that will isolate RNA to transcribe into DNA from preserved tissue, and growing staghorn coral in the school’s wet lab to research their resistance to different coral diseases. Kellie Navarro, also a senior at Tabor, will share the successful aquaponics system she built in her engineering class along with lesson plans she developed to extend her passion for sustainability and environmental conservation to middle school students in New Bedford through the study of aquaculture, hydroponics, and aquaponics.
Come learn about these engaging projects and how Tabor Academy is participating with local researchers, as well as directing their own initiatives right here in their amazing facilities on Buzzards Bay and beyond.