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Volume 7 Issue 1
September 2012

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Corporate Highlights

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Cathy Morey has completed her Certificate
in Applied Project Management

We are pleased to announce that Cathy Morey earned a Certificate in Applied Project Management from the Boston University Corporate Education Group, and is now the Woods Hole Group Project Management Coordinator.

The Corporate Education Group (CEG), originally founded at Boston University, is a provider of corporate training and consulting services in project management, business analysis, business process management, leadership and management.

The certificate program is designed to help participants acquire the skills necessary for mastering the project life cycle and managing projects of all sizes. Cathy completed nine different courses to gain the certificate.

Cathy plans to sit for the PMP Exam this Fall and will be joining the PMI (Project Management Institute). Cathy will be helping Woods Hole Group refine its project management policies and procedures by providing tools and programs to project team members.

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People on the Move

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Woods Hole Group is pleased to announce the hiring of the following individuals so far in 2012!
Hover over each name for additional information.

emerson

Mr. Emerson Hasbrouck is a coastal geologist and licensed Professional Geologist working as a Coastal Scientist with Woods Hole Group. He specializes in coastal and marine geology, coastal sediment dynamics and applied high-resolution geophysics. Emerson earned a B.S. in Geology from Northeastern University (2004), and a M.S. in Geology from University of North Carolina Wilmington (2007) where he studied the origin and evolution of coastal barriers and tidal inlet morphodynamics. Mr. Hasbrouck has extensive field experience deploying and recovering of a wide array of marine instrumentation. Emerson’s previous work includes marine surveyor, GIS technician, coastal researcher, marine community educator, and fisheries field agent. His past projects include tidal inlet and coastal erosion mapping of Mason Inlet, NC; coastal land management for the Town of Holden Beach, NC; obstruction and subsurface mapping of the Harlem River, NY; sediment sampling and environmental monitoring in New Bedford Harbor MA, and hydrodynamic data collection in Lake Erie OH. Mr. Hasbrouck has two published works, “The impact of Tidal Inlet Closure and Shoreline armoring on Barrier Spit Planform Changes” and “The impact of a Shellfish Nursery on Ambient Chlorophyll”. Emerson Hasbrouck will be working in the Falmouth office as a Coastal Scientist, under the direction and management of David Walsh.

chuck

 Chuck Martin has joined Woods Hole Group Falmouth as an Oceanographic Electronics Technician. Chuck is a six-year United States Navy veteran as an electronics technician for the Meteorology and Oceanography Command.

john

Dr. Brawley is a Senior Marine Systems Ecologist at the Woods Hole Group. He has more than 20 years of experience working in marine aquatic sciences. He earned a B.A. in political science and philosophy from the University of Vermont, a M.A. in coastal hydrology from Boston University, and a Ph.D. in marine and estuarine systems ecology from the Univerity of Maryland. His background includes applied technical work, project management, and business development responsibilities. His research has focused on marine systems ecology, modeling of coastal/marine ecosystems, and aquaculture. His technical and project management experiences include marine and estuarine water quality and habitat studies, shellfish aquaculture, hydrologic studies, total maximum daily load (TMDL) analyses, marsh/wetland restoration, shellfish pathogen studies, watershed modeling, hazardous waste site assessment, development of water quality monitoring programs, international development projects, and various public and private engineering projects. Dr. Brawley has served as both senior scientist and operations manager for nationally known environmental consulting firms and was co-owner of a small consulting practice, Saquish Scientific, prior to joining Woods Hole Group in 2012. He started a shellfish farm in Duxbury, MA in 2006 that continues to grow oysters and bay scallops under the Island Creek Oyster brand name. Dr. Brawley is part of a research team that has designed and constructed a working shellfish hatchery in Zanzibar, Tanzania and is responsible for developing shellfish nursery and growout methods in a series of small coastal villages there. He has also designed and constructed a shellfish hatchery in Duxbury, MA where he is working with colleagues to develop disease-resistant shellfish for local and regional aquaculture production. Dr. Brawley has published a number of peer-reviewed articles covering various aspects of coastal biogeochemical processes and systems ecology, and he collaborates with colleagues at research universities, governmental agencies and scientific societies. He is President-Elect of the New England Estuarine Research Society (NEERS). He lives and works in Duxbury, MA where he an appointed member of the Duxbury Bay Management Commission and the Duxbury Shellfish Advisory Committee.John Brawley  will be working in the Falmouth office. John will have split duties, working as Senior Marine Systems Ecologist and supporting overall business development.

elise

Ms. Elise Leduc is a coastal scientist with experience in coastal environmental management, geospatial analysis, shoreline change analysis, wetland and resource area delineation, environmental impact analyses, ecological risk assessment, conservation prioritizations, field and water quality sampling, and Massachusetts environmental regulations. Ms. Leduc earned a Master’s in Environmental Management from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment where she studied coastal environmental management, geospatial analysis, wetland ecology and restoration, and coastal and environmental law and policy. She has conducted multiple shoreline change analyses in support of regional coastal development and regional sediment management planning, and has worked on interdisciplinary coastal management projects, including compiling a Beach Management Plan for public beaches in one Cape Cod town.Elise Leduc will be working in the Falmouth Office as a Coastal Scientist, under the direction and management of Leslie Fields. Elise earned her B.A. in Biology and Environmental studies from Williams College, and her Masters in Environmental Management (M.E.M) from Duke University.

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Mr. Arden Herrin received a M.S. in Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering from the University of Florida in 2012, and a Bachelor of Science with a major in Civil Engineering from the same institution in 2010. His coursework focused on littoral processes, estuarine physics, water wave mechanics, fluid dynamics, groundwater flow, protective structure design and beach nourishment design. During his time at the University of Florida, Mr. Herrin conducted research on the erosion rates of cohesive soils using both the Soil Erosion Rate Flume (SERF) and the Rotating Erosion Testing Apparatus (RETA) for predicting Bridge Scour. Previous management experience has given Mr. Herrin the ability to communicate effectively with clients and stakeholders to determine their needs, and then to efficiently allocate resources to successfully complete projects.Arden Herrin will be working in the Falmouth office as a Coastal Engineer, under the direction and management of Nate Dill. Arden has a B.S. in Civil Engineering, as well as a M.S. in Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering.

Woods Hole Group Interns – Jimmy Doyle, Courtney Rocha & Molly McWilliams

Interns Jimmy Doyle, Courtney Rocha & Molly McWilliams

(left to right: Courtney Rocha, Jimmy Doyle, Molly McWilliams)

The Woods Hole Group 2012 Intern Program employed three aspiring students this year: Jimmy Doyle (University of Rhode Island); Courtney Rocha (University of Rhode Island); and Molly McWilliams (Cape Cod Community College).

Jimmy and Courtney worked in the Oceanography and Measurement Systems Department this summer under the guidance of Bruce Magnell, and Todd Morrison on the Hydro Kite Project, a device for collecting data from underwater instruments. Hydro Kite floats up to the surface, and transmits the data via radio waves. Courtney and Jimmy made the wooden model, and recently tested it at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in the drag tank.

Molly is currently working on her internship under the guidance of Bob Hamilton in the Marketing Department. She has collaborated on a variety of marketing deliverables and website updates for the company. Also, under the guidance of Cathy Morey/Newsletter Producer & Editor, Molly has been working on the Woods Hole Group Newsletter. She helped freshen the design of the templates and develop the September 2012 issue for delivery.

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Conferences

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Woods Hole Group Scientists & Engineers on the Conference Circuit - 2012

For more information, click the conference images.

Dr. Bruce Magnell and David Szabo attended the Ocean International 2012 Conference in London, England on March 13-15, 2012.

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Dr. Bruce Magnell and David Szabo attended the OTC 2012 Conference in Houston, TX on April 30 - May 3, 2012.

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Woods Hole Group was a Gold Sponsor for the event and Bob Hamilton attended the SAME Boston Post 2011 Annual Spring Meeting - Scholarship Dinner in Newton, MA on May 10, 2012.

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A. Todd Morrison attended the OCEANS '12 IEEE Yeosu conference in Yeosu, Korea on May 21-24, 2012.

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Woods Hole Group exhibited at the EnergyOcean International 2012 Conference in Danvers, MA on June 19-21, 2012. Bob Hamilton, Robert Catalano, and John Brawley attended the conference as exhibitors and participants to a number of the conference offerings.

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Nathan Dill and John Brawley attended the State of the Coast 2012 Conference in New Orleans, LA on June 25-27, 2012 .

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Bob Hamilton presented at the 2012 New England & North Atlantic Regional Training Conference in Portland, ME on June 25-27, 2012.

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Look for us this Fall 2012 at the following conferences...

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ASBPA 2012 National Coastal Conference
(Dr. Lee Weishar and Tara Marden)
Presentation Title: The Role of Coastal Processes and Shoreline Geomorphology in the Design of Two Small Coastal Bank Restoration Projects
San Diego, CA
October 9-12, 2012

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6th National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration Exhibiting in Booth #414
(Dr. Lee Weishar, Bob Hamilton, and Kirk Bosma)
Presentation Title: Measuring the Flux of Contaminants at a Tidal Inlet-Lessons Learned and Utility for Restoration/ Remediation Planning
Tampa, FL
October 20-25, 2012

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Dredging 2012
(Dr. Jerry Cura and Leslie Fields)
Presentation Title: Evaluation of Dredged Material Placement in the Long Island Sound Region
San Diego, CA
October 22-25, 2012

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SETAC North America 33rd Annual Meeting
(Dr. Jerry Cura will be attending)
San Diego, CA
November 11-15, 2012

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Woods Hole Group in the Community

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Woods Hole Group Awarded the Coastal America Partnership Award
by the United States Department of Commerce.

Woods Hole Group supported the Stony Brook Project Team, which received the President’s Coastal America Partnership Awards. The award is the only one of its kind presented by the Obama Administration for environmental restoration partnerships that make a significant contribution to the restoration and protection of the Nation’s coastal environment.

An award ceremony was held on September 21 at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster adjacent to the Stony Brook marsh system. Funds were secured through a combination of sources including a federal stimulus grant to NOAA and the Town of Brewster. Woods Hole Group completed the field data collection and numerical modeling to evaluate and recommend engineering alternatives for restoring flow and optimizing salt marsh restoration. The project restored tidal flow, and is restoring 41 acres of salt marsh along with 3,000 ft of fish passage to nearly 400 acres of spawning habitat in 5 ponds.

Key members of the project team included the NOAA Restoration Center as the lead agency, Town of Brewster Department of Natural Resources, Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration, the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, and the Museum. Project support was contributed by the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, US Fish and Wildlife Service, MA Department of Transportation, numerous stakeholders in Brewster, and CLE Engineering completed the final engineering design. For more information about the Coastal America Partnership Awards and the project, click here.

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COASTSWEEP 2012

Wood Hole Group is participating in COASTSWEEP 2012!

COASTSWEEP is part of an annual event to raise awareness of marine debris and clean beaches from Boston to Bimini. The International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is sponsored by Ocean Conservancy and brings hundreds of thousands of volunteers to beaches, lakes, and streams worldwide to remove trash and other marine debris and collect data on the specific types of debris being found.

In Massachusetts, volunteers have been pitching in to clean up stretches of beaches, marshes, the seafloor, and riverbanks since 1987 as part of COASTSWEEP.

If you would like to help, please join us at Town Neck Beach in Sandwich, MA on October 13, 2012 at 1PM (Rain Date: October 14th).

Questions? Please email Marci Tyldesley and Catherine Morey. Thank you!

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2012 Pan-Mass Challenge

On August 4-5, 2012 our own Kirk Bosma and Luke Sabella took the pavement this summer and rode in the 2012 Pan-Mass Challenge to help raise money for life-saving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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Corporate Sponsors for Falmouth Commodores

Woods Hole Group was a Corporate Sponsor for the Falmouth Commodores, July 7, 2012. It was another great game this year!

The weather cooperated and all the staff with family members who attended had a great time...the event was kicked off by Lucas Johnson throwing the first pitch like a pro! Great Job Lucas!

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Relay for Life of Wareham

Nadine Sweeney participated in the Relay for Life of Wareham, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, on June 15-16, 2012.

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Woods Hole Group has developed a new crowdsourcing app.

"Fish-Kill" app tracks fish killings in Buzzards Bay.

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