Corporate Highlights

Woods Hole Group proudly announces that Elise Leduc completed Wetland Delineator Training in June of 2015.

Elise completed a Basic Wetland Delineator Training course in June covering the use of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual. The course was taught by Ralph Tiner and the Institute for Wetland & Environmental Education and Research, Inc. ( and covered plant identification, hydric soil recognition and wetland delineation methods. The training also covered the Northcentral and Northeast Regional Supplement to the Corps Manual, which includes all of New York and New England. As a result, Woods Hole Group is excited to expand our in-house services to now include wetland delineation work. Congratulations, Elise!

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New Faces

Allisa Dalpe

Woods Hole Group was proud to welcome Allisa Dalpe to the Falmouth Office this summer as an intern. Allisa reported to Leslie Fields and Dave Walsh. Born and raised in Falmouth, Allisa is currently a rising senior at Connecticut College majoring in physics with a minor in Mathematics and Environmental Studies. She also is the lacrosse goalie. Good luck in the new school year Allisa and we hope to see you next summer.

Kyle Olejniczak

Woods Hole Group is proud to welcome Kyle Olejniczak to the Falmouth Office. Kyle will be reporting to Tara Marden as Coastal Scientist. Kyle comes to Woods Hole Group from Bucks County Pennsylvania and graduated from California State University Monterey Bay with a MS in Applied Marine and Watershed Science and his BS from Florida Institute of Technology in Oceanography.

Brittany Hoffnagle

Woods Hole Group is proud to welcome to the staff Brittany Hoffnagle. Brittany is Environmental Scientist reporting to Joe Famely. Brittany comes to us from York, Pennsylvania and graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a M.S. in Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies and a B.S. in Biology from Millersville University.

Mara Orescanin

Additionally, Woods Hole Group is proud to welcome Mara Orescanin to the Falmouth Office. Mara will be reporting to Kirk Bosma as a Coastal and Ocean Engineer. Mara comes to Woods Hole Group after successfully defending her Ph.D. in Ocean and Mechanical Engineering through the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography. She also has MS degrees in Geology and Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a BA in Physics from Carleton College.

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Woods Hole Group Scientists & Engineers on the Conference Circuit this Fall 2015...

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EBC 2015 Annual Meeting and EBEE Awards Celebration - Newton, MA - June 18, 2015.

The EBC Awards Celebration was attended by Robert Hamilton and Jerome Cura.

Each year, the Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC) recognizes companies, organizations and individuals for outstanding environmental / energy accomplishments in the promotion of a sustainable, clean environment through the EBEE Awards. The EBEE Awards are presented at the EBC’s Annual Award Celebration, held annually in June.

COPRI Conference

Coastal Structures or Solutions to Coastal Disasters Joint Conference - Boston, MA -
September 9-12, 2015.

Presenting: Kirk Bosma and Tara Marden
Exhibiting: Cathy Morey and Robert Hamilton

This conference will bring together professionals and practitioners from all parts of the world to discuss lessons learned from disasters and to propose solutions to reduce future impacts of coastal hazards.

Kirk Bosma’s Session: ”Storm Surge Risk Modeling in a Changing Climate: Assessing Impacts to Key Transportation Assets of the Central Artery System, Boston, MA” Tara Marden’s Session: “Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience — Barges Beach, Cuttyhunk, Town of Gosnold”

NSBPA Conference on New England Coastal Issues

First International Conference on Surface Transportation System Resilience to Climate Change & Extreme Weather - Washington, DC - September 16-18, 2015.

Presenting: Kirk Bosma, Senior Coastal Engineer

The conference will provide transportation professionals with information on emerging best practices and state of the art research results on how to adapt surface transportation networks to the potential impacts of climate change and extreme weather events. The conference will examine cost-effective and resilient decision making by State DOTs, MPOs, transit and other transportation agencies in planning and programming, capital improvements, and maintenance and operations.

Deep Offshore Technology

Deep Offshore Technology - Houston, TX - October 13-15, 2015.

Attending: Dave Szabo and Rafael Ramos

For 32 years Deep Offshore Technology (DOT) International has been showcasing pioneering technology that has been shaping the future of the deep and ultra-deepwater industry. DOT showcases the most innovative technologies in the deepwater oil and gas industry, and provides a forum to discuss the specific challenges associated with hostile & ultra deepwater environments.

ASBPA Coastal Conference

ASBPA National Coastal Conference: Broadening Coastal Perspectives - New Orleans, LA - October 14-16, 2015

Presenting: Lee Weishar, Senior Scientist, and Tara Marden, Coastal Geologist

ASBPA is the nation’s first organization to promote science-based policies for the preservation of coastal areas. The theme of the 2015 conference is “Broadening Coastal Perspectives”. The national coastal conference will provide an opportunity for all coastal stakeholders to learn together and develop collaborative networks and resources to promote best management practices to maintain and improve the health of our coasts.

The Annual MTS Houston BBQ - Houston, TX - October 29, 2015.

Exhibiting: Dave Szabo & Rafael Ramos

The 2015 Barbecue will be hosted by Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. at its dedicated thruster manufacturing facility. In addition to refreshments, a wonderful barbecue dinner, exhibits and social networking, there will also be door prizes and a silent auction. This is a great event and we expect several hundred participants. (Approximately 800 people attended last year's event).

Ocean Business 2015

SETAC North America 36th Annual Meeting - Salt Lake City, UT - November 1-5, 2015

Poster: Jerome Cura, Senior Environmental Scientist, and Elise Leduc, Coastal Scientist

SETAC is a not-for-profit, worldwide professional organization comprised of more than 6,000 individuals and institutions in l00 countries dedicated to the study, analysis and solution of environmental problems, the management and regulation of natural resources, research and development, and environmental education.

Deepwater Operations 2015

Deepwater Operations - Galveston, TX- November 3-5, 2015
Booth #720

Exhibiting: Dave Szabo, Rafael Ramos, and Cathy Morey

The Deepwater Operations Conference and Exhibition celebrated its 14th anniversary BIG this year with record attendance of 1,442. This growing event continued the tradition of excellence in addressing operational challenges in developing deepwater resources.

CERF 2015

CERF Biennial Conferences - Portland, OR - November 8-12, 2015

Presenting: Lee Weishar, Senior Scientist, and Kirk Bosma, Senior Coastal Engineer

The CERF 2015 scientific program offers four days of timely, exciting and diverse information on a vast array of estuarine and coastal subjects. Presentations will examine new findings within CERF’s traditional scientific, education and management disciplines and encourage interaction among coastal and estuarine scientists and managers.

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Woods Hole Group in the Community


Nadine Sweeney coordinated and participated in the Annual Upper Cape Relay for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society on June 19, 2015.

Thank you Nadine! You are an inspiration!


Woods Hole Group was the Corporate Sponsor for the Commodores game on Saturday, June 11, 2015. The event was kicked off with the first pitches being thrown by Avery Johnsen and Jack Collins. The weather was amazing and Falmouth won…go Commodores!

Look forward to seeing everyone again in 2016!

Luke Sabella continued his ride this year in the 2015 Pan-mass Challenge on August 1st. So proud of Luke and all the riders!

Thank you Horsley Witten Group for challenging the Woods Hole Group to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge this Fall. We gladly accepted and participated in the challenge on September 16th. To help keep such an amazing cause moving forward, we challenged Coastal Engineering Co. of Orleans, MA and they participated too. Thank you everyone for participating.


Woods Hole Group will host a COASTSWEEP beach clean-up at Town Neck Beach in Sandwich, MA again this year on Saturday, October 17, 2015.

The cleanup begins at 9am and typically goes until noon. If you are interested in participating, please contact Catherine Morey.

The clean-up is part of the COASTWEEP program, the Commonwealth’s annual coastal cleanup program organized by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management and the Urban Harbors Institute of the University of Massachusetts Boston. .

To learn more about COASTSWEEP, please Click Here


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