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Upcoming Meetings

November 20, 2019, 6:30 pm.
Nicholas Ray - Changing oyster populations and coastal biogeochemistry in New England
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Humans have dramatically changed the biogeochemistry and ecology of coastal ecosystems. The addition of excess nitrogen and phosphorus to coastal systems through sewage discharge, fertilizer runoff, and atmospheric depositions has driven an increase in eutrophication, the formation of harmful algal blooms and dead zones, and reduced the productivity of valuable fisheries. Concurrent with enhanced coastal nutrient loading, humans have decimated shellfish populations in due to overharvest, pollution, and the introduction of invasive species. Today, oyster reefs – once a dominant feature along many coastlines – have been reduced by 85% of their historic range globally. As filter-feeders, dense populations of oysters can regulate the biogeochemistry and ecology of coastal ecosystems, thus efforts to restore oyster habitat and develop the oyster aquaculture industry may help to remediate the impacts of excess nitrogen and phosphorus. Recently, New York City is attempting to return 1 billion oysters to the waters surrounding the city by 2035, and oyster aquaculture is practiced on every continent except Antarctica, with total global harvest of oysters raised in aquaculture exceeding 5438 million tonnes in 2016 – an 8% increase since 2014, yet the biogeochemical and ecological impacts of these changing populations remains unclear. My research is focused on how oysters influence coastal biogeochemistry, whether they can be used to help remove excess nutrients from coastal ecosystems, and the effect of changing oyster populations on future ecology and biogeochemical sustainability in New England estuaries.

Nick is a Ph.D. student at Boston University advised by Dr. Robinson Fulweiler. He is broadly interested in ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry, and his dissertation research is focused on how changes in oyster populations due to restoration and the growth of the oyster aquaculture industry will impact the biogeochemistry and ecology of coastal waters in New England.


December 18, 2019, 6:30 pm.
Member Share Event - Annual Members Share Event
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This annual show and tell is a great chance to catch up and see what adventures your fellow club members have been up to this year. There will be several short presentations by club members where they show highlights of a dive trip, or artifacts they found.

If you have any interesting stories, artifacts, or photos you would like to show, email Joy at programs@neadc.org


General Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month, at the New England Aquarium Conference Center (located on the first floor of the Harbor Garage). Click here for directions

Every month a lucky dive club member gets to dive in the NEAq's Giant Ocean Tank.


Social Hour Before the General Meeting

Join us at a local restraunt before the next General Meeting. Anytime after 5:30 and there should be a few members hanging around. Stop by for drinks, appetizers, dinner, or just to say hi.

We will pick the location a day or two before the meeting, and post it on Facebook, and on the website home page

These get-togethers are meant to help answer questions and talk with new or less active members. We'll tell you about the latest club news and hear about your interests in diving.

If you are an active member, please come out and help us greet people.

Hope to see you there!

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Officer meeting

First Wednesday of every month
Location: Varies

Every month there is also a meeting where the officers discuss club issues. It is held at a different place each month, usually at a member's house, restaurant or other informal setting.

It is open to the membership, and is the perfect opportunity to bring up issues directly to the board. if you would like to attend, ask an officer and they'll let you know the location for that month.

 



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