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Alice Besterman and Diana Brennan Kick Off Fall Webinar Series on 9/14

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

The countdown to the opening of the 2022 NE CASC Fall Webinar Series has begun! In just two weeks, NE CASC Postdoctoral Fellow Alice Besterman and Diana Brennan of the Bristol County Mosquito Control Project will deliver the first presentation of the academic year with their talk, "Buying Time with Runnels: A Climate Adaptation Tool for Salt Marshes." The webinar will begin at 4:00 PM ET on Wednesday, September 14th. Zoom connection will be available here by September 7th

This talk will outline how salt marshes across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic are experiencing rapid expansion of interior shallow water areas, which are "eating" marshes from the inside out. Runnels, or shallow channels created to drain impounded water, have recently been used by resource managers across the Northeast US to restore tidal hydrology and vegetation in these areas. In this webinar, Besterman and Brennan will describe the origin, dynamics, and prevalence of interior shallow water areas in coastal marshes, and how runnels attempt to slow and reverse open water conversion through hydrologic modification. They will then discuss the history of runnel application as a "win-win" for mosquito management and wetland restoration, promising outcomes and lessons learned from existing projects.

Following the opening talk by Besterman and Brennan, three other webinars will complete the fall schedule. They are listed below. Please join us for all of these exciting presentations!

October 19th, 4:00 PM
Caitlin Littlefield, Conservation Science Partners
John Scanlon, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation & Mass Wildlife
Identifying Trade-offs and Opportunities for Forest Carbon and Wildlife Using a Climate Change Adaptation Lens


November 9th, 4:00 PM
Jenica Allen, UMass Amherst
More Than the Sum of Their Parts? Interactions of Invasive Species and Other Environmental Change


December 14th, 4:00 PM
Matthew O'Donnell, USGS Eastern Ecological Science Center
Understanding Brook Trout Persistence in Warming Streams