2005 Workshop Agenda

Seventh Annual Workshop for Journalists
Coastal Impacts: Marine and Environmental Science for Journalists
June 13-17, 2005
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Day 1
Morning: Fieldwork and Lab Practicum
Measuring Water Quality in an Estuary

Overview of natural history, development and regulatory issues in the area. Take water samples, using sterile water bottles for indicator bacteria analyses, temperature and salinity measurements, using a YSI probe, and light penetration measurements, using a Secchi disk, at four stations.

Lecture and slide presentation
The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program’s Arctic Coring Expedition

Afternoon: Lab Practicum
Overview of estuarine ecology and water quality in Narrow River and the lab practicum. Examination of data from the Pettaquamscutt River estuary at three lab stations.

Public Lecture
Print Journalism on the Precipice
WALTER SHAPIRO, Political Journalist, Author of One-Car Caravan

Evening: Lecture
Environmental Health: Speaking to the Public through the Press
ROBERT VANDERSLICE, R.I. Department of Health


Day 2
Morning: Fieldwork and Lab Practicum
Assessing the State of Fisheries
Fisheries trawl, aboard Cap’n Bert. Sampling at Fox Island: identify species; fish count; log catch data; conduct plankton tow. Take measurements of surface and bottom water temperature.

Afternoon: Lab Practicum
Introduction to GSO fish trawl datasets in Excel, overview of ecosystems in Narragansett Bay, and application of the scientific method for explaining changes over time. Groups review catch records, explore trends and pursue possible explanations for changes. Groups synthesize data and prepare 10-minute scientific presentations using Powerpoint.

Public Lecture
Population Growth: The Forgotten Environmental Crisis
FRED MEYERSON, Ph.D., J.D., Georgetown University

Follow-up Lab Practicum
Counting bacteria and data analysis of Monday’s water samples. Present YSI data results, discuss interpretation of results.

Evening: Presentations
Role Reversal Exercise with Metcalf fellows, GSO scientists.


Day 3
Morning: Field Trip
The Economics of Fisheries, Point Judith, RI
Fishing for Dollars: Panel discussion of the evolution of fisheries in New England; fishing for dollars, how the market shapes fishing strategies; an overview of fishing from fishermen; and squid as an animal model to understand human physiology. Processing Squid for Sale: Tour of Town Dock, a squid processing plant.

Afternoon: Newswriting Clinic
Beyond the Facts
BRIAN C. JONES, Freelance; KAREN LEE ZINER, The Providence Journal

Public Lecture
Some Say By Fire: Climate Change and the American Response
Meet the Speaker

Evening: Lecture
Harmful Algal Blooms along the Coast of New England


Day 4
Morning: Fieldwork and Lab Practicum
The Migrating Shoreline: Measuring Coastal Erosion Orientation, discussion of geologic habitats of barriers and shoreline processes.
Obtain a beach profile, collect data for lab practicum, and look at shoreline changes.

Afternoon: Lab Practicum
Plot beach profile data and create long-term data set for Charlestown Beach in Excel.

Public Lecture
The Market-Based Approach to Environment
JOHN FIALKA, The Wall Street Journal

Evening: Lecture and Discussion
The Attack on Science
ALAN MCGOWAN, Eugene Lang College, New School University


Day 5
Morning: Roundtable Discussion
Ocean Issues and Public Policy
ELLEN K. PIKITCH, Pew Institute of Ocean Science, University of Miami RSMAS; CORNELIA DEAN, The New York Times; CHRISTOPHER REDDY, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Public Lecture
People and Fish: The Environmental Cost of Consumption
ELLEN K. PIKITCH, Pew Institute of Ocean Science, University of Miami RSMAS

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