2012 Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists

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Coastal Impacts: Global Change in Coastal Ecosystems

June 3-8, 2012
University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography

2012 Metcalf Institute Fellows gather on the Graduate School of Oceanography dock. Photo by Gretchen Ertl.


Metcalf’s Annual Science Immersion Workshop is a comprehensive, hands-on learning experience that gives journalists an opportunity to explore and understand the impacts of global change in coastal ecosystems. The fellows, selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants, learn how to analyze scientific data in and around Narragansett Bay and sharpen their investigative reporting skills at one of the nation’s premier research institutions.

During the six-day 2012 workshop, the Metcalf Fellows:

  • Studied the effects of hypoxia, or low levels of oxygen, in coastal waters that lead to fish kills and other habitat losses by taking measurements in the water column, from surface to seafloor.
  • Conducted a fisheries survey aboard the research vessel Cap’n Bert to study the impact of global change on sea life.
  • Studied emerging contaminants, potentially harmful chemicals that are not currently monitored or regulated by the EPA, in Narragansett Bay.
  • Explored the impacts of rising sea levels on a salt marsh ecosystem by taking measurements and analyzing the data.
  • Learned data visualization techniques to display scientific information in a way that helps journalists communicate complex information more effectively.

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The highly competitive Metcalf workshop fellowships, which include room, board, tuition and some travel support, are open to professional journalists from all media. Read more about program eligibility here.

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