Enhance your normal brunch experience for Earth Day with science! Local area scientists and their research groups will share their experiences in the field over delicious brunch fare and cocktails, with the goal of facilitating greater understanding of the ongoing progress and challenges of environmental science. No background knowledge is required!
This event is brought to you in collaboration with Science by the Pint, get to know your local researchers year round (see below for more information).
We are happy to welcome:
Dr Emily Cole, Westfield State University
Emily is a plant and soil scientist and an Assistant Professor of Environmental Science at Westfield State University. She studies soil health and links it to sustainable agriculture, carbon sequestration, and overall improved ecosystem health.
Soils are an often forgotten or overlooked non-renewable natural resource. Protecting and improving soil health around the globe is essential for protecting human life. Soils provide food, clean water, shelter, and medicines. They mediate climate change, recycle waste, and protect our wildlife. Yet, we use, abuse, and ignore the Earth's skin. How can we help heal our scorched Earth? Is biochar the answer?
Dr. Jonathan Grabowski, Northeastern University
Coastal ecosystems are among the most valuable on earth because they provide a vast array of ecosystem services such as coastal storm protection, nutrient cycling, and essential fish habitat. Unfortunately, they face a multitude of anthropogenic stressors, from habitat degradation and loss to invasive species and pollutants. Jonathan will discuss his efforts to integrate ecological and socioeconomic data into coastal resource decision-making and conservation efforts.