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Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium

July 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Learning from the Block Island Wind Farm: Sediment and Sound

Join us for “Learning from the Block Island Wind Farm: Sediment and Sound” — the third webinar in our series, “Offshore Renewable Energy in the US: Learning as We Go.” During this webinar, presenters and the audience will engage in a dialogue about the science that has been gained about the habitat on the ocean floor in the area of the wind farm, and about the sound or acoustical data collected as well. Both kinds of information are important for building our understanding about how offshore renewable energy efforts may both impact and coexist with the marine environment upon which we depend. Two scientists familiar with the Block Island Wind Farm will share their science and perspectives; Monique LaFrance Bartley will address the benthic habitat science, and Jennifer Amaral will speak to the marine acoustics. In addition, Jim Boyd, a coastal policy analyst of the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council, will participate in the discussion.


Jennifer McCann, US Coastal Programs, URI/GSO Coastal Resources Center and Rhode Island Sea Grant

Jennifer McCann is the Director of U.S. Coastal Programs at the University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center at the Graduate School of Oceanography and Director of Extension Programs for the Rhode Island Sea Grant College Program. McCann served as URI’s lead for developing the Ocean SAMP.


Jennifer Amaral earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Ocean Engineering from the University of Rhode Island and is currently studying towards her Ph.D. in the same discipline. Her doctoral research involves the study of impact pile driving sounds during the installation of offshore wind turbines. She is a lead scientist and engineer with Marine Acoustics, Inc. in Middletown, Rhode Island where she implements modeling strategies and develops acoustic assessment tools to evaluate underwater sound propagation.

Monique LaFrance Bartley is a Marine Ecologist with the National Park Service in the Ocean and Coastal Resources Branch. Dr. LaFrance Bartley received her BS at the University of Rhode Island; she completed a major in marine biology and minors in marine affairs and underwater archeology. She then continued her studies at the University of Rhode Island and earned an MS degree in Oceanography in 2012 and a PhD in Oceanography in 2018.

Jim Boyd is a Coastal Policy Analyst for the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) and has been with the agency for 20 years. He is primarily responsible for the development and implementation of the CRMC’s coastal policies and regulations, and he manages and develops the CRMC’s federal consistency decisions for offshore renewable energy projects. Prior to working for the CRMC Jim was a commercial fishermen for a decade.

A link to the virtual event will be shared in the confirmation email.

QUESTIONS? Email our team at info@districthallprovidence.org

This event series is in partnership with:

Rhode Island Seat Grant College Program is one of 34 programs in the National Sea Grant College Program working to enhance environmental stewardship and long-term economic development and responsible use of coastal and marine resources. Located at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, Rhode Island Sea Grant supports research, outreach, and education programs designed to foster the resiliency of local and regional communities and marine environments.

URI Graduate School of Oceanography Coastal Resources Center (CRC) helps communities become more effective stewards of their coastal and marine resources. CRC partners with stakeholders to apply science and find solutions to societal issues. Working with communities, other universities, industry, and government, we respond to issues that matter and build the capabilities of our collaborators and ourselves. We are fortunate to have excellent partners.

International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and Working Group on Marine Benthal and Renewable Energy Developments (WGMBRED) looks at benthal and renewable energy related research, cause-effect relationships and develops guidelines to aid future research. The aim of the group is to increase scientific efficiency of benthal renewable energy related research, to specify the various cause-effect relationships resulting from the construction and operation of offshore renewable energy installations, and to develop guidelines and an overview of existing data for cumulative impact research by future international collaboration. The outcomes will assist in improving monitoring concepts in the context of offshore renewable energy constructions and will also be set within the context of marine spatial planning strategies and future ecosystem-based management approaches.


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