The annual Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium provides a forum for researchers, resource managers, and stakeholders to discuss the most current science in various areas important to Rhode Island coastal communities and coastal and ocean environments.
This forum was formed in 2002 and renamed in 2006 to honor former National Sea Grant Director Ronald Baird and his contributions and continued service to the Sea Grant mission as an advisor to the Rhode Island and National Sea Grant offices.
Climate Change Effects on
Recreational Fishing and Boating
This two-part webinar series engages Northeast recreational anglers, boaters, and climate experts in discussions about how climate change is affecting these traditional uses–both good and bad– as well as strategies and actions that individuals, governments, and industry are taking to respond to these changes.
Session 1 Speakers
Award-winning Fishing Writer, Kayak-fishing Sharpie and Fish Advocate
Willy Goldsmith, Ph.D.
Executive Director, American Saltwater Guides Association
Jon Hare, Ph.D.
Director, NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center
Regional Vice President, Safe Harbor Marinas
Coastal Management and Climate Extension Specialist
University of Rhode Island/GSO – Coastal Resources Center (CRC) and Rhode Island Sea Grant
Charter Captain and Fishing Guide, Fish Conservationist and Advocate
Capt. Greg Vespe
Executive Director, RI Saltwater Anglers Association
Watch Hill Outfitters, Owner, Climate/Fish Advocate and Expert Fisher
“Climate Change Opportunities for Anglers and Boaters”
Session 2 Speakers
Capt. Chris Willi
Block Island Fish Works
Private recreational fisher
Capt. Richard Lipsitz
Angler and winner 2021 BI Inshore Fishing Tournament
Chief Science Officer, Ørsted
Director, Fish Conservation Program, Ocean Conservancy
Director, Ocean Programs, The Nature Conservancy
Executive Director, Save The Bay
Event Participants: University of Rhode Island (URI) Graduate School of Oceanography, Coastal Resources Center, Rhode Island Sea Grant, Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association, NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Ørsted, American Saltwater Guides Association, Ocean Conservancy, Rhode Island Marine Trades Association, and Safe Harbor Marinas.
Jennifer McCann is an organizer for the event series; her focus is coastal and ocean management policy and practice as Director of U.S. Coastal Programs at the URI Coastal Resources Center and Director of Extension for Rhode Island Sea Grant.
David Monti is a licensed charter captain serving in leadership roles on several marine- and fisheries-based boards and organizations, including the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association and the Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Council; he writes about recreational fisheries issues for several publications, including The Providence Journal.
Offshore Renewable Energy in the U.S.
17th Annual Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium, December 6, 2017
Rhode Island Sea Grant and the Coastal Resources Center are partnering with the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) Working Group on Marine Benthal Renewable Energy Developments (WGMBRED) and Venture Café & District Hall Providence to offer a 4-part webinar series to share lessons learned from offshore renewable energy development in the United States.
These webinars will explore key issues regarding the potential cause-effect relationships resulting from the construction and operation of offshore renewable energy installations and recommendations for minimizing impacts and promoting opportunities for positive biological outcomes.
This free webinar series takes the place of the Baird Symposium that had been planned for April 24th. These 90-minute webinars will occur between May 19 and July 15 and will cover topics of habitats and ecosystems, noise and energy emission effects on benthic communities, and food web effects.
Lessons from Block Island:
Acoustical and Benthic Habitat Data
July 21, 2020
Presenters & Summary Notes
Researchers presented findings about acoustical and benthic habitat data from the area of the Block Island Wind Farm. 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.
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 marine ecologist with the National Park Service in the Ocean and Coastal Resources Branch. She earned an B.S. at the University of Rhode Island, majoring in marine biology and minoring in marine affairs and underwater archaeology. She continued her studies at the Graduate School of Oceanography at URI, earning her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in oceanography. Dr. LaFrance Bartley’s primary research focus is benthic habitat mapping to establish baseline conditions and monitoring to assess change over time, with the purpose of providing results that support real-world management applications.
James 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, he was a commercial fisherman for a decade.
Dave Monti is a charter captain, fishing writer and fish advocate. He is vice chair of the RI Marine Fisheries Council, 2nd vice president of the RI Saltwater Anglers Association, a board member of the American Saltwater Guides Association and a member of the RI Party & Charter Boat Association. He is the Providence Journal’s fishing writer and writes for 12 other fishing related blogs, magazines, and newspapers often writing about climate change and its impact on fish, offshore wind farms, and fish policy at the state and national level. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Social Dimensions of American Offshore Wind Energy: Towards a Research Agenda
15th Annual Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium, October 24, 2016
Speakers & Presentations
This invitation-only event was hosted by the Coastal Resources Center and the University of Rhode Island Marine Affairs Department, with support from the URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences and the Center for Carbon-Free Power Integration at the University of Delaware. Its primary purpose was to help inform Rhode Island Sea Grant’s next research RFP, which will include a call for social science proposals on the issue of the impact of offshore wind energy development on society.
Jeremy Firestone, CCPI: The Nature of Offshore Wind Energy Concerns
Grover Fugate, CRMC: Rhode Island’s Offshore Wind Experience: The Block Island Wind Farm
Brian Krevor, BOEM: Regulator Perspectives on Offshore Wind Energy & Social Research Needs
Robert O’Connor, Decision, Risk and Management Sciences, National Science Foundation: Trends in Environmental Social Science
Martin Pasqualetti, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University: Public Acceptance of Wind Power
Bonnie Ram, CCPI: Lessons from Denmark
Experience with Offshore Wind Energy: Community and User Perspectives
Speakers: Jessica Willi, Block Island Tourism Council; David Monti, Rhode Island charter boat operator/fishing columnist, Providence Journal; Richard Getchell, Aroostook Band of Micmac Indians/All Nations Global; facilitator Nick Battista, Island Institute
- David Monti, charter boat operator and fishing columnist
New Wave of Research to Focus on Social Dimensions of American Offshore Wind Energy
International Marine Spatial Planning
14th Annual Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium, October 6, 2015
Staying Afloat: Adapting Waterfront Businesses to Rising Seas and Extreme Storms
13th Annual Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium, December 10, 2014
- Are the costs of resiliency worthwhile?
- “Models Predict 3-5 Feet of Sea-Level Rise by 2100” – ecoRI
- “Oceanographer warns of rising sea levels.” – Jamestown Press
- “Businesses plan for rising sea and extreme weather.” – Rhode Island Public Radio
- “Speakers warn of more devastating coastal storms and R.I.’s vulnerability.” – Providence Journal
The Future of Shellfish in Rhode Island: Sustainable seafood, economic opportunities, and ecosystem benefits
12th Annual Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium, November 14th, 2013
Speakers & Presentations
The current and the potential future value—economic and environmental—of shellfish to Rhode Island.
FUNDERS & PARTNERS
This event is being coordinated in partnership with representatives from the University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center, Rhode Island Sea Grant, University of Rhode Island, Roger Williams University, R.I. Department of Environmental Management, R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council, The Nature Conservancy, East Coast Shellfish Growers Association, and the local shellfishing industry.
International Marine Spatial Planning: Sharing Practical Solutions
11th Annual Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium, May 16th, 2012
Speakers & Presentations
Planning for who gets to do what (and where, when, and how) in a nation’s coastal and ocean waters falls to a state or country’s coastal managers, and over 75 of them from across the U.S. and around the world gathered in Providence, R.I., on May 14-16, 2012, to discuss how their efforts-known as “marine spatial planning; (MSP) – are faring.
Organizing the Process through pre-planning
Applying Decision Support Tools
Marine Spatial Planning Decision Support Tools Development in Canada. Darren Williams, Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada
Frameworks for the Processes & Outcomes of MSP. Stephen Olsen, University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources
Formal Adoption and Final Products
BOEM’s Renewable Energy Program Philosophy and Lessons Learned. Maureen Bornholdt, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Economic and Social Results
Capacity to Implement
May 16th, 2012
Marine Spatial Planning: What’s the Big Deal
U.S. Strategy for Promoting MSP
Ocean planning in the Northeast U.S. John Weber, Ocean Planning Director, Northeast Regional Ocean Council.
The European MSP Experience: What are we Learning
More MSP Experiences from Abroad
MSP in the United States: What Are the Main Results?
The Next Generation of MSP in the US
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
RI Coastal Resources Management Council
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
URI Coastal Resources Center
Rhode Island Sea Grant College Program
The Nature Conservancy
The Ocean Conservancy
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The University of Rhode Island
American Mussel Harvesters Inc.
Matunuck Oyster Bar
Speakers & Presentations
The symposium brought together an international group of scientists, chefs, the seafood industry, and others to share perspectives on topics such as sourcing sustainable seafood, consumer preferences, and health. Participants got to prepare—and taste—sustainable seafood dishes under the guidance of chefs at the Johnson & Wales University campus in Providence. The symposium was sponsored by JWU, Rhode Island Sea Grant, and the University of Rhode Island.
Celebrating Sustainable Seafood, the video of the 2011 Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium, highlights the best of the symposium, “Developing the Rhode Island Seafood Knowledge Economy: Perspectives on Seafood Sustainability.”
New Approaches to Understanding Emerging Marine Diseases
9th Annual Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium, August 10-11, 2010
Speakers & Presentations
Researchers trying to understand disease emergence are dealing with complex, multi-scale, and variable systems. Traditional approaches using cause-and-effect methods are difficult to apply when systems are at ecosystem levels and risk factors are non-linear.
New techniques to examine diseases are being used to explain disease outbreaks. Triangulation is a process of gathering information about a system through field, laboratory, model, and historical investigations facilitated by a cross-disciplinary research group.
This new approach has been used in the investigation of shell disease for American lobster by researchers and their staff and students from 14 institutions.
As one team, experts in the fields of crustacean endocrinology, genetics, veterinary medicine, behavior, microbiology, lobster biology, chemistry, environmental science, and epidemiology have worked together with fishermen and managers for three years to uncover the dynamics of shell disease.
This symposium will include a special workshop on shell disease in American Lobster.
The Ecology of Marine Windfarms: Perspectives on Impact Mitigation, Siting, and Future Uses
8th Annual Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium, November 2-4, 2009
Speakers & Presentations
The development of offshore renewable energy systems is an international priority driven by the need to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and decrease human impacts on the global climate. At the same time, the increasing demand for high-quality seafood, marine products, and recreational opportunities is accelerating worldwide.
The purpose of this symposium is to develop opportunities and document progress toward a new vision of designed, permitted, offshore ecosystems that have wind power energy systems as their focus to provide mutual benefits for multiple uses of ocean space and many new opportunities to develop the “green economy.”
This symposium will bring together international experts in wind energy, biotechnologies, seafood, fisheries, aquaculture, and leading legal and policy experts to discuss innovative methods for the integration of these future uses into wind farm marine areas.
Dr. Bela Buck, Head of the Marine Aquaculture, Maritime Technologies and ICZM Work Group at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany, will provide the symposium keynote address.
Willett M. Kempton, of the College of Marine and Earth Studies at the University of Delaware, is one of the lunch speakers. Leon Cammen, National Sea Grant College Program Director, will also address participants.
Sound Connections: The Science of Rhode Island and Block Island Sounds
7th Annual Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium, October 20-21, 2008
Creating Vibrant Waterfronts in Rhode Island
6th Annual Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium, October 19-21, 2007
The Evolution of Ecosystem Based Management: From Theory to Practice
5th Annual Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium. October 19-20, 2006
Lobsters as Model Organisms for Interfacing Behavior, Ecology, and Fisheries
4th Annual Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium. July 14, 2005
State of Science Knowledge of Nutrients in Narragansett Bay
3rd Annual Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium. November 17-18, 2004 More.
Shallow Marine Ecosystems of Southern Rhode Island
2nd Annual Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium. December 9, 2002, and January 2003. Part I: Hydrology, nutrient & bacteria dynamics. Part II: Sediment dynamics, habitat changes & fish resources.
1st Annual Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium