Portsmouth Science Café Fall 2013 Series

Past Science Cafes: Fall 2013

Following on the heels of Portsmouth’s annual Fish and Lobster Festival, the fall 2013 science cafe series explored topics related to the sustainability of food.


September 18, 2013

"Long-Term Human Impacts on North Atlantic Fish Stocks"

Jeff Bolster is a professor of history at UNH who has been called a maritime historian, a historian of Afro-America, an environmental historian, and an Atlantic historian. He is the author of the prize-winning book The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail. He also co-directs the History of Marine Animal Populations Center at UNH, an interdisciplinary, international research project working on marine environmental history and historical ecology globally.

Jamie Cournane is a Sea Grant/National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Population Dynamics Fellow and Ph.D. student at UNH. She currently is involved in a research project on the spatial management of groundfish resources in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank. She also participates in at sea research and holds an internship at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, NMFS, Woods Hole, Mass.


October 16, 2013

"New England Food Vision"

Tom Kelly is the founding director of UNH's Sustainability Institute and the UNH chief sustainability officer.  Kelly collaborates with faculty, staff, students and others in the development of curriculum, operations, research and engagement policies, practices and initiatives related to UNH's four educational initiatives in biodiversity, climate, culture, and food.

Joanne Burke, the Tomas W. Haas Professor in Sustainable Food Systems, is a clinical associate professor in nutrition and director of the dietetic internship program at UNH. Her areas of research  focus on community nutrition with an emphasis on sustainable food systems, including nutrient analysis and food system capacity, as well as food access, health outcomes and social justice.


November 13, 2013

"NH Oysters: Good for You, Good For The Bay"

Oysters are a hot topic these days. Common to our waters since pre-history, oysters are getting a lot of new attention from folks like you who care about clean water and where their food comes from. An adult oyster can clean gallons of water a day in nature, and when cultured, provides a local, highly-sustainable food source. Today, The Nature Conservancy, The University of New Hampshire, and NH oyster farmers are all working toward a common vision of restoring oyster populations to a level that can make a meaningful contribution to water quality and the local economy. Ray Konisky from The Nature Conservancy and Ray Grizzle from The University of New Hampshire will have a conversation about the progress, goals, and challenges ahead for New Hampshire's oyster revival.

Ray Konisky is the director of marine science for the New Hampshire chapter of The Nature Conservancy. He has a Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire in environmental science and an MBA from Boston University. His work is focused on estuarine ecology and services, especially restoration of salt marsh, fish habitat, eelgrass beds, and shellfish reefs.

Ray Grizzle is a research professor in the department of biological sciences at UNH, as well as a co-owner of an oyster farm. He has a Ph.D. in ecology from Rutgers University and has been at UNH since 1999. His research encompasses a variety of topics dealing with seafloor ecology, and most recently has been focused on oyster ecology and restoration of natural reefs.