Come view the short film “RI’s Salt Pond Ecosystems and Shellfish: A Portrait of Point Judith Pond” Wednesday, March, 9, presented by noted local author and Camp Fuller educator Prentice Stout. He is the author of “A Place of Quiet waters: The History and Natural History of Point Judith and the Harbor of Refuge.”
The film was produced for the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, and the evening’s program will allow the audience to learn about and discuss what activities happen on Point Judith Pond, what the future may hold — including how shellfish farming fits into this environment — and why Point Judith Pond, and all of Rhode Island’s salt ponds, are so important to so many. Refreshments will be served.
RSVP to Azure Cygler, CRC and Rhode Island Sea Grant extension specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This talk is the second in a series of educational presentations about Rhode Island’s salt ponds and their uses, especially shellfish farming. Join us and hear from experts, tour a working shellfish farm, visit a shellfish nursery, and talk to community members, policy-makers, and researchers. This series is sponsored by Rhode Island Sea Grant and CRC in collaboration with Roger Williams University and the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council, supported by a grant from the NOAA National Sea Grant College Program.
Many factors contribute to building true coastal resilience. The GIS-based Coastal Environmental Risk Index (CERI) tools developed with support from CRC are an important element. Check out this article in The Block Island Times featuring CRC-ers to learn more.
Don’t miss the next stop on author Sarah Schumann’s book tour Thursday, March 3, in Tiverton, R.I., where you can meet a shellfishing family featured in her book “Rhode Island’s Shellfish Heritage: An Ecological History.” Check it out.
Thanks to the work of CRC and its colleagues at R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council, R.I. State Building Commission and R.I. Sea Grant, the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety is bringing its national Fortified Home program to Rhode Island. The building and remodel certification program requires upgraded standards to make structures more resilient to natural hazards, such as storm damage.
CRC’s Pam Rubinoff has been on the frontlines of this work, not only as a coastal management professional but as a homeowner, and she is sharing her story to help get the word out about the Fortified Home program.
The topic of designing and building coastal homes that can withstand impacts from climate change, increased storminess and sea level rise is a timely one in Rhode Island. Learn more about a Charlestown, R.I., architectural firm’s approach to the issue.
Jennifer Critcher, an executive leader who specializes in both nonprofit and higher education administration, has been named assistant director at CRC. Critcher comes to CRC from URI’s Institute for Immunology and Informatics, where she managed a $6.5 million budget and oversaw human resources functions and business strategy.
Prior to joining URI, Critcher was CFO of The Retreat, a $4.5-million nonprofit comprehensive domestic violence services organization located in Long Island, New York. She co-lead this agency in a manner that prioritized financial stewardship while emphasizing operational, programmatic and strategic planning for the organization.
She committed her tenure at The Retreat to engaging the community and its leaders while thinking creatively and coordinating the support of a diverse team, field staff and consultants. This effort generated significant, multi-year grants from federal agencies for innovative programming. These programs included permanent housing, transitional housing and engaging men in the effort to end domestic violence.
Critcher serves as a board and finance committee member for the Audubon Society of Rhode Island and volunteers and is a board member for Clinica Esperanza, a free medical clinic in Providence. She and her family are relocating to Richmond, R.I., where she plans to be active locally.
Read more about CRC’s efforts to help local communities such as Warwick, RI., make science-informed choices about how best to use green infrastructure — vegetation and other natural elements — to stem flooding and erosion. URI landscape architecture students also gained experience in green infrastructure work through through this project. Read more about the Oakland Beach seawall work.
At the recent Beach SAMP stakeholders meeting Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Management Council introduced a pilot study that will use the GIS-based Coastal Environmental Risk Index (CERI) tool to determine risks to buildings and infrastructure from climate change and sea level rise impacts. The cities of Warwick and Charlestown were chosen as pilot sites as part of this Beach SAMP activity. Read more in this Westerly Sun article.
Jennifer McCann, director of the U.S. Coastal Program at CRC and extension director for Rhode Island Sea Grant, will take part in a live chat about ocean planning on Tuesday, March 8 at 1 p.m.
The chat focuses on a new series of video interviews, “Insights from Leaders: Practical Solutions on Ocean Planning,” that were captured at URI GSO last October at the 2015 International Marine Spatial Planning Symposium: Sharing Practical Solutions/14th Annual Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium, which was sponsored by CRC and Sea Grant.
Scholars from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana won the hearts—and hats—of URI professors during a visit this week to strengthen an academic collaboration between the two institutions. The five-day visit was part of a $24 million sustainable fisheries project led by CRC. Read more.
CRC is hiring a Marine Research Associate III to work on Rhode Island and U.S. projects. For the complete job description and qualifications, visit the URI Human Resources job posting. Deadline to apply is Feb. 15.