DE - Coastal resiliency and research at the focus of Science & Technical Advisory Committee meeting
The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays is inviting the public to learn about volunteer-driven fish research, coastal resiliency and local environmental monitoring efforts at an upcoming virtual Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) meeting from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, Jan. 15.
STAC meetings are an opportunity for residents to learn about local environmental issues and ask questions about the latest research in the Inland Bays. The committee is designed to provide objective, science-driven advice and guidance to the Center’s Board of Directors and other cooperating agencies with interests in the Inland Bays.
Christian Schwarz, an assistant professor at the University of Delaware’s School of Marine Science & Policy, will share results from recent projects that examined how small organisms, such as plants or worms, can impact ecosystems and how they respond to climate change. He’ll also discuss how manmade and natural processes impact coastal wetlands loss.
Andrew McGowan, the CIB’s environmental scientist, will present findings from a long-term shorezone fish study that sheds light on the population dynamics for four under-studied forage fish species. Forage fish are smaller fish that play an important role as food sources for larger species such as bluefish or striped bass. The four species that will be discussed are Atlantic silverside, mummichog, sheepshead minnow and striped killifish.