The Stellwagen paper: part 2
Friends, I am proud to announce yet another paper resulting from my research has been published. This one is actually a great source of pride for me, because it represents the culmination of all the research my team undertook in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary in 2019-2020.
We used remotely operated vehicles to survey four shipwrecks: the steamship Portland, an unidentified 19th century coal schooner, and the interlocked coal schooners Frank A. Palmer and Louise B. Crary. The project launched Team Shipwreck and exposed me to the power of telepresence outreach.
|Calvin and me on board R/V Dawn Treader during 2019 field|
operations. This photo is entirely candid, but my excitement is
palpable. Photo by Liz Weinberg (NOAA).
This paper is the product of those discussions. For our analysis, we broke down the shipwreck into its parts - the bow, the stern, the upper structures, the low-lying artifacts, the entangled fishing nets. And we compared the biology on each of those parts, looking within each shipwreck on a fine scale. The results highlight a few major patterns: shipwrecks provide structures that are not available to animals on natural hard-bottom reefs, but they are damaged by entangled fishing gear. Preserving the tall, complex structures of a shipwreck has incredible power for sustaining biodiversity.
I'm very proud of what we've done and hope you will enjoy reading about it. Our paper appeared today in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin. Find it here.