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USGS Participates in Multidisciplinary Cape Cod Natural History Conference


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Conference participant examines Jeff Williams's poster.
Above: Conference participant examines Jeff Williams's poster "Coastal Vulnerability Assessment of Cape Cod National Seashore to Sea-Level Rise."

Opening slide of Jeff Williams' invited talk at the Cape Cod Natural History Conference.
Above: Opening slide of Jeff Williams's invited talk at the Cape Cod Natural History Conference.

Have you ever attended a science conference in which the talk and poster topics ranged from "Noise in the Oceans and Effects on Whales" to "GIS Study of Effects of Roads on Wildlife and Habitats" to "Extremophile Organisms are Everywhere" to "Coastal Geology and Effects of Sea Level Rise—Past, Present, and Future" to "Mating Behavior of Spiders"? Certainly, American Geophysical Union (AGU) meetings address diverse topics, but AGU talks are typically organized into narrowly focused sessions.

Recently, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) participated in the Cape Cod Natural History Conference, which included a total of 16 talks and 10 posters with clear linkages among broad-ranging topics, but no overlap in subject matter. The only thing that the talks had in common was that they focused on the Cape Cod-Nantucket-Martha's Vineyard region and truly fit the definition of "multidisciplinary."

Sponsored and organized by the Massachusetts Audubon Society (Mass Audubon)'s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, the conference was held on March 20, 2004, at Cape Cod Community College. Participating from the USGS were S. Jeffress Williams (USGS Woods Hole Science Center), who gave an invited talk titled "Coastal Geology of Cape Cod—Effects of Sea-Level Rise: Past, Present, and Future" and presented a poster titled "Coastal Vulnerability Assessment of Cape Cod National Seashore to Sea-Level Rise." The poster was based on an ongoing national study with colleagues Elizabeth Pendleton and Rob Thieler (both of the USGS Woods Hole Science Center) in collaboration with the National Park Service. In addition, Chris Polloni and Nancy Soderberg (also from the USGS Woods Hole Science Center) arranged materials for a table of USGS products that proved to be especially popular with the 300 attendees.


Related Sound Waves Stories
USGS Collaboration with the NPS: Mapping Coastal Vulnerability to Future Sea-Level Rise within the National Parks
October 2001

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Coastal Vulnerability Assessment of Cape Cod National Seashore to Sea-Level Rise - USGS Open-File Report 02-233
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Woods Hole Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
Massachusetts Audubon Society

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