Judging is underway in our photo contest and we expect to announce the winner early next week, so stay tuned! To all of our contestants – thank you for your submissions and best of luck!
In the meantime, it is our pleasure to introduce our panel of judges:Greg Berman Woods Hole Sea Grant /Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Gregory A. Berman, PG, GISP is a coastal processes specialist for Woods Hole Sea Grant (WHSG) and the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension (CCCE) where he provides technical assistance on coastal geology topics: shoreline change, erosion control alternatives, potential effects of various human activities on coastal landforms, coastal flood plains, coastal hazards, hazard mitigation analyses, and dune restoration techniques. On-site visits typically address site-specific coastal processes/hazards, which are followed with unbiased, written technical alternatives analyses. He joined WHSG and CCCE after five years with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) where he worked on a variety of government projects focusing on environmental assessments and shoreline stabilization. This was preceded by six years with United States Geological Survey (USGS) offices in Florida and Hawaii where he performed analysis of coastal geology, habitat, and hydrology. He has over fifteen years of diverse experience with surveying, interpreting, and reporting on coastal geology. He has also regularly provided assistance in local coastal restoration projects organized by environmental non-profit organizations and worked with a wide spectrum of volunteers. Leslie Fields Woods Hole Group Ms. M. Leslie Fields has over 20 years of experience in the areas of coastal geology and coastal process evaluation. She specializes in analyses of shoreline change, geomorphic evolution of coastal systems, coastal hazard evaluation and mitigation, GIS development, coastal wetland delineation, sediment transport analyses, and permitting (local, state, and federal). Ms. Fields is experienced with all facets of environmental impact analyses, ranging from the design and collection of field data to alternative analyses, and design for mitigation. All of her projects benefit from Ms. Fields’ strong written, communication, and organizational skills. Further, Ms. Fields has extensive experience in the use of GIS technology to display and analyze spatially-related data for coastal and marine projects. She routinely uses ESRI’s suite of ArcGIS products to analyze, evaluate, and present information for Woods Hole Group projects. She has combined her familiarity with GIS software, database management, coastal processes, and cartography to effectively manage and present a wide range of coastal and marine issues. Over the past 16 years, Ms. Fields has been responsible for managing and conducting numerous projects involving the evaluation of coastal processes and shoreline response. She has performed numerous shoreline change studies along the eastern US. These studies examined issues including impacts from inlet stabilization, installation of shore protection structures (groins, revetments), inlet formation, and dredging. Where possible these studies developed information on historical shoreline change, incorporating data on regional geomorphic evolution. In many cases, information from the shoreline change analyses were coupled with numerical model results for wave transformation and sediment transport to help evaluate impacts of shore protection alternatives. Heather Goldstone Climatide.org (WCAI)
Heather Goldstone is the science editor at WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR Station, and author/editor of Climatide.org– an exploration of present-day impacts of climate change on coastal life. Goldstone holds a Ph.D. in ocean science from M.I.T. and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and spent a decade as an active researcher before leaving the lab to become a writer. In her nine years with the Cape and Islands NPR Station, Goldstone has reported on Woods Hole’s unique scientific community and key environmental issues on Cape Cod. Her reporting has been featured by national media outlets, including NPR and PBS News Hour. Goldstone was recently selected to take part in Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Ocean Science Journalism Fellowship. Tara Marden Woods Hole Group Ms. Tara Marden has more than 15 years of experience in the areas of coastal geology and coastal process evaluation. She specializes in managing and assisting with projects related to tidal inlet and barrier island processes and geomorphology, sand resource investigations, coastal wetland delineation, sediment transport analyses, and environmental permitting (local, state, and federal). Ms. Marden is experienced with all facets of environmental impact analyses, ranging from the design and collection of field data to alternatives analyses, and design for mitigation. Ms. Marden also has experience in the use of GIS technology to display and analyze spatially-related data for terrigenous, coastal and marine mapping projects. She has combined her familiarity with GIS software, database management, coastal processes, and cartography to effectively manage and present a wide range of coastal and marine issues. While at Woods Hole Group, Ms. Marden has worked on numerous historical shoreline change analyses, design and permitting for a myriad of coastal structure projects, and countless sand resource investigations for beach nourishment. During the past five years her focus has been on managing and implementing regional dredging and beach nourishment programs for local municipalities and private homeowners, often forging effective public-private partnerships. Ms. Marden works closely with the clients, regulators, contractors and the Wood Hole Group project team to ensure that every facet of the project – from the initial site assessment through design and permitting and ultimately construction – is successfully and seamlessly implemented. Ms. Marden is also involved in long-term monitoring for many of these projects. Chris Nielsen Light-Imagery Photography is the art of painting with light. Since the age of ten or so, I have been attempting to paint using light. Nature is my specialty and photographing anything of interest is my joy. Creativity is the journey, composing something aesthetically pleasing is the goal. Imagination is the key. All kinds of photography can be pleasing. My most frequent subjects are nature, skies, landscapes, waterscapes, flowers, trees or realistically, anything of interest. Photographs are little pieces of time that tell a story. The age of personal computing led to the digital camera and to the digital darkroom. Developing photos digitally led to a further interest in graphics for me and then to developing websites.