Muskie School of Public Service

Muskie School Lunch & Learn Research Hour

Join the Muskie School for a lunch time presentation on "The future of Casco Bay salt marshes: Using coastal restoration and modeling to guide restoration and policy" by Dr. Curtis Bohlen, Director of the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership.  

How long will our salt marshes last? And what can we do to protect the ecosystem services provided by tidal wetlands in an era of rising seas? Modeling efforts suggest that Casco Bay's tidal wetlands will fare better under moderate sea level rise than salt marshes to the south. But models can only get you so far.  We can't experiment with climate change, but we can study how tidal wetlands change when water levels change. By combining ecosystem restoration, monitoring and modeling, we are gaining understanding of the drivers of change in our coastal wetlands, and building knowledge to evaluate strategies for investing in the future of our tidal wetlands.

Curtis Bohlen is the Director of the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership (CBEP).  The Partnership serves as a convener and catalyst on behalf of Casco Bay and communities that depend on the Bay.  Bohlen previously served on the Environmental Studies faculty at Bates and Colby Colleges.  He has also worked as Congressional staff, staff scientist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and as an environmental consultant. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biology from Stanford and a Ph.D. in Ecology from Cornell.

When: Thursday November 30; 12:30 - 1:30 pm.

Where: 128 Wishcamper (Muskie School GIS Lab)

Bring your lunch; dessert provided!