Lecture Series

It helps us to plan if you RSVP at Eventbrite, but you are welcome to just show up at 7:00 as well.  Donations, snacks and support of these events is always welcome.  If you would like to present a lecture at CSCR or recommend a speaker for us, please contact Carsten Haber. 
  • Nov. 6 (Wed) - Rob Moir, Ocean River Institute

Nov. 6, 2019 - 7-8pm

Rob Moir, Executive Director of the Ocean River Institute, speaks on 'Sinking Ocean'

The ocean is under assault on a number of fronts. Two of the most egregious are excessive nitrogen that feeds harmful algal blooms to create ocean dead zones, and excessive carbon dioxide (climate change) that is making the waters more acidic. To save the ocean we need to better understand it, become more ocean literate. We must also be respectful of the awesome amount we do not know. Discover what you can do in your backyard and out into communities to save the ocean. Dr. Moir will illustrate his talk with images from last summer’s sail from Iceland across the Denmark Strait to Nuuk, Greenland.
Hope to see you at this great Nov. 6 event at CSCR!

  • April 24 (Wed) - John Rogers, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • May 21 (Tues) - Margie Alt, Environmental Campaigner and Strategist at ClimatAction Campaign DC

John Rogers, Senior Energy Analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists.John will present and discuss 'Offshore Wind: Power, Policy, and Promise'.


Seminar Abstract

How we make and use electricity has been a big part of U.S. carbon pollution for decades. But the power sector also offers some of the best opportunities for cutting carbon, with a range of commercially ready, cost-effective options. Now a new tool in the US clean energy toolbox is rising off our coasts: offshore wind. How do turbines taller than the Washington Monument, able to power a house for a day with a single spin of the blades, fit the Northeast energy scene and our need for environmental progress and economic development? Where do things stand in New England, in the Mid-Atlantic, and from the Carolinas to California (and Cleveland)? Mr. Rogers will describe the role of offshore wind in fueling clean energy momentum in Massachusetts and beyond, and where the technology—and we—might be headed.

John Rogers is a senior energy analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists with expertise in clean energy technologies and policies and a focus on solar, wind, and natural gas. He co-managed the UCS-led Energy and Water in a Warming World Initiative, a multi-year program aimed at raising awareness of the energy-water connection, particularly in the context of climate change, and motivating and informing effective low-carbon and low-water energy solutions. He also managed UCS’s Northeast Clean Energy Project, focused on a range of clean energy and climate policies for the region. John has served as lead or co-author on many UCS analyses, reports, and publications.  John joined UCS in 2006 after working for 15 years on private and public clean energy initiatives, including as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras, and as a co-founder of a leading developer of clean energy solutions for rural markets in developing countries. He serves or has served on the boards of directors of various non-profit organizations, including RENEW Northeast and the US Offshore Wind Collaborative, and helped launch the American Wind Wildlife Institute.

Margie Alt, Environmental Campaigner and Strategist at Climate Action Campaign DC.

Margie will discuss 'Building toward US federal climate action - a look at key strategies needed to win federal action to cut carbon emissions'.

Seminar Abstract

This session will compare and contrast various strategies for winning enough public support and political influence to move the needle on reducing carbon pollution. Assessing everything from individual actions like buying electric vehicles to influencing corporate America via shareholder activity to lobbying congress we will consider what it takes to win votes in congress and move federal agencies and even the President of the United States.


Margie Alt is an environmental campaigner, strategist, and coalition builder. She is currently leading efforts among major national environmental organizations to win federal action on climate and to elect more pro-environment leaders. Alt was the founding executive director of Environment America. Under her leadership the organization grew to include 29 state offices and 1.5 million members, donors, activists and allies. Margie and her team combined strong policy chops, smart strategy and compelling messages with direct lobbying, extensive coalition-building, media outreach, and spirited grassroots campaigns to build public support and counter the influence of powerful polluters. Among her numerous accomplishments are efforts to secure the first federal limits on global warming pollution from power plants; drinking water protections for 1 in 3 Americans, the creation of new national monuments around the country along with state and regional victories like the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, clean cars standards and increased protections for public lands.

Margie is a past chair of the Green Group --- a national coalition of over 30 major national environmental organizations. She co-founded and co-chaired the Climate Action Campaign a coalition of groups from Natural Resources Defense Council and Enivonmental Defense Fund to the Sierra Club designed to win and defend the nation’s clean air and climate safeguards. During the 2018 elections Margie was program director for The Green Wave – a coordinated effort of 5 major environmental organizations to elect more pro-environment members of congress. Margie grew up in New York, graduated from Yale College and lives in Somerville Massachusetts.


These are free presentation seminars and discussion events hosted by the Center for Student Coastal Research (CSCR), a non profit organization located in Cohasset on Boston's South Shore. CSCR educates students in environmental sciences, encourages environmental awareness, and promotes activism. Details are available at www.ccscr.org

General attendance and participation is comlimentary, tax deductible donations are welcome.

Past Events



The effects of ocean acidification on the shell mineralogy of Crassostrea virginica (Eastern Oyster) Isabel Gutowski, Research Assistant and Outreach Instructor at Northeastern University Marine Science Center in Nahant MA. ( March 6, 2019) 
 Wildland Fire Ecology in Massachusetts and BeyondAlexander Etkind, Specialist at Northeast Forest and Fire Management, LLC in Sandwich MA. (February 13, 2019)
 A Volunteer's Perspective on Youth, Gender, and the EnvironmentTorey Hart, Peace Corps, Malawi; January 24, 2019

Optimizing Community & Business Resilience:

Preparing for Natural Disasters by Practicing Pollution Prevention

Mary Dever-Putnam, Chief of the Environmental and Compliance Assistance Unit of EPA region 1.

Nature and Maritime Archaeology: Can Massachusetts’ hidden history be used to better understandsea level rise and global warming?

VICTOR T. MASTONE, the Director and Chief Archaeologist of the Massachusetts Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources.  

Consumer product chemicals in the environment: How did they get there and what can we do?

Preventing Cancer at Home and About Town

Dr. Laurel Schaider of the Silent Spring Institute

We Need to Come Clean - the Fight Belongs to Everyone!

Emily Norton, the Massachusetts Chapter Director for the Sierra Club, the oldest and largest environmental advocacy group in the country.

'Habitat Diversity- Can ecosystems thrive when species diversity is declining?

Christian Alsterberg currently pursues

a postdoctoral degree at UMASS Boston.

He obtained a PhD in Marine Ecology and BS in Biology at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

'Ocean Acidification: Are coral reefs and clams fizzing away?'

George D. Buckley, Assistant Director of the Sustainability program at the Harvard University Extension School.

"Plastic Pollution in the Ocean- And what you can do about it!"

Jessica Donohue, research assistant,Sea Education Association (SEA; Woods Hole, MA).

Flood Mitigation Lessons Learned from Hurricane Sandy

Sarah Hamm, M.S. Geology, Colorado School of Mines; Coastal Geologist, an expert in flood hazard analysis.

Legal From the Start: Partnering Legal and Policy Research with Current Science for Better Coastal Management

Julia Wyman, J.D., Director of Marine Affairs Institute & Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program

From Antarctica to the Arctic: A Story of Snow, Sea Ice, and the Frigid Cold

Dr. Ross Lieb Lappen

Size matters: The fate of vernal pools and their inhabitants

Steven Schwartz

Developing 21st Century Green Students & Schools

Robin Organ

What’s Behind the Revised FEMA Flood Maps and Understanding Storm Surge Impacts to the Coastline

Ingeborg E. Hegemann & Matthew Creighton

Coastal Habitat Resiliency

Mary B. Griffin

Restoration of Coastal Wetlands on the South Shore

Jason D. Burtner

Learning from Coastal Systems how to adapt to Environmental Changes

Dr. Anamarija Frankic

Free Lecture: Diversity in the Spice of Life in Coastal Ecosystem

Jarrett Byrnes

Exploring the Bowhead Whale Feeding Hotspot near Barrow, AK

Carin Ashjian PhD

Beside Still Waters: Exploring Vernal Pools

Jonathan Twining

From Headwaters to Harbor – A Look at Restoration and Research in the Gulf River

Dr. Sara Grady

Current Issues in Environmental Policy: Climate Change Adaptation, MA Initiatives

John Clarkeson



If you are interested in actively participating in the lecture series program, please
contact the organizer Dr. Carsten Haber, CSCR board member.

Cohasset’s Center for Student Coastal Research (CSCR) inspires people of all ages to explore and engage in the scientific study of the local watershed and marine environment to launch the next generation of environmental stewards.