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. 

Lecture Series
If you would like to present a lecture at CSCR or recommend a speaker, please contact Carsten Haber. 
Next event, TBA.
Please continue to be involved in contributing your input to the 
Cohasset Master Plan and Harbor Committee

Past Events:
Thursday, May 10, 7pm
Mary Dever-Putnam shows the friendly technical assistance side of EPA. 
Optimizing Community & Business Resilience:
Preparing for Natural Disasters by Practicing Pollution Prevention
A great opportunity to learn how communities and businesses can take action to minimize the release of toxic chemicals and products and reduce other kinds of accidents and optimize their resiliency and economic future with Mary Dever-Putnam, Chief of the Environmental and Compliance Assistance Unit of our EPA region. As part of their Pollution Prevention program, the New England regional EPA, has prioritized providing direct assistance and awarding state grants to conduct technical assistance for communities and businesses in creating pollution prevention strategies to build community and business resiliency in preparing for natural disasters including flooding.

Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 7pm
at CSCR 

Victor T. Mastone, Director and Chief Archaeologist of the Massachusetts Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources will present and discuss

Nature and Maritime Archaeology:

Can Massachusett's hidden history
be used to
better understand
sea level rise and global warming?

How can a shipwreck be used to study a severe storm of the past? This presentation discusses the effect of changing environmental conditions on shipwrecks and other archaeological sites and how this information can be used to better understand sea level rise and global warming. Vic Mastone has surprising tales about local underwater archeological sites.



VICTOR T. MASTONE (B.A. in History and Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and his M.A. in Anthropology and M.B.A. in Arts Administration from the State University of New York at Binghamton) serves as both the Director and Chief Archaeologist of the Massachusetts Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources. Vic joined the Board in 1987 as its first staff archaeologist. He also served as Assistant Secretary for Administration and Finance for Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs from 2000-2004. He is a Visiting Instructor at Salem State University where he teaches a summer maritime archaeology field school. He is Vice President of the North American Society for Oceanic History and Vice President of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society. Vic was formerly an appointed member and parliamentarian of the Federal Advisory Committee on Marine Protected Areas (2008-2011) co-chairing its Cultural Heritage Resources Working Group. He has been a Guest Investigator with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.


This is a free presentation seminar and discussion event 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

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

Past Events
Program Speaker Date
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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

November 21, 2017


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.September 26, 2017  
'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.
June 21, 2017Click Here 
 'Ocean Acidification: Are coral reefs and clams fizzing away?' George D. Buckley, Assistant Director of the Sustainability program at the Harvard University Extension School.Wed, April 19, 2017Click Here 
 "Plastic Pollution in the Ocean- And what you can do about it!" Jessica Donohue, research assistant,Sea Education Association (SEA; Woods Hole, MA).January 18, 2017Click Here 
 Flood Mitigation Lessons Learned from Hurricane Sandy Sarah Hamm, M.S. Geology, Colorado School of Mines; Coastal Geologist, an expert in flood hazard analysis.April 7, 2016Click Here  
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 ProgramMarch 2,2016
From Antarctica to the Arctic: A Story of Snow, Sea Ice, and the Frigid Cold Dr. Ross Lieb LappenApril 30, 2015Click Here
Size matters: The fate of vernal pools and their inhabitants Steven Schwartz January 13, 2015
Developing 21st Century Green Students & Schools Robin Organ November 19, 2014
What’s Behind the Revised FEMA Flood Maps and Understanding Storm Surge Impacts to the Coastline Ingeborg E. Hegemann & Matthew Creighton October 21, 2014
Coastal Habitat Resiliency Mary B. Griffin September 10, 2014
Restoration of Coastal Wetlands on the South Shore Jason D. Burtner June 17, 2014
Learning from Coastal Systems how to adapt to Environmental Changes Dr. Anamarija Frankic May 20, 2014
Free Lecture: Diversity in the Spice of Life in Coastal Ecosystem Jarrett Byrnes April 29, 2014
Exploring the Bowhead Whale Feeding Hotspot near Barrow, AK Carin Ashjian PhD March 19, 2014
Beside Still Waters: Exploring Vernal Pools Jonathan Twining February 24, 2014
From Headwaters to Harbor – A Look at Restoration and Research in the Gulf River Dr. Sara Grady January 16, 2014
Current Issues in Environmental Policy: Climate Change Adaptation, MA Initiatives John Clarkeson December 11, 2013

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