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Monday, May 8 • 3:05pm - 3:55pm
Mussels as the Great Harbor Cleaner

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The bivalve we hear the least about is the mighty mussel, a filter feeder competing with the oyster for the charismatic spotlight in the quest to restore the New York–New Jersey harbor. While the oyster is a major and important player, mussels also provide great ecological benefits and could be put to the great harbor restoration task. This panel looks at the opportunity for mussels as a major part of restoration initiatives and the research currently underway.

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Don Riepe

Jamaica Bay Guardian, American Littoral Society
Don Riepe retired in 2003 from the National Park Service where he worked as a naturalist ranger and manager of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in NYC. Currently, he is employed as Jamaica Bay Guardian for the American Littoral Society. Don has written many articles on natural history... Read More →
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Matthew W. Gray

Assistant Professor, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Dr. Matthew W. Gray is an ecophysiologist whose research focuses on understanding the physiological response of marine invertebrates to current and future environmental conditions. His work seeks to clarify the ecosystem services (i.e. biofiltration, habitat creation, etc.) provided... Read More →
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John McLaughlin

Managing Director, Office of Ecosystem Services, NYC Department of Environmental Protection
John McLaughlin is the managing director of the Office of Ecosystem Services, Green Infrastructure and Research with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The managing director is the bureau director’s senior advisor on the design and implementation of... Read More →
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Chris Pickerell

Marine Program Director, Cornell University Cooperative Extension
Chris Pickerell has been working for Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County for 30 years and has been the director of the marine program for the last ten years. In this role, Chris oversees the work of more than 70 scientists and educators working throughout Long... Read More →

Monday May 8, 2023 3:05pm - 3:55pm EDT
Keeping History Room (3rd Floor)