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  Stokesbury to keynote pectinid workshop ‌Kevin Stokesbury at Boston Seafood Festival 2014

March 6, 2015

Prof. Kevin Stokesbury, Chair of SMAST’s Department of Fisheries Oceanography, has been chosen ‌to deliver a keynote address at the 20th International Pectinid Workshop in Galway City, Ireland, in April.

In the words of the workshop organizing committee, “We are very fortunate to have Dr. Kevin Stokesbury attend and be a keynote speaker at this year’s IPW. Dr. Stokesbury, from the UMass-Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) in New Bedford, USA, is well respected for his innovative work in surveying scallops and groundfish by developing the SMAST Scallop Video Survey. This method was essential to transforming scallop surveys in the 1990s. SMAST’s creative, cooperative, and cost-effective approach to improving stock assessments through pioneering science has helped make the sea scallop fishery more productive and sustainable.”

The workshop will run from April 22nd to the 28th.  The wokshop’s theme is “Scallops in the Changing World.”

Brazil/US program produces first PhD

March 6, 2015

Ana Paula Krelling successfully defended her doctoral dissertation before a binational Ana Paula Krelling and advisorspanel via videoconferencing last week, becoming the first graduate of the dual-degree PhD program in Marine Science and Technology between UMass Dartmouth and the University of São Paulo (USP) in Brazil.  

The dual degree program was initially established through an MOU signed in December 2011 by then Chancellor Jean MacCormack and USP Rector João Grandino Rodas.

Ana Paula earned her bachelor’s degree in Oceanography from the Federal University of Pará, Brazil, and her master’s in Ocean Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Her PhD dissertation characterized the Portiguar Eddy, a major oceanic feature associated with the North Brazil Undercurrent (NBUC). Ana Paula’s Brazilian advisor, Prof. Ilson da Silveira [left in photo], in a paper co-authored by USP Prof. Luis Miranda and UMassD Prof. Wendell Brown [committee member on screen in photo], was the first to describe in detail the NBUC some twenty years ago. Ana Paula’s UMassD PhD advisor was Prof. Avijit Gangopadhyay of SMAST [right in photo].

The second dual-degree candidate, Jana del Favero, arrived at SMAST last semester and is pursuing her doctoral research in the laboratory of Prof. Jeff Turner. 

  SMAST hosts police dive team

March 24, 2015   NBP divers in acoustic optic tank                                                                                                     

The SMAST acoustic-optic test tank today welcomed the New Bedford Police Underwater Recovery Unit for the first of an anticipated series of training sessions.

“It is critical to train members of this unit in many different situations and environments,” said Sergeant Jason Gomes, CO of the Port Security Unit and a supervisor on the Underwater Recovery Unit. “The opportunity to utilize the tank at the UMassD School for Marine Science and Technology will allow us to exercise many of the basic skills public safety divers must master. I cannot think of a better location to hold indoor training for both divers and ROV operators.”

The Underwater Recovery Unit was created in 1986 and staffed with three on-call divers with the mission of providing the department with the ability to respond to underwater issues, including evidence preservation and recovery, the recovery of persons, vessel hull searches, pier searches and ice diving. The unit currently consists of thirteen divers and three shore personnel.  

The SMAST acoustic-optic test tank is a resource for local academic, government and industrial researchers and product developers. The 18’-deep, 90,000-gallon tank is designed for development and testing of underwater measurement concepts and devices. It has also proven an efficient venue for training fishermen in at-sea safety procedures over the past decade.