How is the timing of all things changing in the Gulf of Maine? That is the question that has been the focus of a 30 person working group stemming from last year’s Annual Science Meeting of the Regional Association for Research on the Gulf of Maine (RARGOM).
As part of the NE CSC funded project, Ecological and management implications of climate change induced shifts in phenology of coastal fish and wildlife species in the Northeast CSC region, co-PIs Michelle Staudinger (NE CSC Science Coordinator) and Adrian Jordaan (UMass Amherst) have been leading an interdisciplinary team synthesizing the current state of knowledge of shifting phenology in coastal resources in the Gulf of Maine. On August 1st -2nd, 2016, Michelle and Adrian organized a workshop at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) in Portland, ME, which convened researchers and conservation practitioners from GMRI, NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, US EPA Region 1, The Center for Coastal Studies, Stony Brook University, University of Maine, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, among others. This meeting was partially supported with a grant from RARGOM.
On the first day of the meeting, the entire team discussed progress to date on their synthesis, noting major advancements and gaps in regional marine phenology research. Integrative case studies were developed that span temporal shifts in environmental variables, ecological responses across multiple taxonomic groups and trophic levels, and implications for management, conservation and adaptation strategies in the Gulf of Maine. The second day was attended by a smaller group of the lead authors who crafted a path forward towards completing a collaborative publication anticipated for later this year.
Results of this collaborative effort are anticipated to be some of the most comprehensive to date, and widely impactful across the scientific and management community.