15th Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists
Coastal Impacts: Global Change in Coastal Ecosystems
June 9-14, 2013
University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography
The Metcalf Institute Annual Science Immersion Workshop brings journalists to the field, laboratory, and conference table for hands-on experience in environmental research.
Journalist identifies and tags tree during forestry preservation themed field event.
Journalists watch as ocean water samples are analyzed.
Journalists learn the history and erosion profile of South Kingstown Beach in Matunuck, RI
Metcalf’s longest-running program, the fellowship emphasizes basic methods of environmental research, the principles and ethics guiding scientific inquiry and opportunities to cultivate scientific sources, and deepens participants’ understanding of how environment and the public interest intersect.
The 6-day 2013 workshop was held at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, one of the nation’s premier oceanographic research institutions, giving journalists an opportunity to explore and understand the impacts of human activities in coastal ecosystems.
During the week in Rhode Island, Fellows:
- conducted a fisheries survey aboard the URI research vessel;
- investigated the role of forests in mitigating climate change and protecting watersheds;
- explored the development and use of sea level rise models for adaptation planning;
- attended lectures featuring top national researchers, policy makers and science communicators;
- learned data visualization techniques to communicate complex information more effectively;
- experienced off-deadline interaction with scientists and cultivate contacts for future reporting;
- built story ideas;
- met and connected with professional colleagues; and
- expanded reporting portfolios.
The 2013 Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists was underwritten by Metcalf Institute donors including generous support from Charlotte Metcalf, Pamela Thye, and Craig and Sarah Richardson, with matching support from The Prospect Hill Foundation.