Friday, July 12, 2013

Mass Oyster Intern in Wellfleet- Meet Jesse Bean

Mass Oyster is sponsoring an intern who is working on the oyster propagation zone in Wellfleet. Jesse is finishing his Bachelor's Degree in Environmental, Earth and Ocean Science at UMass Boston. He describes his motivation for being involved.  "As a native, born and raised, Cape Codder I have enjoyed the beauty all around most of my life and feel that it is time to do something to give back and help keep this place alive for future generations.
  

Jesse Bean Intern Mass Oyster Project Photo
In this photo Jesse is counting the many other creatures  who live among the oysters; increasing the biomass and enhancing biodiversity.
 
 
In this photo Jesse is counting the many other creatures  who live among the oysters; increasing the biomass and enhancing biodiversity.
 
 
 
 
Jesse began by earning my Associates Degree in Environmental Studies from Cape Cod Community College before transferring to UMass Boston.   He goes on to describe his experience. "As a student at UMass I was lucky to have recently participated in the school’s inaugural Living Lab Semester on Nantucket, where students immersed themselves in real-world fieldwork, addressing important issues facing the island community.  My independent study looked at primary productivity in salt marsh creeks by measuring specific pigments from phytoplankton(top primary producers) used during photosynthesis.    This summer, I will be working on the Wellfleet Project as well as a benthic macroinvertebrate biomonitoring(collecting bugs from streams) in the Charles River Watershed.  These bugs are a good way to assess the water quality within the watershed.  After completing my degree program at UMass I am planning on attending graduate school to earn my Master’s in either biology, ecology or water quality."
 
 

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