US Senator Elizabeth Warren visited the MBL on August 2 and toured the Ecosystems Center as part of her visit. Director Christopher Neill and Distinguished Scientist Jerry Melillo briefed her on the center's environmental and global change research.
Dr. Melillo discussed the comprehensive effort by the US Global Change Research Program’s National Climate Assessment team, which he chairs, to identify climate change impacts and adaptations in our region and across the nation.
Dr. Neill described the center's role in identifying the damaging consequences of nitrogen runoff to coastal waters, and how center scientists have moved beyond the science of identifying coastal nitrogen pollution toward rigorous evaluation of innovative, potential ways to prevent it. He also discussed the center’s partnership with the Buzzards Bay Coalition to monitor local water quality and the susceptibility of salt marshes to nitrogen pollution and their vital role as buffers against sea level rise and coastal storms.