News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in Castine Patriot, November 29, 2018 and Island Ad-Vantages, November 29, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, November 29, 2018
Shaw Institute to present Blue Hill Bay research findings

Every year Shaw Institute conducts a nationwide search for top student interns to join the Institute’s marine research staff for six-month research assignments in Blue Hill Bay, according to a release from Shaw Institute.

On Wednesday December 5, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., the 2018 interns Mary Stack and Bonnie Ertel will describe their project findings in a joint presentation titled “Microplastics Pollution and Declining Mussel Beds in Blue Hill Bay.”

Mary Stack B.S.(Geological Science, Boston College) has investigated the relationship between obviously declining blue mussel beds and changing water conditions, including temperature, acidification and invasive species in a pilot study near Falls Bridge, Blue Hill.

Bonnie Ertel B.S.(Environmental Science, UNC Chapel Hill) has analyzed two years of the Institute’s Blue Hill Bay microplastics data to determine where higher concentrations of microplastics are most likely to occur and what may be the driving factors behind this pattern.

These are topics of “considerable local interest,” and the public is invited to attend the event at Shaw Institute’s Blue Hill Research Center, 55 Main Street, Blue Hill. Intern supervisor, Research Coordinator Madelyn Woods will facilitate an audience Q&A and light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call Madelyn Woods at 374-2135 or email