GOMI Journal: 

Learning to Steward the Gulf

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July 10, 2020

     On a mid-winter walk with my wife Nancy, we followed a favorite trail overlooking a small lake near our home. We perched on a log seat enjoying the warm sun with a hint of March on our faces. It felt like it was time for renewal and a chance to observe some new cr...

October 12, 2019

I spent the last week of September kayaking daily through the Great Marsh in Newburyport. The purpose of the trip was to introduce a new crop of seventh graders to a more intimate look at the largest marsh in the Northeast. The first thing I noticed was the change in c...

May 13, 2019


Spring ushers in a great diversity of biological life to the shallow seas of the Gulf of Maine. Productivity peaks when the longer days of spring sunlight interact with nutrient rich meltwater from the land to create conditions leading to a phyto...

November 18, 2018

The Best Season: Fall or Autumn?

As a mid-autumn morning dawns in the season most of us call fall, leaves and stems are often found on the ground rimed with frost, indicating winter is next upon us. The wind gathers strength trying valiantly to strip the fiery colors of...

February 27, 2018

On the Massachusetts North Shore, six communities are connected to and protected by the over twenty-thousand acres of salt marsh, tidal rivers, barrier beaches and mudflats of the Great Marsh. The communities of Salisbury, Newburyport, Newbury, Rowley, Ipswich and Esse...

February 27, 2018

In my role as GOMI Science Director, I work with students and teachers across the Gulf of Maine to help them design, build, launch, and track student-built ocean drifters. Schools are increasingly concerned about connecting with their communities as part of their curri...

November 11, 2017

Fall is a great time to pay attention to the natural world. There is so much life activity now that will soon be gone. The buzzing insects are still active on the warm days, but some of their company is moving out. Dragonflies are leaving the fields and coastal marshes...

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