Nantucket is at the forefront of climate change and projected impacts from sea level rise. But the island is fortunate to benefit from local research and innovation on ways to adapt to these changes. The natural beauty and resources that draw people to Nantucket are also some of the things that will help protect the island from climate change impacts.
This talk explores the ecological function and benefits of Nantucket’s natural coastal buffers, particularly salt marshes and coastal dunes. Learn about local research and restoration aimed at improving salt marsh function and the role that salt marshes play in the island’s coastal resilience.
Dr Jen Karberg is the Research Program Supervisor for the Nantucket Conservation Foundation. She researches fresh and salt water wetland ecology and restoration, climate change and coastal resiliency, rare plant ecology and disturbance ecology. Jen studied plant ecology at the University of Michigan as an undergrad and then obtained advanced degrees from Michigan Technological University in wetland ecology and rare species conservation genetics. On island for 12 years , Jen has co-chaired the Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative Research Conference, served on the Nantucket Conservation Commission, and various boards of the Society of Wetland Scientists. She currently represents NCF on the Nantucket Coastal Resilience Advisory Committee and is Chair of the Women in Wetland’s section of the Society of Wetland Scientists.
Join us for a Food for Thought lecture by Nancy Newhouse about the Hospital Thrift Shop and the Gift of Thrift!
Nancy Newhouse will talk about the history of the Hospital Thrift Shop, its impact on the island, its 90 years as an institution that has touched, in some way, practically everyone who lives here, and the many who make it a destination during their summer vacations.
Join us for a Food for Thought lecture by Betsy Tyler about her new NHA publication, A Thousand Leagues of Blue, The Pacific Whaling Voyages of Charles and Susan Veeder of Nantucket.
This beautifully illustrated, 231-page hardcover publication is the true story of the trials and tribulations of a family enmeshed in the whaling industry and the ensuing drama and destruction wrought by this brutal pursuit.
In the center of the tale is an ordinary woman, Susan Veeder, who led an extraordinary life. She lived on a whaleship for more than four years, recorded her experiences in a rare, illustrated journal, and then settled back into her Nantucket home while her husband and sons all returned to the sea, in voyage after voyage. In a shocking denouement to their lives, Susan’s husband, Charles Veeder, a respected and successful whaling captain, devolved into a drunken madman, became enamored of a Polynesian woman and chose to remain in the South Seas for the rest of his life.
Join us for a Food for Thought lecture by Cary Hazlegrove about how Nantucket has been the main inspiration of her photography life.
Cary Hazelgrove has been photographing every corner of Nantucket for over 40 years. From the people who change with the seasons, to the beaches, moors and ponds as her inspiration, she has, and continues, to capture the endless beauty and unique rhythms of the place we all call home.