Volume 5 Issue 1

November 2010

Sea Level Rise Impacts Steering Committee.

Kirk Bosma, P.E., Coastal Engineer, is currently an active member of the steering committee for development of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s technical guidance on how to incorporate sea level rise impacts into site-specific tidal wetland restoration planning and design.

Louisiana Emergency Preparedness .

Nate Dill, Coastal Engineer, provides ADCIRC modeling expertise to CERA Coastal Emergency Risk Assessment and is responsible for activating the ADCIRC Surge Guidance System, which provides near real-time hurricane storm surge predictions for pending storms along the Louisiana coastline. CERA provides guidance directly to the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP).

Woods Hole Group Opens a New Office!

Woods Hole Group has announced the opening of its second Massachusetts office, located at 57 Route 6A in Orleans, MA. The new facility will serve as an extension and satellite office of Woods Hole Group's headquarters in Falmouth.

The Orleans location was opened in an effort to provide additional resources to its Lower Cape clients and in response to deteriorating beach conditions in the area. It will offer the same services and resources through the company's global network, and it will primarily focus on providing coastal sciences, engineering and planning services.

With offices in Falmouth, Delaware and Texas, the Orleans facility is Woods Hole Group's fourth domestic office. Peter Markunas will be the lead person in the new office, and Beth Hays, Environmental Permitting Specialist, will also work there.

Woods Hole Group Solar Panel Project.

Woods Hole Landholdings (WHLH) has announced it has equipped the headquarters of Woods Hole Group with a solar panel installation. The company has teamed up with Beaumont Solar for the renewable energy project, and utilized solar panels from Sun Power. The solar power system has 176 panels and occupies approximately 2,400 square foot of space on the roof.

David Aubrey, owner of WHLH, said that the company has taken initiatives to help develop more sustainable and renewable energy by equipping its office building with the solar panel installation.

WHLH leveraged a grant from the Federal government through the Stimulus Bill as well as a rebate from the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust to build the solar panel installation. Direct current will be generated by the solar photovoltaic panels by converting the solar radiation. The power generated from the system will meet up to 40% of the electricity requirements of the building. Within a period of five years, the total cost of the system will be paid back. WHLH is also adopting another energy saving initiative to save more than 50% of electricity used for lighting by upgrading its exterior as well as interior lighting systems. A similar solar project for its corporate offices is also recommended by Woods Hole Group, Middle East in collaboration with Beaumont Solar in Saudi Arabia.

Woods Hole Group is proud to announce that since activation on December 10, 2009, our PV system has generated 42,300 kilowatt hours (kWh) and offset approximately 53,000 lbs of CO2 emissions. Twenty-six tons of avoided emissions are equivalent to the following:

  • Consumption of 2,700 gallons of gasoline
  • Consumption of 56 barrels of oil
  • Use of 1,000 propane barbecue cylinders
Woods Hole Group Internship Program.

WHG had a new summer intern again this year. Jimmy Doyle is a sophomore at URI, majoring in Ocean Engineering and worked as a jack-of-all-trades.  He’s done everything from installing water sensors to installing the new air conditioner for the WHG server room. Jimmy said he loves working at Woods Hole Group because he gets to travel and work outdoors so much. 

Jimmy, Dave Bailey, and Mike Walsh went on a field trip to install three water level sensors in the Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme, Connecticut.  This is part of a pro-bono project for “Save the Sound,” sponsored by the Connecticut Fund for the Environment.

When asked about the value of his internship at WHG, Jimmy said that the experience helps his resume and he looks forward to returning next summer!




Mike Walsh Mike Walsh recently started working at the Woods Hole Group Falmouth office.

Mike Walsh lives and grew up in an area of Marshfield called Green Harbor, a coastal town about halfway between Cape Cod and Boston. He attended Marshfield High School and later earned a Bachelor of Science in Geography with an Environmental Concentration from Bridgewater State College.

What he enjoys most about living in Marshfield is certainly the ocean, but also its relatively central location on the coast and proximity to Boston. The central location makes for quick and easy trips to most anywhere in New England.

While he enjoys most any activity on the water, surfing is the one he has been doing the longest. However, because New England is not exactly a "surfer's paradise", surfing has, in turn, spurned another hobby, which is traveling. Mike has done some extensive traveling to both the tropics and the northern and southern latitudes in search of waves and adventure.


Teresa Coy recently started working at the Woods Hole Group Falmouth office in the position of Administrative Assistant.

Teresa is still working at the May Institute's Crisis Stabilization Unit in Hyannis one day a week (over the weekend). The Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) is a 10-bed hospital diversion program in Hyannis, for adults with major mental illness. The program helps to stabilize an individual in crisis and serves as an alternative to hospitalization. It is also utilized as a step-down from a hospital.

Teresa grew up in Brockton and has lived in Mashpee for over two years. She loves beaches and shares her home with her dog, Nash.

Prior to working at the May Institute, Teresa spent many years working in financial services with clients from all over the world. She found it interesting dealing with all the different cultures.


Daniel Rodgers received his Merchant Mariner Credentials this summer! Congratulations Captain Dan!

Woods Hole Group in November 2010...

5th National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration

Dr. Lee Weishar, Kirk Bosma, and Robert Hamilton, Jr. will all be presenting at the conference and available in the booth during various periods. Please find below a brief description of their presentations:

Salt Marsh and Anadromous Fish Run Restoration Design Process at

Stony Brook, Brewster, Massachusetts

Robert Hamilton, Woods Hole Group

Build It and They Will Come: Why Wetlands Form Is Important in
Restoring Wetlands

Lee Weishar, Woods Hole Group

Restoration of the Herring River Estuary System in Wellfleet,
Massachusetts: Hydrodynamic Modeling and Visualization

Kirk Bosma, Woods Hole Group

If you plan to attend the conference, please plan to stop by and see us!

Woods Hole Group Scientists & Engineers on the Conference Circuit...
Dr. Lee Weishar attended the Sea Level Rise 2010 Conference in Houston, TX on March 1-3, 2010.

Todd Morrison and Clint Hare attended the Naval Research Laboratory Expo in Washington, DC on March 10, 2010.


Dr. Lee Weishar attended the Coastal Summit 2010 in Washington, DC on March 9-11, 2010.


Dr. Bruce Magnell and David Szabo attended the Oceanology International Conference in London, UK on March 9-11, 2010.


David Walsh presented at The Delaware Estuary Regional Sediment Management Symposium in Philadelphia, PA on March 30, 2010.


Robert Hamilton, Jr. attended the PORTS 2010 Conference in Jacksonville, FL on April 25-28, 2010.


Dr. Bruce Magnell, Todd Morrison, and David Szabo attended the Offshore Technology Conference 2010 in Houston, TX on May 3-6, 2010.


Dr. Bruce Magnell presented at the 2010 NortekUSA Users Symposium in Seattle, WA on May 19-21, 2010.


Dr. Bruce Magnell and Robert Hamilton, Jr. attended the Ocean Technology Expo in Newport, RI on May 25-27, 2010.


Dr. Lee Weishar presented at the Society of Wetland Scientists 2010 Annual Meeting Website in Salt Lake City, UT on June 27 - July 2, 2010.


Robert Catalano attended the EBC 5th Annual Ocean Resource Management Conference in Waltham, MA on July 16, 2010.


Dr. Bruce Magnell and Todd Morrison attended the OCEANS 2010 MTS/IEEE Conference in Seattle, WA on September 20-23, 2010.


Robert Catalano exhibited at the North American Offshore Wind Conference & Exhibition in Atlantic City, NJ on October 5-7, 2010.


Dr. Lee Weishar presented at the ASBPA 2010 National Conference: "Celebrating the Diversity of the Coast" in Charleston, SC on October 13-15, 2010.


Dr. Bruce Magnell and Todd Morrison attended the Ocean Innovation Conference 2010 in St. Johns, Newfoundland on October 18-20, 2010.


Dr. Bruce Magnell attended the MACOORA Annual Meeting & Conference in Hoboken, NJ on October 28-29, 2010.


Look for us in 2011 at the following conferences...

OTC’s Arctic Technology Conference (ATC)
Houston, TX
February 7-9, 2011


Relay for Life.

Nadine Sweeney participated in the Relay for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society on June 18, 2010. 
Helping Hands for the Plymouth Animal Shelter, Inc..

Cathy Morey, of our Falmouth office, and her husband, Jon, appeared in the Plymouth wickedlocal.com for helping out at the Plymouth Animal Shelter on June 20, 2010.

Also, November 10, 2010 at the On the Rocks Tavern in Plymouth, Cathy and a group of volunteers from the downtown Plymouth area are hosting a “Night for the Paws of Plymouth” Fundraiser.

The Fundraiser proceeds will be given to the Helping Hands for the Plymouth Animal Shelter, Inc., so that an exterior roof can be constructed over the dog enclosure at the shelter. Currently, the dog enclosure area is exposed to the elements, so building an exterior roof over this enclosure will allow the dogs to be protected from the snow, rain, and sun when they are outside in the fresh air.

WHG Corporate Sponsor for Falmouth Commodores.

WHG was a corporate sponsor of the Falmouth Commodores, July 2, 2010.  A great time was had by all the WHG staff who attended what turned into a 12-inning game, with Falmouth winning. Jack Hamilton threw the opening pitch!


National Night Out with the Dennis Police.

Beth participated as a volunteer for National Night Out at the Dennis Police station on August 3rd, handing out goodie bags and bubbles with 911 stickers on them for the kids.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT is designed to:

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs;
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Along with the traditional displays of outdoor lights and front porch vigils, cities, towns and
neighborhoods 'celebrate' NNO with a variety of events and activities such as:

  • block parties,
  • cookouts,
  • visits from local police and sheriff departments
  • parades, exhibits,
  • flashlight walks,
  • contests, and
  • youth programs.
2010 Pan-Massachusetts Challenge.

Luke and Kirk road in the 2010 Pan-Mass Challenge to raise money for life-saving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.


Peter Markunas was arrested, and later bailed out of jail, to help Jerry's Kids in the fight against Muscular Dystrophy


Kudos to all of them for getting involved in their communities and helping others who are less fortunate.

 Keep up the good work!

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