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CANCELLED: Public talk: Nitrogen - friend or foe? Effects of fertilization on a New England salt marsh

It's with regret that we are cancelling the Tuesday, March 13th lecture on "Nitrogen: Friend or Foe? Effects of Fertilization on a New England Salt Marsh." While we fully respect the right of individuals to protest the proposed expansion of teaching and research space at Northeastern University's Marine Science Center, recent activity and social media posts suggest the potential for a hostile environment at this lecture. We are committed to the advancement of science and research to promote environmental sustainability. While these events provide opportunities for important scientific conversations, we do not want to put our speaker and guests at risk. We hope to reschedule the talk at a later date and apologize for any disappointment this may cause to those who had planned to attend.


Presented by Dr. Torrie Hanley, Postdoctoral Researcher, Northeastern University

Increased nutrient inputs as a result of human activities threaten valuable coastal systems such as salt marshes and the communities relying on their ecosystem services. Understanding how nutrient pollution affects key salt marsh species is a critical step in predicting the capacity of the ecosystem to respond to additional environmental stressors. This talk will discuss the effects of increased levels of nutrients on a common plant, Spartina, that plays a fundamental role in determining the health of salt marshes, and highlight the results of a unique long-term, whole-ecosystem fertilization experiment in Plum Island, MA.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 7:00pm to 8:15pm

Northeastern University Marine Science Center, Murphy Bunker 430 Nahant Road, Nahant, MA 01908

Event Type

Lecture, Sustainability


COS, Marine and Environmental Sciences, Marine Science Center







Sponsoring Organization

Northeastern University Marine Science Center

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