Past Lanphear LIVE! Presentations


Past Presentations – 2020

See below for links to video recordings of this season’s presentations.

June 15th: Kickoff Presentation: Welcome to Lanphear LIVE! 2020Nurturing Napatree in a Changing World

Dr. Peter August, Science Advisor, Napatree Point Conservation Area
Climate change is affecting our natural ecosystems in many different ways. This is especially true for the Napatree Point Conservation Area. Sea level rise, warming ocean temperatures, more frequent storms, changing seasonal cycles all influence the ecology of Napatree. Napatree stewards are doing many management activities now that will lessen the negative effects of climate change and increase the resilience of the Napatree ecosystem. Dr. August will review these stewardship activities.

Watch Dr. Peter August’s Presentation Here



July 13th: Narwhals – Arctic Whales in a Melting World

Todd McLeish, Naturalist and Author
We open Lanphear LIVE! with one of Rhode Island’s most prolific natural history authors, Todd McLeish. Join Todd high above the Arctic Circle as he recounts his adventures studying the elusive Narwhal, the rare Arctic whale with the spiral tusk.  Todd will share insights about the importance of Narwhals in Inuit culture and how the warming planet is affecting the species.

Watch Todd McLeish’s Presentation Here


July 17th: Setting the Bar for the Nation: RI Bird Atlas 2.0

Dr. Charles Clarkson, University of Rhode Island and RI DEM
Most folks aren’t aware of the massive five-year compilation of bird diversity in the state of Rhode Island. Every species of bird has been inventoried in every habitat in all seasons. No other state in the U.S. has been studied so thoroughly! Dr. Charles Clarkson, project leader, will present the results of this important study and discuss the changes (and their causes) that have occurred to the bird fauna since the first Bird Atlas was completed over 30 years ago.

Watch Dr. Charles Clarkson’s Presentation Here


August 3rd: Fishing Among the Giants

Captain Dave Monti, Charter Coat Captain & Vice-President, RI Saltwater Anglers Association
Multiple wind farms are in development off the east coast. Few people know the fishing grounds off Block Island better than charter boat Captain Dave Monti, Vice-Chair of the Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Council and Vice-President of the RI Saltwater Anglers Association. Dave will present his observations of how Block Island offshore wind turbines have impacted local fisheries, fishermen, and the environment.

Watch Captain Dave Monti’s Presentation Here


August 24th: Where the River Meets the Sea

Betty-Jo Cugini, Weathervane Communications and Jim Karpeichik, Ocean State Video
Join us with Rhode Island’s highly acclaimed documentarian, Betty-Jo Cugini, and award-winning video journalist, Jim Karpeichik. This dynamic team will talk about their film making process, highlighting the history of Watch Hill. Following a spirited discussion we will take questions from our viewers.

Watch Betty-Jo and Jim’s Video Here

Past Presentations – 2019

The 2019 Lanphear LIVE! presentations were wonderful. Many thanks to our speakers and the members of the community who attended the sessions.

July 14
An Evening of Magic in Watch Hill With Members of the New York Yacht Club’s American Magic — the U.S. Challenger for the 36th America’s Cup.
American Magic Racing Crew and Team Organizers, New York Yacht Club
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July 29
Fresh From the Antarctic: The JOIDES Resolution’s Expedition to Iceberg Alley – March-May 2019.
Marlo Garnsworthy, Expedition Outreach Officer
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August 5
Wild Weather in RI: Our New Normal … & Why.
David Vallee, NOAA National Weather Service

Missed his talk?
Dave’s PowerPoint slides can be viewed here.
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August 12
How Vulnerable Are We? Sea Level Rise & Storm Surge in Westerly.
Bryan Oakley, Eastern Connecticut State University &
Teresa Crean, Rhode Island Sea Grant

Missed their talks?
Bryan’s PowerPoint presentation can be viewed here.
Teresa’s PowerPoint presentation can be viewed here.
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August 26
Narragansett to Napatree: Archaeological Sites Revealed by Superstorm Sandy.
Timothy Ives, Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission

Past Presentations – 2018

2018 was the inaugural year for the Lanphear LIVE! presentations. It was a runaway success!

July 23
The Drones Are Coming
John Jackson, U.S. Naval War College
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August 6
Whaling Women of New England
Yvonne Masakowski, U.S. Naval War College
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August 13
Submersibles and Telepresence: New Frontiers in Ocean Exploration
Catalina Martinez, NOAA Office of Exploration & Research

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