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The narrative of science can often take a passive role. When it does, the importance of the story that it tells can be misconstrued or simply misunderstood. The job of a scientist should also include telling the story as an active participant.

Q&A Talk back for “Boundless” by Alison Weller Cape Rep Theatre Brewster, MA Nov 2017


WHOI’s Ocean Science Cafe

Community Science was at the heart of the creation of WHOI’s Ocean Science Cafe. The first Ocean Science Cafe was held in January 2018 and addressed the rising conflict between seals, sharks and humans. Andrea Bogomolni and Owen Nichols (Center for Coastal Studies) brought forth the idea for a Science Cafe and worked with WHOI to develop the first talk for this successful series.

Northwest Atlantic Seal Research Consortium FAQs

The Northwest Atlantic Seal Research Consortium (NASRC) stemmed from a series of workshops to bring together seal researchers and those interested in increasing seal populations in the NW Atlantic. In 2013, NASRC was established as a consortium with the goal of increasing collaborations and discussions in the region. NASRC has been at the forefront of providing fact based information for local government, media and education centers throughout the region. A link to our most recent FAQs focusing on seals of the Northeast can be found here.

Atlantic White Shark Conservancy & The Northwest Atlantic Seal Research Consortium

“Healthy Predators for Healthy Oceans”

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and NASRC compiled information on great white sharks and seals and the importance of predators for healthy ecosystems. This Tri-Fold PDF can be downloaded here:

Popular Media


Wildlife Conservation Insights Podcast: Humans, Pinnipeds and Sharks: How Do We Co-exist? With Dr. Estelle Rousselet. June 24th 2021  

Wildlife Health Connections Podcast: Seals as Sentinels of Ocean Health with Dr. Michelle Kneeland. November 25th 2020.

Cold, Dark and Sharky. OUTSIDE/IN. Sept 29 2019.

Going Full Ninja on Smelly Seals With Andrea Bogomolni. Shark Tales. Boston 10 NBC. October 8 2019.

Does Cape Cod Have A Gray Seal Problem? We Dig Into The Science. WBUR Boston. Aug 20, 2019

Mixed Media

Scientists Address Myths, Misinformation About Seals. Cape Cod Chronicle. Tim Wood Oct 31 2018.

Down to Earth: Seals, sharks and sustainability. Anne Mazar. MetroWest Daily News, Aug 02, 2013 

The U.S. East Coast from Above. VIDICOM, Germany. Featured segment: 1 of 5. Filmed September 2013.

Marine Mammals Meet Modern Medicine. Video Ari Daniel Shapiro, Oceanus Online. August 23, 2013.

Sharks and Seals. Interview on WCAI, Public Radio Station, Woods Hole, MA. July 2013.

Pathobiology Student Making Waves. Sheila Foran. UCONN Today. October 11, 2011.  Foran.

How Kitty is Killing the Dolphins.  Written by C. Solomon. Scientific American, May 2013.

Sea Sick. Written by B. Kessler. Conservation Magazine September 2010. August 26th 2010. Volume 11, Number 3.

Disease Agents Are Accumulating In Sea Life. Written by K. Thoms. Oceanus. Oct 2009, Vol. 47 Issue 2, p 30.

Scientists Investigate Mysterious Duck Die-offs. Written by K. Madin. Oceanus; Oct 2009, Vol. 47 Issue 2, p 34.

In the News

Since 2005, the conflicts between seals and humans on Cape Cod have become more tense. In response to growing misinformation in the media about seals, a concerted effort was undertaken to correct myths and misinformation and correct the narrative through radio, print and social media as well as through lecture series and invited outreach events.

The Cape Cod National Seashore held a panel discussion with seal and shark experts and representatives of the CCNS. The discussion was held at Nauset Middle School in Orleans, MA.

Public Outreach

Seal Facts for Cape Cod Town Governments

Piscataqua Science Cafe, Portsmouth NH

Seals on the Shoals January 2019

Center For Coastal Studies Lecture Series at Napi’s November 2018

Mythbusting: Sharks and Seals

Dr. Greg Skomal and Dr. Andrea Bogomolni. Plymouth MA 2018

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