Join Dr. Jameson Chace, Dr. Craig Condella and Dr. Jeroen van den Hurk as they discuss the development of an undergraduate field research program on Rose Island in Narragansett Bay, in partnership with Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation and the Fort Hamilton Trust. Under the guidance of lead investigators, areas of research by summer interns included breeding biology and reproductive success of birds, vegetative surveys, documentation and interpretation of architectural and human history, and preparation and implementation of educational materials for visitation by Newport public school students.
Narragansett Bay is comprised of many small, uninhabited islands that have a long history of pre-contact and post-contact human use that are now protected or partially protected by ownership by the state of Rhode Island and managed by the Department of Environmental Management or other nonprofit entity. Key islands are Rose, Gould (Newport), Gould (Tiverton), Patience, Dyer, Dutch and Hope. Rose Island is the ideal starting point because of the protection, the active conservation area, the known history, established removal of vegetation around critical sites, transport and opportunities for long-term impact studies, all of which are because of a partnership with Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation and Fort Hamilton Trust. These locations, starting at Rose Island, form the location for a fruitful collaboration with faculty and students on interdisciplinary projects.