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  • Ecotherapy: Improving Mental Health through Spending Time with Nature

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    If you consider the beach your happy place, there’s a growing body of evidence showing you’re right. 

    Monmouth University Associate Professor Megan Delaney, of the Department of Professional Counseling, has developed a course on ecotherapy, which focuses on contact with nature as a method or element of counseling. According to Delaney, studies have indicated that regular exposure to the environment can reduce stress, obesity, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, childhood anxiety, and carry other mental and physical health benefits.

    “The research shows that we now spend 93 percent of our time indoors,” Delaney said. “At its core, ecotherapy is about reconnecting with nature. We have lived in harmony with the natural world for so long; it wasn’t until recently that we stopped, and look at the destruction that we’re doing to it.”

    Delaney’s course, Ecotherapy: Counseling with Nature (PC502), seeks to strengthen the rapport between her students and nature so they may pass it on to their clients when they become counselors. The graduate-level course is highly immersive, with regular activities in outdoor settings throughout the Jersey Shore area. On any given day, students may go surfing, canoeing, camping, gardening or take a goat yoga class. Delaney typically assigns a reading or video viewing related to the activity in advance, then provides a series of prompts for the students to discuss and respond to in their journals while on the scene.

    Students are also tasked to take on a semester-long reciprocity project that helps the environment or nature, such as cleaning up beaches or working with animals. She said the assignment is meant to strengthen their bonds with the earth while serving as a model of a healthy relationship, in that you can’t just take from it, but must give back to it. 

    Water Connections

    Recently, Urban Coast Institute (UCI) Marine Scientist Jim Nickels took the class for a cruise along the Sandy Hook Bay and Shrewsbury River aboard the R/V Heidi Lynn Sculthorpe. The group viewed a TED Talk by “Blue Mind” author Wallace Matthews beforehand and spoke aboard the vessel about people’s connections to water. Delaney said the experience was valuable to the students, many of whom had never seen the area they live in from offshore. 

    Delaney and Nickels aboard vessel
    Professor Delaney and UCI Marine Scientist Jim Nickels in the wheelhouse of the R/V Heidi Lynn Sculthorpe.

    Delaney said ecotherapy and the theory behind it, ecopsychology, first emerged in the 1960s as psychologists and scientists began to probe the impact of humans’ growing disconnect from the natural world. However, she noted that living in harmony with nature has long been central to Indigenous cultures, so in ways the practice has been appropriated from them. For her part, Delaney now conducts “walk and talk” therapy and no longer practices in an office.

    The water holds a prominent place in ecotherapy. Therapists are now conducting sessions with clients while on the water surfing and paddleboarding, and Delaney recently reviewed a study about the benefits of fly-fishing while practicing.

    “One of the big themes that I saw coming out of it was the connection to water — that people felt good being near it, or they felt alive or part of the earth when they’re around or interacting with blue spaces,” she said. 

    A Personal Path to Practice

    She traces her own start in the field back to the love she developed for the outdoors during childhood camping trips with her family. As a college student, she took off a semester and spent three months in an Outdoor Leadership School course in Kenya, which opened her eyes to the world of outdoor education.

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    Professor Delaney leads a class aboard the R/V Heidi Lynn Sculthorpe.

    After graduating she moved to Utah and worked for a program that conducted wilderness therapy with juvenile detention centers. Youths were taken for 60-day camping trips as part of their rehabilitation, which she said affected an “incredible transformation” in them.

    “The problem was, there wasn’t a great transition,” she said. “The students would learn how to be in nature and then move back into their other environment, and what was missing was that piece of, how do we apply what we learned? How can we survive in a toxic environment having learned what we did to survive in the natural world?”

    She later returned to the East Coast and was working in a corporate job in New York City during the 9/11 attacks, a moment that prompted her to re-examine her career path. Delaney would return to school to study counseling and for the first time took a course in ecopsychology. She felt an instant connection to the material, which she felt expressed feelings and intuitions that she had long held but never knew how to articulate. 

    Ecotherapy at Monmouth

    In Monmouth, she found an institution that was enthusiastic and open to her developing the course and leading the University’s ecotherapy specialization. Today, her course fills up within hours and has a long waiting list.

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    “I get calls from around the country because there are very few ecotherapy programs and we’re the only ones that have a specialization, so people are coming here for that,” Delaney said.

    Taking advantage of all the peak Jersey Shore outdoor tourism season has to offer, Delaney also taught an Adventure-Based Ecotherapy (PC504) course over the summer. Based upon the tenets of ecotherapy, the class explored adventure-based counseling, a type of experiential therapy that uses challenging adventure activities to aid the therapeutic healing process. The class was conducted outside and included experiences such as ropes courses, rock-climbing, surfing and an immersive overnight outdoor expedition.

    Delaney has secured multiple faculty enrichment grants through the UCI’s Heidi Lynn Sculthorpe Scholars Program to conduct research on ecotherapy with the support of student assistants. She worked with Professor Kimberly Callas on a qualitative study of how students responded to Discovering the Ecological Self, in which Monmouth students and faculty provide lessons to local youths on nature and they produce artwork based on the experience. A second study looked at graduates’ experiences in ecotherapy and how it shaped their identity as counselors. And over the summer, she conducted interviews with colleagues’ clients to determine how ecotherapy impacted them. Every student who worked on the projects with her has graduated and is now doing ecotherapy work, she said. 

    She also authored a book on ecotherapy in 2020 titled “Nature Is Nurture: Counseling and the Natural World,” published by Oxford University Press. 

    The isolation brought on by the pandemic has only fueled interest in ecotherapy, Delaney observed. The steady stream of alarming news about climate change and the state of the environment has also heightened anxiety, not only among the general public, but its researchers.

    “I find that when I’m in conversations with scientists, especially climate scientists and environmentalists, that they’re a really stressed-out bunch of people,” she said. “I think that some of that is the conscious and unconscious understanding that what they’re studying is dying. They’re the first responders to the climate crisis in a lot of ways.”

  • CLONet Summit Focuses on Next Steps for Restoring County’s Coastal Lakes

    Now entering its fifth year, the Coastal Lakes Observing Network (CLONet) has shifted its attention from solely collecting data on the health of Monmouth County waterbodies to tapping that information for restoring them.

    Water clarity test
    Endowed Professor of Marine Science Jason Adolf measures Lake Takanassee’s clarity with a Secchi disc.

    Through CLONet, Monmouth University School of Science and Urban Coast Institute (UCI) staff and students partner with municipalities and community groups to sample coastal lakes for temperature, salinity, clarity, dissolved oxygen, and phycocyanin levels – an important indicator of harmful algal blooms – and file their readings to an online database for analysis. To date, CLONet members have collected over 1,300 samples from Deal Lake, Fletcher Lake, Lake Como, Lake Takanassee, Shadow Lake, Silver Lake, Spring Lake, Sunset Lake, Sylvan Lake, Wesley Lake and Wreck Pond. A team was also recently formed to sample Jackson Woods Pond in Long Branch.

    The citizen scientists and researchers gathered at Monmouth University’s Great Hall Auditorium on Nov. 8 to share their experiences and learn what the data they collected in 2022 reveals about the lakes. The Fall 2022 Coastal Lakes Summit also focused on local remediation projects that could serve as models for other CLONet lakes.

    The first four years of CLONet work has been supported by grants from the Jules L. Plangere, Jr. Family Foundation, but UCI Associate Director Tom Herrington said new funding streams could make it possible for communities to take the next steps toward addressing the lakes’ environmental issues. He said the data gathered through CLONet has positioned them to make a compelling case to funders on the need to improve the waters and strategies that would make a difference. He pledged that Monmouth will remain a partner in helping them navigate the process.

    “Through two very important bills that were passed by Congress in the past year and a half, the Infrastructure Act and the Inflation Reduction Act, the federal government has set significant funding aside for ecosystem restoration and resilience,” Herrington said. “These funds will be available for the next five years, so we’re talking tens of millions of dollars that the federal government has in place right now to help communities like yours to restore the ecological functioning of the lakes. It’s an opportunity that we’ve set ourselves up to take advantage of.”

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    A 1930s postcard showing Sylvan Lake.

    Offering a glimpse of what the future could look like for the lakes was Martin McHugh, regional manager for SubCo Eco-Contracting. McHugh delivered a presentation on his firm’s work with Avon-by-the-Sea to employ nature-based solutions for restoring Sylvan Lake, which forms a border between the borough and Bradley Beach. The project initially focused on restoring the waterline along one small portion of the lake to a more natural state, with native shrubs planted at its base to provide habitat, filter stormwater runoff and provide a barrier to geese. 

    “It was amazing how fast the plants took and the dramatic change in the shoreline there,” McHugh said. “While we were planting, the turtles, fish and birds were all trying to get in there. If you build it, they will come.”

    Residents who were initially wary of having their lake views obstructed were won over upon seeing its success, McHugh said. The community chose to expand the project to other portions of the lake, with additional treatments including the installation of rock beds and shallow marsh areas where the pipes carry in stormwater to help slow it down and naturally treat it. 

    Videos of the presentations and related meeting materials can be found at the end of this article. 

    Updates: 2022 Data Revelations and Trends

    Endowed Associate Professor of Marine Science Jason Adolf and Community Science Coordinator Erin Conlon also provided a rundown of what this year’s sampling data shows and new developments in the initiative. Among the highlights:

    • As shown in the chart above, the lakes where harmful algal blooms (HAB) are most frequently detected are Sunset Lake (20 percent of instances measured), Deal Lake (15 percent), Fletcher (10 percent) and Silver Lake (7 percent). Adolf noted that Fletcher had never had a HAB detected, but during this summer’s drought, there was one that was “off the charts – the highest we’ve seen in the four years since we’ve been working.” Wreck Pond, Sylvan Lake and Wesley Lake have not recorded a HAB event so far.
    • Adolf observed that “The HABiest areas just happened to be in Asbury Park,” musing “and no, I don’t think rock n’ roll causes HABs.” More likely, it’s a case of the lakes being centered in densely developed areas with few wetland buffers to absorb and treat runoff.  
    • Adolf reported that a rigorous comparison between the data collected by citizen scientists and that collected by the trained scientists from Monmouth and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has proven its reliability. For example, he showed a chart illustrating a strong relationship between low Secchi depth (water clarity) readings taken by the volunteers and high phytoplankton/HAB biomass measurements recorded by the scientists, showing the former is an indicator of the latter.
    • Conlon announced that spreadsheets containing all of the CLONet data is now available for download on the CLONet Data Explorer. The web app offers easy options for users to compare the conditions of one lake to another, view averages of all lakes, and track trends over time. 
    • The app’s CLONet Area Rainfall chart shows after a steep dip this summer, precipitation levels have rebounded to the annual average. Adolf noted that the wet spring and torrential rains carried by the remnants of Hurricane Ida offset the drought.

    CLONet welcomes community members who would like to assist in monitoring their lakes to join the project. Monmouth staff and students can provide trainings and equipment to all interested. For more information, email Erin Conlon at econlon@monmouth.edu.  

    Summit Videos & Materials

    Part I: CLONet Overview and Data Update

    Part II: Strategies for Coastal Lake Restoration

    Related Meeting Materials

  • Call for Abstracts: June 2-3 STAR Symposium at Monmouth University

    Abstracts are now being accepted for the June 2-3 Sustainability in Teaching and Research (STAR) Symposium exploring the core themes of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the member countries of the United Nations in 2015. The SDGs call for a global partnership to work toward securing a more just and sustainable future for all peoples and the planet.

    Through this multidisciplinary symposium, as a higher education institution, Monmouth seeks to create a collaborative knowledge platform through exploring pedagogical and scholarly innovations and projects addressing and seeking solutions toward ending poverty and inequality, protecting the environment, and ensuring education, health, justice, peace, and prosperity for all. The event will be held in-person at Monmouth University, with virtual options available.

    Abstracts are due Jan. 15 and should be limited to 250 words. Please feel free to share the call for abstracts with colleagues in your respective network and professional groups and associations. Details and further information about the event, call for abstracts, and submission process may be found on the symposium website. Further inquiries may be directed to starsymposium@monmouth.edu.

  • Watch: Documenting and Interpreting Superstorm Sandy

    The Oct. 28 “Documenting and Interpreting Superstorm Sandy” virtual panel explored some of the ways the disaster is being documented for the historical record and interpreted for the public — adding to our understanding not just of Sandy as a historic event, but contributing to conversations on themes including coastal resilience, climate change, environmental justice, public/private partnerships, and emergency preparedness.

    Panelists

    Professor Karen Bright, MFA: Department of Art and Design, Monmouth University. In 2019, Professor Bright created an art exhibition titled Just Beachy/After Sandy. The exhibit, installed in the DiMattio Gallery in Monmouth University’s Rechnitz Hall, was a public participatory art installment that highlighted the effects of Sandy and shared the stories of residents who were impacted. 

    Molly Graham: Oral Historian, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Molly is the oral historian for NOAA’s Voices Oral History Archives, where she collects, preserves and curates oral histories documenting historical environmental change and its impacts on fisheries, oceans and coasts. 

    Abigail Perkiss, Ph.D.: Associate Professor of History, Kean University. Perkiss’s new book, Hurricane Sandy on New Jersey’s Forgotten Shore (Cornell University Press, 2022) documents the uneven recovery of Hurricane Sandy along New Jersey’s coastline. This book is an outgrowth of a longitudinal oral history project, developed with Kean undergraduates, to tell the story of the relief and recovery efforts after the storm along the Sandy Hook and Raritan bays. 

    Moderator: Professor Melissa Ziobro, Specialist Professor of Public History, Monmouth University. Professor Ziobro is the project lead for Tracking Sandy: Monmouth County Remembers, a multi-year effort to document the impacts of Superstorm Sandy in Monmouth County, New Jersey, via oral history collection and exhibits.  

    The panel was one of four free events offered by Monmouth University to examine the disaster from a wide range of historic, economic and environmental perspectives. The others were:

  • Watch: Panel on Lessons Learned and Not Learned Since Sandy

    The Urban Coast Institute (UCI) hosted a special conversation Oct. 27 on lessons New Jersey has apparently learned and not learned since Hurricane Sandy struck a decade go. “To Build or Not to Build: That is the Question – Lessons We Haven’t Learned 10 Years After Superstorm” was moderated by UCI Director Tony MacDonald and featured an expert panel consisting of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn LaTourette, Climate Central Senior Advisor Don Bain, and Federal Emergency Management Administration Region II Mitigation Division Director Michael Moriarty.

    The speakers addressed how the state and communities should proceed given the new normal climate change, sea level rise, continued development and increased vulnerability in coastal areas, and the threat of more frequent and violent coastal storms. The panel talk was one of four events offered by Monmouth University examining the disaster from a range of historic, economic and environmental perspectives. The others were:

    Speaker Bios

    Shawn M. LaTourette

    Shawn M. LaTourette

    Shawn M. LaTourette was appointed by Gov. Philip Murphy the commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in 2021. LaTourette is responsible for formulating statewide environmental policy while directing programs that protect public health and ensure the quality of New Jersey’s air, land, water, and natural and historic resources. A lawyer and policymaker with more than 20 years of experience in environmental protection, LaTourette began his career defending victims of toxic exposure, including organizing and advocating for the needs of vulnerable New Jersey communities whose drinking water was contaminated by petrochemicals. He first joined the DEP as the chief legal and regulatory policy adviser to then-commissioner Catherine McCabe in 2018 and was elevated to DEP chief of staff in 2019 and to deputy commissioner in 2020. Since 2019, he has been responsible for running DEP’s operations while formulating policy and regulatory reforms to advance Gov. Murphy’s environmental, climate change and clean energy priorities. His diverse background — in protecting vulnerable communities, facilitating the development of infrastructure and public works, managing business risk, promoting conservationist policies and advocating for equity — has made him a leading force in policy, program and project development, especially those at the complex juncture of economic development, energy and environmental protection.

    Don Bain

    Don Bain

    Don Bain, P.E., is a climate engineer and expert on climate change, adaptation and sea level rise. Dedicated to building a bright future in a dramatically changing climate, he is a highly accomplished business executive and management consultant. He has managed hundreds of projects and has experience working in 21 countries. As a consulting partner at Ernst & Young, he advised Fortune 500 clients. He has international executive experience, has led several technology and professional services companies in the U.S. and Europe, and was a board member at Robin Hood Ventures. Don is an expert on the implications of sea level rise and has advised municipalities on adaptation, risk management, economics and finance. He is an expert in rigorous greenhouse gas accounting and management methods. Don is a licensed professional engineer.

    Michael Moriarty

    Michael Moriarty

    Michael Moriarty serves as mitigation director leading a team creating more resilient communities by reducing future losses to homes, businesses, public buildings and critical facilities from floods, earthquakes, tornadoes and other natural disasters. His Mitigation Team focuses on breaking the cycle of recurrent disaster damage with responsibilities for New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The team helps reduce loss of life and property while building capability with state, local and tribal partners through a variety of programs, including the identification, analysis and mapping of risks, support to state and local floodplain management, coordination of the National Flood Insurance Program, environmental planning and historic preservation compliance and management of a robust pre-disaster mitigation grants program and a hazard mitigation grants program of more than $3.5B for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands for Hurricane Maria and more than $2 billion to New York and New Jersey for Hurricane Sandy. 

  • Watch: UCI and MEBP Club at SUBMERGE Marine Science Festival

    Members of the Marine and Environmental Biology and Policy (MEBP) Club and Urban Coast Institute staff sailed to New York City aboard the R/V Heidi Lynn Sculthorpe Oct. 14 and 15 to take part in the SUBMERGE Marine Science Festival at Hudson River Park’s Pier 84. The group welcomed visitors aboard the vessel for tours, provided demos of the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal, and shared what it’s like to be an MEBP student conducting research at Monmouth University.

  • Watch: Herrington Presents on Coastal Resilience in N.J. Since Sandy

    UCI Associate Director Tom Herrington was the featured speaker on Sept. 26 in a webinar series offered through the Rutgers Cooperative Extension entitled “Weathering the Storm: Increased Resiliency a Decade After Superstorm Sandy.” Herrington delivered the presentation “Beyond Recovery from Sandy: Setting the Stage for Future Community Resilience” (see video above).

    In recognition of the 10th anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, the series is reflecting on how New Jersey has become more resilient to environmental impacts, with an emphasis on storms and extreme weather. The six-evening webinar series is free and open to all interested. Click here to register for one or more of the sessions or to learn more about the series.

  • Monmouth Receives Funding to Establish Consortium of N.J. Universities to Conduct Research on Coastal Resilience

    The Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute (UCI) has received $1 million in state funding to establish the New Jersey Coastal Consortium for Resilient Communities (NJCCRC). The NJCCRC team of universities and the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium will work to identify research needs and fill knowledge gaps that enable the state and communities to make more informed decisions on coastal resilience actions and respond to climate threats.  

    New Jersey’s fiscal year 2022 and 2023 budgets each included $500,000 to support the NJCCRC and its work. The initial phase of the work, which commenced in September, is being conducted by experts from the Montclair State University Earth and Environmental Studies Department; the New Jersey Institute of Technology Center for Natural Resources; Rutgers University’s Institute of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences and Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve; the Stevens Institute of Technology Coastal Engineering Research Lab; the Stockton University Coastal Research Center; the UCI and New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium. Examples of the research to be carried out by the NJCCRC partners include:

    • The development of a framework for a real-time observing system that would monitor water conditions throughout the Barnegat Bay with a focus on measuring how the system is changing over time. A hydrographic model will also be developed that could draw on this data to predict how the bay’s circulation will change in the future.
    • Modeling how sea level rise is accelerating saltwater intrusion in the groundwater beneath marsh islands and whether steps such as sediment replenishment can protect the freshwater-dependent maritime forests that live in these environments.
    • Studies of how climate change is impacting the movements of sediments in coastal bays and along the shore and the effectiveness of beach dunes for improving coastal resilience in densely developed areas.

    The funding was sponsored and supported by New Jersey State Sen. Vin Gopal, included as part of Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed budget, and approved by the New Jersey Legislature.

    “A decade ago, Superstorm Sandy exposed our coastline’s vulnerability on so many fronts,” Sen. Gopal said. “One of the keys to ensuring we’re in better position to withstand and rebound from future Sandys is to develop the fullest possible picture of the risks we face and what steps we can to take to address them. This funding will help marshal the expertise of six of New Jersey’s top universities for that purpose.”

    In identifying the next phase and future work, the NJCCRC collaborators will work with state agencies and coastal stakeholders to determine research needs that should be addressed to inform an update of the 2020 New Jersey Scientific Report on Climate Change and to implement actions detailed in the 2021 New Jersey Climate Change Resilience Strategy and Coastal Resilience Plan. Additional universities and collaborators could join work on future projects as priorities and opportunities continue to be identified. 

    The NJCCRC will assemble an advisory panel with representatives from research organizations, nonprofits, local governments, private sector entities and other stakeholders who can provide input on its research priorities and work.

    According to UCI Associate Director Thomas Herrington, the NJCCRC’s principal investigator, the collaboration has the added advantage of building closer working relationships among the state’s leading researchers on coastal resilience.

    “In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, all of the core NJCCRC partners were called upon by state and federal agencies to work together in support of New Jersey’s response and recovery efforts. That effort has already improved the resilience of our coastal communities and environments,” Herrington said. “Each of the NJCCRC partners has its own strengths that when combined can be amplified to reduce the risk of coastal hazards turning into natural disasters.”

  • ‘Tracking Sandy: Monmouth County Remembers’ Student Poster Exhibit Opening Oct. 28

    Join Specialist Professor in Public History Melissa Ziobro’s Museums and Archives Management Basics students on Oct. 28 as they unveil a poster exhibit that pairs excerpts from oral history interviews with archival photos in order to document and interpret Superstorm Sandy’s impact on Monmouth County. The 16-panel exhibit will remain on display at Monmouth University’s Murry & Leonie Guggenheim Memorial Library through Dec. 9.

    Sandy flooding

    Over the summer, Ziobro completed 21 oral history interviews with homeowners, first responders, government officials, non-profit leaders, social workers, and others impacted by the storm, which made landfall in New Jersey on Oct. 29, 2012. The interviews, conducted in advance of the 10th anniversary of the storm, join 17 others she conducted for the fifth anniversary. Together, the recordings and transcripts create an invaluable record for generations to come, adding to our understanding not just of Sandy as a historic event, but contributing to conversations on themes including coastal resilience, climate change, environmental justice, public/private partnerships, and emergency preparedness.

    The event, “Tracking Sandy: Monmouth County Remembers,” will begin at 3 p.m. at the library. Following brief remarks by Urban Coast Institute (UCI) Associate Director Tom Herrington, light refreshments will be served.

    The recent oral history work was supported with a faculty enrichment grant through the UCI’s Heidi Lynn Sculthorpe Scholars Program.

    The panel is one of four free events being offered by Monmouth University to examine the disaster from a wide range of historic, economic and environmental perspectives. The others are:

    For questions or more information about these events, email uci@monmouth.edu.

  • ROI-NJ Higher Education Influencers Issue Recognizes CLONet, Maritime Archaeology

    A 2021 CLONet training at Fletcher Lake in Bradley Beach.

    ROI-NJ highlighted two UCI-supported programs at Monmouth University in its 2022 list of influencers in higher education. The publication annually profiles leading figures from New Jersey’s 74 higher ed institutions who’ve had the greatest influence and impact at their schools as well as within the business community.

    For the first time this year, ROI-NJ included the category “They teach that in college?” which featured unique classes, programs and majors offered around the state. It included the Coastal Lakes Observing Network, led by Endowed Professor in Marine Science Jason Adolf and UCI Community Science Coordinator Erin Conlon, and Monmouth’s maritime archaeology course, taught by Professor of Anthropology Richard Veit and UCI Marine Scientist Jim Nickels.

    Through CLONet, Monmouth faculty and students train and equip community volunteers to conduct water sampling at their local lakes and file their results to an online database for analysis. The story notes that CLONet has provided “students hands-on field experience while shedding new light on the causes of harmful algal blooms afflicting New Jersey lakes.”

    Maritime archaeology students explore the underwater history of New Jersey through readings, lectures and fieldwork, including the use of side-scan sonar and camera-equipped remote operated vehicle technologies in area waters. “It is one of many offerings that bolster Monmouth University’s highly regarded marine and environmental biology and policy program and the Urban Coast Institute,” the article said. Watch our video below for a glimpse at the course.

    ROI-NJ also recognized the following people and programs at Monmouth: