Bringing Wetland to Market

The “Bringing Wetlands to Market” research study in the towns of Falmouth and Mashpee on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, examined the relationship between salt marshes, climate change, nitrogen pollution, and the economic value of salt marshes as carbon sinks. James Rassman, a project team member, will give a brief rundown on “blue carbon” as well as the science and methods used to track greenhouse gases in a saltmarsh. Joan Muller introduces a STEM high school curriculum module, linked to the Next Generation Science Standards, which provides teaching ideas and activities for sharing it with teachers and students. (Link to curriculum)

James Rassman
James Rassman

James Rassman is the Stewardship Coordinator at the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Falmouth and Mashpee Massachusetts. Mr. Rassman works on long term monitoring and research in and around Waquoit Bay, coastal, riparian, and upland restoration, and land management and acquisition projects. He has a particular interest in the management and ecology of coastal pine barrens and grasslands and lives on the Cape in Centerville, MA.


Joan Muller
Joan Muller

Joan Muller is the Education Coordinator at Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. She was the Principle Investigator on the project to create a curriculum based on the “Bringing Wetlands to Market” research. Joan is committed to action on slowing climate change both at work by starting the Reserve’s Green Team, and by making her own home a sustainable renovation project.

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Last updated: 10/11/19
Author: NOAA
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