URE OMS Research Student, Napoleon Paxton is one of the interns
assisting NOAA Beaufort Laboratory scientists in determining
the maximum depth of seagrass beds along the Southern Outer
Banks. The goal of this project is to develop a long-term
record of seagrass bed extent, focusing primarily on the historical
changes that have occurred to the deep-edge, and tie this
in with historical changes in water-quality.
Williams is working with Dr. Aleta Hohn in determining whether
an unusually high number of strandings of harbor porpoise
during the winter of 1999 was due to an unusual juxtaposition
of oceanographic features in the western the mid-Atlantic.
The goal is to investigate whether a narrow band of cold water
near shore followed by a strong warm water front results in
higher numbers of stranded harbor porpoise than when the front
is further offshore.