NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Green Living Series will continue to offer seminars on “Science and Management of Invasive Species” on Thursday, March 2, with “The Times They are A-Changin’: Marine Bioinvasions in the Northeast,” by Dr. Judith Pederson, a research affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Sea Grant College Program.

All of the lectures in this series are free and open to the public. They take place on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, room 121.

As a marine ecologist, Pederson’s research interests and publications cover topics related to coastal pollution, marine biological invasions, regional research, as well as United States and Canadian collaboration in the Gulf of Maine, and, more recently, climate change impacts on coastal ecosystems, including impacts on native and non-native marine organisms. 

Pederson organized several Rapid Assessment Surveys where taxonomic experts identified native and non-native marine organism found in marinas and harbors throughout New England.  Her current research examines settlement of non-native and native species over time in two Massachusetts harbors.

Pederson convened several International Conferences on Marine Bioinvasions and Ballast Water, served as chair of the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas Working Group on Introductions, and the Transfers of Marine Organisms and the Northeast Aquatic Nuisance Species Panel. She also is a member of an external review board for the Puerto Rico Center for the Environment and Neuroscience. 

She has served as an external advisor to Canadian agencies on marine bioinvasion issues, and as an editor for “Estuaries.” Her publications include scientific articles, public outreach documents, and several special editions of journals for which she was guest editor. She has received numerous awards, including those from the Gulf of Maine Council for the Marine Environment, the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, and the Massachusetts Bays Program, among others.

This Green Living Series will continue on Thursdays through April 20.

For more information, go to or contact Dr. Daniel Shustack, or (413) 662-5301. Podcasts of the seminars will be posted online following each presentation at

The 2017 Green Living Seminar series is a presentation of MCLA’s Berkshire Environmental Resource Center and the MCLA Environmental Studies Department.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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