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Research at the Reserve Series

Into the SWMP and BayWatchers Meta-Verse

Tuesday, March 26 (In-person or Virtual)
6:30PM – 7:30PM

Waquoit Bay NERR hosts two long-term water quality monitoring programs encompassing the whole bay and its tributaries: the national scale System-Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP) and the local volunteer-based Waquoit BayWatchers. They are very different programs both in their structures and in aspects of their missions. Waquoit Bay Research Associate Theo Collins dives into the details of both programs: the strengths and limitations of each dataset, where to find and access the data, and how data from each of these programs have been applied in various projects from local to national scales.

Theophilos (Theo) Collins has a history of working at the intersection of marine science research and education. He worked extensively with research teams on “tall ships” such as the Sailing School Vessels Corwith Cramer and Robert C. Seamans run by Sea Education Association. In 2015 he completed a Masters degree in Coastal Environmental Management at Duke University, performing water quality research and monitoring in the waters around Beaufort, NC. He has also helped run various water quality monitoring programs, from managing a volunteer corps with the Charles River Watershed Association around Boston to developing a youth-driven water quality monitoring curriculum on the Delaware River in Philadelphia.

REGISTRATION – Please select if you will be attending in-person or via Zoom on the registration form.

In-person Option: The presentation will be at the Reserve’s Visitor Center; doors will open at 6:00pm.

Virtual Option: A Zoom link will be emailed to you prior to the start of the presentation.



Venue Phone: 508.457.0495

Venue Website:

131 Waquoit Highway, Waquoit, Massachusetts, 02536, United States