Budgeting for Beaches
understand the role of economics in harbor and beach management, Ed
Cervone also has studied coastal policies in New Jersey, where the
state annually allocates $20 million to a program that adds sand to
As a member of Georgia Tech's Aquatic Chemical Ecology Group, which
is funded by a National Science Foundation IGERT grant, Jennifer
Jackson now is studying the chemistry, biology and engineering
behind marine organism behavior.
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For his thesis in resource economics,
Ed Cervone is researching the role of economics in harbor and beach
management in Camp Ellis and Wells, Maine. Cervone, who has a bachelor's
degree in geology from Princeton, sifted through years of cost/benefit
studies, beach erosion data and records of institutional relationships.
In his research, he also interviewed landowners fighting for their
Miscommunication and lack of resources — human and financial — have
contributed to ill will and distrust of state and federal agencies among
many citizens and municipal officials. Their ire is rooted in decisions
made more than a century ago, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
dredged boat channels and built jetties at the request of both
communities. The construction projects partly achieved their immediate
goals but had negative long-term consequences. They reoriented the
movement of sand, changing the shape of nearby beaches. Homes and
beaches in Camp Ellis have been lost. Wells Beach has shrunk drastically
in some places.
Today, Maine law limits renovation of damaged buildings and bans
seawalls on sand beaches.
Cervone calls Maine's coastal policies progressive, but adds that,
unlike its richer neighbors to the south, the state lacks the money to
put as much emphasis on beach management. His study is a useful starting
point for improving related public policies.
Two heads are better than one
After three years of undergraduate work in marine sciences at the
University of Maine, Jennifer Jackson is at Georgia Institute of
Technology this fall beginning doctoral research in aquatic chemical
She is 21.
Jackson spent the summer wrapping up her experiments that spanned five
years in the laboratory of marine sciences researcher Sara Lindsay.
Jackson first came to UMaine as a high school senior in the MERITS
(Maine Research Internships for Teachers and Students) program.
As a MERITS intern and licensed scuba diver, Jackson had a choice of
studying fish at the Atlantic Salmon Commission or mud-worms in
Lindsay's UMaine lab. Jackson chose mudworms because she knew little
That first summer she collected mudworms — inch-long, centipede-like
invertebrates living on mudflats — in order to study their feeding
behavior. Mudworms can be biological indicators; learning how and what
they ingest can help marine biologists understand where toxins and other
pollutants accumulate in their body tissue.
Jackson also began studying regeneration — the ability of these mudworms
to regrow body parts. For more than two years, she conducted experiments
to see if two species regrew body parts — in this case, their heads — at
the same rate.
Jackson found that both species have the ability to regenerate their
heads in two to three weeks. From there, she studied the biology behind
regeneration in the mudworms, including the molecular hunt for the gene
that makes it possible. Ultimately, unlocking the mysteries of such
nervous system regeneration could have human health implications.
At UMaine, Jackson majored in marine sciences with a concentration in
marine biology, and was enrolled in Honors College. Now as a member of
Georgia Tech's Aquatic Chemical Ecology Group, Jackson is exploring the
significance of chemical signaling in aquatic environments, like the
scent clams give off while eating deep in the mud.