"We are delighted to be working with DWCF to expand our work to reduce terrapin mortality due to human impacts in our community," said Dr. Lenore Tedesco, Wetlands Institute Executive Director.
Lenore Tedesco, the institute's new director, said she plans to expand the institute's scientific reach from its sprawling grounds on Stone Harbor Boulevard.
Tedesco was hired in October to take the place of longtime director Cindy O'Connor, who retired after 27 years.
"Location, location, location," Tedesco
"We have the location.
It's in your face.
How do I turn that aesthetic appreciation into something more?"
comes from a culture of hard science as a professor and director of the Center for Earth and Environmental Science at Indiana University
authored more than 30 papers in scientific journals and lectured internationally on topics including wetlands restoration.
She has a doctorate in marine geology and geophysics.
"Make no small plans" was the theme of her
mission statement for the institute, in which she
talked about using the facility's resources to tackle topics such as climate change.
"I believe that research drives conservation, and there are distinct and important opportunities for the Wetlands Institute in both areas," she wrote.
Board of Trustees member Mike Craig, owner of the Washington Inn in Cape May, said Tedesco has a lot of enthusiasm that will translate well to the institute's goals.
would like the institute to pique the interest not just of children with its aquariums and nature walks but adults as well.
"Once parents get past having school-age kids, their attendance drops off.
There are a ton of reasons we need to keep adults coming back and expanding their learning," she
Later, when families sit down to a seafood dinner, they can think about the lessons they learned in Middle Township, she
"We try to talk about the functions and values of wetlands.
Wetlands are a nursery grounds for two-thirds of the commercial food-fish in the world," she
Dr. Lenore Tedesco, executive director, who recently marked 120 days on the job, having replaced the retired Cindy O'Connor, told members of the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce Thur., Feb. 16 at Rio Station among changes would be a shift to July 13-14 for the 30th annual Wings 'n' Water Festival.
cited flagging festival attendance for the reason to "bring new life to the f festival to do something more exciting."
The multi-venue event, held in September since inception, had a one-price ticket.
That, too, will change, said Tedesco
, who noted there would be a change in ticket packages to enter only certain events.
With the advent of more local vineyards and a local brewery, Tedesco
said the festival would include them, too.
Transportation issues would be overcome by an increased number of trolleys operating between all points of the festival.
Also look for a Friday boat cruise and other events.
"Make no small plans," Tedesco
Tedesco, who "grew up on the tidal marshes of Long Island," spent 20 years at Indiana/Purdue University.
Immediately prior to her arrival at the institute, she was professor, Department of Earth Sciences, and director, Center for Earth and Environmental Science.
told the chamber she
brought three water-related research projects to the institute.
also reassured the group that many of the educational programs and summer camps many have grown to enjoy will continue and expand.
said there will be a new thrust to get children excited about science and technology, but there will also be programs to entice teenagers and college-aged young people as well as adults.