Intertidal Crabs Community Science Challenge

10:30 AM–11:15 AM | Online | Public

Get your students involved in a collaborative effort to track changes in the intertidal across the Gulf of Maine.

Intertidal Crabs Community Science Challenge

How do populations of Asian shore, European green, and native crabs compare up and down the coast of the Gulf of Maine? Are crab populations changing over time and in response to warming temperatures? Where will Asian shore, European green, and native crabs be most abundant in the future?

Participate in the Intertidal Crab Community Science Challenge this fall and join students, community members, and professional scientists across the region working to understand the impacts of climate change on intertidal crab populations.

We’ll kick off this community science challenge with a Zoom session with the Project Intertidal Crab lead scientist, Marissa McMahan from Manomet, who will share background information, including why we care about invasive crabs and what we hope to learn about crab populations together. Then, students and community members from across Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts will head out into the intertidal zone in their local community to find, identify, measure, count, and observe crabs and contribute to the project database. We will come back together on zoom to hear from students about the findings and questions that emerged from their fieldwork. Students that are not able to join the live session may contribute comments, questions, or video clips ahead of time to be shared with the community.

Launch meeting: Tuesday, October 4, 2022 from 10:30 to 11:15

Wrap up meeting: Wednesday, November 16, from 9:30 to 10:15

Register to receive Zoom links, meeting recordings, and project updates throughout the challenge.