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Margaret Anne Tockarshewsky, Executive Director, New Haven Museum

203-562-4183, ext. 120, matockarshewsky@newhavenmuseum.org

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Connecticut’s Changing Coast in the Era of Climate Change 

at Pardee-Morris House

New Haven, Conn. (June 6, 2024) –  Connecticut’s coastline is a dynamic area –changing daily with the tides, seasonally and with major storm events like Tropical Storm Irene and Superstorm Sandy. But the impacts of climate change are affecting our shores:  rising water temperatures are changing the fish, tidal marshes are getting wetter with rising sea level, beaches are migrating or even disappearing. The New Haven Museum will present, “Connecticut’s Changing Coast in the Era of Climate Change, ” with environmentalist Dr. Juliana Barrett, at the Pardee-Morris House on Sunday, July 14, 2024, at 2 p.m. Register for this free event here. For weather updates check FB/IG or call 203-562-4183. 

Barrett’s goal is for visitors to gain understanding and appreciation of coastal habitats and how climate change is impacting them. “Our shoreline is changing both due to natural causes and climate change,” she says. “More and more communities are grappling with how to preserve coastal areas and further resilience efforts. The better that we can understand the geology and ecology of coastal habitats, the better we can consider resilience efforts that are appropriate.” 

Barrett explains that the diversity of Connecticut’s coastal habitats provides homes and food for a wide range of species. During her lecture, Barrett will highlight different habitats and the species that may be found in them, such as American beach grass, which is the predominant plant of our dune systems and is specially adapted to living in a harsh environment. 

Barrett notes that the projection for sea-level rise on the Connecticut coast is 20 inches by 2050. She’ll discuss the impacts of climate change on the coastal ecosystems and different adaptation techniques that are proposed or in use to improve the resilience of these areas. She’ll also offer simple-yet-effective ways the public can effect change, from landscaping with native plants to replacing gas-powered yard equipment with electric ones, and much more. 

About Juliana Barrett

Barrett is with the University of Connecticut Sea Grant College Program. Her work focuses on climate change adaptation and coastal habitat management working with Connecticut’s municipalities, NGO’s, state, and federal partners and undergrads through the UConn Climate Corps program. Previously she worked with Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection on management plans for state natural areas, and for The Nature Conservancy as the director of the Connecticut River Tidelands Last Great Places Program. She has a doctorate in plant ecology from the University of Connecticut and is a co-author of the “Vegetation of Connecticut” and several guides describing coastal habitats of Long Island Sound. She likes nothing better than getting wet and muddy in Connecticut’s wetlands or hiking and kayaking through new places.

About the Pardee-Morris House

Located at 325 Lighthouse Road, in New Haven, the Pardee-Morris House dates from about 1780, and is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places. Built by Amos Morris around 1750, the house was burned by the British during their raid on New Haven in 1779 and rebuilt and expanded by the Morris family. In 1918, William S. Pardee, a descendant of the Morris family, willed the property to the New Haven Colony Historical Society, today the New Haven Museum. For a complete list of summer events at the Pardee-Morris House, visit: http://newhavenmuseum.org/visit/pardee-morris-house/ For New Haven Museum’s event calendar: http://newhavenmuseum.org/visit/events-calendar/ Sign up for e-blasts at info@newhavenmuseum.org.

About the New Haven Museum

The New Haven Museum has been collecting, preserving and interpreting the history and heritage of Greater New Haven since its inception as the New Haven Colony Historical Society in 1862. Located in downtown New Haven at 114 Whitney Avenue, the Museum brings more than 375 years of New Haven history to life through its collections, exhibitions, programs and outreach. As a Blue Star Museum, the New Haven Museum offers the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, free admission all year. For more information visit http://newhavenmuseum.org  or @NewHavenMuseum or call 203-562-4183.

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