Science Advisory Council

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Organizational Members

Pine duBois is a founding member of the Jones River Watershed (1985), where she has served as Executive Director for 20 years, and Jones River Landing (2003), where she serves as President of the 8-member Board. She has over four decades of experience in non-profit organizations and has served on various municipal boards in Kingston since 1980 including the Conservation Commission, Open Space, Fish, Green Energy, and Community Preservation Committees, and the Affordable Housing Trust. She also worked as conservation agent in Hingham for six years and as a landscaper and organic cranberry grower before that. Pine has a BS in Psychology with advanced classes in conservation land protection, soils and water policy. Her role here is to support the SAC.

Wendell Cerne is Clerk of the Jones River Landing Board of Directors. Wendell was Science Coordinator at Silver Lake Regional High School for (2?) decades before becoming Science and Health Director at Waltham Public Schools. Wendell has served as president and on executive committee of the Massachusetts Science Educators Leadership Association and was inducted into the MA Science Educators Hall of Fame. He is an advisor to the MA Envirothon which encourages competition amongst high school students. He continues as a member of Sustainable Duxbury and is on the Alternative Energy Committee there. Wendell has an MS in Environmental Science from Antioch New England, and an Educational Leadership degree from Bridgewater State University.

Bill Napolitano serves on the Board of Directors Jones River Watershed Association, and is Environmental Planner for Southeast Regional Planning and Economic Development District. Bill has built his successful, thirty-two-year environmental planning career around effective, strong, and positive partnerships with communities and organizations across the SRPEDD region. These partnerships form the backbone of his diverse efforts to steward our natural and cultural resources into the twenty-first century and beyond. Bill’s signature projects include: the work that directly led to the federal designation of the Taunton River as Wild and Scenic; the Mill River Dam Removal/River Restoration Project; The Resilient Taunton Watershed Network; organizing agricultural commissions in southeastern Massachusetts and statewide; founding the Geographic Roadway Runoff Inventory Program (GRRIP) and Flood Inundation Hazard Program.

Volunteer Members

Erika Lentz is a Kingston resident and Research Geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey stationed at the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center. She received her PhD in Geology from the University of Rhode Island in 2010, and from 2012 to 2014 was a USGS Mendenhall Research Fellow. Her research focuses on coastal change and the processes that drive it over a range of spatial (barrier island to regional) and temporal (storms to sea level rise) scales in both natural and built environments. Most recently, Dr. Lentz has been exploring how coastal change varies among different ecosystems and across landscapes, and what makes certain locations more resilient than others. She is also interested in the meaningful communication of scientific information to support decision-making, and was chapter co-author on the Northeast regional chapter of the fourth National Climate Assessment, where her role was to help document the region’s future risk to climate-induced coastal hazards. For more on Erika, please visit: USGS > Erika Lentz, Ph.D. →

Jim McKenna is a Kingston resident and joined Bridgewater State University in 2017 as Associate Dean of the Bartlett College of Science and Mathematics. Since earning his Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island in 1996, Jim has held several academic and federal agency positions. Academic appointments have included six years as an Assistant Professor of Geosciences at Williams College with teaching responsibilities at the Williams College-Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies Program where he also served as Associate and Acting Director; and ten years at Maine Maritime Academy as a professor of marine biology and Chair of the Ocean Studies department. Jim’s agency work includes serving for three years with the National Park Service as Acadia National Park’s Research Learning Center Coordinator and as the Assistant Director of Research for the Maine Sea Grant Program. Jim’s professional interests have long had a marine focus with particular interests in marine coastal conservation ecology and sustainability and the intersection of science, education, and resource management.

Scott Horsley has thirty years of professional experience in the field of water resources management. He is a founding partner in the consulting firm Horsley Witten Group and serves as a consultant to the Cape Cod Commission in the preparation, and now implementation of the 208 Water Quality Plan with a focus on non-traditional nutrient management practices or green infrastructure. He has worked as a consultant to federal, state, and local jurisdictions, and private industry throughout the United States, Central America, the Caribbean, the Pacific Islands, and China. Mr. Horsley received a Technology Innovator award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the development of the StormTreat System. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Marine Policy. He serves as an Adjunct Faculty member at Tufts University and Harvard Extension School where he teaches courses in Water Resources Policy, Low Impact Development, Green Infrastructure and Wetlands Management.

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