Shellfish & Their Connection to the Greenwich Community

Perrot Memorial Library, in partnership with the Garden Club of Old Greenwich and Greenwich Shellfish Commision, presents “Shellfish & Their Connection to the Greenwich Community” on Wednesday, February 28, at 7 pm via Zoom.

To register for this program, visit the Library’s Zoom page.

Dr. Julie Rose, research ecologist, and Mark Dixon, biological science technician, NOAA Fisheries Milford Laboratory, Milford, Conn., will discuss their extensive research and testing of our Greenwich coastal waters, why the research is being done, the subwater soil samples and findings, and where the samples were taken, and the clam and oyster beds in Greenwich–how plentiful they are and their need for clean water. The discussion will be facilitated by Diane Fox, chairman of the Environment and Conservation Committee, Garden Club of Old Greenwich. 

Julie Rose is a research ecologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, based in Milford, Conn. Her primary research interest is the interaction between shellfish aquaculture and the local environment. Julie and her colleagues have collaborated with the Greenwich Shellfish Commission a number of times in the last decade on projects related to environmental benefits provided by local wild and farmed clams and oysters. Julie earned her Ph.D. in Marine Environmental Biology from the University of Southern California, completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and University of Delaware, and served as the Science Coordinator for the Long Island Sound Study for several years prior to joining NOAA.

For more information about Dr. Rose’s research, see

Mark Dixon holds an MS in Oceanography from the University of Connecticut. Recently, he has completed field projects on Long Island Sound, in the coastal waters offshore of California, throughout New England and the mid-Atlantic, and in Korea and France. Mark is an active member of the SCUBA team at the Milford lab. He is also deeply engaged in the development of an oyster breeding program at the lab. His multiple collaborations within the town of Greenwich have proven to be very valuable and rewarding.

For more information, contact Judy Sgammato at 203-637-1066 x15 or at

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