National Park Service

Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network (NCBN)

About the Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network

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A multi-level organizational structure ensures accountability and efficiency of the NCBN program. The network is responsible to a Board of Directors and several Protocol-Specific Technical Steering Committees composed of park superintendents and staff who participate on a rotational basis. Program guidance and oversight is provided by the Inventory I& Monitoring Division of the National Park Service's Washington Office.

The network consists of six permanent NPS personnel that work closely with park staff at Northeast Coastal and Barrier parks, the North Atlantic Coast Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU), as well as the Network's two Research Learning Centers: the Atlantic Learning Center, and the Gateway Research Learning Center.

 

Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network Staff Contacts

Name Title/Position Email Phone Number
Sara Stevens Program Manager sara_stevens@nps.gov 401-874-4548
Dennis Skidds Data Manager dennis_skidds@nps.gov 401-874-4305
Robin Baranowski Biological Science Technician robin_baranowski@nps.gov 401-874-4603
James Lynch Project Lead - Salt Marsh Surface Elevation Table Monitoring james_lynch@nps.gov 410-924-5412
Holly Plaisted Biologist holly_plaisted@nps.gov 401-874-4603

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Sara Stevens, Network Program Manager

Sara Stevens

Sara received her M.S. in Natural Resources at the University of Rhode Island in 1995, and her B.A. in Anthropology at the University of Rhode Island in 1990. Sara's graduate research focused on the effects of forest edge and landscape dynamics on mammal populations within the Brazilian Atlantic Forest of Sergipe, Brazil. Sara's professional experience prior to joining the Park Service in 2001, included working as a ecologist for the State of Massachusetts at the Camp Edwards Military instillation on Cape Cod and wetland ecologist for a private consulting firm in Rhode Island. Her expertise includes the conservation of vertebrate population, with an emphasis on mammalian, avian, and amphibian populations of the Northeast. Sara is currently the Coordinator of the National Park Service, Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network, Inventory and Monitoring Program.

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Dennis Skidds, Data Manager

Dennis Skidds

Dennis received his M.S. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Rhode Island in 2003 and his B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology from Brown University in 1995. His graduate research focused on the assessment of vernal pools as breeding habitat for vulnerable amphibian species. Prior to joining the Park Service in 2007, Dennis worked with the URI Environmental Data Center on a wide array of natural resource related GIS, web design, and data management projects for academic and government clients. His professional experience has included volunteer positions with the National Park Service working on grassland habitat restoration, as well as piping plover monitoring with the Massachusetts Audubon Society. His expertise includes wetland ecology, habitat conservation and restoration, and the use of GIS and database technology in natural resource inventory and monitoring efforts. Dennis is currently the Data Manager for the National Park Service, Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network, Inventory and Monitoring Program.

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Holly Plaisted, Biologist

Holly Plaisted

Holly has a B.S. in Environmental Conservation and an M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of New Hampshire and worked at Cape Cod National Seashore for over 10 years as a Biotech and most recently a Biologist/Data Manager. Her experience includes leading field and laboratory teams in monitoring coastal ecosystems including salt marsh (vegetation, nekton, and breeding birds), estuary (water quality and seagrass), freshwater lake and wetland (water quality and vegetation), and ocean beach in support of natural resource management decision-making. In addition, she has acted as the park’s state-listed breeding and migrating shorebirds program coordinator. 

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James Lynch, Biologist

James Lynch

Jim received his M.S. in Biology from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette in 1989 and his B.S. degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Delaware in 1986. Jim's graduate research focused on Sedimentation and Nutrient Accumulation in Mangrove forests in the US and Mexico. Prior to joining the NPS, Jim worked for the US Geological Survey researching elevation change in wetland environments. He has extensive experience in all aspects of monitoring of elevation change in wetland ecosystems, including GPS surveying and the installation and use of the Surface Elevation Table (SET). Jim is currently a Biologist with the Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network and also coordinates SET monitoring activities for the Northeast Temperate and National Capital Region Networks.

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Robin Baranowski, Biological Science Technician

Robin Baranowski

Robin received her B.S. in Wildlife Conservation Biology at the University of Rhode Island in 2010. Prior to joining the Park Service, Robin worked at URI as a Research Assistant in the Natural Resources Department, and as a Teacher's Assistant in Field Botany and Taxonomy for several years. Her expertise includes identification of terrestrial and aquatic plants, and her professional experiences includes assisting in monitoring and inventory projects of birds, reptiles, amphibians, and nekton. Beside field work, Robin has extensive experience in formatting and copy editing natural resource publications for the Park Service. Robin is currently an instructor for a Field Botany and Taxonomy class during summer sessions at URI, and a Biological Science Technician with the Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network.

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Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network Board of Directors

  • James Comiskey, Northeast Region I&M Coordinator
  • Sara Stevens, Program Manager, Northeast Coastal Barrier Network
  • Dennis Skidds, Data Manager, Northeast Coastal Barrier Network
  • Deborah Darden, Superintendent, Assateague Island National Seashore
  • Brian Carlstrom, Superintendent, Cape Cod National Seashore
  • Kym Hall, Superintendent, Colonial National Historical Park
  • Chris Soller, Superintendent, Fire Island National Seashore
  • Jennifer Nersesian, Superintendent, Gateway National Recreation Area
  • Melissa Cobern, Superintendent, George Washington Birthplace NM and Thomas Stone NHS
  • Kelby Kelly Fuhrmann, Superintendent, Sagamore Hill National Historic Site

NCBN Science Advisory Committees

The original NCBN Technical Steering Committee has been disbanded and new protocol-specific science advisory committees are being developed.

Estuarine Nutrient Enrichment Monitoring Members

  • Dr. Hilary Neckles, Ecologist, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
  • Dr. Kenneth Moore, Professor of Marine Science, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
  • Dr. Bradley Peterson, Associate Professor, Stony Brook University
  • Brian Sturgis, Ecologist, Assateague Island National Seashore
  • Dr. Sophia Fox, Aquatic Ecologist, Cape Cod National Seashore
  • Sara Stevens, Program Manager, Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network
  • Dennis Skidds, Data Manager, Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network

Salt Marsh Sediment Elevation Monitoring Members

  • James Lynch, Biologist, Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network
  • Dr. Don Cahoon, Research Ecologist, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
  • Dr. Phillipe Hensel, Physical Scientist, NOAA National Geodetic Survey
  • Sara Stevens, Program Manager, Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network
  • Dr. Sue Adamowicz, Biologist, FWS Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
  • Kelly Medieros, Hydrological Technician, Cape Cod National Seashore

Salt Marsh Vegetation and Nekton Monitoring

  • Erika Nicosia, Biologist, Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network
  • Dr. Mary-Jane James-Pirri, Marine Research Associate, University of Rhode Island
  • Holly Bayley, Coastal Biologist and Data Manager, Cape Cod National Seashore
  • Dr. Stephen Smith, Plant Ecologist, Cape Cod National Seashore
  • Dr. Megan Tyrell, Coastal Resilience Coordinator, FWS North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative
  • Dr. Cathleen Wigand, Research Ecologist, EPA Atlantic Ecology Division

Coastal Geomorphology Monitoring

  • Dr. Norbert Psuty, Rutgers University
  • Andrea Spahn, Rutgers University
  • Dennis Skidds, Biologist, Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network
  • Neil Winn, GIS Specialist, Assateague Island National Seashore
  • Mark Adams, GIS Specialist, Cape Cod National Seashore
  • Mark Christiano, GIS Specialist, Gateway National Recreation Area
  • Lisa Cowart Baron, Coastal Ecologist, Southeast Coast Network
  • Sara Stevens, Program Manager, Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network

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