Jennifer Francis, PhD

The Friends of Chatham Waterways (FCW) held their 36th Annual Meeting on August 27 at 6 PM in the Chatham Community Center to a large audience in the upstairs conference Room. The meeting featured Keynote Speaker, Jennifer Francis, PhD, Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center. The title of her timely presentation was: “The Arctic Meltdown and Extreme Weather: How Are They Connected?” Dr. Francis has presented at the 2019 World Economic Forum about her pioneering research and has been published extensively in scientific and educational journals. She has been interviewed on the News Hour and quoted in the New York Times and Washington Post. Her research is focused on the rapidly changing Arctic, what causes the changes, and how disproportionate Arctic warming is affecting temperate regions on the Earth. Dr. Francis has shared her lecture with FCW and you are able to hear the world renowned researcher about her findings on our updated web site The FCW annual meeting is free and open to the public. The 2020 August annual meeting date and keynote speaker will be posted on this web site when determined.

The annual FCW business meeting agenda included: Approval of the August 14, 2018 Annmeet minutes, the Treasurer’s Report & Adoption of FY2020 Budget, by Robert Samuelson, Election of directors and officers (elected for 3 year terms), by Robert Montbach, the Lewis E. Kimball Environmental Scholarship Report, by Michele Moloney Kitts, (a record 6 recipients – totaling $11,500 in grants), the Barbara Streibert Monomoy Regional School Education Grants and CoastSweep report by Betsy Mosser, a Pond Study Report by Barb Cotnam, and the presentation of the 2019 Captain’s Award to Debby Ecker, by Tom King. The meeting closed with remarks by outgoing President Barb Cotnam and the welcoming of the incoming President, Jeff Mason.

More From Dr. Jennifer Francis:

Dr. Francis has provided two climate change articles she has recently published:

Below is her talk titled Rough Weather Ahead: How Climate Change is Making Our Weather More Extreme