• Lush vegetation on the top of Spectacle Island's North drumlin dominates the foreground. Boston's skyline can be seen in the distance.  The park's logo with tag line minutes away, worlds apart empashises the stark contrast between the city and islands.

    Boston Harbor Islands

    National Recreation Area Massachusetts

Island Research: Abstracts


2005 Northeastern Naturalist Special Issue
The 222-page special issue of Northeastern Naturalist (Vol. 12, No. sp3) contains details on studies presented at the 2003 Boston Harbor Islands Science Symposium.


2003 Science Symposium Abstracts
On October 3, the 2003 Boston Harbor Islands Science Symposium was held at Boston Science Museum. Following are abstracts from the posters and papers delivered that day-excluding research that was later published in the special issue of Northeastern Naturalist presented above.


2002 Islands Biodiversity Seminar
A May 2002 seminar hosted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sea Grant College Program was a precursor to the the first Boston Harbor Islands Science Symposium. Proceedings include abstracts of posters presented at the seminar:

» Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area 2002 Islands Biodiversity: Proceedings of a Seminar, May 30, 2002 (MIT Sea Grant College Program Publication No 03-22. Jacobson, Bruce and Pederson, Judith. 2003.)[PDF, 978KB]

Did You Know?

Bembidion nigrpiceum

Scientists have recently identified a beach-dwelling ground beetle at Boston Harbor Islands that has not been seen in North America for over 100 years. It is believed the beetle, Bembmidion nigropiceum, was brought to Boston from Europe in the 1800s via ship ballasts.