Category Archives: Forest Ecology News

Sierra Magazine Reports on Schoodic Institute Forest Research

  “We are working with forests at Schoodic Institute to understand how climate change will affect trees, and what measures we can take to foster healthy forests in the future,” said Schoodic Institute’s Director of Science, Dr. Nick Fisichelli in response to a recent story by Madeline Ostrander of Sierra Magazine. The article published this […]

Forest Ecology Field Techs Get to Work

  Forest ecology field interns have had a busy two weeks since arriving for the summer. Catch up with some of their work, and see a few observations made along the way! Techs stumbled upon a juvenile eastern newt, or red eft as they are aptly named, while completing their plant phenology trail through the […]

Faith in a seed. New research examines a ‘biodiversity bottleneck’ – seedling establishment in northern forests

“I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.”  ~ Henry David Thoreau As Thoreau notes, seeds are magic. Yet, seeds are also extremely sensitive. Seedlings, without the energy reserves or extensive root systems of adult plants, only thrive within a narrow […]

Weeds, worms, and deer – Oh my!

  Biotic global change agents, such as non-native plants (‘weeds’), non-native earthworms (‘worms’), and overabundant herbivores (‘deer’), can be major ecosystem drivers in the forest understory. A new study by Schoodic Institute and the National Park Service, published in the journal Biological Invasions, examines the status and relationships among these stressors at eight national parks […]

Adapting resource management to climate change – multiple methods for multiple futures

Climate change is complex and includes both directional changes (e.g., warming temperatures) and uncertainties (e.g., storm events). Thus, management planning and response must assess multiple potential future events and trends. Recent research in the journal Climate Risk Management and co-authored by Schoodic Institute Director of Forest Ecology, Nicholas Fisichelli, examines the use of qualitative scenario planning […]

Guest Blog: Plant Sampling Yields Unexpected Treasures

  Alex Gould from Bozeman, MT spent his summer with Dr. Nick Fisichelli as the Plant Ecology Technician working on National Park projects across the Northeastern United States. Alex is gathering data about forest health, wetlands, coastal intertidal zones, and tree phenology in order to better understand Acadia’s natural resources. Working as a plant ecology […]

Guest Blog: Acadia’s Island Forests

Tara Miller is a 2017 Schoodic Institute Field Technician working with Institute Director of Forest Ecology, Dr. Nicholas Fisichelli. Her projects include studying early life-stage responses of northern and southern tree species, and long-term monitoring of forest plots to measure climate change. There are many ways to access islands in Acadia National Park: ferry, motorboat, […]

Schoodic Woods Campground; Center of New Ecosystem Research

Opened in late 2015, the Schoodic Woods Campground provides greater visitor access to Schoodic Peninsula, increasing the value of ecosystem services (economic benefits to humans provided by ecosystems) in terms of recreational experiences. However, effects to other ecosystem services, such as bird and plant diversity, are unclear. The economic impacts of new development on public lands […]

Effort underway to restore mountain vegetation on top of Cadillac

When French explorer, Samuel Champlain made his way along the coast of Maine in 1604, he was struck by large barren spots of granite on many of the coastal mountains on a particular island. These outcrops influenced Champlain to coin the name of this island, known today as Mount Desert Island. The distinguishable rock outcrops […]

Students Present Forest and Intertidal Ecology Research Results

During a public presentation on May 4, 2017, Sumner Memorial High School Pathways students presented their research findings during a poster session at the school. For the past year, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, working in cooperation with the Pathways program at Sumner, has engaged high school students in participatory research projects in which students ask […]