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Acadia National Park Science Symposium 2016

October 5, 2016 @ 7:30 am - 8:00 pm

The 2016 Acadia National Park Science Symposium will provide opportunities for researchers, educators, and natural resource managers to learn about the latest research underway in and near Acadia.

The keynote speech at the 2016 Acadia Science Symposium, ‘Let’s get realistic about sustainability’ will be presented by Dr. William H. Schlesinger and featured in the Acadia Centennial Lecture Series.

Register HERE. Deadline for regular registration is September 26, 2016 – Deadline for scholarships is September 13, 2016.

Acadia National Park Science Symposium – Wednesday, October 5, 2016

7:30 – Registration and poster setup

9:00 – ANP Superintendent, Kevin Schneider and Schoodic Institute President and CEO, Mark Berry – Welcome

Bina Venkataraman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology – From the ground up and the satellite down: Science in service of action on climate change

Michelle Baumflek, Virginia Tech, and Suzanne Greenlaw, University of Maine – Wabanaki plant gathering in Acadia National Park: Weaving traditional ecological knowledge and scientific knowledge to restore traditional resource harvesting

Poster Session I

Fred Bianchi, Worcester Polytechnic Institute – Creativity at the intersection of science, technology, and society

Andrew Pershing, Gulf of Maine Research Institute – Climate lessons from the rapidly warming Gulf of Maine


Poster Session II

Rick Bonney, Cornell Lab of Ornithology – The emergence and future of public engagement in science

Stephanie Toothman, Julia Washburn, and Ray Sauvajot, National Park Service – Vision for the future of science and science communication in national parks

4:00 – Abe Miller-Rushing, NPS – Conclusion

5:30 – Dinner – For registrants.

7:00 – Bill Schlesinger, Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies – Let’s get realistic about sustainability

Dr. William H. Schlesinger is President Emeritus (2007-2014) of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, and James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Biogeochemistry and Former Dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke University

A graduate of Dartmouth College (A.B.) and Cornell University (PhD.), he has been investigating the link between environmental chemistry and global climate change for over 30 years. His recent work focuses on understanding how trees and soil influence atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.

He is the author or coauthor of over 200 scientific papers on subjects of environmental chemistry and global change and the widely-adopted textbook Biogeochemistry: An analysis of global change (Academic Press, 2nd ed. 1997). He has published editorials and columns in the Charlotte Observer, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Raleigh News and Observer.

Schlesinger was among the first to quantify the amount of carbon held in soil organic matter globally, providing subsequent estimates of the role of soils and human impacts on forests and soils in global climate change. He was elected a member of The National Academy of Sciences in 2003, and was President of the Ecological Society of America for 2003-2004. He is also a fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Geophysical Union, the Soil Science Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

His past work has taken him to diverse habitats, ranging from Okefenokee Swamp in southern Georgia to the Mojave Desert of California, and three times as a Duke alumni tour guide to Antarctica. His research has been featured on NOVA, CNN, NPR, and on the pages of Discover, National Geographic, the New York Times, and Scientific American. Schlesinger has testified before U.S. House and Senate Committees on a variety of environmental issues, including preservation of desert habitats, global climate change and carbon sequestration.

Schlesinger currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (New York), the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC; New York), and the Southern Environmental Law Center (Charlottesville) and on the Board of Scientific Advisors for Terrapass LLC (San Francisco).


Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park


Moore Auditorium, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park
Acadia Dr.
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
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