The Acadia National Park Science Symposium was held on Saturday, October 20, 2018. Over 100 people attended the event held at The College of the Atlantic – many being students with an interest in research and science in Acadia National Park.
Schoodic Institute staff and field technicians were attendees and presenters. Diana Gurvich (pictured below) presented research on Acadia National Park island forests, and 25 years of change and stability. Learn more about the forest ecology program HERE.
Marcella Heineke presented on the intertidal and forest passive warming experiment. This summer 2018 effort by Schoodic Institute staff and college interns, Henry Locke from Colby College and Brian Zabilski from Columbia University, involved building passive warming chambers that raise temperatures in experimental plots in the intertidal zone and in a forest opening. This is research technique helps examine how species in Acadia are responding to climate change.
Schoodic Institute Research and Education Projects Manager Hannah Webber, (above) and field tech Libby Orcutt (here) presented on citizen science and public engagement in Acadia National Park. Orcutt’s work on citizen science and the Downeast Phenology Trail can be found HERE.
A special session focused on the Second Century Stewardship program. Five SCS fellows took part in a panel discussion after presenting information on their individual research. Schoodic Institute Forest Ecology Director Nick Fisichelli moderated the panel.
Attendees had the privilege of hearing from Second Century Stewardship founder and supporter, David Evans Shaw. Shaw shared remarks about the importance of science and research in national parks across the country, advancing science and engaging with audiences of all ages – not just those who visit national parks, but all people, each of whom has a share in protecting and preserving our nation’s natural places and maintaining the vital health of our air, soil and water.
The SCS project was made possible in part by a grant from the National Park Foundation through the generous donation of David E. Shaw.
Photos by D. Manski