Presentations & Lectures

Schoodic Institute and Acadia National Park work together to present interesting and dynamic public lectures and other educational opportunities.  Topics may vary widely, but are focused on natural and cultural history and the arts.

We average 1 to 2 public lectures per month in the modern, 124-seat Moore auditorium.  Most programs are also available for live streaming over the internet for those not able to attend in person, and later posted to Schoodic Institute’s YouTube Channel.  Recent videos are available to watch below.

Public Brown Bag lunches at Schoodic Institute, held the third Thursday of every month in Moore Auditorium, provide an opportunity for the public to join us for thoughtful, engaging discussions presented by a wide variety of speakers who are experts in their field.  Keep an eye on our rolling list of upcoming monthly speakers, and please pack a lunch to join us for a fun hour of exciting learning alongside neighbors and community members.  Brown Bags are brought free to all participants thanks to the generous support of local business contributors.

For all upcoming public presentations, check our searchable events calendar.

On June 25, 2016 David Evans Shaw launched “Second Century Stewardship”,  a collaborative effort to more powerfully engage science in America’s national parks. Collaborators include the National Park Service, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and other institutions. Watch the  feature-length film  Second Century Stewardship from David Shaw on Vimeo.

Individual Presentations, Nov. 2014 to November 2017:

Sumner Memorial High School students assist Kyle Pepperman of the Downeast Institute – November 14, 2017

Alice Kelley – Lost to the Sea: Maine’s Ancient Coastal Heritage – October 6, 2017

Nate Levesque and Jim Nickelson. Acadia Night Sky Lecture – September 20, 2017

George Mitchell at Schoodic Institute-Celebrate Environmental Stewardship – August 1, 2017


Aaron Dority – Protecting the Land You Love. July 13, 2017

Corporal John MacDonald – North Woods Law: An in-depth look. April 6, 2017

2017 Climate Change and Northeastern Forests – Maria Janowiak. March 6, 2017

2017 Maine Ice Age Trail – Hal Borns. February 11, 2017

2016 DEREN Convergence Keynote – Rick Bonney. October 4, 2016

2016 Acadia National Park Science Symposium Keynote – Dr. William Schlesinger. October 5, 2016

Safe Encounters with the Out-of-Doors. September 12, 2016

Seeing the Forest and The Trees. August 17, 2016


Ocean Acidification is About People Too. July 26, 2016


Duncan Martin: Into A Large Place. July 12, 2016


Protecting Resources at Acadia National Park. June 30, 2016


Climate Change for Beginners: Dr. Dean Goodwin. June 22, 2016


Plants on Maine’s Offshore Islands: Glen Mittelhauser. June 7, 2016

Protecting Special Ocean Places: How marine protected areas help sustain nature and people. Guest speakers include Dr. Charlie Wahle, and Dr. Gonzalo Cid. May 26, 2016

Jennifer Booher: Coast Walk, Artist-in-Residence Presentation, Sep. 26, 2015

Ted Ames: Are Alewives key to rebuilding our coastal cod stocks? Co-sponsored by Penobscot East Resource Center, Sep. 8, 2015

Joseph LaCasce: Go with the Flow: Studying Transport in the Ocean, Jul. 28, 2015

Joseph DeSisto: Intro to Centipedes and Millipedes, Acadia BioBlitz Public Program, Jul.19, 2015

Jeffrey Bolster: The Mortal Sea, Overfishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail, Jun. 24, 2015

Richard Judd, Mapping Maine’s History, The Historical Atlas of Maine, Apr. 7, 2015


Bernd Heinrich, Winter World: How Animals Survive, Feb. 20, 2015

Chuck Whitney, Winter Birds on the Schoodic Peninsula, Feb. 19, 2015

Seth Benz, Schoodic Institute Bird Ecology Program Update, Nov. 1, 2014

Zack Klyver, Top Ten Most Amazing Things About Marine Mammals, Nov. 1, 2014


Convergence: Annual Conference of the Downeast Research and Education Network, Oct. 2, 2014

Sandra Klausmeyer – Opening Remarks
Mark Berry – Welcome
Alan Hutchinson – “Landscape Scale Conservation at Work in Down East and Across Maine”

Scott Craig – “Stream Restoration Actions in the Downeast Maine Rivers (2005-2014):
Improving Ecological Stream Function and Water Quality via Road Crossing Improvements, Log Dam Removals and Wood-clam Shell Additions”

Tora Johnson – “Climate Change on the Edge: Visualizing and Planning for Storm Surges and Sea Level Rise in Coastal Downeast Maine”

George Kidder and Anna Farrell – “Possible Causes of eelgrass (Zostera marina L.) Loss in Frenchman Bay, Maine” (by Jane E. Disney, Ph.D., Staff Scientist, MDI Biological Laboratory)

Linda Welch – “Using Seabirds as Indicators of Ecosystem Change in the Gulf of Maine”

Ted Ames – “Will Restoring Alewives Cause Cod to Create Inshore Spawning Grounds Along Maine’s Coast Again?”

Bill Mook – “Acidification of Maine’s Waters – The Science, What’s At Stake and What We Are Doing About It”

Acadia Science Symposium, Oct. 1, 2014:

Mark Berry – Welcome
Abe Miller-Rushing – “Protected Area Science in a Rapidly Changing Environment”

Jasmine Saros – Declining Water Clarity in Acadia National Park: A New Approach to Understanding Recent Changes”

Esperanza Stancioff – “Climate Change Adaptation in Coastal Communities”

Bob Page – “Cultural Landscape Preservation in Context”

Elizabeth Wolkovich – “The Race for Spring: How Climate Change Alters Plant Communities”

George Jacobson – Evening Public Talk – “Long-Term Climate Dynamics Provide a Surprising Key to the Contemporary World”

Arts and Environmental Science Symposium, Sept. 30, 2014:

Mark Berry – Welcome
Sheridan Steele – Opening Remarks
Dan Poteet – Opening Remarks
Abe Miller-Rushing – Opening Remarks
Celeste Roberge – “Analogous Thinking in Art and Science”
Malcolm Shick – “Integration of Art and Science in a Biological Classroom”
Ron Leax – “Integration of Art and Science:Perspective, Opportunities”
Bill Gawley – “Science and Song Writing”
Rebecca Goodale – Evening Public Talk – “Making Artists Books About Maine’s Rare Plants and Animals”


 Individual Presentations, May to August 2014:

Highlights from “Celebrating Partnership” event with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Aug. 15, 2014:

Bernd Heinrich: Blue Jays: American Chestnut Tree Planters, Aug 13, 2014

Alex Filippenko: Exploding Stars and New Planets and Black Holes, Oh My! Frontier Research at Lick Observatory, Aug 12, 2014

Allen Workman: Schoodic Point: History on the Edge of Acadia National Park, Aug 7, 2014

Dr. Joseph Kelley: Sea Level Rise and its past impacts on Frenchman Bay, July 16, 2014

Migrating Birds Know No Boundaries, Dr. Yossi Leshem, July 8, 2014

Puffins, Terns, and Seabird Islands: Past, Present and Future: Susan Schubel, June 13, 2014

Seabirds, Whales and Marine Life of the Schoodic Ridge, by Naturalist Zack Klyver, May 17, 2014

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