Acadia Science Symposium

The Acadia National Park Science Symposium &

Down East Research and Education Network’s Annual Convergence Conference

hosted by Schoodic Institute, October 7 & 8, 2015


Join us for important discussions and exciting collaborative work—be a part of Acadia National Park and the Down East Region’s preservation and future.

You are welcome to attend one or both of the events.  Click here to register.

Wednesday, October 7, 9:00am – 4:00pm – The fourth annual Acadia National Park Science Symposium will feature science taking place in and beyond the park boundary, and will highlight science to plan for the future, the theme of this year’s meeting. The symposium will provide a forum to hear about science taking place in the region and to interact and build collaborations with scientists, students, park staff, and others working in a range of fields. Registration (with lunch): $60; student rate $30.

Speakers include:

Becky Cole-Will, Chief of Resource Management for Acadia National Park, National Park Service

Sandra De Urioste-Stone, Assistant Professor of Nature-based Tourism, School of Forest Resources, University of Maine

Bill Labich, Regional Conservationist, Highstead

Dan Odess, Chief of Science and Research and Assistant Associate Director for Park Cultural Resources, National Park Service

And a panel discussion of our recent climate change scenario planning process and preliminary results.

Thursday, October 8, 9:00am – 4:00pm – DEREN’s fifth annual CONVERGENCE Conference will bring together conservation professionals from throughout eastern Maine to discuss the importance of science-based conservation as an effective tool for protecting the region’s ecosystems. The theme of this year’s conference is sustainability. Registration (with lunch): $40.

Keynote Speaker, Bridie McGreavy, Assistant Professor of Environmental Communication, Department of Communication and Journalism, University of Maine

Plan to join DEREN for this important conference dedicated to strengthening and promoting conservation collaborations in Hancock and Washington counties, Maine.  The CONVERGENCE Conference serves as the annual networking meeting of conservation practitioners, educators, researchers, and managers in eastern Maine.

Scholarships are available for CONVERGENCE 2015. For more information and instructions on how to apply, please contact Anica Miller-Rushing at You need to apply for a scholarship before you complete your registration. The deadline for applying for a scholarship is September.

For information about DEREN and the CONVERGENCE conference, please visit

Registration Deadline – If you would like to present a poster or simply attend one or more of the events, please register by TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21. Space is limited and will be awarded on a first come-first served basis, so please register as early as possible. Late registrants will be allowed if space is available but will be charged an additional $50 LATE FEE.  Click here to register.

– All events will take place at Schoodic Institute on the Schoodic Education and Research Center campus, located in the Schoodic District of Acadia National Park in Winter Harbor, Maine.

Posters – Participants are invited to present posters describing their research at the Acadia Science Symposium. We welcome and encourage posters from a wide range of disciplines, including natural sciences, social sciences, and the arts and humanities, and request that posters remain on display through Oct. 8 for the Convergence Conference

Poster Guidelines – Our stands can accommodate posters up to 42 inches wide and 60 inches tall. We cannot accommodate audio-visual equipment associated with posters, but presenters are welcome to bring along handouts. We will provide pins for mounting posters at the meeting.

Housing – Housing on the campus of the Schoodic Education and Research Center is available for those who want to spend one or more nights, whether you are traveling a long distance or want to spend extra time in one of the most beautiful parts of Acadia National Park. The Schoodic Peninsula has a number of gorgeous trails and some of the darkest night skies on the East Coast. Housing units are apartment-style and include private bedrooms, shared kitchen, and shared bathrooms.

Meals – Lunch is included in the registration fee for each event. If you plan to stay for dinner or overnight and breakfast or would like additional meals or lodging, you will have the option to sign up and pay for additional meals during your registration.

Questions? – For more information contact the Schoodic Institute at 207-288-1310, 207-288-1337, or

Please forward this announcement to your colleagues. If you have any questions or need additional information about the symposium, please contact: Emma Albee ( or Megan Moshier ( or 207-288-1337).

These events are sponsored by the Schoodic InstituteDown East Research and Education Network, and National Park Service.

See videos of 2014 presentations here here along with other proceedings from 2011, 2012, and 2014.