Acadia Science Symposium

Thank you for your participation and support!

The Acadia National Park Science Symposium &

Down East Research and Education Network’s Annual Convergence Conference

hosted by Schoodic Institute, October 4 & 5, 2016

Proceedings of the 2016 Acadia National Park Science Symposium are available here. Click HERE to view and download up to 45 research projects describing results and plans for research in a range of disciplines, including natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

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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.

DEREN Convergence 2016 – Tuesday, October 4, 2016

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

The focus of this year’s CONVERGENCE will be “History and Potential of Landscape Conservation in Downeast Region.” We will look back into the history of our region to inform the future. We will share stories and lessons from our region. We will work on communication and dialogue skill building so that we can be a more effective part of the community narrative. We will inform and critique DEREN’s on-going strategic planning process. And, perhaps most importantly, we hope to hear from you all. The stories you share at lunch, the conversations that happen over breaks, the feedback you receive on your talk will all help us to move conservation forward in our precious and vulnerable region of Maine. We hope you will leave Convergence with renewed enthusiasm for this valuable work, enhanced skills, stronger collaborations, and a wealth of new ideas.

The keynote talk at DEREN’s annual Convergence conference, “Using Wabanaki Diplomacy and Indigenous Research Methods to Respond and Adapt to the Emerald Ash Borer: Lessons and Partnerships”, will be presented by Dr. Darren J. Ranco, PhD.

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

DEREN Convergence 2016



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

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 be realistic about sustainability’ will be presented by Dr. William H. Schlesinger and featured in the Acadia Centennial Lecture Series.

7:30 a.m. – 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.

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 Schoodic Institute 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.

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

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.

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