Schoodic Institute Research Fellowships

Request for Proposals - 2016

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, through a competitive process of reviewing proposals, has awarded eight Schoodic Institute Research Fellowships in 2016 to support science research in or near Acadia National Park.

Priority in reviewing proposals was given to research that is relevant to the Institute’s interests and the Park’s research priority of understanding and responding to rapid changes to socio-ecological systems. Relevant research topics may include:ecology, conservation, geochemistry, citizen science, sustainability, education, communication, and economics.  Schoodic Institute has particular interests in bird ecology, forest ecology, and freshwater and ocean ecology, especially as they relate to environmental change, conservation, and resource stewardship.

The funded projects have potential to increase understanding of and inform responses to environmental change, or employ innovative and effective approaches for connecting science to management and education.

Early-career faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate and undergraduate students were encouraged to apply. Awards, including both costs for stipend, supplies, travel, and housing at Schoodic Institute, were valued at up to $5,000 each.

The awarded fellowship projects for 2016 are:

Bat habitat use and movements in the Gulf of Maine region

Zara Dowling, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Implications of rapid climate change on lake algal ecology in Acadia National Park

Kate Warner and Rachel Fowler, University of Maine

Glucocorticoid analysis of herring gulls and great black-backed gulls on Great Duck Island and Mount Desert Rock

Audra Novine McTague, College of the Atlantic

Initiating long-term benthic community characterization comparisons between Hurricane Island, Vinalhaven, Maine, and the Schoodic Peninsula, Winter Harbor, Maine

Caitlin Cleaver, University of Maine

Evaluating the resilience of populations to climate change in protected areas: A generalizable framework and a specific application in Acadia National Park

Christopher Nadeau, University of Connecticut

Aquatic mercury transport into terrestrial food webs: a comparative study of Acadia and Olympic National Parks

Allyson Jackson, Oregon State University

Patterns of species loss and spring phenology in Acadia National Park, Maine

Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie, Boston University

Second Century Stewardship Fellowships

Dr. Elizabeth “Abbey” L. Paulson has been awarded the first Second Century Science Fellowship by Schoodic Institute. Dr. Paulson is a newly graduated PhD from the University of Colorado. The announcement was made July 15, 2016 in Bar Harbor, Maine during a celebration of the new science partnership between the American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, the National Park Service, and other institutions.

Dr. Paulson’s research project entitled ‘Environmental DNA analysis of soil and intertidal communities and freshwater habitat connectivity in Acadia National Park’ supports the goals of the Second Century Stewardship Partnership, with a focus on research relevant to informing stewardship and management of Acadia National Park, potential to advance science education, communication, and public engagement.

The project will continue through 2017 and comes with a $20,000 fellowship award.  Dr. Paulson was selected for this first Second Century Stewardship Fellowship through a fast-track process that involved review by Schoodic Institute, Acadia National Park, and AAAS personnel.  She was selected from among a group of 8 research fellows that received fellowship awards from Schoodic Institute in 2016.  The proposed research is an expansion upon Paulson’s project funded by Schoodic Institute that was focused on community ecology in freshwater systems of Acadia National Park using environmental DNA.

Schoodic Institute anticipates awarding three research fellowships per year through the Second Century Stewardship project.  A Request for Proposals will be issued later in 2016 for awards to be made in 2017.