MDI Science Café: The History of Science in Acadia: Informing Present Day ResearchKeeping Acadia Healthy With New Science
National parks across the country are suffering the negative effects of climate change, air pollution, increased visitation and other environmental stressors, but if there is one national park that could be said to be bearing the brunt of these changes, it is Acadia.
Abraham J. Miller-Rushing, Ph.D., Science Coordinator for Acadia National Park, and Rebecca Cole-Will, Chief of Resource Management for Acadia, will talk about how the park is increasingly relying on science to identify how to best manage, study, mitigate and adapt to the unprecedented pace of environmental change, as well as to advance basic scientific knowledge and develop an increased understanding of natural history and human-natural systems.
Miller-Rushing and Cole-Will will discuss some of the many science projects the park is engaged in, including studies of deadly white-nose syndrome in bats and of tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease and anaplasmosis, as well as efforts to restore native plants on the summit of Cadillac Mountain. They will also discuss examples of how they are working with local communities on conservation initiatives — for instance, with the Wabanaki nation on the sustainable harvesting of sweetgrass, which is used in native American basketmaking and for ceremonial purposes.
The location of this MDI Science Café is the Maine Center for Biomedical Innovation at the MDI Biological Laboratory, located at 159 Old Bar Harbor Rd in Salisbury Cove, Maine.
The 2019 MDI Science Café series is sponsored by the Swan Agency/Cross Insurance.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. You may preregister for this event. A printed ticket confirmation is not needed for entry.
MDI Science Cafés are offered in fulfillment of the institution’s mission to promote scientific literacy and increase public engagement with science. The popular events offer a chance to hear directly from speakers about trends in science. Short presentations delivered in everyday language are followed by lively, informal discussion.