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Acadia National Park has a rich history of science, perhaps the most extensive legacy of study among early national parks. Indeed, science is mentioned in Acadia’s founding legislation, and scientists and naturalists were the first advocates for protecting the landscape that became Acadia.

We are excited to announce a new series of articles produced in partnership with the National Park Service, “Acadia’s Science Legacy.”

Tending to the archive of past research and data is part of our work at Schoodic Institute. Long-term studies and historic records provide an opportunity to document and understand change. We have invited scientists who are drawing upon the efforts of their predecessors by revisiting and repeating past studies to share their stories in this article series. The first story is from Chris Petersen of College of the Atlantic, who is continuing 1920s-era work in the intertidal zone at Otter Point.

We have also highlighted some key historic data sets that are ready and waiting for attention and analysis.