Schoodic Institute and Acadia National Park invite you to a virtual session of the Acadia National Park Science Symposium on Wednesday, March 2, from 9 am to 3:30 pm. Four sessions with a panel of invited speakers will discuss National Park Service priorities, broad scale research across the intertidal zone, research specific to the rocky intertidal, and research specific to the soft sediment intertidal. There will be a question and answer discussion at the conclusion of each session.
The intertidal zone of Acadia National Park has attracted researchers for over a century. In 2021 alone Acadia National Park issued 21 research permits for people to collect and share data about Acadia’s intertidal zone. In the summer of 2021 a summer intern scoured park resources to compile 7,781 unique observations of algae, invertebrates, fish, and other intertidal organisms—observations spanning from 1903 to 2018. The intertidal of Acadia National Park is perhaps the park’s most threatened ecosystem, facing a hash of discordant stresses. How can scientists help the park manage for the threats, while the park also acts as a place for researchers to better understand the very role and nature of the intertidal? During this symposium we will hear from researchers and managers dedicated to the twin goals of “Science for Parks” and “Parks for Science.”
We hope you can join us.