The Acadia National Park Science Symposium provides a forum to learn about science taking place in the region and to interact and build collaborations with scientists, educators, students, park staff, and others working in a range of fields.

Each symposium session will be held via Zoom and include a series of brief presentations, short breakout sessions, and full group discussion. Each session will also feature breakout groups for participants to share their work via posters or other digital media. We will distribute titles, abstracts, and links to digital media ahead of each session, and will encourage participants to include them in their discussions.

We will be holding two separate workshops. The first on early-career opportunities and internships in Acadia National Park in January, and the second workshop in April will include information on the research permit process and reporting, how to adapt your research to COVID-19, science communication, and breakouts to chat with other researchers, students, and park staff.

All sessions will be recorded and made available to the public.

Session 1. An overview of research in the park in 2020 October 21, 2020 (link to recording)

Session 2. Monitoring change in Acadia National Park January 14, 2021 (link to recording)

  • Wildlife monitoring in Acadia National Park (Bik Wheeler)
  • Forest monitoring in Acadia National Park (Camilla Seirup)
  • Changing lake ecology in Acadia (Jasmine Saros)
  • Living on the edge: intertidal monitoring (Hannah Webber)

Posters, etc.:

Monitoring changes in community structure due to coastal acidification and warming in the rocky intertidal with citizen scientists (John Cigliano)

Vertical habitat gradients: Comparing seasonal dynamics of chlorophyll a fluorescence in lakes driven by dissolved organic carbon concentration (Matthew J. Farragher, Vaclava Hazukova, William G. Gawley, Jasmine E Saros).

What about arsenic? (Anna Farrell)

Researcher uses freshwater puddles to study climate change (Chris Nadeau)

Session 3. Workshop: Early career opportunities and internships in Acadia (link to recording)
Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 12-2 pm

  • Kate Petrie, National Park Service
  • Stephanie Clement, Friends of Acadia
  • Sarah Hooper, Schoodic Institute
  • Sabrina Morano, UMaine Conservation Science NRT Program

Session 4. Adapting to the Future
Thursday, February 25, 2021, 12-2 pm

  • Jesse Wheeler, National Park Service
  • Nicholas Fisichelli, Schoodic Institute
  • Brian Henkel, Friends of Acadia
  • Lydia Horne, University of Maine

Posters, etc.:

Microclimates: little locations with enormous value (Chris Nadeau)

Confronting our changing winters (Sarah Nelson)

Leaf peeping for science (Stephanie Spera)


Session 5. Wabanaki knowledge, perspectives, and science in Acadia (details and registration coming soon)
Friday, March 19, 2021, 12-2 pm

Session 6. Getting to know Acadia’s visitors (tentative)

Session 7. Workshop on research permit, reporting, data sharing, and science communication (tentative)

Session 1 recording:

Past Symposia

2018 Acadia Science Symposium Proceedings and Presentations.