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.

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

2021 Virtual Symposium – October 19, 12 – 2:30 p.m.

Climate Adaptation Using Resist-Accept-Direct (RAD): Examples in Acadia National Park and Bandelier National Monument

The Resist-Accept-Direct (RAD) framework helps managers make informed, purposeful choices about how to respond to the trajectory of environmental change and supports collaborations across large landscapes. This symposium will feature speakers discussing RAD-informed projects in two national parks, and will include Indigenous perspectives from both areas. After the presentations, breakout group discussions will address questions to help identify obstacles to making RAD decisions and practices that may help managers and researchers use this approach at other locations.

Topics and speakers will include:

  • Status of RAD thinking in NPS, Gregor Schuurman, National Park Service, Climate Change Response Program
  • Examples in Acadia National Park, Abe Miller-Rushing, National Park Service, Acadia National Park, and Nick Fisichelli, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park
  • Wabanaki perspectives on climate adaptation, Darren Ranco, University of Maine
  • Examples in Bandelier National Monument, Scott McFarland, National Park Service, formerly at Bandelier National Park (currently at NPS Natural Sounds and Night Skies)
  • Pueblo perspectives on climate adaptation, Kai-t Blue-Sky, Pueblo of Cochiti

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We will hold several additional sessions in late 2021 and early 2022 on subjects like early-career opportunities and the research permit process.


2020 Symposia

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 (link to recording)
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 (link to recording)
Friday, March 19, 2021, 12-2 pm

  • Suzanne Greenlaw, citizen of Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians and PhD candidate in the School of Forest Resources, University of Maine
  • Michelle Baumflek, Research Biologist, US Forest Service
  • Kyle Lolar, Panawahpskek (Penobscot Nation)
  • Bonnie Newsom, (Penobscot Nation), Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Faculty Associate, Climate Change Institute, University of Maine
  • Donald Soctomah, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Passamaquoddy Tribe
  • Rebecca Cole-Will, Resource Management Program Manager, Acadia National Park

Session 6. Workshop on research permits, reporting, data sharing, and science communication (link to recording)
Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 12-2 pm

  • Emma Albee, Science Information Specialist, Schoodic Institute
  • Katharine Ruskin, Lecturer and Undergraduate Coordinator, University of Maine
  • Patrick Kark, Visual Information Specialist, Acadia National Park
  • Catherine Schmitt, Science Communication Specialist, Schoodic Institute

Session 1 recording:

Past Symposia

2018 Acadia Science Symposium Proceedings and Presentations.