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Resource Acadia Workshop

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Date: June 8, 2006
Contact: Jim McKenna, (207) 288-8733

On Saturday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Jessica Muhlin, Ph.D. candidate from the University of Maine, will present A Novel Use for an Ordinary Fruit at the Schoodic Education and Research Center. This workshop will begin with an introduction to the reproductive ecology of the rockweed, Fucus vesiculosus, and a summary of Jessica’s research on the ecology and population genetics of rockweed in coastal Maine. A component of Jessica’s work includes the use of marked oranges to coarsely characterize coastal circulation patterns around her sampling sites. Hands-on participation will include releasing 100 oranges at 4 locations on the Schoodic peninsula (simultaneously!) and observing the trajectories of the oranges to add to her existing data on local currents. Dress appropriately for conducting field work: wear closed-toe shoes, long pants, and layered clothing.

This workshop is part of the Resource Acadia program, which is designed to expose Acadia National Park’s neighboring communities to interesting environmental issues within the park and region. Workshops provide insight into how scientists design and conduct research to answer complex ecological and environmental questions, and offer hands-on, experiential learning opportunities. The data generated is useful for park researchers and managers and allows them to share current information with the public.

Local residents, teachers, students, business owners, and visitors are invited and
encouraged to participate in Resource Acadia programs. All programs are free,
but do require advance registration. For more information on Resource Acadia programs or to register, contact Jim McKenna.

Did You Know?

A man boards the Island Explorer bus.

Since 1999, propane-powered Island Explorer buses have carried more than two million passengers in Acadia National Park, eliminating more than 685,000 automobile trips and preventing 6,444 tons of greenhouse gases. The fare-free buses are supported by your entrance fees. More...