SERC - Research Opportunities

A man uses a sweep net in a wetland.

NPS/John Kelly

One of the most important roles of the Schoodic Education and Research Center is to expand the scope and effectiveness of research within Acadia National Park and the National Park Service system. Acadia has an extensive history of natural and cultural resource research and currently supports an active and multidisciplinary program.

The National Park Service offers a variety of research support opportunities, including grant funding; reduced-cost housing and work space on an availability basis; and access to an extensive natural resource library, along with an on-line annotated natural resource bibliography, covering over 80 years of research efforts in Acadia National Park. For more information about research in the park, including an exciting new research fellowship program, visit the links below.

Research Activity | Info for Researchers | Acadia Research Fellowships | BioBlitz | Research Catalog


Information for Researchers
Research Guidelines are available for potential investigators who wish to conduct research at Acadia National Park.

Acadia National Park Research Activity
View current research activity in the park.

Information about Past Science Activities at Acadia National Park: Search an online annotated bibliography of park-related natural resource, social science, and cultural history journal articles, reports, and other materials. The Gulf of Maine KnowledgeBase provides easy access to information about the Gulf of Maine and its watershed in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, including Acadia National Park. The KnowledgeBase is a directory of technical reports, journal articles, fact sheets, maps, websites, and other information sources for science, policy, education, and management.


Acadia Research Fellowships

Funding for the Acadia Research Fellowship Grant Program (L.L. Bean Acadia and Schoodic Research Fellowships) has expired. We are actively seeking other sources of funding to continue this National Park Service small grants program.

For additional information, please contact David Manski via e-mail or at 207-288-8720 if you are interested in being notified when this program is renewed.

Investigators are encouraged to still consider conducting research at Acadia National Park. Park staff can provide access to historic Acadia natural and cultural resource data and may be able to offer work space and/or low cost housing. Contact David Manski for more details.

To apply for a permit, please visit:


Acadia National Park has hosted a series of BioBlitzes to help document some of the lesser-known taxonomic groups within the park. Learn more about BioBlitzes in the park.


Acadia National Park Research Opportunities Catalog
Acadia National Park has been the focus of many different research projects that have taught us a great deal about the park's natural and cultural resources. But what information is missing? What other questions should we be asking? Park staff is undertaking an effort beginning in spring 2006 to establish a Research Opportunities Catalog that will identify gaps in data to help guide future research efforts and highlight the unique research opportunities Acadia National Park has to offer investigators.

As a kickoff to the Research Opportunities Catalog project, SERC organized and hosted a series of five day-long scoping workshops in March, which brought together more than 50 invited subject matter experts from academia, conservation groups, NPS, and other state and federal agencies. These experts were asked to address a number of questions about current research efforts and needs in Acadia and the region, emerging issues Acadia should be preparing for, and research opportunities Acadia offers the scientific community.

For further information about the Research Opportunities Catalog or the workshops, including detailed workshop notes, visit Schoodic Institute.


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PO Box 177
Bar Harbor, ME 04609


(207) 288-3338
General information and questions. The phone is answered weekdays 8 am - 4:30 pm.

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