National Parks include within their boundaries pockets and patches where temperatures stay cool even when the surrounding landscape is heating up. Scientists call such places “climate change refugia.” Knowing how habitats and species will shift in the future can guide management of landscapes in the present. A recent article in The Working Waterfront featured the […]
2019 Second Century Stewardship Fellow Stephanie Spera wrote an article about her fall foliage research for The Conversation, an independent nonprofit journalism outlet that works with leading scholars across academia to share their knowledge with the public. Spera also spoke with scientist and science journalist Heather Goldstone, host of Living Lab Radio. SCS communications training […]
BAR HARBOR, ME – Your old vacation photographs of Acadia National Park in autumn could help scientists research changes in fall foliage. Fall in Acadia seems to be arriving later, as warm temperatures extend longer into September and October. But are the leaves changing color later, too? Stephanie Spera, assistant professor of geography at University […]
The Dragonfly Mercury Project preceded the Second Century Stewardship initiative, but it is an exemplar of the type of science and stewardship the initiative supports and aims to grow—a project that engages the public (hands-on, in this case) and addresses issues critical to preserving our national treasures. The Dragonfly Mercury Project started at four parks […]
The partners of Second Century Stewardship have announced the Request for Proposals for fellowships to support research in Acadia National Park in 2020. Founded in 2016 by the David Evans Shaw Family Foundation, Second Century Stewardship is a partnership of Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, the National Park Service, and the National Park Foundation […]
2018 Fellow Jenny Smetzer’s research on climate change refugia was featured in National Parks Traveler podcast. Editor and co-founder Kurt Repanshek participated in the science communication workshop at Acadia in July, sharing his insights on what stories resonate with his audience of park visitors and supporters.
Allie Gardner’s preliminary research finding that ticks are more abundant in areas of Acadia National Park that were burned in the 1947 fire was featured in a story by Dick Broom in the Mount Desert Islander and Portland Press Herald. Read the full story.
Second Century Stewardship staff and fellows recently participated in the Ecological Society of America’s annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky. The gathering of some 3,000 participants was an opportunity to share Second Century Stewardship research and promote #ParkScience. Staff from SCS partners Schoodic Institute and the National Park Service hosted two workshops to help scientists communicate […]
In July, we gathered the 2018 and 2019 Second Century Stewardship fellows with National Park Service and Schoodic Institute staff, Acadia Teacher Fellows, and partners for 2.5 days of science communication training. With more than 3,000 research permits granted each year and an extensive history of scientific inquiry, the national parks are a place where […]
WINTER HARBOR, Maine – Squirrels, mice, and other small mammals could influence whether or not trees spread to new areas in a warming climate, according to new research published in the journal Oikos. The future range expansion of plants and animals is a major topic of study and speculation. As the climate continues to warm, […]