Come discover the remarkable adaptations of animals that live through Maine winters with Steve Ressel at Jesup Memorial Library on Feb. 5. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE JESUP

Talk to focus on winter ecology

BAR HARBOR — College of the Atlantic (COA) professor Steve Ressel’s slideshow, “Stories in the Snow: Uncovering Nature in Winter,” will be presented at Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m.

Ressel has been interested in amphibians and reptiles since he was a child, and his research interests in how temperature impacts the lives of these animals eventually led him into the realm of winter ecology. This slide presentation will highlight some of the remarkable adaptations that year-round resident animals of Maine possess in response to potentially lethal winter conditions. From frozen frogs to mice with specialized heater tissue, Ressel will draw on numerous field experiences that he has shared with his students while teaching a highly popular winter ecology course at COA over the past 20 years.

Ressel earned bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a major in biology from Millersville University, a master’s in zoology from the University of Vermont and a doctorate in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Connecticut. He joined the faculty of COA in 1993 and teaches courses in the areas of vertebrate biology, physiological ecology, herpetology, winter ecology and biological photography. He has traveled extensively throughout the U.S., the Caribbean and Central America for his research and has published extensively in his field.

Call the library at 288-4245 or email [email protected]

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