ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — The 25th Annual North American Dendroecological Fieldweek concluded their week of research with presentations at the Schoodic Institute on June 9. Teams of students and leaders explored the Schoodic Peninsula and Mount Desert Island region with rigorous attention to climate history, disturbance history and fire history as evidenced in their collected tree core samples and other research techniques. Students also worked with Rebecca Cole-Will, Acadia National Park chief of resource management, to determine the exact construction dates of the oldest buildings in the park.
“This is the most rewarding experience I’ve ever had as a teacher,” said Stockton Maxwell, assistant professor at Radford University in Virginia. “You’ve got dedicated, young, passionate scientists here to learn new techniques, absorb knowledge and create science that is new to the world.
“We often do this fieldweek where we are contributing information to the managers; hopefully affecting change for the management of these parks and conservation lands,” Maxwell said.
“Schoodic Institute is one of the best facilities in 25 years of the North American Dendroecological Fieldweek Program,” said Jim Speer, fieldweek director and professor of geography and geology at Indiana State University. “This has been a wonderful facility and a wonderful opportunity.”
The project is a positive example of the partnership between Schoodic Institute and the National Park Service to attract high-quality, relevant research and education opportunities to Maine and Acadia National Park.