Presentation on saving species planned



BAR HARBOR — Jacquelyn Gill, a paleoecologist and biogeographer, will discuss creative strategies to protect species in a warming world at the next MDI Science Café at the Kinne Library at the MDI Biological Laboratory on Monday, June 27, at 5 p.m.

Her presentation is entitled “Should We Clone the Woolly Mammoth to Protect the Tundra from Climate Change?”

Jacquelyn Gill will speak at the next MDI Science Café on June 27. PHOTO COURTESY OF MDI BIOLOGICAL LABORATORY

Jacquelyn Gill will speak at the next MDI Science Café on June 27. PHOTO COURTESY OF MDI BIOLOGICAL LABORATORY

Gill, who holds a joint appointment as assistant professor of paleoecology and plant ecology at the University of Maine with the Climate Change Institute and the School of Biology and Ecology, argues that the joint threats of climate change and human activity will combine to create new challenges to biodiversity in the coming century that will require creative thinking about conservation strategies.

“Over the last decade, it’s become increasingly apparent that 20th-century conservation strategies may be poorly suited to protect species in a changing world,” she wrote in her blog, “The Contemplative Mammoth.”

Gill will address emerging and novel conservation methods, as well as how a deep-time perspective can inform ecology, conservation and management by helping us to better understand threats to biodiversity.

The cafés are sponsored by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust and Cross Insurance. The science cafés will alternate with Art Meets Science Cafés at the MDI Biological Laboratory every Monday from June 20 to Sept. 19, with the exception of July Fourth and Labor Day. The cafés will take place at 5 p.m. at the Kinne Library.

The MDI Biological Laboratory’s 2016 Art Meets Science exhibit also will be on view prior to the MDI Science Cafés and Art Meets Science Cafés starting at 4:15 p.m.

Visit mdibl.org/events.

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