On Campus Event: Adapting to Climate Change in the Gulf of Maine (12/2)

nick recordDr. Nicholas Record: Adapting to Climate Change in the Gulf of Maine
When: Wednesday, December 2, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Where: Adams 208
Open to the public

The Coalition for Expanding the Reach of Earth Sciences is bringing Dr. Nick Record from Bigelow Labs to give a talk on the state of fisheries in Maine and the impact of global warming on the future of cod fishing, specifically.

Dr. Record’s talk will address biological changes in the Gulf of Maine due to changes in global and local climate. Dr. Record is a computational ocean ecologist and was a visiting Assistant Professor at Bowdoin in 2012-2013. He is now a bigelow-logoSenior Scientist at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, Maine, where he uses computational ocean models and mathematical ecology to understand and predict ocean biogeography and biogeochemistry by combining ocean physics with biological and ecological processes.

Dr. Record holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Mathematics both from the University of Rochester, a B.Sc. in Physical Oceanography from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Maine.

On Campus Event: “Can the Ocean Save Us from Ourselves” Interactive Seminar and Cultivating Art Workshop (12/3)

Attacking Climate Change with a Paintbrush Evening Event: uniting science & artattacking climate change with a paintbrush to cultivate learning, creativity and community discussion.
When: Thursday December 3, 5:00pm
Where: LaMarche Gallery, Smith Union

Please join us Thursday, December 3rd for an evening appreciating the intersection of science and art in understanding climate change.

Event Schedule:
– Exhibition Opening & snacks

5:30pm – Interactive seminar “Can the Oceans Save Us from Ourselves?”

6:30pm – Cultivate Art Workshop, where seminar attendees create their own climate starfish headhsotchange inspired watercolors while discussing the science behind climate.

At the event, Dr. Bobbie Lyon, a Bowdoin Coastal Studies Scholar, Department of Biology and Bowdoin Marine Science Semester Professor will present the interactive seminar entitled:

Can the Ocean Save Us from Ourselves?”

Life has been modifying Earth’s climate since the first photosynthetic microbes evolved and oxygenated our atmosphere.  But since the industrial revolution, humans have begun their own large-scale alteration of the Earth’s atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels.  We are now at a critical point in determining what steps as a global society we are ready to undertake to help mitigate climate change.  How we chose to proceed is dependent on our understanding of the Earth’s climate system and the complex physical and biological processes that modulate it.  We will discuss the roles of the “great ocean conveyor belt,” marine primary production and feedback loops that will determine the course of climate change and our planet’s future.



Volunteer Opportunity: Join the EPA’s Youth Perspectives on Climate Justice Work Group (app due 11/30)

Join the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council’s Youth Perspectives on Climate Justice Work Group
Application due November 30
One letter of reference required
To visit the general webpage for the program go to: http://www3.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/nejac/current-charges.html
Learn more about the Youth Perspectives on Climate Justice here
The application is found here

EPA is seeking young adults to participate on this first of its kind youth-led advisory work group. Applications are due November 30, 2015

A key priority of EPA is to expand the conversation on environmentalism and work for environmental justice. The NEJAC’s work focuses on evaluating a broad range of strategic, scientific, technological, regulatory, community engagement, and economic issues related to environmental justice.

In Fiscal Year 2016, the NEJAC will be responding to several requests for advice and recommendations, including: The NEJAC Youth Perspectives on Climate Justice Work Group which will be convened in January 2016, to assist the NEJAC in developing advice and recommendations to assist the Agency in developing best practices to address climate change concerns as highlighted from a youth perspective.

The program is seeking 15 young adults, ages 18 to 29, who are involved in climate change efforts and/or advocacy to join the this climate change work group.

Off Campus Film: Go Wild! A Celebration in Support of Restoring Maine’s Wild Atlantic Salmon (12/3)

Go Wild! A Celebration in Support of Restoring Maine’s Wild Atlantic Salmondsf_pglogo Event
When: Thursday, December 3, 2015, 5:30 – 9:00 pm
Where: Frontier Theatre, Fort Andross, Brunswick, ME

Please join the Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF) in celebrating its mission to restore Maine’s wild Atlantic salmon. Dwayne Shaw, DSF’s Director, will describe the essential work DSF is doing, and artist, Susie O’Keeffe, will present a multimedia piece on the wild salmon of Southeast Alaska’s ancient forests. The evening will include free drinks and appetizers.

Dwayne will inspire us to envision a future where Maine’s rivers again flow with wild Atlantic salmon. He will tell us how DSF—and thousands of other committed people—are fighting to restore this critically endangered species to Maine’s rivers east of the Penobscot.

Susie will take you on a journey across the country, and into the Tongass National Forest. Her work, entitled: Rekindling the Exchange of Wild Affection, is described by local conservationist, Buck O’Herin, as “a story with stunning wildlife images that reminds us the essence of our being and fabric of our lives is contained in wildness. She asks us to consider what it is to be kin with Earth’s creatures…this is an illuminating presentation and offers us a taste of non-dual reality. Don’t miss it!”

Restoring native wild fish populations, as well as the rivers, wetlands and ecosystems these species need to thrive, is a courageous vision that evokes the words of Theodore Roosevelt: Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

Please, join in celebrating the inspiring and mighty work of restoring Maine’s wild Atlantic salmon!

The Downeast Salmon Federation’s Mission:

To conserve wild Atlantic salmon, other sea-run fish and their habitats, restore a viable recreational salmon fishery and protect other important river, scenic, recreational and ecological resources in eastern Maine.

School Year Internship Opportunity: Education and Outreach Coordinator

Education and Outreach Coordinator Unpaid Internship with the Gardiner Food Co-op and Café
When: As soon as possible start date
Where: Gardiner Food Co-op and Café, 269 Water Street, Gardiner, Maine
Company website to learn more: gardinerfood.coop and facebook.com/gardinercoop

Position Description: The overarching purpose of this internship is to bolster and spread the mission of the Gardiner Food Co-op through education and outreach efforts. The store seeks to provide local, organic, sustainable, and fair-trade goods and a safe community space through the cooperative business model, which promotes open membership, democracy, education, cooperation, community, and social and economic responsibility. The responsibilities of the Education and Outreach Coordinator are to organize and support fun and educational events focusing on sustainability, localized economies, food systems, cooperatives, self-reliance, and more; to work with local schools and organizations to encourage healthy eating and conscious consumerism; to market for the co-op through tabling at community events/spaces, social media, and within the store; to partake in the creation of the monthly newsletter; to continue the Farmer of the Week program; and to recognize the needs of the community and storefront and do what you can to meet them!

Experience/Qualifications Required: Relevant Major (community planning/development, marketing, communications, business, alternative economies, food systems, environmental studies, nutrition, or education); general interest

Location: Gardiner Food Co-op & Café, 269 Water Street, Gardiner, Maine, 04345

Citizenship Eligibility: U.S. citizen

Company Website: gardinerfood.coop and facebook.com/gardinercoop

Application Procedures and deadline: Resume and cover letter, statement from college if necessary. Open until filled!

Recruiting contact information: Shawn Menard, General Manager – 207-629-3663, info@gardinerfood.coop

Start date: As soon as possible

End date: Variable depending on internship requirement of associated college

Number of hours per week: at least 5 hours

Compensation: The internship is unpaid

Store description: The Gardiner Food Co-op & Cafe is a brand new, community-owned food store and cafe in downtown Gardiner, Maine. It is a project four years in the making born from a local foods buying club. True to it’s roots, the Co-op prioritizes local, organic, sustainable, and fair-trade goods in its efforts to offer this community nutrition and the local farmers/producers another outlet for their products, all with a minimized ecological footprint. Additionally, it has a comfortable cafe space for anyone to enjoy a homemade meal, a meeting, or a vibrant work area. As a cooperative, the Gardiner Co-op has 470 member-owners (and counting) and operates under the “Seven Cooperative Principles:” voluntary and open membership, democracy, economic participation by our members, independence, education, cooperation, and community.

Position title: Education and Outreach Coordinator

Off Campus Opportunity: Participate in “Climate Countdown” Web-series leading up to Paris Climate Summit

Climate Countdown web-series catalyzing the empowerment and understanding of the upcoming Paris Climate Summit in December 2015

Learn more about the series at http://climatecountdown.org/

Climate Countdown is a web-series run by Kaia Rose in New York city. The series both follows people who are crafting paths toward a pivotal global climate change agreement this December in Paris, called COP21. At the heart of it, Climate Countdown is a personal journey to find out what people are actually doing to tackle the climate crisis and how we, as ordinary citizens, can feel empowered.

Additionally, the web-series is also trying to make the acronym-laden process of climate change negotiations digestible, conversational and shareable. The episodes range from 8-12 minutes long and cover such topics as COP21, INDCs, implementation, carbon pricing, and China. By mapping out climate solutions, each episode cultivates awareness, encourages hope, and empowers the audience to act.

The Climate Countdown team will be heading to Paris to cover the negotiations this December. They have partnered with Citizens’ Voice, which will be providing 24/7 coverage of COP21 as a contributing partner of the UN’s World We Want platform. If any students plan on attending COP21 or want to get involved in other ways, please contact Kaia Rose at climatecountdownmedia@gmail.com.


The Climate Countdown directors invite you to share the episodes with your students and encourage them to promote urgent climate action. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Kaia if you have any questions, or would like engage our team in classroom discussions via video conference. The directors would also love to hear about any course integration with the web-series as well.


Summer Opportunity: Growing Leaders on Behalf of the Environment Summer Program with the Nature Conservancy

Summer Growing Leaders on Behalf of the Environment Internship Programs logo-nature-notaglinenow available on eBear
Learn more at: http://www.nature.org/about-us/diversity/globe/index.htm

Explore the field of conservation with the GLOBE program!

The mission of the GLOBE program is to prepare young professionals for successful careers in the environmental industry. We hire college students and recent college graduates for paid summer internships in variety of career areas at The Nature Conservancy, and our internship program offers a structured orientation, professional training, network opportunities, mentoring program, and real work experience.

We are excited to announce that the 2016 GLOBE college internship positions are now posted.

The positions for our 2016 cohort include 35 positions in 15 states and include both field and office-based positions in areas including: marketing, community outreach, policy, environmental studies, natural resources management, wildlife ecology, rangeland ecology, philanthropy, technology & information systems, GIS, and government relations.

This year, we are partnering with the Student Conservation Association to recruit for our GLOBE program. To view position descriptions, visit www.nature.org/careers and search “GLOBE INTERN.” To apply for a GLOBE internship, please visit the Student Conservation Association website.

Internship / Job Opportunity: Department of Energy Scholars Program for Summer 2016 (app due 12/15)

Department-of-EnergyThe Department of Energy (DOE) Scholars Program is now accepting applications for Summer 2016.

Visit http://orise.orau.gov/doescholars for more information or to apply
Application deadline is December 15, 2015!

The DOE Scholars Program offers unique opportunities that introduce students or post-graduates to the agency’s mission and operations. Participants in the DOE Scholars Program gain a competitive edge as they apply their education, talent and skills in a variety of scientific research settings within the DOE complex. Appointments are available in a variety of disciplines at participating DOE facilities nationwide.

Being selected as a DOE Scholar offers the following benefits:

  • Career possibilities with the nation’s leading sponsor for scientific research
  • Opportunities to learn from top scientists and subject matter experts
  • Stipends are a minimum of $600 per week (depending on academic status)
  • Travel arrangements to and from appointment site

Applicants must be US Citizens and undergraduates, graduates or post-graduates of an accredited college or university. The program is open to majors in: Engineering; Physical Sciences; Environmental Sciences; Computer Science and Information Technology; Physics; Business; Policy; Program Management; Mathematics; Statistics; Safety and Health; Accounting and Finance; Law; Communications; and other related areas.

Want to learn more about the DOE Scholars program? E-mail doescholars@orise.orau.gov or visit http://orise.orau.gov/doescholars.