ON CAMPUS EVENT: SAVE THE DATE~ A Short Symposium celebrating the career of Professor John Lichter, Thursday, April 5 (4:00 Kresge Auditorium)

Please Save the Date, and plan to join faculty, staff, friends and colleagues for this event:

A Short Symposium celebrating the career of Professor John Lichter
Thursday, April 5, 2018 | 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

This short symposium will feature talks by David Foster, Director of the Harvard Forest, Harvard University, Anne Hayden, Program Manager, Sustainable Economies Program, Manomet, and Adjunct Lecturer, Bowdoin College, and William Schlesinger, President Emeritus of the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies.

A reception will follow the symposium in Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union.

Two year Fellowship: Island Fellows Program, for graduating seniors Deadline to apply: March 23)

Island Institute Fellows Program
The Island Institute is presently hiring recent grads and graduating students for their Island Fellows Program.

The Island Institute’s Island Fellows support Maine’s island and coastal communities by (1) strengthening capacity for the local management of historical, cultural, natural, economic, and information resources and (2) assisting in local research, planning, education, and technology projects. Fellows receive two-year placements within these communities

Application Deadline: Friday March 23
More information: http://www.islandinstitute.org/program/community-development/island-fellows

On Campus Event: Bowdoin Marine Science Semester Information Session, Thursday, Feb 22 @ 6:30

Thursday, February 22, 2018 6:30 PM
ES Common Room, Adams Hall

The Bowdoin Marine Science Semester (BMSS) is a Fall semester immersion  experience in marine field work, lab work, and independent research.
Join BMSS alums, faculty and staff to find out more about this opportunity.

The semester is available to Bowdoin students and non-Bowdoin students who are enrolled in colleges that participate in the 12-College Exchange Program. We welcome students from all disciplines who are keen to experience marine science in action.

Prerequisites for the program are: the Introductory Biology Sequence- either Bio 1101 and Bio 1102, or Bio 1109 and a math course above 1000.

Students take four courses sequentially in three-to-four week modules taught at the Bowdoin Marine Laboratory and Schiller Coastal Studies Center in Harpswell, Maine. The module style allows for continuity of laboratory and field research.



On Campus: MLK for the 21st Century w/ Eric Dyson- The Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture 2/6 @ 7PM

‘MKL for the 21st Century’ with Michael Eric Dyson- The Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture
Tuesday, Feb 6 7:00
Kresge Visual Arts Center

Michael Eric Dyson is one of America’s most visible and quotable public intellectuals. He is a renowned scholar and cultural critic on issues of race, religion, popular culture, and contemporary issues in America. He has authored eighteen books, including, April 4, 1968: Martin Luther king Jr. Death and How It Changed America, Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster, and his most recent, Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America. 

Dyson is a professor of sociology at Georgetown University, a regular commentator on CNN and contributing writer to the New York Times, Washington Post and ESPN’s Undefeated, to name a few.

On Campus: Field note Friday AND Bowdoin Marine Science Semester Independent Research Final Presentations at the CSC (Fri, Dec 15 1:30-4:30 Schiller Coastal Studies Center Farmhouse)

Come to the Schiller Coastal Studies Center to participate in Field Note Friday and see the Bowdoin Marine Science Semester Independent Research Final Presentations.

Friday, Dec 15, 1:30-4:30pm | Schiller Coastal Studies Center

Come learn about local ecology at the Bowdoin Marine Science Semester research symposium!

Learn about:
* Ocean acidification
* Invasive species
* Lobsters
* Predator-prey interactions
* Crab diet preference
* Microplastics
* Local fish populations

or, independently explore the trails at the Schiller Coastal Studies Center. We will leave at 1:30 from Druck 224 (Ecology Lab). The Field Note Friday van will return to campus by 4:30, or you can stay later for the CSCC holiday party!

Email ssdeeds@bowdoin.edu to reserve your spot in the van.

Presentation Schedule:

Session I – Behavior and Trophic Dynamics

2:00 pm Clayton Starr

The rise of a Super Snail: The effects of temperature and acidity on Nucella lapillus feeding rates

2:15 pm David Anderson

A battle of the wits: comparing the learning ability of the invasive crab Carcinus maenas to the native crab Cancer inornatus in the Gulf of Maine

2:30 pm Hugh Cipparone

Wild Crabs of the North: Optimal prey selection and distinct populations of the European Green Crab

Session II – Ecosystems and Communities

3:00 pm Charlotte Nash

Phragmites australis Invasion Impacts on Zonation and Carbon Sequestration

of a Restored Brackish Tidal Marsh

3:15 pm Patrick Warner

Getting Fishy: Fish Populations in Harpswell Sound

3:30 pm Zakir Bulmer

Stressed-out Lobsters: Thermal Stress, Microbes, and the American Lobster, Homarus americanus

Session III – Climate Change and Anthropogenic Impacts

4:00 pm Jesse Dunn

Living with this mess: symbiosis in aquaculture to cope with ocean acidification

4:15 pm Claire Goffinet

Plastic accumulation within stomach content of Fundulus heteroclitus in Maine coastal waters.

4:30 pm Caroline Godfrey

Munching on Microplastics: Consumption Rate of Polystyrene Microplastics in the Intertidal Copepod Tigriopus californicus

On Campus: Open Campus Forum on use of the new Roux Center for the Environment (Tues, Dec 12, 3-4pm in Main Lounge Moulton Union)

Open Campus Forum on use of the Roux Center for the Environment
Tues, Dec 12, 3-4pm | in Main Lounge Moulton Union

As the new Roux Center for the Environment emerges at the corner of College Street and Harpswell Road and as we plan for its inaugural semester (Fall 2018), we invite you to join the conversation about what kinds of activities might happen in Roux.

As Clayton wrote in his announcement of the new Roux Center in February 2016, the vision for this new building is “to bring together faculty and students from across disciplines to encourage and facilitate creativity and collaboration about global problems of the environment.” The Roux Program Committee, comprised of representatives from across the campus community, has been involved throughout the planning and design process to ensure that this vision is embedded in all aspects of the building, even as some parts of the building are designed for specific offices and labs.

At this point, we want to continue the conversation about creativity and collaboration, about bringing together faculty and students across disciplines. Please come to this open campus forum during Reading Period to share your thoughts, listen to ideas, and consider the possibilities for transformative uses of the new Roux Center.

NEW TIME: On Campus: Learning from Loons: Conservation Medicine Linking Animal, Human, and Ecosystem Health with Mark Pokras (Tues. Dec 5, 5:15-6:15, Beam Classroom, VAC)

“Learning from Loons: Conservation Medicine Linking Animal, Human, and Ecosystem Health” with senior consulting veterinarian Mark Pokras

NEW TIME: Tuesday, December 5| 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM | Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

The links between animal health, human health, and the environment are undeniable. In this discussion, Mark Pokras will focus on how a long-term study of one species, the common loon (Gavia immer), is contributing to our knowledge of these links.

Iconic symbol of our northern lakes, we have learned a great deal about the basic biology of this long-lived species in the last few decades. A consortium of wildlife biologists, academic researchers, citizen scientists, veterinarians, and agency personnel have also found that this species can yield important insights on pollutants, emerging pathogens, climate change, and other threats.

Pokras is senior consulting veterinarian at the Biodiversity Research Institute. He earned his DVM from Tufts University, then continued on as a resident in zoo and wildlife medicine. Pokras later served as Director of the Wildlife Clinic at Tufts and was one of the founders of Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine. His professional interests include medicine and surgery in wildlife, aquatic birds, environmental health, and conservation biology. He has been researching mortality in loons since 1987 and is well-known for his work on lead poisoning in wildlife and public health.


On Campus: Sydne Record seminar: To conserve nature should we focus on the actors or the stage? (Tues. Dec 5 12:00-12:45 lunch with students- Mitchell South, Thorne, 4:00 pm seminar Druck 20)

Tuesday, December 5| 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM Lunch with students in Mitchell South, Thorne | 4:00 PM Seminar in Druck 20

Sydne is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Bryn Mawr College, and a candidate for a Bio-ES position at Bowdoin. Join her for lunch and/or her seminar, during which she will be discussing “To conserve nature should we focus on the actors or the stage?”. Student feedback for candidates is highly encouraged!


On Campus Event: Last Enviro Lunch of the Semester: Race and the Outdoors Wednesday, Dec 6 11:30-1:00, Mitchell South, Thorne

Wednesday, December 6 in Mitchell South in Thorne from 11:30- 1:00.

This is the last enviro lunch of the semester!

We are going to have a lunch to discuss race and the environment. The discussion will be very driven by the attendees, and will focus on how outdoor spaces are coded racially, historical reasons for the relationship between race and the environment, and hopes for the future.