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.

On Campus: Liba Pejchar seminar: Paradise in peril: rare birds and forest restoration in Hawaii (Thurs. Dec 7 12:00-12:45 lunch with students- South Dining Room, Moulton, 4:00 pm seminar in Druck 20)

Thursday, December 7| 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM Lunch with students in South Dining Room, Moulton | 4:00 PM Seminar in Druck 20

Liba Pejchar is an associate Professor at Colorado State University in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology. She is a candidate for a Bio-ES position at Bowdoin. Join her for lunch and/or her seminar, the topic of which is “Paradise in peril: rare birds and forest restoration in Hawaii”. Student feedback for candidates is highly encouraged!


On Campus: Biology- ES Candidates on campus for Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies- Student Feedback Requested (2 weeks: Tues., Nov. 28-Friday, Dec. 8th. Dates specified below)

Dear ES majors:

The Biology Department and ES Program are currently conducting a search for a permanent tenure track faculty member.  We are looking for an environmental biologist working on problems of relevance to an Environmental Studies program, with possible emphases in community, ecosystem, and/or population ecology; potential fields could include, among others: conservation biology, fisheries, ecotoxicology, or limnology. This faculty member would teach the Introduction to Environmental Studies class, and likely a senior seminar for ES and/or Biology.

I’m writing to ask if you would be willing to participate in this search as a member of the Environmental Biologist Search Student Advisory Group.  The search committee strongly considers input provided by students in the final decision making process.

In this role, we would be asking you to join the candidate and other students for lunch on the following dates, and to also attend the reception and seminars.  Given your schedules, I am aware that you might not be able to join all the candidates for all activities.  We are looking for students who can commit to attending as many of these activities as their schedule allows.

Please let me know if you would be willing to participate. Please see below for the schedules for the first two candidates (this first will be on campus Tuesday. Nov 28). Schedules for all 4 seminars are set, as well as student lunches for the first two candidates on campus this week. Stay tuned for the schedule for student lunches for candidates 3&4.

Candidate 1: Theodore Willis

Tuesday, Nov 28
4:00 Seminar: “The Fish came to us”: How diadromy, communities and industry intersect in Maine Druck 20

Wed. Nov 29
12:00-12:45 Lunch with students, Mitchell South, Dining Room, Thorne Hall (sign in sheet at the checkers station for students without board)


Candidate 2: Mary Rogalski
Thursday, Nov 30
12:15-1:00 Lunch with students, Mitchell North, Thorne (sign in sheet at the checkers station for students without board)
4:00 Seminar: “Ecological and evolutionary responses to changes in lake chemical environments”, 20 Druckenmiller Hall

Candidate 3: Sydne record
Tuesday, Dec. 5

4:00 Seminar, Druck 20
Student lunch TBA

Candidate 4: Liba Pejchar
Thursday, Dec, 7
4:00 Seminar, Druck 20
Student lunch TBA


Thank you!


On Campus: Deray McKesson No Hate November Keynote Speaker (Tues, December 5 7:00-8:30, Morrell Lounge, Smith Union)

Deray McKesson: No Hate November Keynote Speaker
Tuesday, December 5 | 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM | Morrell Lounge, David Saul Smith Union

is an American civil rights activist and former school administrator. Mckesson is a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement and is known for his activism via social media outlets such as Twitter and Instagram and has been active in the protests in Ferguson, Missouriand Baltimore, Maryland. Mckesson has also written for The Huffington Post and The GuardianAlong with Johnetta Elzie, Brittany Packnett, and Samuel Sinyangwe, Mckesson launched Campaign Zero, a policy platform to end police violence.

On Campus Event: “The Science and Pseudoscience of Earthquake Prediction”: The Kibbe Science Lecture with Heather Savage (Wed. Nov 29 7:00-8:30, Beam Classroom, VAC)

“The Science and Pseudoscience of Earthquake Prediction”: The Kibbe Science Lecture with Heather Savage

Wednesday, November 29 | 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM | Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

The topic of this lecture is both timely and interdisciplinary. Earthquakes can have devastating impacts on human populations: over 9000 fatalities are attributed to the 2015 Nepal earthquake c. 150,000 to the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and the greatest suffering is often endured by populations living in poverty. Predicting earthquakes has thus been the primary objective of many researchers, including speaker Heather Savage.

Savage is a renowned expert in the field of seismology and is Distinguished GeoPRISMs Lecturer on the faculty of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University. She will speak about earthquakes, seismic risk, the science/pseudoscience of predicting the next big quake, and the implications for society.
This lecture is a collaborative production of the GeoPRISMS distinguished lecturer program, the Kibbe Science Lecture fund, and the Department of Earth and Oceanographic Science.

On Campus Event: Vulnerability of the Great Barrier Reef to climate change and local pressure (Nick Wolff, Nature Conservancy Climate Change Scientist, 11/20

Vulnerability of the Great Barrier Reef to climate change and local pressures
November 20, 2017 | 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM | Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom
Join Nick for dinner before the talk in the Hutchinson Room, Throne (5:30-7:00)

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is under pressure from a suite of stressors including cyclones, crown-of-thorns starfish, nutrients from river runoff and warming events that drive mass coral bleaching. Two key questions are: how vulnerable will the GBR be to future environmental scenarios, and to what extent can local management actions lower vulnerability in the face of climate change?  Nick Wolff will present new research that addresses these questions and discuss the implications for the GBR’s future.

In addition, he will present research examining the inequities that are likely to arise from climate change impacts on coral reef nations. Few countries are projected to experience coral reef impacts commensurate with their emissions. Of course, no coral reef ‘wins’ under climate change and ocean acidification, but some countries will likely experience relatively weak impacts of GHG emissions relative to emissions while most countries are relative losers. Not surprisingly, the greatest inequity will occur on the reefs of the world’s poorer nations.

Nick Wolff is a Climate Change Scientist with The Nature Conservancy where he applies climate change data to support decisions and strategy development across the Conservancy’s programs. His areas of expertise include spatial and climate modelling, data analysis, and the visualization, management and dissemination of data.

Figure 1. Photos from the GBR before, during and after the 2016 mass bleaching event

Trained in biological oceanography, Nick’s Ph.D. is based on integrating large-scale data sets with climate projections and ecological models to look at the relative benefits of different local management efforts for the Great Barrier Reef.

Nick has 30 publications on topics such as climate change vulnerability, climate change inequity, climate change adaptation, coral reef resilience, conservation planning, connectivity, ecosystem services, biodiversity, tropical cyclones and oceanography.

Nick is a dual American and Australian citizen and loves exploring and photographing the diverse landscapes in both countries