Off Campus Event: Maine Fisherman’s Forum Friday, March 2, Rockland, ME

 Gain some insight into the people and processes behind Maine’s fisheries.
Join Patrick Warner for a drive to Rockland, ME for a day at the Maine Fisherman’s Forum, on Friday, March 2.  Email Patrick to reserve a seat in the van: Here are the events for Friday:

Friday, March 2, 2018

9:00 am Herring Amendment 8 Information Update
9:00 am Maine Lobstermen’s Assn. 64th Annual Meeting
10:30 am Maine Coast Community Sector Annual Meeting
10:30 am Eastern Maine Skippers Program: How Can Individuals & Communities Manage and Restore Local Fisheries?
10:30 am Lobsters to Dollars: The Economic Impact of Maine’s Lobster Supply Chain
1:00 pm Electronic Monitoring on the Water Fishery
1:00 pm Status of Right Whales and Fixed Gear Fisheries
2:45 pm Open Forum with NOAA Fisheries Leadership
2:45 pm Northern Gulf of Maine Federal Scallop

link to their website

Off Campus Event: “Managing our Seas and Oceans: The Challenge of International Cooperation”. Saturday, March 3, Falmouth, ME (reserve seating by 2/25)

“Managing our Seas and Oceans: The Challenge of International Cooperation”
Keynote address by Áslaug Ásgeirsdóttir, Associate Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Politics at Bates College, at the Maine Chapter-United Nations Association Annual Meeting & Luncheon
Saturday, March 3, 2018 11AM-2PM
Keynote Address, 1:00 PM
Lunt Auditorium, 74 Lunt Rd, Falmouth, ME
call 207-370-4690 before Feb 25 to reserve seating

Áslaug Ásgeirsdóttir, Associate Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Politics at Bates College, is a recognized expert on ocean governance. Her work has focused on how states allocate shared fish stocks in the North Atlantic, how states settle joint maritime boundaries, the politics of the Law of the Sea, and the emergence of marine spatial planning as a way to manage increasingly competitive uses of oceans. She is the author of “Who Gets What? Domestic Influences on International Negotiations Allocating Shared Resources,” published by SUNY Press in 2008, long with articles published in many leading scholarly journals, Áslaug ha sgiven lectures and participated in workshops on ocean governance in the United States, Iceland, Norway, Canada, Sweden, the Netherlands, Latvia and Portugal to name a few. She recently co-organized a workshop at the United Nations In New York on the governance of resources in ocean areas beyond national jurisdiction.

Admission at the door: $20* (students $10)
Please reserve by February 25, 2018 by:
Phone (207) 370-4690, or Email:

If interested in taking a Bowdoin van to this event, contact Rosie:

Off campus Event: Princeton Environmental Ideathon, April 13-15, 2018

Princeton Environmental Ideathon
– Cities of Tomorrow  –
April 13-15, 2018
Princeton University

The event will run from April 13-15th, and will provide your students with an opportunity to network with leading student innovators from across the East Coast, as they work together to cultivate creative solutions to some of today’s biggest environmental issues. We especially want to extend our invitation to your Masters level students for an opportunity to accelerate their innovative ideas and make an impact on our undergraduate participants. For more information, please see the attached letter. The application can be accessed here.

We hope that students from your university will apply to join us for this one-of-a-kind experience!

Best regards,
Princeton Environmental Ideathon Team

Lisa M. Nicolaison
Program Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
Princeton University
MacMillan Annex West
Princeton, NJ  08544
Tel: (609) 258-6085
Cell: (609) 651-2416

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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.

Off Campus Event: Maine Land Trust Conference- Save the Date March 21-22, 2018

Maine Land Conservation Conference 2018


Get ready for a multifaceted learning experience as Maine Coast Heritage Trust celebrates its 35th annual land trust gathering! Rather than offering various small breakouts sessions on specific nuts and bolts topics, at this year’s event we will invite a bit of disruption, with a focus on big, strategic topics and challenging the status quo. As a group, attendees will hear from a variety of speakers, some of whom will be familiar and some unexpected, and there will be lots of opportunities for peer-to-peer exchange and networking. The event will be held on Thursday, March 22nd at the Samoset Resort in​ Rockport, and will kick off a year-long learning path to inform and guide Maine land trusts as we prepare for a rapidly changing future.  If you have not attended the conference for a while, we encourage you to consider joining us this year to help shape our path going forward.

Throughout the day of this special event, we will take advantage of fresh formats, invite plenty of discussion, and spur interaction and debate in provocative ways. We don’t want to give too much away, but some of the things you can expect are:

  • Creating a visual depiction of where we are as a movement
  • Practicing listening techniques
  • Finding inspiration from other sectors and sources
  • Encouraging everyone to speak up, speak out, and ask questions
  • Thinking in new ways about how to tell our own story, and find the story in others.

After this day of stimulating discussions, MCHT will carry forward our explorations into subsequent meetings, trainings and events over the months that follow. These will include Maine Land Trust Network steering committee meetings, land trust regional gatherings, special workshops, and more.

There will be other opportunities for attendees to meet with colleagues, take part in fun activities, and discuss land conservation in Maine:

  • field trips and events hosted by Coastal Mountains Land Trust and Georges River Land Trust
  • an informal Meet & Greet on the evening of Wednesday March 21st
  • a closing reception on Thursday evening.

The Samoset Resort is offering a special rate of $111 plus tax for event participants who wish to book a room on Wednesday night (single or double occupancy). That rate is offered through 2/28/18. To make a reservation, contact the Samoset through their central reservations office at 800-341-1650, and identify yourself as a participant in the Maine Coast Heritage Trust event. Rooms will be available for anyone wishing to stay Thursday night, but the prevailing rate will apply.

Please mark March 21-22 on your calendar today. More details, including how to register, will soon be available. We hope you will join us in Rockport this year! See the website for more information.

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 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.