ON CAMPUS EVENT: A SHORT SYMPOSIUM celebrating the career of John Lichter, Thursday, April 5 -5:30, Kresge Auditorium

A Short Symposium celebrating the career of John Lichter
Thursday, April 5 4:00-5:30 PM
Kresge Auditorium

John Lichter is an ecosystem ecologist who began his research career by studying the mechanisms underlying plant succession and forest development on coastal sand dunes bordering Lake Michigan.  Since then, he has investigated the effects of rising atmospheric carbon dioxide on forest productivity and carbon sequestration with colleagues at Duke University and other institutions. After coming to Bowdoin College in 2000, he began research on the ecology and environmental history of Merrymeeting Bay and the lower Kennebec estuary. This work was expanded to link Maine’s rivers and estuaries with the nearshore marine ecosystems to better understand ecological recovery and the ecological and social constraints preventing further recovery of these once bountiful ecosystems.

With collaborators, Lichter works with undergraduate students to provide vital information for the restoration and sound management of Maine’s waterways and coastal fisheries.

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.

On Campus Event: Sketching Science: Scientific Communication through Social Media, Thurs. April 5 @ 7:30 PM, Beam

Sketching Science: Scientific Communication Through Social Media with Ernesto Llamas
Thursday, April 5, 2018 | 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center

Dr. Ernesto Llamas created the Journal of Sketching Science, which aims to increase the visibility and impact of scientific research through accurate and attractive illustrations. Using social media, Sketching Science has reached nearly 400,000 followers and publishes almost every week. This talk will feature how illustrations helped explain his Ph.D. research, what it means to make science viral in social networks, and his recent collaboration with international scientists and artists.

Website: https://journal.sketchingscience.org

Free of charge and open to the public. Sponsored by Bowdoin Student Scientists and the Departments of Biology, Biochemistry, and Chemistry

Before the lecture, there will be a dinner with Dr. Llamas from 5-6PM in Thorne Mitchell South.

On Campus Event: “The Smoke of London: Energy and Environment in the Early Modern City” Friday, April 6 10-11:30 AM

“The Smoke of London: Energy and Environment in the Early Modern City” with William Cavert
Friday, April 6 from 10-11:30 AM
Nixon Lounge, Hawthorne Longfellow Library (3rd Floor)

A behind the scenes look at Bowdoin’s special collections with William Cavert, assistant professor of history, University of St. Thomas.

By 1600, London was a fossil-fueled city, its high-sulfur coal a basic necessity for the poor and a source of cheap energy for its growing manufacturing sector. In this lecture, drawn from his prize-winning book, historian William Cavert uncovers the origins of urban air pollution, two centuries before the industrial revolution.

Sponsored by the Department of History and Environmental Studies Program

Off Campus Events: Climate change in Brunswick: Impact, Action and Adaptations, April 9, 16 & 23rd 6:30 PM, Curtis Memorial Library

Climate Change in Brunswick: Impact, Action, and Adaptations
A community lecture series in celebration of Earth Day
Brunswick’s Curtis Memorial Library’s Morrell Meeting Room: April 9, 16, 23rd: 6:30-8pm

Monday, April 9th, 6:30-8 PM

Climate Change’s Effects in Brunswick

How is Brunswick and the Mid-Coast Maine region going to be affected by climate change? Learn about how the place we call home may look in the short and long-term future. Topics will include ecological, economical, oceanic, and atmospheric changes and challenges.

Presenters Include:

  • Sophie Janeway, Natural Resources Council of Maine: “An Overview of Climate Change in Mid-Coast Maine”
  • Beth Bisson, Maine Sea Grant: “ Ecological Shifts and Challenges”
  • David Carlon, Bowdoin Professor/Director of the Bowdoin Schiller Coastal Studies Center: “Climate Change in the Gulf of Maine: Changes in Fisheries, Marine Biology, and Coasts”

Monday, April 16th, 6:30-8 PM

Resilient Brunswick: Community Environmental Action

How can we address the effects of climate change and thrive in doing so? Hear how local community members successful actions to make Brunswick and Maine more resilient, sustainable, and energy efficient.

Presenters include:

  • Mark Berry, The Nature Conservancy: Forest Program Director: “The Role of Forests in Tackling Climate Change”
  • Marcia Harrington, Brunswick Plastic Bag Ban, “Organizing Community Environmental Action”
  • Eileen Johnson, Bowdoin College:“Resilience Building in Brunswick”

Monday, April 23rd, 6:30-8 PM

DIY Adaptations: Home Energy Efficiency

Save money and adapt to climate change from the comfort of your living room! Learn about DIY home weatherization projects and energy efficiency tips that will cut back on heating and energy bills while reducing your carbon footprint.

Presenters include:

  • Steve Ward, Maine Climate Table: “Maine’s Energy Efficiency Legislative History and Future”
  • Nat Blackford, Efficiency Maine: “Energy Efficiency Programs and Incentives”
  • Jen Hatch, Revision Energy: “Solar Energy and Installation”

Off Campus: “Cultivating a Culture of Science”, April 28

“Cultivating a Culture of Science”, 2018 MEEA Conference
April 28 at Colby College

You can learn more about it on our website:MEEA Website We have a great track on Green Leadership that might be really interesting for Bowdoin students and many youth presenters… if you have any students interested in networking and growing their connections in environmental and conservation education and outreach I have scholarships available…please urge them to contact me!  Thank you so much!


Off Campus Event: Solar Energy for ME (Wed. March 14, 7:00 pm)

Solar Energy for ME
Wednesday, March 14, 7:00pm
Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick

Join Natural Resources Council of Maine Climate and Clean Energy Director Dylan Voorhees and Maine State Representative Seth Berry March 14 at Solar Energy for ME, the sixth presentation of Friends of Merrymeeting Bay’s 21st annual winter speaker series. Central Maine Power (CMP) and the Maine Public Utility Commission (PUC) have been all over the news in recent months, not only for unexplained widespread over-billing but for pushing, in times of almost universally accepted climate change caused largely from fossil fuel use, an extremely regressive solar energy policy championed by Governor LePage.

Last year, the legislature voted to continue incentives for installing photovoltaic panels to produce solar electricity. The bill passed and was vetoed by the Governor. Though an override vote looked likely, at the last minute under the influence of CMP and national utility lobbyists, it failed in the House by three votes. Lately, the PUC has pushed up the start date for their regressive policy from that they previously announced. Voorhees and Berry will share with the audience, trials and tribulations of making clean energy policy in a hostile political environment and their hopes for the future.

 Dylan Voorhees received his B.A. from Columbia University and a master of public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where he concentrated in environmental and energy policy. He has worked on wind power for the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs in Massachusetts, and on sustainable land use for the Vermont Forum on Sprawl. Previously he taught 8th grade.

 Rep. Seth Berry is House Chair of the Maine Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, where he works to improve Mainers’ access to affordable clean energy and high-speed internet.  He is also Vice President for Business Development of Kennebec River Biosciences, a Maine-owned, for-profit lab working to improve the health and sustainability of aquatic farms and fisheries worldwide.

All Speaker Series events are free, open to the public and supported by Patagonia, Inc. in Freeport. The April 11 presentation, Rewilding the East features John Davis, long distance conservation athlete and co-founder of Wildlands Network. This event takes place in the Morrell Meeting Room of Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick.

Visit www.fomb.org to see speaker biographies, full event schedules, become a member, and learn more about how you can help protect beautiful Merrymeeting Bay.

For more information contact FOMB at 207-666-3372 or edfomb@comcast.net.

Off Campus Event: Beyond the Bow: A Fisheries Needs Assessment of Harpswell, Thursday March 15, 6:30 pm

Beyond the Bow: A Fisheries needs assessment of Harpswell
Thursday, March 15 6:30 pm
Cundy’s Harbor Community Hall, 837 Cundy’s Harbor Rd, Harpswell

The Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association invites Harpswell residents and interested parties to a presentation and discussion of “Beyond the Bow: A fisheries needs assessment of Harpswell”. Held at the Cundy’s Harbor Community Hall on Thursday, March 15th at 6:30 PM, project coordinator, Kendra Jo Grindle, will discuss the results of the comprehensive fishing community needs assessment the Fishermen’s Association undertook this past year.

“This project is something that we have never tried before.” Said Ben Martens, Executive Director of the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association. “We wanted to go to the fishing community and have a real conversation about what their needs are, and I am very excited to finally be able to share the outcome of this process.”

With over 200 hours of interviews with roughly 80 individuals, the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association has cultivated an in-depth look into the various facets of Harpswell’s beloved fishing community through an interview-based assessment. The assessment focused on identifying the concerns, hopes, and needs as determined by those within the Harpswell fishing community. After collecting and analyzing interviews and data, a final presentation and report have been produced for the community utilize to strengthen their resilient fishing community.

Beyond the Bow: A fisheries needs assessment of Harpswell was funded, in part, by the Holbrook Community Foundation.

Free Program: ALPINE Summer Institute for Land Protection

Alpine Summer Institute (Academics for Land Protection in New England

The application period for the 2018 ALPINE Summer Institute is now open—apply here! The dates and locations will be: June 9-11 at the Harvard Forest and July 25-27 at the Schoodic Institute.

The ALPINE Summer Institute is a program for participants interested in exploring careers in land conservation. Participants must have an internship that involves some aspect of land conservation in New England to participate. The Summer Institute takes place over two weekends in June and August and features presentations by leaders in the conservation arena, field trips to conserved sites, and guided reflections by the participants on their conservation internships. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and interact with leaders and educators in land conservation organizations.

Any students that are participating in an internship involving land conservation this summer will qualify for the ALPINE Summer Institute program.

ALPINE—Academics for Land Protection in New England—will be offering again this summer, a program for undergraduate and graduate students interested in becoming the next generation of land conservation leaders.  The Summer Institute is offered at no cost to students and includes:

  • Two intensive weekends at the beginning and end of the summer of 2018
  • Presentations by leaders in organizations such as the Harvard Forest, the International Land Conservation Network, the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
  • Writing assignments and reflections
  • Leadership training exercises
  • Hikes and field trips to important land conservation projects in New England
  • Meals and accommodation for both weekends

The only requirements for students to apply are that they:

  • Have a 2018 summer internship related to land conservation in one of the six New England states (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island)
  • Be able to provide their own transportation to and from the Summer Institute sessions

I’m including a link to the free application here.  More information about the program and past participants, as well as about ALPINE, can be found on our website.

Please let me know if you have any questions about the Summer Institute, and if you know of any students who you think would be a good fit.  I’m happy to reach out to them directly if that’s easier.

Thank you,


Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler

Project Coordinator for Land Conservation
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
(Office) 617-503-2203