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Coastal Studies Summer 2014 Research Symposium

Coastal Studies Summer 2014 Research Symposium

July 14, 2014 8:30 AM  – 3:30 PM
Coastal Studies Center Farmhouse

The Coastal Studies Center is hosting a one day Research Symposium this Monday, July 14th at the Coastal Studies Center Farmhouse. As in previous years, this meeting will be a friendly forum for students supported by summer fellowships to present an overview of their project, and their progress to date. New to this year, we are opening up the floor to postdocs and faculty who would like to tell us about their work in any aspect of marine or environmental science. See the
Marine Laboratory blog to see the schedule for the day.

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Developing a broader perspective for marine communities in an area of climate change: insights from the Galapagos Islands

Developing a broader perspective for marine communities in an area of climate change: insights from the Galapagos Islands

September 25, 2014 4:00 PM  – 5:00 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020

Jon D. Witman, Professor, Biology Department, Brown University

Research Interest:
My research is directed toward understanding the dynamics of populations and communities living in marine hard substrate habitats. Our lab is conducting research focused around three themes: 1) physical forcing of marine benthic ecosystems, 2) studies on the origin vs. the maintenance of pattern, and 3) marine biodiversity. How community structuring processes vary with scale is a consideration that pervades all aspects of our research.

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Maine to Greenland: Exploring the Maritime Far Northeast

Maine to Greenland: Exploring the Maritime Far Northeast

September 25, 2014 7:00 PM  – 8:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Smithsonian Institution Arctic archaeologist William Fitzhugh and Maine-based photographer Wilfred Richard will speak Thursday, September 25 at 7:00 pm in Kresge Auditorium, on the Bowdoin College campus. Their illustrated lecture coincides with the release of their new book, Maine to Greenland: Exploring the Maritime Far Northeast, published by the Smithsonian Institution Press. Following the lecture there will be a reception at the Arctic Museum, where they will sign copies of their book. Also visitors will have a chance to view an exhibit of some of Richard’s photographs. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

William Fitzhugh has spent over three decades studying cultures of northern Canada, Alaska, Siberia, Mongolia, and Scandinavia. His work as an archaeologist and anthropologist has focused on the cultural and environmental history of Labrador and southern Quebec, the evolution of maritime cultures, contact between native populations and Europeans, and the origins of reindeer herding. He is the head of the Arctic Studies Center at the Smithsonian Institution.

Wilfred Richard is a geographer, photographer, Registered Maine Guide, and research fellow at the Ummannaq Polar Institute in Greenland. He has traveled extensively throughout New England, the Arctic, and Subarctic, photographing landscapes and seascapes, terrestrial and marine floral and fauna, and the everyday activities of local residents and visiting scientists. He has exhibited his photographs widely.

Using fascinating personal stories and stunning photographs, Fitzhugh and Richard will introduce the audience to people and places throughout the northern North Atlantic and explain both the importance and allure of this region. Their appearance is sponsored by the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center, Bowdoin College.

The Arctic Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sundays. Admission to the museum is free. The Museum is closed Mondays and on national holidays. For more information please call the Arctic Museum at 207-725-3416

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Interested in Marine Sciences? Have lunch with Brown University Professor Jon Witman

Interested in Marine Sciences? Have lunch with Brown University Professor Jon Witman

September 26, 2014 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Adams Hall, Room 111 (Common Room)

Jon Witman will join students and faculty for an informal pizza lunch and a short video about Cashes Ledge in the Gulf of Maine-- one of the most dynamic hotspots of biodiversity in New England and the entire North Atlantic, and an area where he conducts research and collaborates on conservation efforts. Professor Witman will also share his insight into field-study based marine science programs an area particularly relevant to Bowdoin as it prepares to launch the new Marine Science Semester program next fall.

For more information, see the webpage.

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Multiple Stable States: Theory and Evidence

Multiple Stable States: Theory and Evidence

October 9, 2014 4:00 PM  – 5:00 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020

One of the most vexing problems in ecology is how distinctly different communities, such as mussel beds and seaweed stands that occur on rocky shores in Maine, can occur in the same ecosystem. These communities often persist for long periods, yet small, temporary shifts in environmental conditions can cause an unexpected tipping of the system and one type of community may be replaced by another. How can alternative communities be both persistent and yet so susceptible? The theory of these systems, known as multiple stable states, is well understood, but whether multiple stable states actually exist in nature has remained a hotly debated subject and, not surprisingly, definitive examples continue to be elusive. The past decade has seen resurgent interest in the topic because of large-scale changes in the species composition of many ecosystems around the globe and the extent to which anthropogenic activities and climate change may underlie these sudden shifts. The occurrence of multiple stable states has implications for how we manage ecosystems and our basic understanding of the roles of historical and contemporary processes in determining patterns of organismal distribution and abundance. I will present the results from the past 18 years of an ongoing project investigating whether rockweed stands and mussel beds represent alternative community states in sheltered bays of the Gulf of Maine.

Dr. Steve Dungeon is Professor of Biology, at the California State University, Northridge.  He received his PhD from the University of Maine in 1992. His research interests focus on the unique biological features of clonal algae and invertebrates, the evolution of life history and morphological traits and how these traits influence the dynamics of the communities in which they live. The temperate rocky intertidal zone is the experimental system used to explore these concepts.

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Nova Southeastern University Graduate Study Information Session

Nova Southeastern University Graduate Study Information Session

October 28, 2014 4:00 PM  – 5:00 PM
Adams Hall, Room 111 (Common Room)

Join Melissa Dore, Director of Academic Support and Administration at Nova Southeastern University’s Oceanographic Center to learn more about graduate programs in the marine sciences, and NSU's programs.

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Information Session: Coastal Studies Expands as Bowdoin Adds Marine Science Semester

Information Session: Coastal Studies Expands as Bowdoin Adds Marine Science Semester

November 7, 2014 11:30 AM  – 12:30 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 110

Big changes are astir at the Coastal Studies Center on Orr's Island, where Coastal Studies director David Carlon is leading an initiative to bring Bowdoin's unique marine offerings to a whole new level by dramatically expanding facilities and programming--with the crowning addition of a Marine Science Semester slated to kick off in the Fall of 2015. 

Join faculty for a pizza lunch discussion about the Bowdoin Marine Science Semester, an immersion semester with four courses taught sequentially in three to four week modules at the Coastal Studies Center. Come to the meeting to find out about the courses, format, field work, lab work, independent research, field trips, and how the program will fit with your major. See the Marine Laboratory Blog for more information.

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Bowdoin Marine Science Semester: Information Session

Bowdoin Marine Science Semester: Information Session

November 12, 2014 1:00 PM  – 3:00 PM
David Saul Smith Union, Vendor Station 2

Interested in Marine Sciences? Did you know that Bowdoin will be offering a Marine Science Semester at the Coastal Studies Center in Fall 2015?

Join Dave Carlon, director of the Coastal Studies Center, Sarah Kingston, Doherty Marine Biology Postdoctoral Scholar, and Dash Masland, lab instructor, to learn more about this opportunity.

The semester will be an immersion experience--akin to study abroad--in marine field work, lab work, and independent research. Studies will be geared toward juniors and seniors from Bowdoin and other colleges who are interested in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, earth and oceanographic science, or environmental studies.

Students will take four courses sequentially in three- to four-week modules taught at the Bowdoin Marine Laboratory and Coastal Studies Center. The module style allows for continuity of laboratory and field research with lectures and other course work.

Field experience is a central component of the Bowdoin Marine Science Semester (BMSS), and in addition to all the great local habitats in Harpswell Sound, we will offer a series of three- to four-day trips to other habitats in the Gulf of Maine (Hurricane Island and a Gulf of Maine Oceanography Cruise on the Schooner Bowdoin) as well as a ten-day trip to Baja California Sur which will feature near shore tropical ecosystems (rocky reefs and mangroves) and the off shore pelagic environment.

Students interested in participating in Fall 2015 are encouraged to visit the webpage bowdoin.edu/coastal-studies-center/courses, and to contact Dave Carlon, director of the Coastal Studies Center for more information or with any questions. Dave can be reached by e-mail at dcarlon@bowdoin.edu


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Bowdoin Marine Science Semester Dinner Info Session

Bowdoin Marine Science Semester Dinner Info Session

November 13, 2014 6:00 PM  – 7:30 PM
Table by the windows on the Chamberlain side

Bowdoin will be offering a new Marine Science Semester, Fall 2015.  Join Sarah, Dash and Dave Carlon for dinner at Thorne Thursday Nov 13 between 6-7:30 at a table by the windows (Chamberlain Hall side of the dining room).

This will be an immersion experience in marine field work, lab work, and independent research geared toward juniors and seniors- from Bowdoin and other colleges- who are interested in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, earth and oceanographic science, or environmental studies. Students will take four courses sequentially in three-to-four week modules taught at the Bowdoin Marine Laboratory and Coastal Studies Center. The module style allows for continuity of laboratory and field research.

Field experience is a central component of the BMSS and in addition to all the great local habitats in Harpswell Sound, we will offer a series of 3-4 day trips to other habitats in the Gulf of Maine (Hurricane Island, and a Gulf of Maine Oceanography Cruise on the Schooner Bowdoin) as well as a 10 day trip to Baja California Sur which will feature near-shore tropical ecosystems (rocky reefs and mangroves) and the off shore pelagic environment.

Students interested in participating Fall 2015 are encouraged see the webpage: bowdoin.edu/coastal-studies-center/courses , and to contact Dave Carlon, Director of the Coastal Studies Center for more information or with any questions. Dave can be reached by e-mail at:dcarlon@bowdoin.edu

The four courses to be offered- all at the Coastal Studies Center will be:

Biological Oceanography– Biology 2501, ES 2231. Instructor TBA.
Benthic Ecology – Biology 2502, ES 2232. David Carlon.
Marine Molecular Ecology & Evolution – Biology 2330, ES 2233. Sarah Kingston..
Writing about the Coastal Environment. ENGL 2XXX. Russ Rymer.

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Independent Summer Research at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science Information Session

Independent Summer Research at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science Information Session

November 14, 2014 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Adams Hall, Room 111 (Common Room)

Interested in applying your science knowledge to issues concerning the Gulf of Maine and the world's oceans? David Fields, Senior Research Scientists and Director of Bigelow's summer research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program, will talk about opportunities for Bowdoin students to conduct independent research with guidance from a scientist mentor. General areas of research include: marine microbiology, ocean biogeochemistry, optical oceanography, remote sensing, bioinformatics, sensory biology and phytoplankton ecology. Students will focus on laboratory-based research with an emphasis on hands-on, state-of-the-art methods and technologies. Opportunities to participate in seminars, field trips, programs and social events will be provided.

The REU is a 10 week program funded by the National Science Foundation and includes housing in East Boothbay, Maine and a food allowance. For more information about the program and eligibility, go to the website:
https://www.bigelow.org/education/reu

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Nick Caloyianis: "Close Encounters with the Supersharks"

Nick Caloyianis: "Close Encounters with the Supersharks"

November 19, 2014 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Adams Hall, Room 111 (Common Room)

Award-winning underwater photographer Nick Caloyianis will present a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at some of his groundbreaking film and research projects including the first-ever underwater encounter by man with a free-swimming Greenland shark, first-ever underwater footage of a Great White shark in Atlantic waters, and the first-ever underwater footage of Basking sharks in the Gulf of Maine. To learn more about Nick's work, see his Demo Reel (try Internet Explorer)

Caloyianis' still pictures have appeared in hundreds of national and international publications, including the highly popular summer read, The Shark Handbook, which he co-authored with Greg Skomal, Ph.D. Over a span of 30 years his artistry has been honored with numerous awards, including an Oscar, Primetime Emmys, and a NOGI in the Arts. He has directed and produced films for the National Geographic and Discovery Channels, and has filmed for IMAX and Hollywood screens. He continues to collaborate with marine scientists not only to record their work, but to help them make their remarkable discoveries, and has used his photographs to lobby for the protection of sharks and the creation of undersea parks and sanctuaries. His company has been instrumental in raising funds to help restore marine habitats, and recently his visuals have helped gain awareness for much needed Federal protection of vital natural reefs located in our mid-Atlantic waters offshore.

Caloyianis has been Coastal Studies Scholar David Conover's primary underwater director of photography over the past 15 years. While at Bowdoin, he will work with students in Conover's class, 'Seashore Digital Diaries' at the Bowdoin Marine Laboratory, kicking off a project on underwater filming.


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