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Coastal Studies Summer 2014 Research Symposium

Coastal Studies Summer 2014 Research Symposium

July 14, 20148:30 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, 20144:00 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, 20147:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

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

William Fitzhugh has spent overthree decades studying cultures of northern Canada, Alaska, Siberia, Mongolia,and Scandinavia. His work as an archaeologist and anthropologist has focused onthe cultural and environmental history of Labrador and southern Quebec, theevolution of maritime cultures, contact between native populations andEuropeans, and the origins of reindeer herding. He is the head of the ArcticStudies Center at the Smithsonian Institution.

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

Using fascinating personalstories and stunning photographs, Fitzhugh and Richard will introduce the audience to people and placesthroughout the northern North Atlantic and explain both the importance andallure of this region. Their appearance is sponsored by the Peary-MacMillanArctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center, Bowdoin College.

The Arctic Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 amto 5:00 pm, and from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sundays. Admission to the museum isfree. The Museum is closed Mondays and on national holidays. For moreinformation 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, 201412:00 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, 20144:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020

One of the most vexing problems in ecology is how distinctly differentcommunities, such as mussel beds and seaweed stands that occur on rocky shoresin Maine, can occur in the same ecosystem. These communities often persist forlong periods, yet small, temporary shifts in environmental conditions cancause an unexpected tipping of the system and one type of community may bereplaced by another. How can alternative communities be both persistent and yetso susceptible? The theory of these systems, known as multiple stable states,is well understood, but whether multiple stable states actually exist in naturehas remained a hotly debated subject and, not surprisingly, definitive examplescontinue to be elusive.The past decade has seen resurgent interest in the topic because of large-scalechanges in the species composition of many ecosystems around the globe and theextent to which anthropogenic activities and climate change mayunderlie these sudden shifts. The occurrence of multiple stable states hasimplications for how we manage ecosystems and our basic understanding of theroles of historical and contemporary processes in determining patterns oforganismal distribution and abundance. I will present the results from thepast 18 years of an ongoing project investigating whether rockweed standsand mussel beds represent alternative community states in sheltered baysof 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, 20144:00 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 tolearn 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, 201411:30 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, 20141:00 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, 20146:00 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, 201412:00 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, 20147:00 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 groundbreakingfilm and research projects including the first-ever underwater encounter by man with afree-swimming Greenland shark, first-ever underwater footage of a Great White shark in Atlantic waters, and the first-ever underwater footage of Baskingsharks 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 honoredwith numerous awards, including an Oscar, Primetime Emmys, and a NOGI in theArts. He has directed and produced filmsfor the National Geographic and Discovery Channels, and has filmed for IMAX andHollywood screens. He continues to collaborate with marine scientists notonly 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 beeninstrumental in raising funds to help restore marinehabitats, and recently his visuals have helped gain awareness for much needed Federal protection ofvital 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. Whileat Bowdoin, he will work with students in Conover's class, 'Seashore Digital Diaries' at the Bowdoin Marine Laboratory, kicking off aproject on underwater filming.


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Erik Nelson presents: "Measuring the Opportunity Cost of Critical Habitat Designation under the U.S. Endangered Species Act"

Erik Nelson presents: "Measuring the Opportunity Cost of Critical Habitat Designation under the U.S. Endangered Species Act"

December 3, 201412:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

FACULTY SEMINAR SERIES

Erik Nelson
, Assistant Professor of Economics is the featured speaker.  The title of his talk is: "Measuring the Opportunity Cost of Critical Habitat Designation under the U.S. Endangered Species Act."

Open to faculty and staff.
Buffet lunch $3, or bring your own lunch.

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Coastal Studies Center Holiday Gathering

Coastal Studies Center Holiday Gathering

December 19, 20146:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Coastal Studies Center Farmhouse

The Coastal Studies Center is hosting a holiday gathering Friday, Dec. 19 beginning at 6:00 pm. Join faculty, staff, classmates, and friends for food, warm drinks, a fire in the fireplace, and see the newly renovated marine lab, and classroom space at the farmhouse. If you play an instrument please bring it!A van will be departing from the polar bear at 5:30- to catch a ride, (or RSVP) e-mail Rosie: rarmstro@bowdoin.eduAn R.S.V.P. is helpful (to ensure we have enough food)- but not necessary.

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