Rising Seas and Changing Ecosystems: The Impact of Climate Change on Mount Desert Island

Jesup Memorial Library, Bar Harbor

December 14, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


In Down East Maine, climate change is already causing warmer temperatures, longer summers, more extreme precipitation, and higher coastal sea levels. A Climate to Thrive invites you to join us in an interactive conversation about the current and future impacts of climate change on Mount Desert Island. The program will feature a series of brief panel presentations by local scientists, followed by a whole group discussion of personal observations of changes local residents have seen on MDI. Please bring your questions and observations to share. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Panelists will include: 

  • Karina Graeter, Sustainability Outreach Coordinator, University of Maine discussing research on predicted climate change impacts on MDI
  • Carla Guenther, Senior Scientist, Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries presenting the impact on fisheries in the Gulf of Maine
  • Nick Fisichelli, Forest Ecology Director, Schoodic Institute reporting on ongoing climate and forest change
  • Abe Miller-Rushing, Science Coordinator, Acadia National Park discussing how climate change is impacting park operations and the importance of citizen observations to scientific work