June 13, 2016
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
For the 2016 Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust Annual Meeting we are excited to welcome
UMaine Extension Educator
Climate Change – How are Things Changing in Coastal Maine?
Agenda for the evening:
5:30 – 6:00 pm Members Meet and Greet Social
6:00 – 6:30 pm Land Trust Business Meeting
6:30 – 8:00 pm Public Presentation by Esperanza Stancioff
The climate of Maine (and elsewhere) has changed continuously in the past, and that change will continue. What are the dynamics acting together which are causing big changes influencing our natural systems? What are we seeing right here in Maine? What are you seeing in your own backyards and communities?
This talk and discussion will focus on some of the current research on how our climate is changing, in what ways might it change in the future, and what are some of the things going on to adapt to those changes. The major area of focus will be on coastal and marine areas of concern, providing a broad brush of projects like lobsters impacted by warming temperatures and shellfish impacted by ocean acidification amongst others, as well as highlighting Signs of the Seasons: A New England Phenology Program as a citizen science program of how Maine’s citizens are engaged in learning and providing much needed data.
Esperanza Stancioff, Associate Extension Professor with UMaine Extension, has worked at the University of Maine for 28 years designing and implementing applied research and educational programs for high priority areas in marine and coastal ecosystems. She is a member of the Marine Extension Team with University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant and currently serves as lead for both organizations in climate change adaptation, and as Co-Chair for the National and Regional Sea Grant Climate Networks. Current projects include a number of adaptation projects focused on understanding and reducing climate-related impacts. She is also Co-Developer and Co-Coordinator of Signs of the Seasons: A New England Phenology Program.
Since joining University of Maine Cooperative Extension in 1988, Esperanza has designed and implemented educational programs in coastal ecosystem health, specifically in marine environmental monitoring and watershed assessment and management. She is the recipient of a Gulf of Maine Visionary Award from the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment for her long-term devotion to improving public awareness and protection of estuarine water quality (1992) and a Maryann Hartman Award for her contributions to statewide environmental stewardship and marine education (1999).
Venue: Curtis Memorial Library