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Coastal Maine Terrestrial Ecology
The students had the opportunity to hike seven peaks in the park (three of them just for fun!) and explore diverse terrestrial communities including hardwood, boreal, alpine and lowland birch forests as well as a bouncy peat bog complete with carnivorous plants.
A section of Kurt Dietrich’s Stair, a trail up the side of Dorr Mountain. Like many of the trails in Acadia National Park, this one was improved by the Civil Conservation Corp during the 1930. Many of the trails in the park include sturdy granite stairs like these, sometimes numbering in the hundreds. The effort that must have gone into making them is beyond impressive.
Coastal Maine is a wonderful place to investigate marine ecology with kelp and barnacle crowded coastal cliffs, tide pools packed with fascinating marine invertebrates and an abundance of coastal and marine vertebrates including bald eagles,
Tyler Brice ’13, Hannah O’Malley ’12, and Brendyn Meisinger ’13 are studying the landscape ecology of the eastern painted turtle ( Chrysemys picta picta ) with Assistant Professor of Biology Aaron R. Krochmal . The project, ...