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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.
The whole crew at the top of Cadillac Mountain. Our first hike and the tallest peak on Mount Desert Island. Front row: Brittany Palasik ’12, Alyssa Forget ’12, Derek Tetzner ’13, Tyler Spooner ’12, Duncan Leech ’11. Back row: Mary Kelley ’11, Gretchen Harz ’12, Brendyn Meisinger ’13, Daniel Chilton ’13, Ian Hall ’12, and Robert Storck ’13 the course TA.
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, porpoises and seals.
We rose early on our last day (3:45AM) to see the sunrise on Cadillac Mountain, reputed to be the first point in the United States to see the rays of the rising sun, and to begin our long drive home to Maryland.
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, now in its third year, uses radiotelemtery to document and quantify the means by which C. picta detect, locate and travel to new aquatic habitats when their home habitats become degraded or dry up. By understanding how aquatic turtles use the terrestrial environment when seeking out new habitats, Dr. Krochmal and his students aim to help wildlife managers and habitat conservationists to make informed land use decisions.Dr. Krochmal and his students hosted interested students and local professionals at their field site at Dupont’s Chesapeake Farms, where guests learned about the project and helped the team collect key data.