Biodiversity in Acadia, Today and Tomorrow

What is happening to Acadia’s biodiversity and what is the park doing to protect it?

Acadia’s forests, lakes, and coasts are changing. They are already measurably different than they were when the park was created in 1916. Plant and animal species have been lost and others have arrived. And the pace of change is speeding up. On the evening before Birds, Bugs, Birches, & Barnacles, Dr. Abe Miller-Rushing will present the latest science on what has changed, what changes park managers expect in the future, and actions park managers taking to keep Acadia’s ecosystems as healthy as possible during this time of transition. He will also discuss the essential role that the public—and you—can play in helping to keep Acadia healthy.

Dr. Abe Miller-Rushing is the Science Coordinator at Acadia National Park. In that role, he oversees science strategy and research taking place in the park. His own research focuses on citizen science, the impacts of climate change on forests, and climate-smart approaches to conservation. Dr. Miller-Rushing received his undergraduate degree in biology from Grinnell College and his Ph.D. in ecology and evolution from Boston University.