On Tuesday, August 5th at 9 a.m., Linda Gregory ’89 will join Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie, a National Park Service George Melendez Wright Climate Change Fellow who is currently monitoring the flowering phenology of wildflowers in Acadia National Park.

Gregory served as a National Park Service botanist engaged in a variety of plant conservation projects at Acadia National Park, removing invasive non-native plants that could damage the diverse native flora and unique habitats in the park, for example, and monitoring rare plant populations to make sure they are not declining. She is the coauthor of The Plants of Acadia National Park, considered the definitive guide to plants found in and around the park.

As a COA student, Gregory worked on a project in Acadia with late COA Professor Craig Greene and two fellow students in which she helped discover plants that hadn’t been seen in more than 75 years.

MacKenzie studies climate change, land-use change and plant ecology in New England. In her National Park Service post, she worked with herbarium specimens, old flora, field notes, and other historical data to reconstruct the past flowering phenology and abundance of species on Mount Desert Island.

MacKenzie holds a B.A. in environmental science and public policy from Harvard University, an M.S. in the Field Naturalist Program from the University of Vermont, and is working on a Ph.D. in biology at Boston University.

Their talk, 9 to 10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 5 at a special location — the George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History on the COA campus — is free and open to the public, part of the dozens of public programs the college offers the Mount Desert Island community and guests.
The weekly talks pair a College of the Atlantic faculty member, trustee or community member with experts in various fields including natural history, art, literature, science and history. For more, visit http://news.coa.edu/2014/06/23/coffee-and-conversation-series-begins-july-1/

College of the Atlantic was founded in 1969 on the premise that education should go beyond understanding the world as it is, to enabling students to actively shape its future. A leader in experiential education and environmental stewardship, COA has pioneered a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to learning—human ecology—that develops the kinds of creative thinkers and doers needed by all sectors of society in addressing the compelling and growing needs of our world. For more, visit http://www.coa.edu.


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