July 9, 2013
6:30 pmto8:30 pm

Join Maine State Climatologist Dr. George Jacobson and Extension Educator Esperanza Stancioff on Tuesday, July 9, for an evening lecture about New England’s ever-changing climate and vegetation. Dr. Jacobson will explain how dynamics of atmospheric and oceanic circulation are driven by forces acting at many different frequencies, all of which function in concert.  For thousands of years, these factors have strongly influenced the distribution, abundance, and phenology (seasonal life cycles) of plants on the landscape.  More recent examples include changes in the USDA plant growing zones.  Today we observe the consequences of human activities that are now perturbing some of the natural systems on a massive scale. 

Ms. Stancioff will then describe how citizen scientists in Maine, including here at the Botanical Gardens, are teaming together through the “Signs of the Seasons” project to collect phenology data so that scientists may better understand how plants respond to climate change.

Dr. George L. Jacobson is Professor Emeritus and former Director of the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute and the Maine State Climatologist. His research has focused on biological aspects of long-term changes in climate, ecosystems, and landscapes for the period since the last ice age.  

Esperanza Stancioff is an educator with the University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension Her current work focuses on climate change education and adaptation planning. Since joining the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in 1988, she has designed and implemented educational programs in coastal ecosystem health, specifically in marine environment monitoring and watershed assessment and management.

Where:   Bosarge Family Education Center
Price:      $10 members, $12 non-members 

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