Coastal Resilience Lecture

At our annual meeting in April, KELT shared what it takes to make a landscape resilient, and now we are shifting our focus to the coast.

Join KELT along with Dr. Heather Leslie and Dr. Susie Arnold to learn how the environment and society can overcome changes that threaten our coastal communities

When: Wednesday, May 31 at 6:30pm

Where: Patten Free Library‘s Community Room at 33 Summer Street in Bath

Part 1, by Dr. Heather Leslie (UMaine Darling Marine Center) will focus on what it means for the coast to be resilient and what can help increase Maine’s resilience to change.  Drawing on work she has done in Maine and Mexico, Dr. Leslie will share the emerging science of resilience and describe how it is changing people’s understanding and stewardship of coastal and marine ecosystems. Climate change, habitat loss, overexploitation, and changing social and economic systems are among the many drivers that have the potential to either enhance or erode resilience of the coastal ecosystems and human communities that are part of them.

Part 2, by Dr. Susie Arnold will focus on one of those factors that is threatening our coast and share a new local project that is working to help coastal fisheries and ecosystems be more resilient to this threat. The project is a partnership between the Island Institute, Bigelow Laboratory, and others, and it is working to address coastal acidification.  Maine is particularly vulnerable to ocean acidification from both an environmental and socioeconomic perspective. Dr. Arnold will share information about an experimental strategy for improving local resilience by growing aquacultured sugar kelp to locally remediate acidification in surrounding waters and improve growing conditions for nearby shellfish.


Our speakers:

Dr. Heather Leslie, University of Maine Darling Marine Center

An international leader in marine conservation science, Dr. Heather Leslie conducts research on the ecology, policy, and management of coastal marine ecosystems. Heather is Director of the University of Maine’s marine laboratory, Darling Marine Center, and Libra Associate Professor of Marine Sciences in UMaine’s School of Marine Sciences. She studies and teaches about the causes and consequences of environmental change in marine systems, and how to more effectively connect science to policy and management.



Dr. Susie Arnold, Island Institute

Susie Arnold is a Marine Scientist at the Island Institute in Rockland. She received masters degrees in Marine Policy and Marine Biology and a doctoral degree in Marine Biology from the University of Maine. At the Island Institute, Susie works primarily on the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on marine resources and fisheries dependent communities. She was an appointed member of the Legislative Study Commission on Ocean Acidification in 2014. Other areas of focus include science education with island schools, conducting cooperative research with fishermen, and working with community fisheries organizations.

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