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Annual Meeting: Exploring Links Between Maine’s Polar History and Developments in Polar Research

Doors open at 6 p.m. for refreshments and conversation, and the program runs from 6:30-8 p.m. Advance registration is requested. Participants are welcome to join in person or via Zoom. Click here to register.

Our annual celebration will include time to connect with neighbors and friends, a report on Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s activities in the past year, a short business meeting of the membership, and an engaging presentation by climate scientist Dr. Susana Hancock. This event is free and open to all.

Dr. Susana Hancock will be making a presentation on Maine’s impacts in the development of polar research, as well as the ways in which polar regions are driving climatic changes here in Maine.

Susana Hancock is an internationally known polar climate scientist and linguist. She works at the nexus of science and global risk within the climate crisis to institute change at the global level. Susana is a delegate to UN COPs (Conference of the Parties) and other climate conferences and an expert reviewer with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. She also co-chaired an Arctic working group for the UN International Oceanographic Commission to launch the Decade of Ocean Science. She now heads up a global team taking a deep dive into the socio-geopolitical impacts of the climate crisis in the polar regions.

Outside of climate research, Susana is a former competitive rower, sleight-of-hand magician, and hobby musician. Most happy in remote and cold environments, she set off last year as one of two climate scientists on a 600-kilometer ski expedition that recreated an expedition that had sought to be the first to the North Pole 150 years earlier. Susana is currently planning a zero-carbon ski trek through 1,000 miles of Greenland, during which she plans to continue her own research whilst connecting with schools around the world.