Short Course on Harpswell’s Coastal Habitats 2020

Bailey Island to the Barrier Reef: Sea Stars as Sentinels of a Changing World

Lecture: Friday, May 29 from 6-7 p.m. at Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell

Field trip: Saturday, May 30 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Bowdoin’s Schiller Coastal Studies Center, Bayview Road, Orr’s Island

Advance registration is required. Check back for a registration link.

During the Friday lecture, hear about Dr. Jonathan Allen’s research in Maine and Australia and the links between the two ecosystems that are sometimes rather surprising.

The Saturday morning program will focus on the life histories of invertebrates found along the Maine shoreline, including snails, clams and sea stars. This hands-on experience starts with an examination of sea stars and other invertebrates in the marine tanks at the Schiller Coastal Studies Center lab and then goes outside to the rocky shoreline.

Dr. Jonathan Allen is an Associate Professor of Biology at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. Research in the Allen Lab focuses on the life histories of marine invertebrate animals.