Acadia is a place where visitors can see the mark of time. Glaciers and volcanoes, hunters, erosion, and fires, have all shaped the landscape. The clues to when and exactly how the plant and animal communities have changed over time are not obvious, but researchers like Jacquelyn Gill, paleoecologist, and Caitlin MacKenzie McDonough, are piecing information together. Park rangers at Acadia can talk about current research at the park.
SEDIMENT SAMPLES HELP PALEOECOLOGISTS RECONSTRUCT THE PAST. RANGERS EXTRACTED A CORE AND TOUCHED SEDIMENT DEPOSITED THOUSANDS OF YEARS AGO. CREDIT: TIM WATKINS
To read more about Jacquelyn Gill’s work, check out her blog. She is also the co-host of a new podcast that focuses on climate change and humanity’s role in shaping it. Through the “Warm Regards” podcast, Gill and fellow co-hosts Eric Holthaus, a meteorologist and frequent Slate contributor, and Andy Revkin, a veteran environment writer for the New York Times, bring the planet’s greatest challenge closer to home.