Island Updates

Science Advisors Meeting

The Hurricane Island Foundation conducted a planning meeting of more than 50 scientists, lobstermen, educators, public policy experts, environmental architects, and residents of the greater Penobscot Bay island community. 

A breakdown of the day:

  • Welcome address (Barney Hallowell)
  • A brief history of Hurricane Island (Cecily Pingree)
  • A vision for the future of Hurricane Island (Barney Hallowell)
  •  Island Facilities Tours – creating a sustainable campus
  • Talk by Rick Wahle (UMO Darling Marine Center) on Lobster Populations in a Changing Environment – report from the USA-Canada Symposium held in Portland (November 2012) with lessons for the Hurricane Island Center for Science & Leadership
  • Statement of purpose for the afternoon (Stan Cobb)
  • An example from the field – Noah Oppenheim/Cannibal Lobsters Caught on Tape: the graduate research scientist’s role
  •  Brainstorming: Community-identified Research Themes:
  1. Key research questions (monitoring the ocean climate, key species, etc.)
  2. The care and feeding of graduate research students
  3. What infrastructure/equipment is required to make Hurricane Island into a functional field station? 
  4. Art, Science, and the Human Endeavor: the place for the humanities in science at Hurricane Island
  5. Getting Their Hands Wet: Involving high school students in ongoing science on Hurricane Island 
  • Breakout discussions on topics and priorities
  •  Groups Reports: “Major Findings”
  •  Finishing Up: synthesis and recommendations
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