The Wildlands of Monhegan Island: Science, Art & History Informing Each Other Through Dynamic Decades of Deforestation, Recovery & Resilience
September 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Eastern dwarf mistletoe, a diminutive plant parasite, can kill a mature white spruce in a matter of years. Along the coast of Maine, many spruce stands arose after successful recolonization of pastureland abandoned near the end of the 19th century. On Monhegan Island, artistic luminaries such as Rockwell Kent captured sapling trees experiencing decline in our day, via a causal chain of events we have begun to unravel. Bowdoin Biology Professor Barry Logan will share milestone events in the ecology of The Wildlands of Monhegan Island along with artistic representations down through the ages., and strike a note of optimism and awe over the dynamic and resilient forests we live in and around.
Barry Logan has been a member of the Bowdoin faculty for more than 20 years. He was trained at the University of Colorado in Boulder (PhD) and Cornell University (BA). In addition to studying dwarf mistletoe and its effects on coastal spruce, he partners with remote sensors and ecologists across North America to explore the ways in which satellite imagery might be used to understand the seasonality of conifer forests and the effects of global change.