By Courtney Wigdahl, Friends of Acadia Aquatic Scientist
The new buoy on Jordan Pond is the result of a team effort – here’s a look at who is involved in the project.
University of Maine
Jasmine Saros is the Associate Director of the Climate Change Institute (CCI) and Professor in CCI and the School of Biology and Ecology at the University of Maine. Jasmine is an aquatic ecologist interested in how lakes have responded to environmental change over time. She works in a variety of lakes, including sites here in Maine as well as in the central Rocky Mountains and Greenland, exploring how water quality and algae communities change over time. Jasmine uses both modern ecology and fossil records preserved within lakes to examine a particular type of algae, called diatoms, which are sensitive to shifts in environmental conditions. Jasmine is the University representative on the project, and will be overseeing the data management and analysis as well as linking this buoy to the Global Lakes Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON).
Friends of Acadia
Lisa Horsch Clark is the Director of Development at Friends of Acadia. She leads all fundraising efforts and works day-to-day with individuals, foundations, and corporations interested in making charitable gifts to support capital and special projects. She serves as the chief liaison with Canon U.S.A. and project partners.
Stephanie Clement is the conservation director at Friends of Acadia. She develops and executes conservation programs in advocacy, policy, and planning. She serves as the primary contact with park staff for many FOA park policy initiatives and is the principal liaison with community officials.
Acadia NP’s Air and Water Program Staff
Bill Gawley manages the Air and Water Quality Programs at Acadia National Park. He has been monitoring park lakes, including Jordan Pond, since 1993. Physical Science Technicians Alyssa Reischauer and Shannon Wiggin are responsible for conducting most of the field work, taking measurements and samples from 11 lakes and 11 streams each month from April through October. The team also operates Acadia’s air quality monitoring station, measuring pollutant levels in air masses and precipitation that can cause water quality and other ecological issues.
Project Aquatic Scientist
Courtney Wigdahl is the Aquatic Scientist that is managing the data produced by the buoy and working on a variety of project details. A Wisconsin native, Courtney moved to Maine several years ago to pursue graduate studies. She completed her Ph.D. in Ecology and Environmental Science from the University of Maine in 2012, and worked at the University as a postdoctoral research associate until taking on the Jordan Pond buoy project in June. Courtney is excited to apply her experience working in different types of lakes to the project. Keep an eye out for her weekly posts here on the Cobblestones blog about buoy data and other topics related to water quality.
If you see any of us around, please feel free to say hello!
Courtney Wigdahl is the 2013 Friends of Acadia Aquatic Scientist leading the water quality monitoring efforts at Jordan Pond. Her position was made possible through a generous grant from Canon U.S.A.