Chester County Citizens for Climate Protection invites you to join us on Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 7:00 PM, West Chester Borough Hall, 401 East Gay Street, Room 240 to participate in our program: Facing Climate Change in the Gulf of Maine, presented by Caitlin Cleaver, Director of Science & Research and Phoebe Jekielek, Outreach Coordinator at the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership.
Maine is known for its iconic coastal communities – communities highly dependent on marine resources, particularly lobster. The effects of climate change are evident, with the waters of the Gulf of Maine, part of the North Atlantic, warming 99% faster than other oceans. Ms. Cleaver will discuss how these changes are influencing commercial fisheries with implications for coastal economies and management decisions. She and her colleague, Ms. Jekielek will talk about initiatives underway at the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership (HICSL) to build resilience in coastal communities, as well as increase understanding of the effects of climate change. Ms. Cleaver will briefly touch on her recent trip to Antarctica as part of the Waller expedition doing research on the deep sea coral, Flabellum impensum.
Cait Cleaver works as the Director of Science and Research at HICSL where she conducts collaborative research. Cait is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in ecology and environmental sciences with a focus on the human dimension of the Maine aquaculture industry. She holds an M.P.A. from Columbia University, dual masters’ in marine biology and marine policy from UMaine, and a B.A. in environmental policy from Colby College. She was awarded a Switzer Environmental Fellowship in 2013 to pursue marine resource conservation and building coastal community resilience.
Phoebe Jekielek works as HICSL’s Outreach Coordinator and holds a Dual Masters in Marine Science and Marine Policy from the UMaine and a B.A. in Biology from Boston University. Her work experience includes marine science instructor, aquarist and Assistant Program Director for the Catalina Island Marine Institute in southern California, Marine Education Associate for the Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence – Ocean Systems (COSEE-OS), UMaine and a Research Associate for the lab of Dr. Richard Wahle, also UMaine. Ms. Jekielek has also worked and participated in research in Ecuador, Bonaire, Australia, California, Alaska, the Arctic and, of course, Maine.
Please check our website, www.chescocooler.org, in the event that the weather is bad on February 10.