MDI Biological Laboratory

Topic: Environment

Citizens and Scientists Team Up for Community Health

The MDI Biological Laboratory partners with citizen scientists, students and teachers on hundreds of data-collection projects around the globe, from Bar Harbor to the Bahamas, Spain and beyond. 

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UNE, MDIBL Team up for Drinking Water Initiative

Collaboration with “Legacy Scholars” builds on the Laboratory’s “All About Arsenic” citizen science initiative

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Students Wonder, “What’s In Your Water?”

More than 20 students from Conners Emerson School handed out water test kits at the Bar Harbor polls on election day. The eighth graders gave out more than 100 kits to local residents, allowing them to test their homes’ well water for arsenic and other trace minerals. This citizen science collaboration with the Town of...

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“All About Arsenic” Gains Steam

Jane Disney, Ph.D., staff, and students from local schools are launching this month the latest canvassing effort to collect water samples from residential wells, to better assess risks of arsenic exposure in Bar Harbor. It’s part of the ongoing All About Arsenic citizen-science project Disney leads at MDIBL, funded by an NIH Science Education Partnership...

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Healthy and Safe Swimming on MDI

Believe it or not, some people swim in the waters of Mt. Desert Island (MDI) year-round, including the frigid winter months. Even summer swimming can be brisk, with the warmest ocean temperature reaching an average of 57.7 degrees Fahrenheit in August. Whenever and wherever you swim on the island, you can be sure it’s safe and clean, thanks to the Maine Healthy Beaches (MHB) program.

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Funding Helps Expand Arsenic Awareness Program

Long-term exposure to arsenic can lead to a host of health issues, including heart disease; cancer of the bladder, lung, liver, prostate, and skin; diabetes, and more.

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MDI Biological Laboratory to Host Environmental Data Fellow

The old adage says that many hands make light work – and during the busy MDIBL summers, we’re thankful for all the hands we can get! The whole community is excited that MDIBL has been selected as a host site 2022 for an Environmental Data Initiative (EDI) Data Management Fellowship. The EDI’s mission focuses on...

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Not Just a Drop in the Bucket

Students in Lynn Hanna’s class at Conners Emerson School in Bar Harbor are working with Bar Harbor’s local health officer Mike Gurtler to test all residential wells in Bar Harbor for arsenic.

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This Is Why: Volunteer Mike Hays

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the MDI Biological Laboratory’s relocation from South Harpswell, Maine to our current location in Salisbury Cove. As part of our celebration to honor this important anniversary, MDIBL is participating in a collaborative project with the Mount Desert Island Historical Society (MDIHS), Acadia National Park, A Climate to Thrive,...

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