BAR HARBOR, MAINE – Jane Disney, Ph.D., and Charles Wray, Ph.D., scientists at the MDI Biological Laboratory, will address the question “Is there a sustainable future for Frenchman Bay?” at the first of the winter series of science cafés sponsored by the MDI Biological Laboratory. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12 (rescheduled from Feb. 5) at McKays Public House in Bar Harbor.
Drs. Disney and Wray will share their assessment of the state of Frenchman Bay from both an ecologic and economic perspective. They will share video footage of the ocean bottom and lead a discussion on the future of the bay.
Jane Disney is president of the stakeholder group “Frenchman Bay Partners” which is creating a conservation plan for the bay. As director of the Community Environmental Health Laboratory at the MDI Biological Laboratory, she has studied the bay’s water quality and eelgrass habitat for the past ten years and leads a collaborative effort to restore its eelgrass beds.
Charles Wray is director of education at the MDI Biological Laboratory and staff scientist. He has made a comparative study of the bay based on Dr. William Proctor’s study made 100 years ago, revealing significant changes over the past century.
Science cafés are informal events designed to get people involved in the science that affects their life. They last about one hour. Questions, discussion, and debate are welcomed, and refreshments are available.
This will be the first of four “winter” Cafés to be held at McKays on the first Wednesday of the next four months. On March 5, Raphael Grossmann, M.D., a surgeon at Eastern Maine Medical Center, will talk about technology and medicine. Winter Cafés are sponsored in part by Bar Harbor Bank and Trust. For more information, visit mdibl.org or call Bonnie Gilfillan at 207-288-3147.