Schoodic Institute CEO Cites UMaine Partnership in Press Herald Q&A

Mark Berry, president and CEO of the Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, mentioned the organization’s partnership with the University of Maine during an interview with the Portland Press Herald. Berry said the institute, which is a nonprofit that works to inspire people to explore outside, has a partnership with UMaine that was developed through the Acadia Learning program. As part of the program, students collect dragonflies for UMaine scientists who then analyze the insects to determine mercury levels in ponds around the state, according to Berry. “By doing this, students help produce a picture of the mercury contamination in the environment. The National Park Service picked it up and it’s now at 50 parks across the country,” Berry said.