"We Change With Them" MDI Historical Society mobile exhibit by Jennifer Steen Booher and discussion with Catherine Schmitt - Sept 2022
A six-image series by artist Jennifer Steen Booher that explores shifting ecosystem dynamics resulting from climate change in the Gulf of Maine
Jennifer Steen Booher identified six changes she observed taking place around her:
- the collapse of shrimp populations and the influx of squid due to warming seas;
- colonization of oysters into island bays and harbors;
- species that cause public health issues, like brown tailed moth caterpillars and ticks;
- invasive species that impact traditional Maine fisheries, like green crabs on clams;
- and threats to anadromous fish due to extreme weather events.
After intensive research, she layered cyanotype, drawings, and data to tell the story of these local climate-related phenomena.
"I thought I understood climate change, but the complexity I found during this project was humbling."
Visit this Museum Without Walls:
Populations: Oysters, Shrimp, and Squid
Thursday, September 29, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
The exhibit and speaker series were funded by the Maine Humanities Council and Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, and are part of the Landscape of Change project, the Historical Society's joint initiative with Acadia National Park, Schoodic Institute, the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, College of the Atlantic, and A Climate to Thrive.
For more information and other events in this series, please visit: www.mdihistory.org/wechangewiththem