Our professors are notorious for investing countless hours outside the classroom to push their research forward, inevitably benefiting our students. National recognition for this kind of work has become part of our repertoire.

Geography professor Stephanie Spera knows that feeling because she recently received a fellowship from the National Park Service’s Second Century Stewardship to study the effect of climate change on fall foliage in Maine’s Acadia National Park.

“Understanding the interaction between climate, fall foliage, and park visitorship is important for the environment itself, park management, and local economies,” Spera said.

As an institution that values sustainability, we are so proud of Dr. Spera’s research!

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