UMaine scientists appear in iSWOOP video

The University of Maine is well represented in an iSWOOP (interpreters and Scientists Working On Our Parks) video that highlights the importance of scientists to national parks, including Acadia National Park.

Martha Merson’s three-minute video includes footage of assistant professor Jacquelyn Gill speaking at a public event, doctoral candidate Kit Hamley coring, and alum Nickolay Hristov (now a bat biologist at Winston Salem State University) examining a Joshua tree.

In addition, some equipment in the video, including a virtual reality headset, is that of ASAP Media Services, a student-operated New Media research and development organization at UMaine.

With compelling videos, iSWOOP seeks to provide thousands of people with the ability to experience aspects of national parks that generally aren’t visible, including the tagging of peregrine falcons in Acadia National Park.

One of iSWOOP’s goals is to reimagine the national park experience for scientists, interpreters and visitors to create a shared investment in some of the nation’s most beautiful spaces.

Merson’s iSWOOP video featuring UMaine researchers placed sixth in the Public Choice category of the 2017 STEM for ALL Video Showcase, sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

The video showcase highlights innovative federally funded research that improves education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.