Mount Desert Islander advances shell midden talk by Kelley

Mount Desert Islander reported University of Maine climate scientist Alice Kelley will speak at the College of the Atlantic’s Human Ecology Forum at 4:10 p.m. Oct. 17 in Bar Harbor. Kelley will explore the race to save Maine’s shell middens — piles of clam and oyster shells, archaeological artifacts and animal bones left by coastal indigenous Americans thousands of years ago — as climate change and rising seas bear down on Maine’s coast, according to the article. Kelley, who is an instructor in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences and a research associate professor in the Climate Change Institute at UMaine, has been working on a project funded by Maine Sea Grant to address the loss of these valuable cultural resources, the article states. The free, public talk will be held in COA’s McCormick Lecture Hall.