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Business/professional brief



Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park has announced the appointment of Shannon O’Brien as science engagement coordinator. In this role, O’Brien will be responsible for facilitating the research and teaching experiences for early-career scientists including fellows, technicians and interns.

O’Brien first joined the institute in 2020 as an ecology field technician, where she worked on varied projects including intertidal research, bird surveys, citizen science experiences and forest sampling. At the end of her term in November 2021 and until most recently, O’Brien assumed the position of science engagement assistant.

“I am very excited to continue working with the excellent team here at Schoodic Institute,” O’Brien said. “So far, Schoodic has allowed me to gain confidence in my abilities and helped me navigate my first years out of college. Moving forward in this position, I hope to foster a similarly positive environment for the incoming early-career professionals.”

O’Brien holds a Bachelor of Science degree in ecology and environmental sciences from University of Maine. In her free time this summer, she plans to explore more freshwater resources in her kayak and enjoy the privilege of working in such a beautiful location.

To learn more about early-career science opportunities at Schoodic Institute, reach out to O’Brien at [email protected].