Leadership Grant

Social Science at SERC Institute

$40,000 awarded to SERC Institute in

Eunice Blavascunas will join the staff of SERC Institute as a social scientist responsible for developing a social science program for the organization.  SERC Institute, located on the Schoodic Peninsula in Winter Harbor, Maine, was created in 2004 as a National Park Service Research Learning Center supporting research and education efforts at Acadia National Park.  Eunice is a cultural anthropologist with expertise in large-scale land conservation and its effects on rural communities.  Eunice will examine issues around the success or failure of large-scale land conservation, using Maine's conservation lands as her case study.  Ultimately, Eunice and SERC Institute intend to develop collaborative projects with the social science community that create a unique niche for SERC Institute as a center that provides social science to inform the process of large-scale land conservation nationwide.