Working Waterfront adapts UMaine release about Gill’s Siberia expedition, film

The Working Waterfront adapted a University of Maine news release about assistant professor of paleoecology and plant ecology Jacquelyn Gill’s September 2018 expedition to permafrost caves in Siberia with an international research team to film “Lost Beasts of the Ice Age.” Gill, who examines causes and consequences of extinctions, said specimens from the last ice age are key to understanding its food web, as are survivors of that era. She planned to reconstruct ecological prehistory to establish the timing and nature of extinction, environmental change and habitat loss to determine whether extinction was a cause or effect of habitat loss, the release states. The special premiered Feb. 28 on the Science Channel, according to the release.