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Researchers to Study Biodiversity of Falkland Islands, WVII Reports

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 14:33

WVII (Channel 7) reported three University of Maine researchers will travel to the Falkland Islands to learn more about the region’s biodiversity and what can be done to preserve it. Jacquelyn Gill, an assistant professor of paleoecology and plant ecology, will travel with two graduate students — Kit Hamley and Dulcinea Groff. “We are very interested in how vulnerable the species and the biodiversity on these islands are to future climate change,” Gill said. To help fund the $20,000 trip, Hamley and Groff have created and launched a crowdfunding campaign through Experiment.com. Phys.org also carried a report about the trip.

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Wilson Quoted in NPR Report on Gulf of Maine Cod Fishing Ban

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 14:32

James Wilson, a University of Maine marine sciences professor, was quoted in the National Public Radio report, “Regulators ban cod fishing in Gulf of Maine as stocks dwindle.” Wilson spoke about how fishermen and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists are coming up with two different views of cod populations. “When the feds report that, on average, there are no codfish, or very few, they’re correct. When the fishermen in Gloucester report they see a lot of codfish, they’re correct. The problem is trying to manage the system as if it was a single system when in fact, it is a system that has many different parts,” he said. Wilson said that as water depths and temperatures change, fish species are moving into different places.

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Robinson Quoted in The Verge, Washington Post Articles on Discovery of Ice Age Grave

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 14:32

The Verge and The Washington Post quoted Brian Robinson, a professor of anthropology and quaternary and climate studies at the University of Maine, for articles about scientists discovering an 11,500-year-old grave of infants and a late-term fetus in Alaska. Robinson, who wasn’t involved in the study, said child burials are exceedingly rare and this discovery is the best excavated and reported finding of such graves.

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Rice Talks with WLBZ About Pending Sale of Old Town Mill

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 14:31

WLBZ (Channel 2) interviewed Robert Rice, a professor of wood science and technology at the University of Maine, for a report about Old Town Fuel and Fiber owners confirming the pending sale of the defunct mill to Expera Specialty Solutions, a Wisconsin-based company. Rice said Expera has a strong background in paper making. “I’m sure they’re in it for the long haul,” he said. “These aren’t people who are just coming and going, and I see this as a really good fit.”

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Damian Brady Named Maine Sea Grant’s Assistant Director for Research

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 14:30

Maine Sea Grant has announced the Oct. 1, 2014 appointment of Damian Brady as assistant director for research.

Brady, an assistant research professor in the School of Marine Sciences at the Darling Marine Center, earned his doctorate at the University of Delaware in 2008. His research combines approaches from disciplines including marine biology, biogeochemistry and environmental engineering to address questions about water quality and ecosystem function.

Since beginning work at UMaine in 2010, Brady has studied how coasts and estuaries are affected by human uses as varied as aquaculture, offshore wind energy development, and eutrophication. Brady is the environmental monitoring lead for UMaine’s offshore wind energy projects and assistant director of a National Science Foundation project examining how climate change influences farmer decision-making and the consequences for local water quality.

Brady will oversee Maine Sea Grant’s research portfolio, including two-year research projects and program development projects, and will manage the next request for research proposals in early 2015. He will serve as a liaison between Sea Grant faculty, students and staff at UMaine and other research institutions, and the Marine Extension Team.

“Scientific credibility is a pillar of the Sea Grant model, and Dr. Brady’s role on our management team will ensure that we make smart investments in research, and that our outreach and education programs are scientifically sound,” said Paul Anderson, director of the Maine Sea Grant College Program.

Since 1971, Maine Sea Grant has supported scientific research that addresses issues of concern to Maine’s coastal communities. Specialty areas include healthy ecosystems, safe and sustainable seafood, coastal community development such as working waterfronts, and climate change. Last year Sea Grant generated $1.5 million in funding that supported 40 graduate students and 33 undergraduates throughout the state.

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Former Mechanical Engineering Professor John Lyman Passes Away

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 14:29

John Robert Lyman, a mechanical engineering professor who taught at the University of Maine from 1948–1991, passed away Oct. 31, 2014. His obituary is online.

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