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The enigma behind America’s freak, 20-year lobster boom

October 7, 2015


The enigma behind America’s freak, 20-year lobster boom

Gwynn Guilford


The Sea
October 06, 2015

Drizzled in butter or slathered in mayo—or heaped atop 100% all-natural Angus beef, perhaps? The question of how you like your lobster roll is no longer the sole province of foodies, coastal New Englanders, and people who summer in Maine. American lobster has gone mainstream, launching food trucks from Georgia to Oregon, and debuting on menus at McDonald’s and Shake Shack.

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DMC scientist: Sea slug sniffs out seaweed’s chemicals, then stalks its prey

September 28, 2015


September 25, 2015  

An underwater sea slug has evolved chemical foraging and defense abilities that are functionally identical to those of terrestrial insects, despite being unrelated to their land-based counterparts and living in vastly different habitats for 400 million years.

“Specialized herbivores on land and sea appear to make a living in similar ways,” says University of Maine researcher Doug Rasher, whose team’s findings have been published in the journal “Proceedings of...

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DMC Director to Deliver Talk at Ecological Society of America Meeting

August 13, 2015


DMC Director to Deliver Talk at Ecological Society of America Meeting

Heather Leslie


Heather Leslie, director of the University of Maine Darling Marine Center, will share findings developed through an international, interdisciplinary research initiative focused on coastal fisheries at the 100th annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America.

Ecological scientists are celebrating the ESA centennial in Baltimore, Maryland with presentations, workshops and musical performances...

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UMaine researchers help forge planktonic frontier

May 21, 2015


UMaine researchers help forge planktonic frontier


ORONO, Maine — University of Maine oceanographers are part of a collaborative international team studying the microscopic world of plankton. During expeditions from 2009 to 2013 aboard Tara, researchers collected 35,000 samples from the world’s oceans.

Data generated from the samples are providing unprecedented resources — including a catalog of several million new genes — expected to transform how oceans are studied and...

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Climate change may affect lobster larvae

May 19, 2015


Lobster larvae will grow in environments that will simulate the effects of climate change at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in the U.S. state of Maine.
Photo Credit: Jesica Waller

Climate change may affect lobster larvae


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Climate change is altering the chemistry of oceans and making them warmer, and that may alter the breathing of lobster larvae, says Jesica Waller, a graduate student at the...

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Climate change impact on lobster already visible

May 15, 2015


Climate change impact on lobster already visible


Lobsters struggle for breath in warming ocean

CBC News Posted: May 15, 2015 10:35 AM AT   Last Updated: May 15, 2015 10:35 AM AT

Lobster larvae have slower respiration rates in the warmer, more acidic waters expected from climate change. (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Warmer water temperatures and more acidic conditions seem to make lobster larvae grow more slowly, preliminary studies have found.  A researcher at the University...

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Fellowship Allows Maine Graduates to Explore Marine Policy in Washington

March 19, 2015




The National Sea Grant College Program has awarded Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships to three Maine graduates.

Jeffrey Vieser, Liana James and Andrew Strosahl join 49 fellow graduates from around the country who will spend a year working on marine policy in Washington, D.C. The fellowships provide the opportunity for recent graduates to apply their scientific background to marine and coastal policymaking at the national level.

Vieser of Metuchen, New Jersey is one of...

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Rising acid levels in oceans imperil region’s shellfish

March 9, 2015



Rising acid levels in oceans imperil region’s shellfish Changes from surge in carbon dioxide take toll

By  David Abel GLOBE STAFF  MARCH 07, 2015

 WALPOLE, Maine — Something was wrong with the larvae.

Bill Mook noticed the newly born oysters of his coastal hatchery often failed to thrive after heavy rainfalls. The storms left the brackish seawater he was pumping into his tanks from the nearby Damariscotta River estuary too acidic for the pinhead-sized mollusks.

To stay in...

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A New Frontier

February 24, 2015



University of Maine marine scientist Bob Steneck is part of an international team that has unlocked an underwater time capsule in the North Pacific that has been monitoring the climate for centuries.

The time capsule is the long-living, slow-growing alga Clathromorphum nereostratum  that creates massive reefs in shallow coastal regions of Alaska’s Aleutian archipelago. These solid calcium carbonate structures have fine growth rings — similar to tree growth rings — which Steneck...

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19th Annual Ocean Bowl Tomorrow - February 7th, 2015 at Donald P. Corbett Hall, Orono

February 6, 2015




2015 National Ocean Sciences Bowl

Northern New England Regional Competition

February 7, 2015




Hosted by

University of Maine School of Marine Sciences


Regional Co-Sponsors

Maine Sea Grant College Program

University of New England

New Hampshire Sea Grant









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The 2015 Nor’easter Bowl is a regional competition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB).  This event is co-sponsored by the...

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