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Steneck: Understanding Species Interactions Key to Fisheries Management

January 8, 2014

 

 

 

University of Maine marine scientist Bob Steneck participated in a Florida State University-led study that recommends a paradigm shift for fisheries science and management.

The study spearheaded by FSU biology professor Joe Travis advocates that fisheries experts and managers consider how overfishing and environmental changes disrupt species interactions and alter ecosystems, including pushing some ecosystems past their tipping points.

“In order to succeed, fisheries management...

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UMaine Marine Scientist Joins Elite International Group of Adventurers

November 20, 2013

 

UMaine Marine Scientist Joins Elite International Group of Adventurers

 

University of Maine marine scientist Rhian Waller has been named a Fellow in an elite international group of adventurers who encourage scientific discovery while exploring land, sea and space.

Founded in 1904, Explorers Club members attempt to attain new heights and depths; they’ve been the first to reach the moon, North Pole, South Pole, the Mount Everest summit and the deepest part of the ocean.

Waller, an...

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Researchers Recommend Conservation of Coral Communities

November 8, 2013

 

Researchers Recommend Conservation of Coral Communities


A research team recommending that greater conservation measures be applied to two rare, dense coral garden communities that it discovered in the Gulf of Maine has three University of Maine connections.

Rhian Waller, associate research professor at UMaine’s Darling Marine Center in Walpole; Steven Auscavitch, master’s candidate in marine biology; and Les Watling, Professor Emeritus in the School of Marine Sciences and now a...

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Ocean Acidification and the Aleutian Islands

November 8, 2013

 

Ocean Acidification and the Aleutian Islands


The National Science Foundation has awarded University of Maine researchers $574,617 to study the effects of ocean acidification on the marine ecosystem of the Aleutian Islands.

UMaine professor Bob Steneck and postdoctoral research associate Doug Rasher, both based at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole, Maine, will work with Jim Estes of the University of California, Santa Cruz to determine whether ocean acidification, ocean warming and...

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Understanding Phytoplankton Paths

November 8, 2013

 

Understanding Phytoplankton Paths


Two University of Maine researchers are teaming up with a University of California-Berkeley professor to study the sinking rate and trajectories of phytoplankton in relation to particle shape and water turbulence. Phytoplankton provide the food supply at the base of the marine food web and help maintain the health of the atmosphere by absorbing and sequestering carbon dioxide and producing oxygen.

Lee Karp-Boss, a marine scientist and associate professor...

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UMaine graduate student awarded $15,000 fellowship

October 10, 2013

 

 

Cleaver cited as positive driver of environmental change

Orono, Maine -- A University of Maine graduate student is one of 22 scholars nationwide awarded a $15,000 Switzer Environmental Fellowship for driving positive change.

Caitlin Cleaver, whose master's thesis is titled "The Maine green sea urchin fishery: Scale mismatches, trophic connectivity, and resilience,” is on target to graduate in May 2014 with dual master's degrees in marine biology and marine policy.

For marine...

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Student Profiles - Megan Moore

October 9, 2013

 

Student Profiles - Megan Moore

 

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Megan Moore is fascinated by squid, octopus and shellfish — creatures in the cephalopod family with unique, quirky features, such as the ability of some to change the color and texture of their skin.

Moore, a University of Maine junior from Trumbull, Conn., studying marine science, is spending the summer researching squid muscles alongside visiting scientist Joe Thompson at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole,...

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SMS Undergraduate Awarded NSF Travel Grant

September 30, 2013

 

SMS Undergraduate Awarded NSF Travel Grant

 

Late last week third-year SMS undergraduate Tyler Carrier was awarded  $1,000 travel by the National Science Foundation to attend and present at the North American Echinoderm Conference held at the University of Western Florida in June 2014. Tyler’s talk will be titled: Responses of Dendraster excentricus larvae when exposed to Pleurobrachia bachei.

 

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Between fertilization and settlement, marine invertebrate larvae can be...

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Student Profiles - Jeffrey Dubois

September 16, 2013

 

 

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On a sunny July day , Jeffrey Dubois hops into a boat at the dock of the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center in Walpole. Wearing a blaze orange life vest, cargo shorts, T-shirt and a baseball cap, he starts the motor and heads out to the right side of the pier. He steers the boat toward one of four trapping stations he has set up along the shore in the Damariscotta River estuary. Accompanied by a fellow researcher, he hauls a trap from...

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