October 16, 2015
Heather Leslie, director of the University of Maine Darling Marine Center, is leading a research project to deepen her interdisciplinary investigations of ecological and human dimensions of small-scale fisheries in Mexico’s Baja peninsula.
A $1.79 million award from the National Science Foundation’s Coupled Natural and Human (CNH) Systems Program funds the three-year project.
“My studies of human-marine environment...
October 7, 2015
The enigma behind America’s freak, 20-year lobster boom
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.
September 28, 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...
August 13, 2015
DMC Director to Deliver Talk at Ecological Society of America Meeting
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...