February 7, 2008
A team of international researchers, one of them a University of Maine professor, has discovered in a primitive starlet sea anemone the genes for a biochemical pathway that scientists had thought did not exist in animals. Malcolm Shick, a professor of oceanography and zoology at the UMaine School of Marine Sciences, and six colleagues, including Walt Dunlap, a former UMaine Visiting Libra Professor now at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, published their findings recently in...
January 12, 2008
Fei Chai is one of several authors of a forum piece in Science explaining why it is premature to give or sell carbon credits for ocean fertilization. The idea of those proposing to gain such credits is that the carbon pump can be accelerated by adding inorganic nutrients, including iron. The efficiency with which such additions remove carbon from contact with the atmosphere and the duration during which the removed carbon stays out of contact with the atmosphere are both poorly known....
December 13, 2007
Ocean acidification is an already confirmed consequence of carbon dioxide emissions and a consequence of dissolution of some of the excess carbon dioxide from fossil fuel burning. This stressor adds to the dangers of global warming from those same and other greenhouse gas emissions. See what Bob and USA Today have to say.
October 22, 2007
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July 16, 2007
Professor Laurie Connell and her research team were recently recognized by the Pan American Marine Biotechnology Association (PAMBA) for their groundbreaking work involving the relative resistance of clams to the toxin associated with red tide.
Connell and fellow researchers V.M. Bricelj, K. Konoki, S. P. MacQuarrie, T. Scheuer, W. A. Catterall and V. L. Trainer recieved PAMBA's first annual Marine Biotechnology Award of Excellence Prize for their paper, " Sodium channel mutation responsible...
May 17, 2007
In a paper published in a recent issue of the journal Science, Andrew Pershing, of the UMaine School of Marine Sciences and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and Charles Greene, of Cornell University’s Ocean Resources and Ecosystems Program, state that significant changes in the marine ecosystems of the Northwest Atlantic are the result of a significant increase in meltwater entering the ocean due to climate change.
Pershing and Greene suggest that the increase in low-salinity water...
May 5, 2007
Nic Blouin, a doctoral student in UMaine’s School of Marine Sciences, is pursuing a ground-breaking research project focused on the reproductive biology of the red alga Porphyra umbilicalis – also known as nori to the sea vegetable gourmand. Working with UMaine marine science professor Susan Brawley, Blouin is taking a multifaceted approach to nori research, combining cutting-edge laboratory research with hands-on field trials that he hopes will jump-start a new economic engine in Maine:...
April 19, 2007
The Maine Sea Grant College Program at the University of Maine has been rated in the top tier of Sea Grant programs nationwide, according to a recent review by a national assessment team.
"Maine Sea Grant has made significant contributions to science, technology, and society within the state and region," concluded the National Sea Grant Office, based on the review findings that Maine Sea Grant meets the highest performance standards of the Sea Grant network.
The National Sea Grant Office is...