March 5, 2014
University of Maine researchers have designed a handheld device that can quickly detect disease-causing and toxin-producing pathogens, including algal species that can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning.
The device — a colorimeter — could be instrumental in monitoring coastal water in real-time, thereby preventing human deaths and beach closures, says lead researcher Janice Duy, a recent graduate of UMaine’s Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering. Duy is now conducting...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
October 9, 2013
Student Profiles - Megan Moore
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,...
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.
Between fertilization and settlement, marine invertebrate larvae can be...
September 16, 2013
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...