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Leslie reviews ecosystem-based ocean management approaches

October 28, 2015


  October 20, 2015   Marine SciencesResearchSignature and Emerging Areas  

The director of the University of Maine Darling Marine Center says ecosystem-based approaches to restore ocean health provide a flexible framework for marine management and allow scientists and stakeholders to move beyond reactive and piecemeal solutions.

“Ecosystem-based management (EBM) accounts for the diverse connections between people and oceans and the trade-offs inherent in managing for multiple...

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Gulf of Maine’s cold-craving species forced to retreat to deeper waters

October 27, 2015



Story by Colin Woodard/ Staff Writer
Photos by Gregory Rec/ Staff Photographer

Swollen from recent rains, the Penobscot River flows through the area of the river where the Veazie Dam once stood. The dam, along with the Great Works Dam farther downstream, was removed two years ago in an effort to allow salmon easier passage to spawning grounds upriver from the dam. The salmon face a new threat, though, with the increase in the water temperature in the Gulf of Maine.   Photo by...

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Human-marine environment interactions crux of DMC director’s study

October 16, 2015



  Marine SciencesResearchSignature and Emerging Areas  

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...

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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


Lynn Desjardins |
By  Monday 18 May, 2015 No Comments ↓

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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