March 14, 2012
Coral communities are frequently associated with warm, shallow tropical waters. Yet corals survive and thrive in both deep and cold waters of regions such as the Gulf of Maine, the Arctic and the Antarctic. Just like tropical corals, cold-water corals play an important role in creating habitats that support thousands of species of ocean creatures.
Corals found in deep seas, however, are much less frequently studied than their shallow cousins because the depths needed to reach coral...
February 13, 2012
Please see below a picture of Associate Professor Lee Karp-Boss from the School of Marine Sciences explaining to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon how and why the oceans are density stratified (illustrated using colored fluids). Karp-Boss has co-authored a whole booklet on such activities which has been published by The Oceanography Society, and is available in pdf form on the WWW in 4 different languages (see http://www.tos.org/hands-on/teaching_phys.html ).
February 3, 2012
UMaine Hosting ‘Nor’Easter Bowl 2012′ Ocean Sciences Competition
The University of Maine is hosting the ’Nor’Easter Bowl 2012 Regional Ocean Sciences Competition , a regional ocean sciences competition on Saturday, Feb. 4 with more than 100 top-achieving math and science high school students from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UMaine D.P. Corbett Business Building on the Orono campus, students will compete in a Jeopardy-like Nor’Easter Bowl,...
January 25, 2012
Tropical Fish…In Maine?
Maine-grown Picasso Clownfish. Photo courtesy of Soren Hansen
by Muriel L. Hendrix
Near the entrance of the 12,000-square-foot building in Franklin that is home to Sea & Reef Aquaculture, numerous tanks hold thousands of brightly colored tropical fish destined for pet stores and wholesalers across the United States. In some, duplicates of Finding Nemo’s hero, the Tomato Clownfish, swim around each other, each confident in its own space; in others,...
January 12, 2012
UMaine aquatic physicist Emmanuel Boss was quoted in a story on the website Miller-McCune about the use of robotic devices that are helping a researcher in California keep track of how tiny organisms and object travel in sub-surface ocean currents. Boss said if the devices work at a reasonable price, they could revolutionize oceanography.
January 5, 2012
MDI man builds reputation with whale bones
By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff
Jan. 04, 2012, Posted 5:35 p.m. at
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Dan DenDanto removes a rib from a 50-foot-long right whale named Stumpy at his workshop in Tremont on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2011.Buy Photo
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The front spine section a 50 foot long right whale named Stumpy hangs by a chain at Dan DenDanto's workshop in Tremont on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2011. ...
December 9, 2011
UMaine to lead new razor clam research
Paul Rawson of the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences is leading an effort to develop ways to grow razor clams on shellfish farms. With a $93,616 award from the Northeast Regional Aquaculture Center (NRAC), Rawson will work with Roger Williams University, Woods Hole Sea Grant and Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, Maine Sea Grant and UMaine Cooperative Extension. A news release has details.
December 2, 2011
AP story on funding for ocean monitoring project
The Boston Globe website included an Associated Press story about $1.7 million in funding for the Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems, known as NERACOOS, which includes UMaine's Physical Oceanography Group and UMaine Professor Neal Pettigrew. The Bangor Daily News also ran the AP story, which mentioned the funding will enable researchers to collect data that will be used to benefit the fishing industry...
November 16, 2011
UMaine researchers Rick Wahle and Paul Rawson was included in a Working Waterfront story about the upcoming re-opening of several scallop fishing grounds in Maine. Rawson's work is in connectivity among different scallop grounds, while Wahle has been conducting a study of whether scallop density on the sea floor affects spawning effectiveness.
November 10, 2011
Research to prevent toxic red tide6:58 PM, Nov 7, 2011 | 0 comments
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ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- After the toxic algal bloom called "red tide" closed nearly all Maine fisheries in 2009, researchers at the University of Maine are looking for better ways to detect it.
UMaine has received $574,028 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to develop new technology to monitor for red tide.