April 16, 2012
Dr. David Townsend, Professor in the School of Marine Sciences recently had his textbook published and will be using it this fall in his SMS 100 Introduction to Ocean Sciences.
Oceanography and Marine Biology preserves the basic elements of the physical, chemical, and geological aspects of the marine sciences, and merges those fundamentals into a broader framework of marine biology and ecology. This approach works. But existing textbooks on oceanography or marine biology address the...
April 16, 2012
In the last decade the global presence of deep sea, cold-water corals in a range of ocean margin settings has been established, and is still being expanded. The 5th International Deep Sea Coral Symposium addressed new developments and knowledge and took place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from 1-7 April, 2012.
April 16, 2012
Tropical Depression: Your Saltwater Fish Tank May Be Killing the Ocean
Scientists are struggling to raise tropical fish on farms so that fishers who now poison coral reefs to catch them will no longer be needed
April 6, 2012
The Maine Sea Grant College Program at the University of Maine has announced the recipients of the latest two-year research funding awards from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Sea Grant Office. More than $600,000 will support nine research projects in the Northeast.
“Science is an essential element of Sea Grant’s public service, and this suite of projects will provide important discoveries that will benefit the people who live, work, and recreate...
April 5, 2012
McCleave interviewed on elvers
UMaine marine sciences professor emeritus James McCleave, a leading research authority on eels, was interviewed Wednesday for a Channel 7 (WVII) news report about elvers, the tiny eels harvested in Maine coastal waters, largely for sale to Asian markets where prices have exceeded $2,000 per pound recently.
April 5, 2012
Expert task force recommends halving global fishing for crucial prey speciesForage fish twice as valuable in the water as in the net
IMAGE: Demand for forage fish in recent decades has greatly increased for use as fish meal and fish oil to feed farmed fish, pigs, and chickens that people consume on a...Click here for more information.
WASHINGTON – Fishing for herring, anchovy, and other "forage fish" in general should be cut in...
March 30, 2012
Gulf of Maine ocean temperatures above normal
P ORTLAND, Maine — The winter’s warm air temperatures have helped drive up water temperatures in the Gulf of Maine, in line with a continuing trend, and the warm waters could result in lobsters molting their shells earlier than usual and ocean algae blooming ahead of schedule.
In the long run are questions...
March 23, 2012
Undergraduate Research Projects on Display Friday
Seven University of Maine undergraduates will take part in a research showcase Friday in the Hall of Flags at the Maine State House in Augusta.
The event, which includes undergraduates from all seven UMaine System schools, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. UMaine System Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs James Breece will be on hand to answer questions. A handout profiling the undergraduate students and their projects on display...
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 ).