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Archive: November 2013

UMaine Marine Scientist Joins Elite International Group of Adventurers

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.

Waller, an...

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Researchers Recommend Conservation of Coral Communities

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...

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Ocean Acidification and the Aleutian Islands

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...

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Understanding Phytoplankton Paths

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...

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