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OF POOLS AND PEOPLE: Working with Maine communities to ensure local economic and ecological vitality.

University of Maine Researchers and colleagues Receive a National Science Foundation Coupled Natural Human Systems Grant

(Orono) Understanding the vital connections between landowner concerns, municipal planning, conservation activities, and the ecology of vernal pools will be the focus of natural and social scientists from the University of Maine, Boston University, and Bowdoin College as they embark on a multi-year research project concerning Maine’s small natural features—vernal pools.

The researchers already have close working relationships with a number of towns in Maine. The trust that exists between communities and researchers will promote opportunities to discover and implement local innovative vernal pool management strategies. Research results from this work will be utilized to inform policy experiments on the ground in Maine. Maine’s results will also be shared with communities throughout New England and Eastern Canada broadening the impact of this exciting research dynamic.

The National Science Foundation’s Coupled Natural and Human Systems (NSF-CNH) Program awarded this four year grant to bring together researchers studying linkages between ecological function, economic implications of resource regulation on private land, conservation strategies, and landowner and municipal decision-making.

Our Team
The research team consists of Aram J.K.  Calhoun, Professor of Wetlands Ecology, UMaine; Kathleen P. Bell, Associate Professor of Economics, UMaine; Krista Capps, Assistant research professor of aquatic sciences, Malcolm L. Hunter, Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Libra Professor of Conservation Biology, UMaine; Michael Kinnison, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, UMaine; Cynthia Loftin, USGS Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, UMaine; Dana Marie Bauer, Associate Professor Earth and the Environment, Boston University; and Erik Nelson, Assistant Professor of Economics, Bowdoin College.

Meet our researchers

Balukas Jessica Balukas Capps Krista Capps
Cline Britt Cline Carly Eakin Carly Eakin
Groff Luke Groff Hoffmann Kris Hoffmann
Homola Jared Homola Coming Soon!  Mitchell Jones
Levesque Vanessa Levesque Laura P Laura Podzikowski
Kevin Ryan Kevin Ryan