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