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Olsen recommends local habitat protection to save Saltmarsh Sparrows

When Laura Garey wades into tidal marshes at sunrise to survey Saltmarsh Sparrows, the University of Maine graduate student also spies deflated balloons, trash and pollutants. These reservoirs at the intersection of land and sea also are increasingly being damaged by coastal development, sea-level rise and more frequent storm surges. All of which makes it […]

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Fishers’ decisions shaped by both climate, community distinctions

An international research team led by Heather Leslie found fishers’ decisions are shaped by differences in both natural and social environments. The team discovered the community with stronger fishing rights exerted more control over fishers’ decisions than communities with weaker rights, and did so in a way consistent with the impacts of climate variability on […]

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UMaine dairy cow sets state record for butterfat production

Holstein Association USA, the world’s largest dairy cattle breed organization, has verified the recent production record of UM Eden Padme as a new Maine state record for butterfat production in her age group. Padme is a member of the dairy herd at the University of Maine’s J.F. Witter Teaching and Research Center in Orono. At […]

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Waller explores spectacular coral colonies in Glacier Bay

Rhian Waller received an incredible gift to celebrate the National Park System’s 100th anniversary in 2016. The University of Maine associate professor led the first-ever extensive expedition of the underwater fjords in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska. “Glacier Bay National Park is such an amazing area, it’s very hard to put it […]

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Pettigrew receives 2016 Presidential Research and Creative Achievement Award

College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture faculty members in marine sciences, Neal R. Pettigrew, professor of oceanography, will receive the 2016 Presidential Research and Creative Achievement Award. The award will be presented at the President’s Faculty Recognition Luncheon May 14. Pettigrew is the director of UMaine’s Physical Oceanography Group, the University of Maine Ocean […]

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Behavior of tiny ‘intoxicated’ crustaceans can get them killed

Intoxicated people aren’t alone in engaging in risky behavior. Intoxicated tiny crustaceans in the ocean — or copepods — do too. And it can get them killed. Rachel Lasley-Rasher studies small shrimp-like animals that become intoxicated from grazing on blooms of toxic phytoplankton. The University of Maine marine researcher said the common calanoid copepods Temora […]

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UMaine College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture Awards Top Students

The College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture at the University of Maine honored 11 students for their exemplary achievements during a banquet on April 20. The invitation-only event attracted over 400 university students, staff and friends. The College is the largest at the University of Maine, with a faculty that comprises the largest group […]

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Maine Spruce Budworm Task Force to release risk assessment, response plan

In advance of the next predicted eastern spruce budworm outbreak, officials with the University of Maine, Maine Forest Service and Maine Forest Products Council have published a risk assessment and disaster preparedness plan to keep forest landowners, government officials and the general public informed. The report includes an assessment of the last outbreak and how […]

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Skylar Bayer

Bayer produces event where stories, science collide in Bangor

Stephen Colbert introduced millions to Skylar Bayer’s marine reproductive ecology research. When “The Colbert Report” aired a mock crime story about missing scallop gonads and a lonely lady scientist performing experiments, the audience laughed while it learned. That funny, true, personal stories can both inform and entertain resonates with Bayer, a doctoral candidate based at […]

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