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Forestry alum Thröstur Eysteinsson on transforming Iceland’s landscapes

Thröstur Eysteinsson ’90 (M.S.), ’92 (Ph.D.) spent his childhood exploring Iceland’s bountiful natural world. His grandfathers were active volunteers in Iceland’s forestry societies, which he later joined while working as a high school science teacher. As he learned more about the history of forestry in Iceland, his interest grew, so much so that he quit […]

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Coral detectives: Steneck, student team study reef health in Dominican Republic

The coast of the Dominican Republic is home to coral reefs, the world’s most biodiverse marine ecosystems. But the reefs are rapidly degrading, threatened by the effects of climate change, overfishing and other human activities. University of Maine researcher Bob Steneck and UMaine students traveled there May 12–25 to collect data, increase knowledge and diagnose […]

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From coast to coast, companies team up to fund UMaine lobster research

A $75,000 gift from two seafood companies will fund a fourth field season for a University of Maine deepwater lobster settlement monitoring program. The deepwater research is an extension of the American Lobster Settlement Index, which was initiated in 1989 by Rick Wahle, a research professor in the School of Marine Sciences and director of […]

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McDonough MacKenzie documents dramatic loss of native plants on MDI

Areas across the Northeast have lost an average of one-fourth of their local plant biodiversity in the last 50 to 150 years. Certain plant families had even higher rates of loss, says Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Maine. When her research team compared 19th century botanical records from Mount Desert […]

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Saros receives 2019 Presidential Research and Creative Achievement Award

Jasmine Saros, professor of paleoecology in the School of Biology & Ecology and associate director of the Climate Change Institute, was selected to receive the 2019 Presidential Research and Creative Achievement Award. The University of Maine also awarded Susan McKay, RiSE Center director and professor of physics, with the 2019 Presidential Public Service Achievement Award […]

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Faculty honored for support, advocacy and mentorship of students

Select faculty were recognized for their support, advocacy and mentorship of University of Maine students at the Faculty Mentor Appreciation ceremony on May 7. The event, which was originally postponed, is part of the 2019 Maine Impact Week celebration. Among the 23 awardees UMaine recognized, nine are faculty of programs in the College of Natural […]

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Cammen: History can inform ecologically and socially conscious conservation management

A University of Maine-led research team examined historical interactions between people and ocean mammals to inform future conservation management. The marine scientists seek to break the loop that includes human exploitation of a wildlife species that causes population decline, implementation of a conservation plan that leads to a population increase, then calls for population control […]

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College names 2019 Outstanding Graduate Students

Eight graduate students were recognized for their outstanding achievement at the college’s annual Celebration of Excellence on April 17. The college also honored undergraduate students and faculty members, Brenda Hall and Paul Rawson, at the event. Shokoofeh Ghasemi, Fred Griffee Memorial Award School of Forest Resources Developed a new chemical-free method to create filaments for […]

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