Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology

Maine Public, Press Herald quote Olsen in reports on state bird debate

Maine Public and the Portland Press Herald quoted Brian Olsen, an associate professor of biology and ecology and chair of the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology at the University of Maine, in reports on the debate over whether Maine’s state bird should be the black-capped chickadee or the boreal chickadee. Olsen was one […]

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Town Line quotes Mortelliti in article on ermine

The Town Line quoted Alessio Mortelliti, an assistant professor of wildlife habitat ecology at the University of Maine, in an article about ermine entering people’s homes. There have been several recent reports of ermine, the name for a short-tailed weasel with its white winter coat, entering homes in Harpswell, Cumberland and Bangor. Weasels are naturally […]

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UMaine, UNH establish genomic ecology program, Morning Ag Clips reports

Morning Ag Clips reported the University of Maine and University of New Hampshire are partnering to establish a research and training program, “Genomic Ecology of Coastal Organisms.” The program is fundamental for understanding links between genomes and phenomes in natural populations, especially in enabling tidal marsh birds to adapt and evolve in response to environmental […]

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CUGR names 2018–2020 undergraduate research assistants

The University of Maine’s Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) has named the 2018–2020 Faculty Fellows Assistants. The CUGR Faculty Fellows Program supports faculty efforts toward improving undergraduate research mentoring skills, expanding curricula to include research and scholarship experiences, and developing proposals for further funding specifically involving undergraduate students. Each CUGR Fellow is provided $1,100 to […]

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CUGR announces 2018–2019 academic year fellowship winners

The University of Maine’s Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) has announced the recipients of the 2018–2019 Academic Year Research and Creative Activities Fellowships. The fellowships were developed to enhance and increase undergraduate student involvement in faculty-mentored research. Each fellowship provides a $1,100 award for the student to help cover costs of the project. Funding for […]

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Press Herald publishes feature on Coghlan

Stephen Coghlan, an associate professor of freshwater fisheries ecology at the University of Maine, is featured in the latest article in the Portland Press Herald’s “Meet” series. The article was published ahead of his Dec. 3 talk, “Can Homesteading Provide Sustenance and Surplus in an Age of Scarcity?” at UMaine’s Senator George J. Mitchell Center […]

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Witham, Hunter interviewed for Press Herald feature on Holt Research Forest

The Portland Press Herald interviewed Jack Witham, an associate scientist in the University of Maine School of Forest Resources, and Malcolm Hunter, a professor of wildlife ecology at UMaine, for the article, “Seeing the forest for the trees at the Holt Research Forest in Arrowsic.” A research center currently funded by the Maine Timber Research […]

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EurekAlert, ScienceDaily publish UMaine release on Roy’s dam research

Eurekalert and ScienceDaily published a University of Maine news release about research led by Sam Roy, a postdoctoral researcher at the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, on decisions about whether to build, remove or modify dams, and how, where and when it could be possible to strike a more efficient balance between […]

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heavy equipment deconstructing a dam

Research focuses on New England dam problems and win-win solutions

Decisions about whether to build, remove or modify dams involve complex trade-offs that are often accompanied by social and political conflict. A group of researchers from the natural and social sciences, engineering, arts and humanities has joined forces to show how, where and when it may be possible to achieve a more efficient balance among […]

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Macro photo of rock weed

Three graduate students study rockweed, ‘a system of curiosity’

Rockweed is sometimes called an “ecosystem engineer,” because its branched structure alters the surrounding environment, and creates space for other species to find shelter and food. The marine alga also is a valuable source of nutrients and other compounds with commercial purposes. In the past decade, increased harvesting has led to questions about the effects […]

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