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Koizar earns ‘M’ Club Dean Smith Awards

School of Biology and Ecology senior Sigi Koizar was honored with the Dean Smith award for the second-straight year this week. Koizar, who plays for UMaine’s women’s basketball team, boasts a 3.97 grade point average in biology with a pre-medical concentration and a minor in chemistry. The award is named for Dean Smith, an electrical […]

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Students earn scientific diving certification at UMaine’s Darling Marine Center

Nine students completed their scientific diving certification at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center in Walpole. Scientific divers study the underwater environment using scuba or other diving equipment, the certification is a critical step for many marine science students as they prepare for academic and professional careers. The UMaine program follows American Academy of […]

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Maine aquaculture industry, scientists well-represented at regional conference

Over 500 sea farmers and marine researchers from the Damariscotta area gathered in Providence, Rhode Island for the the Northeast Aquaculture Conference & Exhibition (NACE) this January. “There was a really good number of producers and scientists, including a lot of young people there, both from the entrepreneur side and science side.” said Dana Morse, […]

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Gill examines plants encased in tar pits to reconstruct ice age ecosystem

For tens of thousands of years, the warm, sticky natural asphalt that occasionally bubbled to the Earth’s surface in the area now called Los Angeles was a death sentence for some ice age animals. Woolly mammoths, camels, rabbits, horses, bison, sloths, rodents, snails, turtles, birds and saber-toothed cats perished after becoming mired in the liquid […]

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UMaine publication helps farmers adapt to changing climate

Long-term changes in weather are affecting Maine agriculture, bringing both risks and potential opportunities for farmers in the state. At the University of Maine, faculty initiated the Maine Climate and Agriculture Network to improve coordination among faculty, staff and students on the subject. The network recently published a fact sheet that outlines observations of how […]

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Donation helps Darling Marine Center bring marine science to K-12 students

The Edward A. Myers Marine Conservation Fund’s $2,000 donation to the Darling Marine Center K–12 education program facilitated field trip visits by 900 local students and supplied marine touch tanks to area festivals. The funds were raised at the annual Pemaquid Oyster Festival in Damariscotta. “We appreciate that the Edward Myers Fund has continued to […]

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When aquaculture grows, so does its economic impact

Farming of finfish, shellfish and plants in fresh and saltwater is the fastest-growing food production sector in the world and it’s growing in Maine, too. From 2007 to 2014, the total economic impact of aquaculture in Maine — including sales revenue, full- and part-time jobs and labor income — nearly tripled from $50 million to […]

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UMaine Holstein ranks among cream of the crop

The Holstein Association USA announced this month that a member of the J.F. Witter Teaching and Research Center’s dairy herd ranks among the top 10,000 registered Holsteins in the country for Total Performance Index (CTPI). With more than 22 million registered Holsteins in the United States, the distinction places UM Robust Rosmerta in the top […]

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Economics of forest biomass challenging for rural development, study finds

The use of residual forest biomass for rural development faces economic hurdles that make it unlikely to be a job source in the near future, according to an Oregon State University analysis led by a University of Maine researcher. The study, published in Forest Policy and Economics, focused on biomass generated during timber-harvesting operations. It […]

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Social groups key to preserving natural resources

Cooperation may be the key to successful sustainability, says Timothy Waring, an associate professor in the School of Economics and the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions. Waring is working toward a ‘theory of sustainability’ and is seeking to discover what makes sustainability possible. He’s asking the question: when, and how, do sustainable […]

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