School of Biology and Ecology

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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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A few of the award sculptures handed to the faculty impact award winners

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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Courtney Hatton overcomes obstacles, writes her own success story

Courtney Hatton will earn her undergraduate degree in biology May 11 at the University of Maine. She started college 11 years ago. Along the way, she’s encountered obstacles. The last two years at UMaine, the native of Molunkus, Maine has simultaneously worked as many as eight part-time jobs while carrying a full course load. And […]

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College names 2019 Outstanding Undergraduate Students

Four graduating seniors were recognized for their outstanding achievements during their time at UMaine at the college’s annual Celebration of Excellence on April 17. In addition to the award winners, the college also recognized juniors and seniors with a cumulative 4.0 grade point average. The college also honored eight graduate students and two faculty members, […]

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Study finds changing dissolved organic carbon in Maine lakes key to maintaining drinking water quality

Monitoring concentrations of dissolved organic carbon in Maine lakes before and after severe rainstorms could inform management strategies to help ensure consistent, high-quality drinking water, according to University of Maine researchers. In their study, working with local drinking water districts, Kate Warner and Jasmine Saros, researchers in UMaine’s Climate Change Institute and the School of […]

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Browntail moth outbreaks expected statewide this year

As spring slowly moves its way into Maine, data is indicating that large parts of the midcoast and southern central parts of the state are likely to experience another tough year with the browntail moth. Maine Forest Service’s (MFS) aerial survey in fall 2018 showed over 126,000 acres impacted — double what was reported two […]

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UMaine students sweep Maine Sustainability and Water Conference poster awards

Students, faculty and alumni participated in the Maine Sustainability and Water Conference on March 28 in Augusta. Faculty from the college coordinated and presented many concurrent sessions at the conference. Students from the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture swept the research poster awards in the graduate and undergraduate categories from a field of […]

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