Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology

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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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Phys.org publishes release on deer wintering study

Phys.org published a University of Maine news release about a study on the ineffectiveness of zoning as a means of regional habitat conservation for white-tailed deer. The study was led by Erin Simons-Legaard, a research assistant professor of forest landscape modeling at UMaine. Deer often choose wintering habitat based on the characteristics of the surrounding […]

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New study finds zoning ineffective for deer winter habitat conservation

Protection of only narrowly defined zones of winter habitat is not an effective means of regional habitat conservation for white-tailed deer, according to a new University of Maine study. The study found that zoning is not an effective wildlife conservation strategy if land use is unregulated for the surrounding landscape, and that habitat protection confined […]

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Biology professors to lead Bog Boardwalk talk and walk events Aug. 11, 14

Two nature walks led by University of Maine biology professors will take place at the Orono Bog Boardwalk in August. Allison Gardner, an assistant professor of arthropod vector biology, will lead an informative walk and talk about ticks and mosquitoes at 10 a.m. Aug. 11. Attendees should meet at the cabin at the start of […]

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Blomberg interviewed for BDN article on ruffed grouse study

The Bangor Daily News interviewed Erik Blomberg, an assistant professor of wildlife, fisheries and conservation biology at the University of Maine, for an article about a recent study of ruffed grouse. Blomberg was a collaborator on the study, along with biologists from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) and other UMaine researchers. […]

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AP reports on USDA grant awarded to UMaine for tick research

The Associated Press reported on a $1.7 million grant awarded to University of Maine researchers by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for research on protecting forest workers from tick-borne diseases. The grant will fund the development and testing of land management practices to protect forest workers, who are members of key industries in Maine but […]

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Study supports Maine’s current management practices for ruffed grouse hunting

Maintaining current hunting regulations for ruffed grouse will help ensure sustainable population management in the state, according to a new University of Maine study. Ruffed grouse live in Maine’s forests year-round and are popular quarry among hunters, including a substantial number of non-resident hunters who travel to Maine to pursue the birds each year. The […]

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Team awarded $1.17M to help protect forest workers from tick-borne illnesses

A team of University of Maine researchers has been awarded $1.17 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop and test land management practices to protect Maine forest workers from exposure to tick-borne diseases. The three-year project, “Developing adaptive forest management practices to mitigate impacts of climate change on human health,” is being led […]

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BDN previews ‘Birdscaping Your Yard’ talk by Roth Sept. 14

The Bangor Daily News previewed a talk by Amber Roth, an assistant professor of forest wildlife management. Her talk, “Birdscaping Your Yard,” will focus on planning and other aspects of landscaping, keeping birds and their habitats in mind. It will take place at Moore Community Center on State Street in Ellsworth at 7 p.m. Sept. […]

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Calhoun leads vernal pool workshop at DMC

Members of local land trusts and municipal conservation and planning committees attended a recent vernal pool conservation workshop led by wetland ecologist Aram Calhoun at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center. Calhoun, a UMaine professor of wetland ecology and conservation, opened the workshop with a primer on the ecology of vernal pools and their […]

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