Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology

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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UMaine’s 216th Commencement is May 12

More than 1,650 students, including 34 doctoral degree candidates, are expected to participate in the University of Maine’s 216th Commencement on May 12 in Harold Alfond Sports Arena on campus. UMaine Commencement will be held in two ceremonies, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Both ceremonies are ticketed events and live streaming will be available. Tips for attending Commencement, […]

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Piscataquis Observer publishes opinion piece on UMaine wildlife scholars

The Piscataquis Observer published the article, “UMaine wildlife scholars prove our future is in good hands,” by V. Paul Reynolds, editor of the Northwoods Sporting Journal. Every year, the New England Outdoor Writers Association (NEOWA) awards scholarships to a wildlife major from all six of New England’s land grant universities, according to Reynolds, who wrote […]

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Undergraduate, graduate students receive awards at 2018 Student Symposium

More than 1,300 undergraduate and graduate students presented their work during the third annual University of Maine Student Symposium held at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on April 17. The free public event, which was organized by UMaine Graduate Student Government and the Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) as part of Maine Impact Week, […]

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College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture names outstanding student and faculty award winners

The University of Maine College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture honored 24 undergraduate students for academic excellence, as well as eight graduate students and three faculty members at its annual celebration of excellence on Wednesday, April 18 at the University of Maine’s Wells Conference Center. Undergraduate student award recipients are: Frank B. & Charles […]

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How do Dam Decisions get Made?

Sarah Vogel investigates the human dimensions of dam relicensing Master’s student Sarah Vogel graduated from Tennessee Technological University with  dual degrees in Environmental Biology and Wildlife and Fishery Sciences, which gave her some of the skills needed for her work on the Mitchell Center’s Future of Dams (FoD) project. Sarah Vogel capturing bullfrogs. But it […]

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Mapping busy bees

University of Maine researchers have developed a tool called “BeeMapper” that will allow blueberry growers to assess the predicted wild bee abundance in the landscape surrounding their crop fields. “Having a better understanding of the predicted wild bee abundance in the landscape surrounding crop fields is important when making pollination management decisions,” says UMaine doctoral […]

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Big roles of small natural features

Ecologists and conservationists have long recognized that keystone species have major ecological importance disproportionate to their abundance or size. Think beavers, sea stars and prairie dogs — species that keep an ecosystem balanced. Similarly across landscapes, the keystone concept of disproportionate importance extends to other ecological elements, such as salt marshes in estuaries. Now an […]

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Earth Touch News Network quotes Harrison in report on Canada lynx in Maine

Daniel Harrison, a professor of wildlife at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Earth Touch News Networkreport about two Canada lynx that were caught fighting on video in the middle of a road near Kokadjo. Harrison, who has researched lynx habitat ecology, said he suspects the scene represents a “territorial stare-down.” The noisy standoff […]

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