Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology

Washington Post interviews Calhoun, Hunter about small natural features

The Washington Post spoke with University of Maine professors Aram Calhoun and Malcolm Hunter for an article about the latest issue of the journal Biological Conservation, which focuses on the big ecological roles of  small natural features. The issue was organized by Hunter, a professor of wildlife resources and Libra Professor of Conservation Biology, who calls […]

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The big ecological 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 a 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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Long-term study links tree seeds, rodent population fluctuations

Using data from a 33-year population study, University of Maine researchers have found evidence that various tree species can affect rodent populations in different ways. The results advance the understanding of interactions between seeds and rodents, as well as complex population fluctuations, according to the researchers. The study was led by then-master of wildlife conservation […]

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Nature walks to be offered at Orono Bog Boardwalk

A series of nature walks will be offered this summer at the Orono Bog Boardwalk located in the Roland Perry (Bangor) City Forest. Erik Blomberg, an assistant professor of wildlife population ecology at the University of Maine, will lead a bat walk 8–9:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 27 (rain date is June 28). Participants will use […]

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Blomberg quoted in Sun Journal article about Maine bats, white-nose syndrome

Erik Blomberg, an assistant professor of wildlife population ecology at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Sun Journal article about how Maine’s bat population is fighting to survive. White-nose syndrome, a disease caused by a quick-spreading fungus, is believed to have killed 80 to 90 percent of the affected bat species in Maine, […]

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Ellsworth American talks with Mortelliti about Acadia project

The Ellsworth American reported that Alessio Mortelliti, an assistant professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation, will be conducting climate change research in Acadia National Park this summer. Mortelliti’s research is aimed at helping Acadia protect its resources, build the public’s appreciation for science and delve into critical issues facing national parks and […]

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Mortelliti awarded fellowship to conduct research in Acadia National Park

Alessio Mortelliti, an assistant professor of wildlife habitat conservation at the University of Maine, is one of three scientists who have been awarded fellowships to conduct research in Acadia National Park. The fellowships were awarded as part of Second Century Stewardship, an initiative of the National Park Service, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, and […]

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Augusta conference to spotlight Maine sustainability issues

From sessions on climate action and solid waste to ocean acidification and green infrastructure, the 2017 Maine Sustainability & Water Conference will feature an expanded agenda on topics affecting Maine, New England, the country and the globe. The event will be held Thursday, March 30 at the Augusta Civic Center and will include two concurrent […]

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UMaine field ecology course takes students on safari

The University of Maine sent 18 students majoring in anthropology, zoology, wildlife ecology, and ecology and environmental sciences to Africa for a field studies course in ecology this month. The group, led by two faculty members, explored Africa’s ecology in Arusha, Lake Manyara and Serengeti National Parks, and the Ngorongoro Crater of Tanzania. As students […]

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