Environment

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Study looks at ecological traps to minimize human risk of mosquito-borne pathogens

Ecological traps have the potential to effectively control pest species and inhibit the spread of infectious diseases, according to a University of Maine researcher. A recently published study led by Allison Gardner, an assistant professor of arthropod vector biology at UMaine, provides new insights into how ecological traps, which occur when organisms show preference for […]

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Miner discovers DDT in remote Alaska glacier and meltwater

The perception of glacial water as cold and pristine isn’t reality, says Kimberley Miner. At least the pristine part. The research assistant professor with the University of Maine Climate Change Institute found pesticide pollutants — including the insecticide DDT — in a remote Alaskan glacier and its meltwater. Pesticides that contain organochlorine compounds (OCPs) are […]

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Birkel, Mayewski prepare report to help Mainers plan for climate challenges

Mainers can expect significant environmental changes in the next two decades due to increased greenhouse gas emissions and patterns of variability in the climate system, say University of Maine researchers Sean Birkel and Paul Mayewski. And they’ve produced a report — Coastal Maine Climate Futures — to provide a base for coastal Maine planners to […]

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Research focuses on New England dam problems and win-win solutions

Decisions about whether to build, remove or modify dams involve complex trade-offs that are often accompanied by social and political conflict. A group of researchers from the natural and social sciences, engineering, arts and humanities has joined forces to show how, where and when it may be possible to achieve a more efficient balance among […]

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National Geographic quotes McGill in article on catastrophic animal decline

National Geographic spoke with Brian McGill, professor of ecological modeling at the University of Maine, for the article, “Widely misinterpreted report still shows catastrophic animal decline.” The World Wildlife Fund For Nature’s recently released Living Planet Report was widely misinterpreted by many outlets, with headlines wrongly insisting that we’ve lost 60 percent of all animals […]

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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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Value of Maine’s reuse markets focus of three-year study

The relationship between community resilience and reuse markets is the focus of a recently funded project led by University of Maine researchers. Cynthia Isenhour, a professor of anthropology and climate change, and Andrew Crawley, a professor of regional economic development, were awarded $265,147 from the National Science Foundation to examine Maine’s reuse markets and their […]

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Researchers awarded $1.5M to examine spread of mosquito-transmitted diseases

A team of University of Maine researchers has been awarded $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation to examine the relationships among the spread of mosquito-transmitted diseases, perceptions of mosquito-borne disease risk and human travel, including domestic and international tourism. The five-year project, “Coupled Dynamics of Tourism and Mosquito-Borne Disease Transmission in the Americas,” is […]

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