Marine Sciences

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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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From south to north, young lobsters find cool refuge in deep water

Maine fishermen hauled in 110.8 million pounds of lobsters in 2017 with a value of more than $400 million. While still incredibly large, this volume represented a 16 percent decline and $100 million loss compared to previous years of record-setting landings. Since the late 1980s Maine’s lobster landings have multiplied six fold, while the area […]

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Leslie helps design database to assess, guide ocean conservation efforts

An international team of researchers, including Heather Leslie of the University of Maine, has released a new tool for assessing ocean conservation. The Conservation Planning Database project is a free, peer-reviewed online resource for conservation scientists and practitioners to understand how marine conservation has been approached in various places throughout the world. “This database gives […]

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Wahle named director of the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine

University of Maine marine sciences research professor Richard Wahle has been named director of the University of Maine’s Lobster Institute, effective Sept.1. He succeeds Robert Bayer, who has directed the institute since 1995 and is retiring from UMaine this year. Wahle joined UMaine’s School of Marine Sciences in 2009. He is based at the University’s […]

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Undergraduate research for Maine’s marine economy

Diatoms, sugar kelp, green crabs, lobsters and oysters are iconic organisms on our coast. Their roles in marine ecosystems, their importance as fished and cultured species and their responses to changing ocean conditions were topics of SEA Fellows’ research from Casco Bay to Eastport this summer. The third annual SEA Fellows Symposium featured the work […]

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Marine scientists to examine plankton in Pacific Ocean’s ‘twilight zone’

University of Maine scientists are part of an interdisciplinary research team equipped with advanced underwater robotics and analytical instrumentation that will set sail in August from Seattle to the northeastern Pacific Ocean. They’ll examine the life and death of plankton — microscopic organisms that are the base of the ocean food web and play a […]

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The secret life of lobster (trade): Could we be in hot water?

In a paper published in Frontiers in Marine Science, researchers, including lead author Joshua Stoll of the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences and the Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, map the global trade routes for lobster and quantify the effect they have on obscuring the relation between those who catch the valuable crustacean […]

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Community invited for coffee talk about oysters with DMC director

The public is invited to join Heather Leslie, director of the University of Maine Darling Marine Center, for coffee and a chat about the past, present and future of Maine’s oyster industry at 10 a.m. June 16 in Brooke Hall. The hour-long event is to celebrate the Damariscotta River oyster industry, its longtime connection to […]

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