Marine Sciences

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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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Students review fish stock assessments for European Union countries

In May, a group largely comprised of University of Maine students was chosen to conduct a peer review of fishery stock assessments for seven countries in the European Union. Of the group, 17 students currently work in professor Yong Chen’s fishery population dynamics lab in the School of Marine Sciences. “Only two labs in the […]

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Study finds marine protected areas help coral reefs

Reports in recent years that marine protected areas (MPAs) aren’t effective in saving coral reefs from the damaging effects of global climate change have led some to argue that such expensive interventions are futile. But a study that spanned 700 kilometers of the eastern Caribbean reveals that MPAs can, indeed, help coral reefs. Robert Steneck, […]

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College names Leslie winner of 2018 Outstanding Public Service Award

Dr. Heather Leslie, a Libra associate professor in the School of Marine Sciences and director of the Darling Marine Center, was awarded the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture at the University of Maine’s 2018 Outstanding Public Service Award. The award was presented at the college’s annual Celebration of Excellence on April 18. The […]

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Townsend, Thomas quoted in Press Herald article on Gulf of Maine water temperatures

University of Maine oceanography professors David Townsend and Andrew Thomas were quoted in a Portland Press Herald article titled, “Deep current of record-breaking warm water causes concerns for the Gulf of Maine.” Canadian scientists have measured record-breaking temperatures in the deep water flowing into the Gulf of Maine, prompting concerns about effects on marine life, […]

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Eddy quoted in Undercurrent News article on Maine oysters

Steve Eddy, director of the Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research at the University of Maine, was quoted in the Undercurrent News article, “Oysters, not lobsters, are leading seafood growth from Maine thanks to ‘insatiable’ demand.” The oyster trend has been building for several years, while Maine’s lobster supply declined during the last two years, according […]

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Townsend leading research as part of NOAA Ocean Acidification Program

Research led by University of Maine Professor of Oceanography David Townsend is part of NOAA’s newly announced Ocean Acidification Program. Townsend is working in collaboration with UMaine School of Marine Sciences researchers Larry Mayer, Aaron Strong and Damian Brady; Joe Salisbury of the University of New Hampshire; and colleagues from Friends of Casco Bay, Northeast […]

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