Research

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International research team to study effects of ocean acidification on iron availability to phytoplankton in North Pacific

The effect of ocean acidification on iron availability to phytoplankton in the eastern North Pacific is the focus of a three-year, more than $954,000 National Science Foundation collaborative research grant to the University of Maine, University of Washington and University of South Florida. UMaine School of Marine Sciences professor Mark Wells will lead the project, […]

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CUGR announces 2018–2019 academic year fellowship winners

The University of Maine’s Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) has announced the recipients of the 2018–2019 Academic Year Research and Creative Activities Fellowships. The fellowships were developed to enhance and increase undergraduate student involvement in faculty-mentored research. Each fellowship provides a $1,100 award for the student to help cover costs of the project. Funding 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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UMaine research on weed management for organic farms focus of $1.9M USDA award

Weed management strategies for organic vegetable growers, including challenges to implementing them, will be the focus of a more than $1.9 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture to the University of Maine. The research will be led by Eric Gallandt, a UMaine professor of weed ecology […]

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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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