School of Earth and Climate Sciences

BDN reports on Kelley’s shell midden research

The Bangor Daily News reported on the prehistoric shell middens, or refuse heaps, along the Maine coast that are threatened by rising sea levels, beach erosion and development. The middens include clam shells, fish bones and other artifacts left behind by people who lived along the coast thousands of years ago. “The paleo information is priceless,” says […]

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Schmitt writes Friends of Acadia Journal article on threatened marshes, middens

The Summer 2017 issue of Friends of Acadia Journal includes an article by Catherine Schmitt, communications director for Maine Sea Grant at the University of Maine. The article, “Rising seas at Acadia: Implications and strategies for a changing landscape,” looks at how researchers, park managers and conservationists are responding to the effects of sea-level rise in Acadia […]

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The human costs of financial crises: linking market sentiment to human capital loss

Global financial crises and the severe economic hardships they impose on millions of people worldwide can sometimes lead to violent and fatal outcomes, according to a new study from the University of Maine. The research, which links periods of economic turmoil to increased rates of suicide and murder-suicide, illuminates the often overlooked and understudied loss […]

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New York Times reports on Kelley’s Maine shell midden research

The New York Times published an article on a research project led by Alice Kelley, a geoarchaeologist at the University of Maine, that aims to assess and preserve Maine’s shell middens. “We know that there are over 2,000 shell heaps on the coast of Maine,” said Kelley, an associate research professor at UMaine’s Climate Change […]

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Johnson focus of Science Trends’ ‘My Science Life’ feature

Scott Johnson, a professor of tectonics and structural geology and director of the School of Earth and Climate Sciences at the University of Maine, is the focus of a Science Trends “My Science Life” feature. “I have a wide range of interests in the general fields of tectonics, structural geology and rheology,” Johnson wrote. When […]

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WVII reports on latest ‘Follow A Researcher’ expedition to Antarctica

WVII (Channel 7) reported K–12 students in Maine and around the country will be able to connect to a University of Maine graduate student during an expedition to Antarctica as part of the UMaine Cooperative Extension 4-H’s Follow a Researcher® program. The program, now in its fourth year, is designed to give students a glimpse into […]

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Mount Desert Islander advances shell midden talk by Kelley

Mount Desert Islander reported University of Maine climate scientist Alice Kelley will speak at the College of the Atlantic’s Human Ecology Forum at 4:10 p.m. Oct. 17 in Bar Harbor. Kelley will explore the race to save Maine’s shell middens — piles of clam and oyster shells, archaeological artifacts and animal bones left by coastal indigenous […]

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K–12 students invited to ‘Follow a Researcher’ to Antarctica

University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H will connect K–12 students in Maine and around the country to UMaine student researchers in the field as part of its Follow a Researcher® program. The program, now in its fourth year, is designed to give students a glimpse into a student scientist’s world by providing live expedition updates and […]

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Kelley’s efforts to save Maine shell middens featured in Working Waterfront

The Working Waterfront published an article on a citizen science research project being led by Alice Kelley, a geoarchaeologist at the University of Maine. Located along Maine’s coast and islands, prehistoric shell middens are in danger of being wiped out by the rapid acceleration of rising sea levels, according to Kelley, who is helping organize a […]

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Harvard, UMaine study on human-made lead air pollution featured in Popular Science

An analysis of ice core data and historical records conducted by scientists from Harvard University and the University of Maine Climate Change Institute was the focus of the Popular Science article, “A 14th-century plague helped reveal just how long humans have polluted the planet.” The study indicates that much less lead occurs naturally in the air than […]

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