School of Earth and Climate Sciences

UMaine lake monitoring project bolstered with NSF funding

The National Science Foundation has awarded a one-year, $100,000 grant for continuing a University of Maine citizen-science project aimed at protecting lake water quality in the state. The grant will help extend the project, which began in 2015 with funding from UMaine’s Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, into 2018 and beyond. Maine lakes […]

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Kelley, grad student speak about preserving Maine’s shell middens on WABI

Alice Kelley, a geoarchaeologist at the University of Maine; and Jacque Miller, a graduate research assistant in the UMaine School of Earth and Climate Sciences, visited the studios of WABI (Channel 5) to discuss their work preserving Maine’s shell middens. Kelley, an associate research professor in the Climate Change Institute, cooperating professor in the Department of Anthropology […]

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New Faculty: Katherine Allen

The College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture brought a wealth of experience and expertise to its community when it welcomed new faculty this fall. Over the next few months we will feature new faculty to help you get acquainted with these new members of our community. Please join us in welcoming Katherine Allen as […]

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Discussion on current weather events, future climate trends Sept. 8

A discussion on current weather events and their relation to past, present and future climate trends will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8 in Bryand Global Sciences Center, Room 307. The talk will be led by Sean Birkel and Bradfield Lyon, research professors at the University of Maine’s School of Earth and Climate […]

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Mountain ice records North Pacific storm intensification through windblown sea salt

For nearly 300 years, winter storm activity in Alaska and Northwestern Canada has been intensifying and is currently unmatched in magnitude and duration over the past 1,200 years, according to a new study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. The research, a collaborative effort between Dartmouth University, the University of Maine and the University […]

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Smith quoted in BDN story on Penobscot River remediation project in Orrington

According to a Bangor Daily News article, a federal judge is expected to decide next year on how to proceed with a court-ordered cleanup of mercury dumped in the Penobscot River for decades by the former HoltraChem chemical plant in Orrington. However the method of mercury removal is still being considered. According to Sean Smith, UMaine assistant […]

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Preserving Maine’s ancient coastal heritage

Maine’s coastline is dotted with more than 2,000 archaeologically documented shell middens and virtually all of them are eroding into the ocean, some quite rapidly, which is putting valuable records of Maine’s cultural and environmental history at risk, says Alice Kelley, a geoarchaeologist at the University of Maine. It is a trend that is likely […]

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Bromley speaks with WABI about massive iceberg breaking off Antarctica

Gordon Bromley, a research assistant professor in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences and the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute, spoke with WABI (Channel 5) about an ice shelf weighing more than one trillion metric tons and measuring about the size of Delaware that recently broke off from Antarctica. Bromley, who has taken multiple research […]

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Business Insider quotes Grew in article on lasting human-made changes to planet

Edward Grew, a research professor of geological sciences at the University of Maine, was quoted in the Business Insider article, “Humans have caused surprising changes to the planet that will be visible billions of years from now.” Grew helped write a recent paper that cataloged for the first time 208 new minerals that humans have left behind. […]

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Birkel speaks with BDN about above average precipitation over winter, spring

Sean Birkel, Maine’s state climatologist and a research assistant professor at the University of Maine’s School of Earth and Climate Sciences and Climate Change Institute, was interviewed by the Bangor Daily News for the article, “Lots of rain, above average temperatures recorded in June in northern, eastern Maine.” Above average precipitation throughout the state over […]

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