School of Earth and Climate Sciences

BDN quotes Birkel in article on early fall foliage

The Bangor Daily News quoted Sean Birkel, Maine’s state climatologist and a research assistant professor at the University of Maine Climate Change Institute, in the article, “Maine’s fall foliage is popping up early this year.” Some trees in Maine are already changing color, which could be the result of drought putting the trees under stress, […]

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Birkel quoted in BDN opinion piece on heat waves, climate change

A Bangor Daily News opinion piece on heat waves quoted Sean Birkel, a research professor at the University of Maine Climate Change Institute and the Maine state climatologist. Heat waves across the globe have become the new normal. Half of the warmest years on record have occurred in Caribou since 2000 and in Portland since […]

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BDN interviews Elias for article on invasive Japanese barberry, ticks

The Bangor Daily News interviewed Susan Elias, a vector ecologist at the University of Maine Climate Change Institute and a research associate at the Lyme and Vector-Borne Disease Laboratory at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute, for an article about how the invasive Japanese barberry bush helps ticks survive in Maine. Barberry, which was introduced […]

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Dill, Elias quoted in Public Integrity report on ticks, Lyme disease

The Center for Public Integrity interviewed Griffin Dill, an integrated pest management professional with University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the director of the Extension’s new diagnostic laboratory, for a report on ticks and Lyme disease in Maine. The report also quoted Susan Elias, a vector ecologist at the Climate Change Institute. Fifteen tick species […]

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Media feature Climate Reanalyzer map in reports on July, August heat waves

The University of Maine Climate Change Institute’s Climate Reanalyzer was featured in reports by The Barents Observer and the Metro about heat waves in July and August. This summer, exceptionally high temperatures have become the standard for areas north of the Arctic Circle, The Barents Observer states. The Climate Reanalyzer map labels areas that show […]

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WMTW quotes Birkel, Mallory in report on Maine’s climate future

WMTW (Channel 8 in Portland) quoted Sean Birkel, Maine’s state climatologist and a research assistant professor at the University of Maine, and Ellen Mallory, an associate professor with the Cooperative Extension and the School of Food and Agriculture at UMaine, in a report on Maine’s climate future. The average temperature in Maine has risen by […]

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Gerbi named associate dean for research

Christopher Gerbi has been named associate dean for research in the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture, and associate director of the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station. Gerbi joined the School of Earth and Climate Sciences as faculty in 2007 and will be promoted to the role of professor on Sept. 1. He […]

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Media feature Climate Reanalyzer map in reports on worldwide heat records

The University of Maine Climate Change Institute’s Climate Reanalyzer was featured in a Washington Post article about all-time heat records across the globe. Temperatures in Northern Siberia were up to 40 degrees above normal, and the highest temperature ever measured in Africa, 124 degrees, was recorded in Algeria, both on July 5. The majority of […]

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Village Soup advances shell midden field trip led by Kelley

Village Soup advanced a field trip to shell middens on the Medomak River led by Alice Kelley, an instructor in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences and a research associate professor with the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine. Kelley will guide field trip participants and educate them on current knowledge of […]

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