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Maine fishermen: adapting in a sea of change

Increasing environmental uncertainty coupled with rapidly changing market conditions in the Gulf of Maine raise important questions about the ability of Maine’s commercial fishermen to adapt. How resilient is the industry to these shifting waters? Who is best positioned to adapt and who is most vulnerable? “We have started to explore these questions by studying […]

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New Faculty: Joshua Stoll

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 Joshua Stoll as […]

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Strong speaks with Press Herald for article on climate refugees

Several University of Maine professors were quoted in the Portland Press Herald article, “Climate refugees could see safety in Maine.” Low-lying coastal communities in the United States face the prospect of “managed retreat” — the deliberate demolition of vulnerable properties following buyouts or abandonment following devastating storms, according to the article. “It’s hard to predict where people […]

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Press Herald, AP report on Thomas’ Gulf of Maine warming research

The Portland Press Herald and Associated Press reported on University of Maine-led research that found summer temperatures in the Gulf of Maine are persisting two months longer than they were in the early 1980s. The findings have ramifications for marine life, fishermen and the strength of hurricanes, which appear in late summer and are fueled by warm […]

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UMaine receives $1.5M award to advance Maine’s marine economy

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) recently announced a $1.5 million award to the University of Maine to support a major waterfront infrastructure investment at the Darling Marine Center (DMC), UMaine’s marine laboratory in Walpole, that will benefit marine industries statewide. Together with matching funds from UMaine and state marine bond funds, the EDA award […]

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Media quote Connell in reports on study that found life may thrive under Antarctic caves

BBC News, Canberra CityNews in Australia, International Business Times, New Zealand Media and Entertainment (NZME) and Outlook India reported on a new study led by the Australian National University that found animals and plants may live in warm caves under Antarctica’s glaciers. The animals and plants are suspected to be around Mount Erebus, an active volcano on Ross Island in Antarctica, where […]

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Longer, stronger summers in the Gulf of Maine

Summer is coming to the Gulf of Maine, longer and warmer than ever — as much as two months longer. That’s the message of a new research article by a team of scientists led by Andrew Thomas of the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences. The study, published in the journal Elementa, examined the seasonality of […]

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VillageSoup reports on grad student’s involvement in Medomak Project

VillageSoup reported Gabrielle Hillyer, a graduate student at the University of Maine, is deploying drifters to map tidal currents in the Medomak River as part of the Medomak Project. The drifters will measure temperature, salinity, light intensity, pH and dissolved organic carbon in an attempt to better explain the river’s currents and how any potential bacteria […]

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Steneck to speak at Maine Marine Fare, Working Waterfront reports

The Working Waterfront, Mount Desert Islander and The Republican Journal advanced the Maine Marine Fare, a two-day symposium Sept. 9 and 10 at Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport. The event will celebrates the products from Maine’s fishing industry with talks, panel discussions, and educational demonstrations and tastings moving the discussion to what we consume, according to the article. Paul […]

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Federal grant funds ocean monitoring system, WABI reports

WABI (Channel 5) reported the University of Maine recently was awarded a $795,000 grant from the federal government for a buoy and high frequency radar operation to add to their ocean monitoring and studying programs. UMaine’s School of Marine Sciences has been working on a real-time ocean observing system in the Gulf of Maine, WABI reported. […]

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