School of Marine Sciences

Wells speaks with Press Herald about toxic algae blooms

Mark Wells, a marine biology professor at the University of Maine, spoke with the Portland Press Herald for the article, “Maine plans swifter protocols for shellfish monitoring.” A toxic bloom of Pseudo-nitzschia, a common phytoplankton, closed hundreds of miles of Maine coastline to shellfish harvesting this fall and caused a recall of 58,500 pounds of blue mussels […]

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The Fish Site reports on salmon embryo research

The Fish Site reported on University of Maine research led by LeeAnne Thayer, a Ph.D. candidate in marine sciences, and Heather Hamlin, an assistant professor of aquaculture and marine biology. Beginning in 2000, fertilized salmon eggs began dying in large numbers, and the average survival rate fell from 80 to 50 percent. After five years of […]

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Grad student cited in Maine Public report on Atlantic bluefin tuna stocks

Brenda Rudnicky, a marine biology graduate student at the University of Maine, was mentioned in the Maine Public report, “Atlantic bluefin tuna stocks are rebounding — But how high should the quota be raised?” Once severely depleted, populations of the prized sushi fish appear to be rebuilding up and down the New England coast. Now […]

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UMaine lobster study cited in BDN article on Sen. Collins, climate change

Research from the University of Maine was cited in the Bangor Daily News article, “Susan Collins: Ignoring climate change is ‘simply not a solution.’” The Gulf of Maine is warming faster than 99 percent of the world’s bodies of saltwater, and that warming trend could mean smaller catches as lobsters move into deeper and colder […]

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Forecaster covers Strong’s talk about ocean acidification

The Forecaster reported on Aaron Strong’s talk — “Ocean Acidification: Will lobsters and clams disappear?” — for the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust. Strong, an assistant professor of marine policy, told attendees the Gulf of Maine is warming and becoming more acidic, both of which have repercussions. He said local communities can help protect water quality […]

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Jayasundara’s research featured in NIEHS Global Environmental Health Newsletter

Research conducted by Nishad Jayasundara, an assistant professor of marine physiology at the University of Maine, was featured in the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Global Environmental Health Newsletter. Jayasundara has developed a project that integrates his expertise in environmental health research with capacity building to address issues related to environmental health in […]

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Undercurrent News cites Wahle in report on Maine lobster decline

Rick Wahle, a research professor at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center, spoke with Undercurrent News for the report, “Maine lobsters still hard to find, but prices climbing back for harvesters.” Wahle said it’s not yet clear what’s behind the low harvest. He has been investigating whether climate change may be responsible, causing lobster […]

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First-year students take part in marine sciences boot camp, Free Press reports

The Free Press reported the University of Maine recently held its fifth Boot Camp at UMaine in Orono and the Darling Marine Center in Walpole. The three-day orientation program is for first-year students in UMaine’s School of Marine Sciences, which offers undergraduate degrees with concentrations in marine biology, physical science and aquaculture, according to the […]

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