School of Marine Sciences

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Sequencing reveals how Porphyra thrives in a tough environment

Sequencing of the nuclear genome of Porphyra umbilicalis — laver or Atlantic nori — has revealed insights into how the bangiophyte red algae have thrived for over a billion years in the harshest environmental conditions — the pounding waves, baking sun and drying winds of the intertidal zone. An international research team of 50 scientists […]

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Wahle discusses lobsters on ‘Positively Maine’ radio show

Rick Wahle, a research professor in the University of Maine’s School of Marine Sciences, was a recent guest on Newradio WGAN’s “Positively Maine” radio show. The episode focused on Maine lobsters and explored topics including the crustacean’s future population and ocean health.

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Wahle’s settlement index cited in Mainebiz article on lobster catch, prices

Mainebiz cited information from the American Lobster Settlement Index in the article, “Lobster catch down, prices remain steady.” Maine’s lobster catch is lower than recent years at this time of the season, but that hasn’t translated into higher prices for consumers, according to the article. Earlier this year, findings of an international monitoring program of American […]

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UMaine awarded grant for Atlantic salmon farming research, Mainebiz reports

Mainebiz reported the University of Maine is one of six companies to receive a Maine Technology Institute TechStart grant. The salmon louse is a common parasite affecting the Atlantic salmon farming industry that causes global economic losses in excess of $750 million a year, according to the article. The $4,500 TechStart grant, which will be matched […]

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Marine biology, aquaculture major speaks with Mainebiz about STEM jobs

Isaiah Mansour, a double major in marine biology and aquaculture at the University of Maine, spoke with Mainebiz for an “Inside the Notebook” column titled “Where will Maine’s STEM students go to work?” The author recently talked with Kevin Strange, president of the MDI Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor, about entrepreneurship and STEM education in the state. […]

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Stoll quoted in Press Herald piece about lobster shadow markets

University of Maine research professor Joshua Stoll was interviewed for a Portland Press Herald story about North American lobster being traded along indirect and sometimes shadowy routes through Hong Kong and Vietnam to China. Stoll told the paper that the implications could be significant for the state’s lobster industry. He and Swedish researcher Beatrice Crona, […]

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Boothbay Register previews Runge’s talk at DMC

The Boothbay Register advanced a talk titled “Plankton, Right Whales and Change in Gulf of Maine Ecosystem” by University of Maine professor of oceanography Jeffrey Runge at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 14 in Brooke Hall at the Darling Marine Center. The talk is free and open to the public; registration is requested.

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DMC hosts talk about right whales, changing Gulf of Maine

A University of Maine professor of oceanography will give a talk titled “Plankton, Right Whales and Change in Gulf of Maine Ecosystem” at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 14 in Brooke Hall at the Darling Marine Center. Recent changes in the timing and abundance of zooplankton coincide with changes in right whale sightings, says Jeffrey Runge, […]

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Steneck mentioned in Free Press article on Maine’s lobster industry

Bob Steneck, a professor of marine sciences at the University of Maine, was included in a Free Press article about the current state of Maine’s lobster industry. Dave Cousens, president of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association, has been fishing out of South Thomaston for 50 years, according to the article. He started recording water temperatures from […]

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