School of Biology and Ecology

Allison Gardner

New Faculty: Allison Gardner

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 a new faculty member every Monday and Wednesday to help you get acquainted with these new members of our community. Please join […]

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Olsen’s saltmarsh sparrow research cited in blog of PBS show ‘Nature’

Nature NOW, the blog of the PBS documentary show “Nature,” cited research conducted by Brian Olsen, an associate professor of biology and ecology at the University of Maine, in the post, “Can the saltmarsh sparrow keep its head above water?” According to the article, the tiny coastal bird is rapidly disappearing from the eastern United […]

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Saltmarsh Sparrow

Olsen recommends local habitat protection to save Saltmarsh Sparrows

When Laura Garey wades into tidal marshes at sunrise to survey Saltmarsh Sparrows, the University of Maine graduate student also spies deflated balloons, trash and pollutants. These reservoirs at the intersection of land and sea also are increasingly being damaged by coastal development, sea-level rise and more frequent storm surges. All of which makes it […]

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