School of Biology and Ecology

2019 Maryann Hartman Award winners announced

Editor’s note: Story updated Feb. 7. The 2019 Maryann Hartman Awards recognizing the inspirational achievements of Maine women will be presented to retired professor of economics and women and gender studies Susan F. Feiner of Portland, Deputy Attorney General and Chief of the Criminal Division for the State of Maine Lisa Marchese Eames of Cumberland Center, […]

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Four students named semifinalists for Fulbright grants

Four University of Maine students and alumni have been recommended as semifinalists for the 2019–20 Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the largest exchange program in the country that offers opportunities for recent graduates in more than 160 countries. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase […]

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Paper on toxic stabbing mechanism of worm wins 2018 Reinhard Rieger-Award

Undergraduate alumni of UMaine’s School of Biology and Ecology, Ani Varjabedian and Efrat Hamami, and their capstone advisor Seth Tyler recently won the 2018 Reinhard Rieger-Award. The team were recognized for their paper “Functional morphology of the venom apparatus of Prorhynchus stagnalis (Platyhelminthes, Lecithoepitheliata)” on how Prorhynchus stagnalis, a turbellarian flatworm common in Maine’s ponds […]

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UMaine, UNH establish genomic ecology program, Morning Ag Clips reports

Morning Ag Clips reported the University of Maine and University of New Hampshire are partnering to establish a research and training program, “Genomic Ecology of Coastal Organisms.” The program is fundamental for understanding links between genomes and phenomes in natural populations, especially in enabling tidal marsh birds to adapt and evolve in response to environmental […]

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Gill included in Grist feature on science communicators

Jacquelyn Gill, an assistant professor of paleoecology and plant ecology at the University of Maine, was included in the Grist article, “9 science geeks you need to know.” Gill is an ice age ecologist and host of the climate change podcast “Warm Regards.” One reason she studies the past is that it can inform the […]

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Sierra magazine quotes Gill in article on effects of government shutdown

Sierra magazine quoted Jacquelyn Gill, an assistant professor of paleoecology and plant ecology at the University of Maine, in the article, “What the government shutdown means for food, farmers, and eaters.” The U.S. government shutdown is now in its 26th day, leaving nonessential discretionary programs in nine of the 15 departments closed, including the United […]

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Republican Journal, Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel preview talk by Groden

The Republican Journal and Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel previewed a talk by Eleanor Groden, a professor of entomology at the University of Maine. Groden will discuss the health hazards of browntail moths and recommended management strategies for dealing with them at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Palermo Community Library. The event is free and […]

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UMaine, UMM participating in Common Campus Tree Experiment

The University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias are two of eight education campuses in Maine participating in the three-year Common Campus Tree Experiment to evaluate the growth of eastern North American coniferous and deciduous species in a changing climate. The three-year research project, led by forest ecologist Nicholas Fisichelli of Schoodic Institute […]

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Gill talks with Down East about her favorite place

Jacquelyn Gill recently talked with Down East Magazine about her favorite place — Gorham Mountain in Acadia National Park. The University of Maine paleoecologist first experienced the park as an eighth-grader on a field trip. When she was a student at the College of the Atlantic, the park was a classroom, laboratory, gorgeous recreation area […]

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Beyond Pesticides shares Gardner’s mosquito control findings

Beyond Pesticides published a University of Maine media release about a study that found adding blackberry leaf litter in stormwater catch basins creates an “ecological trap” that entices mosquito females to lay eggs in sites unsuitable for larvae survival. This new “attract-and-kill’ mosquito control tool shows potential for preventing the breeding of mosquitoes that may […]

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