School of Earth and Climate Sciences

Birkel, Pershing recent guests on Maine Public’s ‘Maine Calling’

Sean Birkel, Maine state climatologist and a research assistant professor in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences, and Andrew Pershing, an associate professor in the Climate Change Institute and chief scientific officer at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, were recent guests on Maine Public’s “Maine Calling” radio show. The show’s topic was the […]

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Alaska meltwater poses cancer risk for people who eat fish, media report

Phys.org, Alaska Native News, ScienceDaily and Lab Manager published a University of Maine news release on a recent study led by Kimberley Miner, a research assistant professor at the Climate Change Institute. Children in Alaska whose diet includes a lot of fish from rivers fed by the Eastern Alaska Mountain Range may have a long-term elevated risk […]

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DDT in Alaska meltwater poses cancer risk for people who eat lots of fish

Children in Alaska whose diet includes a lot of fish from rivers fed by the Eastern Alaska Mountain Range may have a long-term elevated risk for cancer because of insecticides — including DDT — in the meltwater. Even with low levels of organochlorine pollutants (OCPs) in glacial meltwater, the risk of cancer for youth and […]

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Kelley, Newsom quoted in Island Journal report on shell middens

The University of Maine’s Alice Kelley, an instructor in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences and a research associate professor with the Climate Change Institute, and Bonnie Newsom, an assistant professor of anthropology, spoke with the Island Journal for an article about Maine shell middens. There are thousands of shell heaps around the coast […]

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Mayewski interviewed for BDN article on new climate report

The Bangor Daily News interviewed Paul Mayewski, director of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, about his recently released climate report for the article, “Maine fisheries and blueberries could be at stake due to climate change, report says.” Mayewski collaborated with Sean Birkel, a UMaine research assistant professor and Maine State Climatologist, […]

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Miner speaks about glacier research on Radio Ecoshock

Kimberley Miner, a research assistant professor at the University of Maine Climate Change Institute, spoke about her glacier research on Radio Ecoshock. Miner discussed her discovery of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in the downstream water of the Silvretta Glacier in the Swiss Alps, and the potential for resulting health risks in an area where wind […]

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News Center Maine reports on Miner’s glacier research

News Center Maine reported on the discovery of pesticide pollutants in a remote glacier and its meltwater by Kimberley Miner, a research assistant professor at the University of Maine Climate Change Institute. Miner led a team of researchers that analyzed ice core and meltwater samples from the Jarvis Glacier in Alaska and compiled the first […]

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WVII interviews Birkel about new UMaine climate report

WVII (Channel 7) interviewed Sean Birkel, a University of Maine research assistant professor and Maine State Climatologist, about the Coastal Maine Climate Futures Report he recently released in collaboration with Paul Mayewski, director of the Climate Change Institute at UMaine. The researchers used weather data dating back to 1895 to track climate change throughout Maine’s […]

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Miner discovers DDT in remote Alaska glacier and meltwater

The perception of glacial water as cold and pristine isn’t reality, says Kimberley Miner. At least the pristine part. The research assistant professor with the University of Maine Climate Change Institute found pesticide pollutants — including the insecticide DDT — in a remote Alaskan glacier and its meltwater. Pesticides that contain organochlorine compounds (OCPs) are […]

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