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EES Director Aram Calhoun to Discuss Vernal Pool Conservation

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Department of Wildlife Ecology &
Ecology and Environmental Sciences Program present…

Aram J.K. Calhoun

Aram Calhoun

 University of Maine
Professor of Wetland Ecology and
Director of Ecology & Environmental Sciences Program

Vernal Pool Conservation: Merging Science and Policy

Monday, November 25th
Room 204 Nutting Hall
12:00 PM

Please contact Kris Hoffmann (; 978.660.7991) to make arrangements to meet with the speaker.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Kris Hoffmann at 978.660.7991 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for    accommodations at least two days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.

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News: Spring 2014 Courses

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

EES Students and Advisors should be aware of several classes being offered Spring 2014 that will be of interest to EES undergraduates.


Within Reach: Journey to Find Sustainable Community

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

EES Presents

Within Reach: Journey to Find Sustainable Community

November 6, 2013

100 Nutting Hall 3:00 – 4:45 p.m.

Discussion with film producer and co-cyclist Amanda Creighton immediately following the film.


WITHIN REACH explores one couple’s pedal-powered search for a place to call
home. Mandy and Ryan gave up their jobs, cars and traditional houses to “bikepack”
6,500 miles for nearly 2 years around the USA seeking sustainable

To find out more about the film visit:

EES Faculty Frank Drummond in the News

Monday, June 17th, 2013

EES and SBE Professor Frank Drummond was featured in an article about pollination of Maine’s wild blueberry fields in the Huffington Post.

Sydney Cheney Secures Stantec Internship

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Sydney Cheney, EES 2014, isSyd Cheney one of three UMaine undergraduates participating in the Stantec Consulting Internship for the Summer and Fall 2013.  Syd will serve as a Wildlife Biology Field Intern for Bird and Bat Monitoring where she will  conduct one or more types of wildlife surveys at an operational wind project.  The position requires conducting daily searches for injured or dead birds and bats under operational wind turbines.  Other surveys may include acoustic bat surveys or raptor activity and behavior surveys.

When asked about the internship, Syd said, “The Stantec internship position was appealing to me for many reasons. Most importantly, I wanted to learn the ins and outs of conducting wildlife studies at a project that impacted my home State’s wildlife. As an intern for Stantec, I will gain experience working in the field. I will translate field data  into reports that the company can use to evaluate the effectiveness of their alternative energy resource.”

The Stantec Internship was established in 2013 and provides a stipend and living expenses to meritorious undergraduate students at UMaine, majoring in Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Wildlife Ecology, or related fields. Students who successfully complete the internship will receive at the end of their commitment to Stantec.

Congratulations Syd, on this significant opportunity!

EES 400 – Senior Capstone Poster Presentation

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Attention all EES Faculty & Students!  

Please support the EES Senior Capstone Students as they present their professional posters.

EES 400 – Senior Capstone Poster Presentation
DATE: Thursday, May 2nd
TIME: 12:30 – 1:30 pm
LOCATION: Nutting Hall – Room 102

First Annual Stantec Consulting Scholarship Awarded to Top Students

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Five EES students were awarded the Stantec Consulting Scholarship in recognition of their scholarly achievements. Katherine Bickford, Margaret Hoyt, Audrey Maddox, Aron Nichols, and Sarah Watts were recognized at awards ceremonies in their advisors’ home departments as well as the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture Annual Awards Banquet on April 17.

The Stantec Consulting Scholarship Fund was established at the University of Maine in 2012 with a gift from Stantec Consulting. The fund provides financial assistance to meritorious full-time undergraduate student(s) at the University of Maine who are majoring in Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Wildlife Ecology, or related fields.

Paul Kelley Awarded 2013 Boyle Prize

Friday, April 19th, 2013
Paul Kelly Boyle Prize

SBE and EES Faculty member Frank Drummond presents his advisee Paul Kelley with the 2013 Boyle Prize.

Paul Kelley, EES 2013 with a Concentration in Ecology, has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the John F. Boyle Prize in Ecology and Environmental Sciences. The prize is issued each year to the top graduating senior in Ecology and Environmental Sciences.

In addition to his academic achievements, Paul studied at the Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation in Ecuador in Spring 2012. Paul is an EES Ambassador, frequently meeting with prospective students and their parents to discuss his experiences with the EES program and life at UMaine. He is also a member of the UMaine Track and Field team.

After graduation, Paul will be returning to Tanglewood 4H camp as a unit leader.  For the fall and beyond, Paul is pursuing a variety of opportunities, including graduate school and Green Corps.

The John F. Boyle Prize in Ecology and Environmental Sciences Fund was created in 1992 by gifts from the family of John F. Boyle and from friends and graduates of the B.S. program in Ecology and Environmental Sciences. The Fund was changed in 2006 from a scholarship to a prize to recognize the top graduating senior in Ecology and Environmental Sciences.


Audrey Maddox wins 2013 Summer Research Fellowship

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Student research was displayed during the 4th annual Undergraduate Research and Academic Showcase on April 16.

The event, sponsored by UMaine’s Center for Undergraduate Research and open to any undergraduate at the university, featured presentations from 117 students, consisting of 77 posters, 32 oral presentations or performances, and eight exhibits.

EES Senior Audrey Maddox was awarded one of six $3,000 Summer Research and Creative Academic Achievements Fellowships for her research with mentor Frank Drummond, “Abundance and Species Composition of the Pollinator Community on Squash in Northeastern Maine.”

Congratulations Audrey!

EES Faculty Member Frank Drummond to Receive 2013 Presidential Research and Creative Achievement Award

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Four faculty members in physics, insect ecology, finance and computer science will receive the University of Maine’s top annual awards May 11 as part of Commencement activities on campus. Entomologist Frank Drummond has been a member of the UMaine community for a quarter-century. He is a professor in the School of Biology and Ecology, and University of Maine Cooperative Extension. The breadth of his career is reflected in his research interests that range from pollination ecology to insect pest management, and scientific techniques that span statistical modeling and computer simulation to molecular genetics. His research venues range from Maine’s blueberry and potato fields to Australian sugarcane plantations. Drummond has always worked in cooperative research with other researchers at UMaine and beyond. Today, his productivity and project diversity involves 60 research colleagues. Drummond has been the principal or co-principal investigator on more than $15.7 million in research funding. That funding includes USDA grants investigating the genetics of blueberry production and pollinator conservation to address colony collapse disorder in honeybees. Since joining the UMaine community, Drummond has been leading bee research, focused on their health, conservation and role as crop pollinators. As an applied entomologist, Drummond finds solutions to important agricultural insect problems, especially in Maine. One of his many successful efforts to help farmers manage the blueberry maggot fly, an effort that saved growers money and reduced the environmental impact of insecticide applications. With several UMaine colleagues, Drummond has researched and developed organic methods for blueberry production — the only complete organic insect pest management plan for wild blueberry production in North America. Drummond also created a model to predict the impact of human activity on streams, which became the basis for Maine law and informed national Environmental Protection Agency guidelines.