Sarah Nelson Joins EES Staff

May 22nd, 2014 11:56 AM

headshot_4EES is pleased to announce that Sarah Nelson, Associate Research Professor with the Senator George J. Mitchell Center and School of Forest Resources will join the EES staff for the 2014-2015 academic year.

This fall Dr. Nelson will teach EES 117: Introduction to Ecology and Environmental Sciences. During the spring semester, Sarah will teach EES 100: Human Population and the Global Environment and EES 490: Senior Seminar.

Sarah will also advise all first year students, mentor students in internships and field studies, and provide programmatic support. “We are so happy to have Sarah join the EES staff as a professor and adviser to our students. Her participation will provide much needed continuity for our core academic courses, and her diverse, interdisciplinary scholarship in environmental sciences, citizen outreach and education, and aquatic ecology is a perfect fit for EES,” said Aram Calhoun, Director of EES.

Learn more about Sarah Nelson here.

Syd Cheney Awarded 2014 Boyle Prize

May 6th, 2014 1:38 PM

Syd Cheney on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania.

Syd Cheney, EES 2014 with a concentration in Ecosystem Ecology, has been selected as the 2014 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.

Syd began her college career at a small liberal arts college in upstate New York. While she reports that she enjoyed the challenging academic work, it was the “people” part of the puzzle that was missing; the students had priorities and interests that were different from her own. Syd decided to come home to the University of Maine. Initially she chose a major in biology; however, after a university-sponsored trip to Tanzania, she quickly discovered that the EES major was where she belonged. Syd credits her success to a good academic and social fit. She loves the ecology courses she has taken along with the students in her major. The input and support she received from UMaine professors really helped to refine her interest and define her course of study. Syd has only the fondest of memories of her time spent here at the University of Maine.

This summer, Syd will monitor seabird colonies on Metinic Island as an intern for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She plans to eventually apply to graduate school, after working a variety of field positions so that she can narrow her area of focus.

Congratulations Syd!

Benjamin Blais Wins First Annual Boyle Associates Scholarship

May 5th, 2014 2:04 PM

Ben Blais_PhotoBenjamin Blais, a fourth year student in Ecology and Environmental Sciences with a concentration in Sustainability, Environmental Policy, and Natural Resource Management and a minor in Renewable Energy Science and Technology , was selected as the first annual recipient of the Boyle Associates Scholarship. The Boyle Associates Scholarship was founded in 2013 to recognize meritorious undergraduates in Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Wildlife Ecology, or related fields.

Originally from New Gloucester, Maine, Benjamin graduated from Hebron Academy in 2010. After hiking the Appalachian Trail, he enrolled at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in 2011. He transferred to the University of Maine his sophomore year. He is currently employed through the School of Forest Resources and will be completing his Bachelor of Science degree December, 2014. Benjamin aspires to help Maine generate more clean energy from its valuable forest resource while remaining sustainable for generations to come.



Second Annual Stantec Scholarships Awarded

May 5th, 2014 1:15 PM

Three EES students were awarded the Stantec Consulting Scholarship in recognition of their scholarly achievements. 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. The awards were presented at ceremonies of their advisors’ home departments and at the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture annual scholarship banquet on April 23, 2014.

Emily Anderson Emily Anderson, EES 2016 has a concentration in Ecosystem Ecology and hails from Middlebury, Vermont. In the future, she hopes to educate communities and individuals on how to minimize their impact on the natural ecosystems in their region and to work on ecological restoration. On campus, she works as a volunteer in the Climate Change Institute sampling sediment cores. This summer, Emily will be working at Pacific Northwest National Laboratories studying the effects of turbines on fish.


Sabrina Knifes EdgeSabrina Vivian, from Blue Hill, Maine, is a third year Ecology and Environmental Science student with a concentration in Sustainability, Environmental Policy, and Natural Resource Management and a minor in Renewable Energy. is from Blue Hill, Maine.  is a third year She is originally from Blue Hill, Maine. Sabrina’s commitment to developing her research skills and contributing to conservation activities has led to her regularly assisting biologists both as an employee and volunteer. This summer, Sabrina has an internship with FB Environmental in Portland, ME. After completing her degree, Sabrina plans for a career combining environmental science and policy.


Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 2.39.56 PMJamie Steven of Bethel, Maine is a third year student in Ecology and Environmental Sciences with a concentration in Sustainability,  Environmental Policy, and Natural Resource Management. She is also majoring in Economics and is pursuing minors in Renewable Energy and Policy and Spanish. This summer, Jamie has an internship with an attorney specializing in environmental, natural resource, and municipal law in Bangor, Maine. Her dream is to ultimately spend her life working in law or policy, pursuing environmental and sustainable world ideals.





EES Director Aram Calhoun to Discuss Vernal Pool Conservation

November 19th, 2013 12:26 PM

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

October 24th, 2013 1:12 PM

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

October 24th, 2013 11:12 AM

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

June 17th, 2013 1:24 PM

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

May 17th, 2013 8:40 AM

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

April 26th, 2013 9:19 AM

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