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C.O.R.E. Campaign - Campaign Priorities

First Response Fund for Lobster Health

Creating a graduate student assistantship and progressing to a post-doctoral fellowship in lobster health & environmental monitoring — $1,000,000

Your support of a post-doctoral fellowship within the Lobster Institute will make a significant contribution through research and teaching. Endowed research funds, our “First Response Fund,” will allow us to respond rapidly to crises facing the lobster industry without being bound by the long lag time encountered when trying to secure grant funding.

This fellowship will allow for vigilant monitoring of environmental conditions and study on the impacts of environmental toxins on lobster stocks. The once productive lobster stocks in Long Island Sound have been virtually wiped out as of fall of l999, and much of the evidence points to environmental causes. Environmental contaminants such as pesticides have subtle effects on the physiology of the lobster that are not fully understood at this point. Establishing a post-doctoral fellowship in lobster health and environmental monitoring provides the essential support that will allow us to find the origins of and develop ways to control these problems… protecting the lobster and its environment, and minimizing the impact to the industry. The lobster health focus will allow the Lobster Institute to be proactive in identifying and controlling emerging pathogens in lobster. In the past 10 years we have seen a bacterial problem affecting lobsters, as well as shell disease developing on a large scale in Southern Massachusetts to Long Island Sound. A virus has also been seen in Florida lobsters. Research is vital to help isolate the cause and contain the spread of these pathogens.

This position could begin as a post-doctoral fellowship and be elevated to an assistant professorship as funding allows. The fellowship will provide two-year appointments, with special emphasis rotating between the areas of lobster health and environmental monitoring as needed. Work would be conducted in University labs, our Bunker’s Harbor Field Station and other coastal locations. This named fellowship may carry the donor’s name, or the name of any other person the donor wishes to honor.

University Chair

Lobster Institute Executive Director & Lobster Research Professorship — $2,000,000

This is an opportunity to direct your gift to strengthen and secure the position of Lobster Institute Executive Director and to ensure that an outstanding researcher with expertise in the area of lobster science will always fill this role on a full-time basis. You will be providing continuity to and enhancing the integrity of the Lobster Institute. This named chair may carry the donor’s name, or the name of any other person the donor wishes to honor.

Unrestricted Endowment for Operations, Communications and Outreach


Lobster Stock Assessment and Modeling Initiative

$80,000 over three years =$240,000 (one time non-endowed) or
$1,500,000 (ongoing endowed project)

Lobster Institute Graduate StudentAssistantship/New Product Development — $1,000,000

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Contact Information

Lobster Institute
5722 deering hall room 114
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207) 581-2751 | Fax: (207) 581-2744E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System