Director, Bureau of Public Health, Maine Department of Marine Resources
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
1:30pm-2:30pm, 107 Norman Smith Hall
Kohl Kanwit received her Bachelors degree from McGill University and her MS from the University of Maine. She has worked with the Department of Marine Resources for 14 years, primarily on fisheries research and management. She was hired two years ago as the Director of the Bureau of Public Health and now oversees the Department’s shellfish sanitation and management programs.
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School of Biology & Ecology, University of Maine
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
1:30 – 2:30pm, 107 Norman Smith Hall
In this seminar, Drummond will discuss his work on a multi-disciplinary, five-year research project on the role of native pollinators in the wild blueberry agroecosystem. This project is part of a larger pollination project involving the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, Cornell University, University of Massachusetts, and the University of Tennessee. Pollination ecology, bee disease ecology, landscape ecology, botany, economics, anthropology, pesticide chemistry, and insect pest management are topics included in the research being conducted by the UMaine team. Pollination is the most important ecological process in production of fruits and nuts. The ecosystem service of crop pollination that the native bee community performs is a natural resource and one that some farmers protect and enhance through conservation practices. This seminar will discuss what cultural, sociological, economic, and ecological aspects of agroecosystems in Maine affect the perspectives of native bees and the actions growers may take.
Sponsored by the Senator George J. Mitchell Center, Sustainability Solutions Initiative
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The University of Maine is sharing in a $16 million dollar award from the U.S. Dept. of Energy which will be used to fund projects aimed at studying tidal energy potential. The $494,000 UMaine project, led by SSI researcher and associate professor of marine sciences Gayle Zydlewski, will use data from research initiated by SSI’s “Renewable Energy from the Tides” project, to predict the probability of fish interactions with energy devices such as Ocean Renewable Power Company’s TidGen Power System in Cobscook Bay. The project is expected to aid in the understanding of the effects of deployed marine energy devices on local fish populations.
Three Presque Isle high school students, junior Angela Wang and sophomores Sedona Lucas and Zach Rice, have assisted with research on the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s SSI project “Assessing the Feasibility and Sustainability of Grass Biomass Production in Aroostook County.” The students became involved in the project as part of UMPI’s Central Aroostook Math and Science Partnership (CAMSP), learning GIS mapping, identifying grasslands, and conducting interviews in the community. Their poster featuring this work was awarded first place in the high school category at the 6th Annual GIS Educators in Maine & MEGUG (Maine GIS Users Group) 2013 Fall Conference. See more…
SSI researcher Tim Waring’s undergraduate Sustainable Development class is working with the UMaine Sustainability Coordinator to help assemble data needed to complete a submission to the Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS), a project of the American Association of Sustainability in Higher Education. Many leading “green” campuses are already rated by STARS. This ongoing collaboration, supported by UMaine’s President Ferguson, has led to a process of steady improvements towards sustainability for the UMaine campus. Waring hopes the campus will be able to submit its first report this year as a result of these efforts.
University of New England student working on SSI’s “Sustaining Quality of Place in the Saco River Estuary” project shared their research experiences in a Campus Compact Field Trip on October 25, 2013. The workshop featured students discussing their work on the Saco River, including such topics as stakeholder involvement, water quality, invasive species and fish sampling. The workshop was attended by people from Maine and New Hampshire universities, nonprofits and high schools. See more…
Distinguished Professor, Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service, USM
Friday, November 15, 2013
3:15 – 4:15pm, 107 Norman Smith Hall
A number of recent studies done across the nation suggest that enhancing local food production can be an important contributor to economic development. The Maine food system, which includes both agriculture and the fisheries, has long been part of Maine’s traditional economic fabric. But do increased food production, enhanced processing capacity and alternative distribution systems hold any potential for Maine as economic drivers of a new economy? This proposition will be examined in light of the work of the Maine Food Strategy.
Sponsored by the Senator George J. Mitchell Center, Sustainability Solutions Initiative, and UMaine School of Economics
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The third season of MPBN’s Sustainable Maine opened on October 2 with “Return of a River”. The first episode in this Emmy-nominated series features SSI researchers from the University of New England and the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve and focuses on the Saco River Estuary. The team is gathering extensive field data to develop a grading system to assess the health of the estuary using key indicators that matter to local stakeholders. The team hopes that through active discussion and problem solving the river will remain a vital resource for the community. “Return of a River” will be repeated at 10am on October 5 and at 1pm on October 6.
The second episode, “Culvert Operations” follows University of Maine and University of Maine Cooperative Extension researchers who are studying the effect of extreme weather events on the many culverts in Maine’s coastal regions. The SSI team is conducting detailed analyses of data on climate, weather, culvert sizes and locations, and decision-making processes to create tools that will help communities maintain and upgrade their culverts. “Culvert Operations” airs at 9pm on October 9 and will be repeated at 10am on October 12 and at 1pm on October 13.
The final episode, titled “Preserving Paradise”, features SSI researchers using new mapping tools and working with stakeholders to allow for “smarter” development across the state. The Alternative Futures Team, based at the University of Maine and University of Maine School of Law, uses focus groups and workshops to help planners and decision-makers figure out what effect the choices they make today may have on the economic, social and environmental future of their communities. “Preserving Paradise” airs at 9pm on October 16 and will be repeated at 10am on October 19 and at 1pm on October 20.
For more information or to view past seasons of Sustainable Maine, please visit our website.
A delegation of scholars from Japan, including President Sato of Hirosaki University, joined the SSI Tidal Energy Team for the 2nd Marine Energy International Symposium at UMaine on September 16-17, 2013. The symposium was designed as a collaborative exchange between researchers in the Maine Tidal Power Initiative (MTPI), and various Japanese institutions. With Japan hoping to have 30 percent of its power produced offshore by 2030, the delegation was interesting in learning from the work of SSI researchers Gayle Zydlewski and Teresa Johnson, in conjunction with MTPI, to help ensure that tidal power is developed in ways that promote economic development and protect marine ecosystems.
“Before President Sato left he told me that our interactions were more successful than he ever thought they would be,” said Zydlewski. “We are continuing dialogue and interactions. I believe we had a fruitful meeting.”
Researcher Gayle Zydlewski’s work on the tidal project was also featured in a recent issue of Forbes magazine. See article…
Maine EPSCoR has announced the poster winners from the 2013 Maine EPSCoR Conference that was held on September 30 at Wells Conference Center. The winning posters for the undergraduate and graduate student competitions are posted at the Mitchell Center for viewing.
The student winners are as follows:
High School Competition
Sedona Lucas, Zachary Rice, Sijia Angela Wang; Presque Isle High School
Emerging Amish Community in Central Aroostook County as a New Factor in Landscape/Land Use Change
Theo Koboski; University of Maine
The Maine Tidal Power Initiative: Lessons Learned through Collaborative Interdisciplinary Research
Luke Groff; University of Maine
Hibernation Ecology of Lithobates Sylvaticus in Maine’s Montane Landscape
Tue, Dec 10 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm SSI All Team Meeting
Wed, Dec 11 11:30 am - 12:30 pm Environmental Authority in the Canadian Arctic
Thu, Dec 19 7:30 am - 10:00 am Bruswick Landing- Accelerating an Innovative and Renewable Future
Wed, Apr 9 - Northeast Biomass Heating Expo