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Researchers - Aram Calhoun

Associate Professor of Wetlands Ecology
University of Maine
Faculty Expert Guide available

What problem/s are you working to solve?
We are working to address how to conserve natural resources (wetlands and vernal pools) and/or target species (wood frogs, spotted salamanders, and blue-spotted salamanders) on private lands by addressing human and ecological dimensions of this challenge.

What progress are you making toward solutions?
We are breaking new ground with two Maine towns working on conservation solutions that involve multiple levels of government, diverse state agencies and private interests.

How could your findings contribute to a more sustainable future in Maine and beyond?
Our work may begin to marry the concepts of conservation and economic development-making sustainable communities a concept that resonates with Maine municipalities.

Why did you decide to join SSI?
I was approached by David Hart, and the mission of SSI matched my research objectives that were already in play.

What’s the best part about collaborating on SSI research projects?
Meeting researchers from other disciplines.

Where’s your favorite place in Maine?
Downeast.

What’s your ultimate Maine experience?
No people, endless woods and waterscapes, unexpected wildlife encounters.

Mud season survival strategy?
Revel in the fact that it deters southern New England from moving up here.

What sustains you?
Wilderness.

Additional information about Aram and her team

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Senator George J. Mitchell Center & Maine's Sustainability Solutions Initiative
5710 Norman Smith Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207.581.3244E-mail: umgmc@maine.edu
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
207.581.1110
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