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UMaine & AAUS News

Mar. 2014- UMaine selected as the site/host for the AAUS/OWUSS Scientific Diving Internship; the 2014 intern will be Ms. Katy Newcomer.  More information about this internship can be found at:

Nov. 2013-  UMaine Diving Safety Officer featured in DiveTraining magazine article; Ocean Careers-Part II

Oct. 2013- At the 2013 AAUS Symposium, the UMaine Scientific Diving Program was awarded an additional $5000 to support the John Dearborn Scientific Diving Scholarship.  Thanks to J.F. White Contracting Company for this generous donation!

2012-The UMaine Scientific Diving Program was awarded 2nd Place for our entry at the 2012 AAUS Organizational Member Poster night in Monterey, CA.  See a .pdf of the poster here!  In support of the Kevin Flanagan Student Travel Award, the $100 certificate was donated back to AAUS.    Highlights of the program and the poster were recently featured in the November edition of the AAUS e-slate:  E-Slate AAUS 2012 6 11.


Scientific Exploration & Research

Alaska Corals 2013-


Deep Sea Corals 2012-


Deeper Into Diving 2012-  Dr. Rhian Waller and DSO Chris Rigaud train to extend their effective scientific diving range to 150fsw.   These techniques will allow Dr. Waller to search for deep sea coral species in coastal Maine and other locales.


Alaska Corals 2012



Using Technology to Assess the Impacts of the Invasive Sea Squirt Didemnum Vexillum, on Fisheries and Ecosystems- 2010/2011



Training, Education, & Outreach

UMaine Today- “What a Dive!”  article highlights scientific diver training program

Dive In Discover Scuba-  In cooperation with the Darling Marine Center and School of Marine Sciences Dive In to Marine Science Program, UMaine scientific divers offered a first-time scuba experience for high school students.


Scientific Diving
193 Clarks Cove Road
Walpole, ME 04573
Phone: 207-563-8273
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469