Linda M. Ilse, passed away Feb. 1, 2013, at a Bangor hospital. S he was born in Phoenix, the daughter of James and Marie (Rollins) Ilse. Linda had a long time passion and connections with the natural ecosystems of Maine and The University of Maine. After switching from a successful career in the Telecommunications Industry, Linda was an outstanding undergraduate student at UM from 1988-1990 and earned her B.S. degree in Wildlife Management in December 1990. During that first stint at UM, Linda worked as a technician on studies of deer, coyotes, and red foxes in Acadia National Park. After completion of her B.S. degree at UMaine, Linda relocated back to her home state of Texas where she studied the interactions between feral hogs and native javelinas, earned her M.S. degree from Texas A&M University, and published 2 important papers on that work in the Journal of Mammalogy. She continued her research while earning a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University where she studied ecological interactions between host plants, bark beetles and porcupines in west Texas. After completing her graduate studies, she served as an Adjunct Professor at Southwestern University before returning back to Maine to fulfill her dream of living in a small rural Maine community and working at The University of Maine. After returning to The University of Maine in 2008, Linda worked as a Research Associate; as an Adjunct Professor instructor in 3 courses, and as the primary instructor in the Ecology from 2008-2011; and most recently, in the role of Assistant Research Professor. Linda continued her research interests with porcupines by studying populations on the Schoodic peninsula within Acadia National Park. Linda was very active in many facets of her home community of Burlington, Maine, and with natural research conservation, education, and research, and will be sorely missed by her friends, students, and colleagues at The University of Maine.