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Student Stories: Zachary Dalrymple

Zachary Dalrymple is a native Mainer from Farmington who attended Mt. Blue High School. After high school, Dalrymple enlisted in the U.S. Army and traveled the world. When he returned to New England, Dalrymple enrolled at UMaine to pursue the Army ROTC program. He enjoyed meeting people at UMaine and knew it was the right […]

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Carrying Capacity Research Update: Andrew Goode

Andrew Goode’s research focuses on aquaculture habitats within Casco Bay, ME.  Goode is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maine studying Oceanography with faculty advisor, Dr. Damian Brady. He uses ocean model data, developed by another SEANET student researcher, Stephen Moore, to determine how much of Casco Bay is suitable for aquaculture and how […]

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Changing Environment Research Update: Amalia Harrington

Increasing levels of human-produced carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are causing widespread ocean warming and acidification. Both will likely have major impacts on commercial fisheries and aquaculture. Since the full impacts of climate change are as of yet unknown, it is critical to understand both species- and stage-specific impacts of warming and acidification to sustain […]

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Human Dimensions Research Update: Olga Bredikhina

Olga Bredikhina has been working most recently on two different studies, both looking at consumer preferences for, and acceptance of aquaculture in Maine. Her research explores consumer preferences for seafood attributes, as well as citizens’ preferences for the proximity of residential property to different types of coastal usages. Olga is a graduate student at the […]

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Aquaculture Innovation Research Update: Longhuan Zhu

With sea levels rising and the severity of storms increasing due to climate change, there is a growing need for innovative and sustainable ways to protect coastal environments. Longhuan Zhu’s research focuses on modeling wave attenuation created by kelp aquaculture farms. He is a Ph.D. student studying Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of […]

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Carrying Capacity Research Update: Nicholas Keeney

Nicholas Keeney spent this past year building software to improve maintenance and usability of oceanographic data and predictive models. Keeney is a graduate student at the University of Maine studying Oceanography with his faculty advisor, Dr. Damian Brady. Keeney is interested in how to apply Big Data tools to aquaculture. For example –  how do […]

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Changing Environments Research Update: Emma Taccardi

Sea lice  (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) are the primary parasitic disease of salmon aquaculture throughout the northern hemisphere. Although the aquaculture industry has optimized many aspects of Atlantic salmon production over recent decades, fish health remains a costly hurdle to overcome. Heavy reliance on antiparasitic treatments continues to increase chemical resistance in sea louse populations, making these […]

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Human Dimensions Research Update: Caitlin Cleaver

The domestic aquaculture industry in the U.S. is experiencing rapid growth. Aquaculture provides a potential diversification strategy for commercial fishermen to buffer against social and ecological changes in fisheries, but aquaculture also can conflict with commercial fishing for use of ocean space. Caitlin Cleaver’s research seeks to understand the potential for integrating aquaculture farming into […]

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Innovations Research Update: Bouhee Kang

Green crabs (Carcinus maenas) are easily found in various marine habitats in Maine’s diverse coastline of rocks, mud, saltmarshes and seagrasses. The crabs like a diverse diet but prefer to prey on seafood with the most important sources being blue mussels and soft-shell clams. Their predation has not only negatively affected economically important species such […]

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Changing Environments Research Update: Zhilong Liu

Consumer demand for seafood is projected to further expand aquaculture farming in Maine. Understanding that estuaries, where much aquaculture production is occurring, are important ecosystems and present unique complexities in terms of physical and ecological characteristics, it is important to investigate the interaction between aquacultural structures and the surrounding system to ensure the sustainability of […]

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