Research Updates

Innovations Research Updates: Gretchen Grebe

SEANET Innovations Theme Fellow, Gretchen Grebe, is a PhD candidate in the Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources program of the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine. Gretchen is working with her graduate advisors, Dr. Carrie Byron (UNE) and Dr. Damian Brady (UMaine), to better understand both the source of nutrients in nearshore Casco […]

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Human Dimensions Research Updates 2: Kevin Duffy

Many local communities in Maine have begun to acknowledge the diverse social and environmental changes happening around them. While some may hold onto existing social and aesthetic visions of community, others realize that novel transformation, such as aquaculture development, is necessary to sustain local livelihoods. Human Dimensions student researcher and Department of Communication and Journalism […]

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Carrying Capacity Research Update: Stephen Moore

Stephen Moore is a third-year graduate student advised by Dr. Huijie Xue in the Oceanography department of the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine. His work focuses on the interactions between storms and projected sea level rise (SLR) in shallow water environments, utilizing three-dimensional hydrodynamic modeling techniques. By implementing a modified version […]

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Changing Environments Research Update: Tyler van Kirk

The European Green Crab Carcinus maenas is a non-native species on the coast of Maine, and despite having arrived nearly 200 years ago the species has seen greater invasive success over the last few decades. The success of the green crab can be attributed to several factors including hardy physiology, efficient growth and reproduction, ability […]

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Molly Miller, female on ocean beach with clams, Maine, EPSCoR, SEANET

Human Dimensions Research Update: Molly Miller

Molly Miller is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Ecology and Environmental Science at the University of Maine. Working with faculty adviser, Dr. Teresa Johnson, Molly’s research looks to understand how various aspects of the governance system in Maine are shaping the development of sustainable ecological aquaculture. Specifically, her work examines the challenges and […]

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Rachel Presley, female researcher in lab, Maine, EPSCoR, SEANET

Changing Environments Research Update: Rachel Presley

Nitrogen (N) is one of the most important elements on Earth because it is essential for life. Forms of N may be separated into two categories based on whether or not it is readily taken up by most organisms: bioavailable and non-bioavailable. Nitrogen can undergo many transformations. Human disruption of the global N cycle has […]

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Katherine Kirk, woman researcher in lab, Maine, EPSCoR, SEANET

Aquaculture Innovation Research Update: Katherine Kirk

Biofouling, or the accumulation of organisms such as crustaceans, bacteria, and algae on underwater surfaces, is a costly problem and increases fuel and maintenance costs, while also creating a need for near-constant equipment cleaning. For aquaculturists, the process of removing biofouling from underwater equipment is a constant challenge. For those that harvest lobsters or similar […]

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Adrianus Both, man on boat with lifejacket, coast of Maine, EPSCoR, SEANET

Carrying Capacity Research Update: Adrianus Both

Detritus is a ubiquitous and crucial component of ecosystems that is incorporated into aquaculture growth and ecosystem carrying capacity models for bivalves. Within most models, detritus is only indirectly calculated and treated as a homogenous entity, which it is not. The quality and bioavailability of detrital particulates for bivalves are directly related to their composition. […]

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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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