Maine-eDNA

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Maintaining Data on Maine-eDNA

By Caty DuDevoir Data is the core of any scientific project. Proper data management practices and documentation are imperative to allow for the standardization and comparison of results. This is especially important on large projects, like the NSF EPSCoR Track-1 Maine-eDNA grant, which rely on the collaboration of dozens of researchers. Maine-eDNA recently completed its […]

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Maine-eDNA Introduces New EOD Project Manager

By Daniel Timmermann Education, outreach, and diversity is one of the central aspects of any NSF EPSCoR project. Maine EPSCoR recently brought on Beth Campbell as the office’s Education, Outreach, and Diversity Project Manager (EOD). Campbell explained, “As EOD, my job is to connect the research being done on the grant to schools and the […]

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The eDNA CORE Lab and Building Maine’s Research Capacity

By Daniel Timmermann One of the most important parts of the Maine-eDNA 5-year, $20M NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1 grant, is the eDNA CORE Lab that has helped expand the state’s research capacity. The lab, managed by Geneva York, is part of the University of Maine’s (UMaine) Coordinated Operating Research Entities (CORE), led since 2020 by […]

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Maine-eDNA Announces New Open to Collaborate Notice

Maine-eDNA is excited to announce a new Open to Collaboration Notice. This Notice from Local Contexts indicates the NSF EPSCoR Track-1 Maine-eDNA grant’s commitment to the development of new modes of collaboration, engagement, and partnerships with Indigenous people for the care and stewardship of past and future heritage collections. While the addition of the Notice […]

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Exploring Maine’s Tide Pool Ecology through 4-H SPIN Club

By Nhan Chau, Media Intern Introducing students to the breadth of different species in intertidal zones helps introduce young people to community science, stewardship, and the impact of invasive species and humans on Maine’s coastal habitats. This spring, Maine-eDNA graduate student Emily Pierce (UMaine, Marine Science) ran a six-week 4-H SPIN Club focusing on exploration […]

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Using eDNA to Study Gray Seals with Julia Sunnarborg

By Nhan Chau, Media Intern & Daniel Timmermann For any species, it is helpful to have a wide range of traits in their genetic pool. This diversity helps them evolve as a species and buffers them against future threats. Losing this protection could be a problem, especially for species that have experienced a dramatic decline […]

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Maine-eDNA Undergraduate Student Sydney Jackson Tests eDNA Sampling Methods

By Caty DuDevoir, Maine EPSCoR Media Intern Maintaining the natural state of an ecological community better informs future research and avoids disrupting the species that are present. Environmental DNA (eDNA) provides researchers with a cost-effective way to prevent significant invasion of an ecosystem while still being able to collect useful data. Determining the efficiency of […]

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Maine’s Mysterious Marshlands Workshop with Heather Richard

By Daniel Timmermann In person STEM education has been difficult the past couple years. Due to restrictions, bringing students into a lab was not an option and outdoor programs are obviously limited by weather. Maine’s Mysterious Marshlands: Using eDNA to Understand Climate Change, a recent workshop led by Maine-eDNA graduate student Heather Richard, sought to […]

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