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Maine EPSCoR Media Assistant Positions Open

Maine EPSCoR is seeking student employees to join our team to provide media assistance. Video assistants and writing assistants will help produce stories about work happening across Maine EPSCoR’s many projects.  Video assistants will help create high-quality videos of Maine EPSCoR research and education projects, events, and activities. Their work creating video and photo content […]

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Maine-eDNA Undergraduate Summer Internships Open

Maine-eDNA program is seeking undergraduate student employees to join our team, a state-wide, multi-institutional initiative establishing Maine as a national leader in environmental monitoring, ecological understanding, and sustainability of coastal ecosystems ( The primary responsibility of the undergraduate employees will be to conduct field sampling at freshwater and marine sites, providing the opportunity for students […]

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Mainers with Maine-eDNA

by Daniel Timmermann The 5-Year NSF EPSCoR Funded Track-1 Maine-eDNA Grant seeks to transform our understanding and sustainability of Maine’s coastal ecosystems via environmental DNA (eDNA). Maine-eDNA currently supports 31 undergraduate students from across the state and since 2019 has supported 87 students from Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Saint Joseph’s, SMCC, UMaine, UMM, and USM. Below […]

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Understanding the Possibilities and Uncertainties of eDNA with Emily Pierce

By Daniel Timmermann What we understand about and from environmental DNA (eDNA) has increased immensely over the past few years. While researchers with the Maine-eDNA program learn more about Maine’s ecosystems they are also, importantly, developing a deeper understanding of what eDNA is capable of as an emerging technology and how to best apply it.  […]

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EPSCoR Research Experience for Minorities (EREM) Application Process Open

Maine EPSCoR is now accepting applications for summer 2022 EREM Internships. The goal of these internships is to increase participation of groups who are underrepresented in STEM disciplines.  During the seven-week paid internship, interns will work directly on research and projects with Maine EPSCoR faculty, scientists, and professional staff members. While participating in cutting-edge research, […]

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Research Spotlight: Lobster Larval Diets with Alex Ascher

By Daniel Timmermann The ever discussed lobster begins life as a larva. A creature that is small and relatively lost in the world. Lobster larvae, in their earliest stage, struggle to even travel in one direction for any amount of time. Despite the importance of lobster in Maine and along the east coast as a […]

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Staff Spotlight: Integrating Bioinformatics Pipelines with Laura Jackson

By Daniel Timmermann Laura Jackson joined the Maine-eDNA team in May 2021 as an integrative data scientist working with Maine EPSCoR. Jackson earned her Ph.D. in Bioinformatics at the University of South Dakota after finishing her masters and undergraduate work at Southeastern Louisiana University. Having developed a background in data integration and large-scale fish analysis, […]

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Meet Maine-eDNA Researcher: Gerard Zegers

By Attis Bielecki, ME EPSCoR Student Writer Gerard Zegers is a Biology Professor at the University of Maine at Machias who conducts his research under the Maine-eDNA program. With his PhD in Biology, Zegers leads a group of undergraduate and graduate students, serving as an advisor and instructor for these students as well. His role […]

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The Maine-eDNA Co-PIs: David Emerson

By Attis Bielecki, ME EPSCoR Student Writer David Emerson is a senior researcher and Co-PI on Maine EPSCoR’s Maine-eDNA program who focuses on geomicrobiology. He obtained his Ph.D. in microbiology from Cornell University and he conducts his research at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. Emerson draws from a lot of experience; both in field […]

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