Maine-eDNA

Breaking Ground: How Maine-eDNA Research is Being Applied to Invasive Species

By Attis Bielecki, ME EPSCoR Student Writer Emily Pierce is a University of Maine graduate student conducting research with Maine EPSCOR’s Maine-eDNA program. Her home department is Marine Science and her Advisor within the Maine-eDNA program is Dr. Markus Frederich, a Marine Science Professor at the University of New England. The work they do on […]

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Meet Maine-eDNA: Steven Allers, Research Associate

By Attis Bielecki, ME EPSCoR Student Writer Steven Allers is a research associate working with Maine EPSCoR’s Maine-eDNA program. His home department is the University of Maine Department of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences and his Lead Advisor is Dr. Benjamin King, an Assistant Professor of Bioinformatics at UMaine. Their work on the project is vital […]

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Maine-eDNA Announces FY21 Seed Grant Recipients

Two new seed grants have been awarded by the Maine-eDNA program for FY 2021: 1) Expanding eDNA research and applications in Maine’s municipal fisheries: A proposal to Maine EPSCoR from Manomet and Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries – $20,000 We propose to test the use of environmental DNA (eDNA) monitoring in management of an emerging intertidal […]

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Meet Maine-eDNA: Zachary May, Graduate Research Assistant

By Attis Bielecki, ME EPSCoR Student Writer Zachary May is a first year Ph.D. student under Maine EPSCoR’s Maine-eDNA program. His advisors include Graham Sherwood from the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) and Rachel Lasley-Rasher, an Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. Since 2012, May has worked as an observer, primarily […]

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Meet Maine-eDNA: Caitlin McGuire, Outreach Assistant

By Attis Bielecki, ME EPSCoR Student Writer Caitlin McGuire is a junior at the University of Maine studying elementary education with a concentration in English. McGuire works as an Outreach Assistant for the Maine-eDNA program, and works with the Maine EPSCoR office to help teach younger children about STEM related subjects. Her advisors are Dominick Varney, a […]

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Maine EPSCoR’s 2019-2020 External Annual Report

Amidst challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, EPSCoR-funded research and activities across the state have proven themselves to be resilient. Over the past year, ME EPSCoR has had the great pleasure of participating in and supporting some of the state’s most innovative research. These efforts have made important social, economic, and educational impacts on the […]

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Meet Maine-eDNA: Kaitlyn Haynal, Postdoctoral Research Associate

Kaitlyn Haynal is Postdoctoral Research Associate working on Maine EPSCoR’s current NSF EPSCoR Track-1 program, Maine-eDNA. Her home department is the University of Maine’s Department of Communication and Journalism. Haynal works with her advisors Dr. Bridie McGreavy, an Associate Professor of Environmental Communication, and Dr. Heather Leslie, the Director of the Darling Marine Center. It […]

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Meet Maine-eDNA: Sharon Mann, Graduate Research Assistant

by Jane Horovitz, EPSCoR Student Writer Sharon Mann did not come from a scientific background or an academic family. After attending a small private college for a short amount of time and studying humanities fresh out of high school, Mann dropped out and moved to Alaska instead. There, she worked in two fishing industry positions […]

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Leaving her mark: How one undergraduate student rose to the challenge and discovered new skills and experiences

By Marcella M. Silver Daniella Leal Espinal is an undergraduate student studying Microbiology at the University of Maine who recently became involved with Maine EPSCoR’s current NSF EPSCoR Track-1 grant, Maine-eDNA. According to Leal Espinal, she started looking for a job related to DNA sequencing, microbiology, and genetics and found the Student Research Assistant position […]

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Meet Maine-eDNA: Andrew Rominger, New Faculty Hire

By Maine EPSCoR student writers, Jane Horovitz and Attis Bielecki with Marcella Silver Prior to being hired as a new faculty member on Maine EPSCoR’s current Track-1 program, Maine-eDNA, Andrew Rominger conducted his Ph.D. research at the University of California Berkeley and postdoctoral research at the Santa Fe Institute. He was involved in a large […]

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