Maine-eDNA

Meet Maine-eDNA: Samuel Tan, Graduate Research Assistant

Jane Horovitz, EPSCoR Student Writer Samuel Tan, from Singapore, is a new Ph.D. student in the University of Maine’s School of Marine Sciences, working with Maine EPSCoR’s current Track-1 award, Maine-eDNA. According to Tan, despite Singapore’s urbanization, the area has a surprising amount of wildlife on land and in sea. “Even though our water there is […]

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Meet Maine-eDNA: Brian Tarbox, Researcher

Associate Professor, Brian Tarbox, has been teaching in the Marine Science program at Southern Maine Community College since the 1990s. Tarbox has a unique professional background, which includes a Master’s degree in fisheries from the University of Maine, and past work experience in the aquaculture and fisheries industries, as well as experience with commercial diving […]

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Up, Running and Improving: How Survey 123 is Supporting Maine-eDNA Research

Mary-Kate Beard-Tisdale, a University of Maine faculty member and Co-Principal Investigator on the Maine-eDNA program, has been working hard with her Graduate Research Assistant, Melissa Kimble, in order to create a tool essential to collecting the program’s data. The tool comes in the form of a cross-platform application known as Survey123. “The main purpose of […]

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Meet Maine-eDNA: Sydney Greenlee, Graduate Research Assistant

by Jane Horovitz, Maine EPSCoR Student Writer Sydney Greenlee, who is originally from Chantilly, Virginia, knew she wanted to be a marine biologist since the age of two, but she never really saw herself as a molecular ecologist. That is, until she did a REU (research undergraduate experience) with Pete Countway at Bigelow Laboratory for […]

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Read Maine EPSCoR’s Summer 2020 Newsletter

  Learn about some of the newest and most impactful NSF EPSCoR-funded research and outreach taking place in the state of Maine. Photos featured in this newsletter were taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.   Featured Articles include:  Maine’s Acadian Forest: The potential frontline of climate change in the age of vulnerability and big data […]

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Expanding Research Capacity in the State of Maine

by Liz Theriault, Maine EPSCoR Student Writer MAINE EPSCOR’S NEWEST TRACK-1 GRANT, titled Molecule to Ecosystem: Environmental DNA as a Nexus for Coastal Ecosystem Sustainability for Maine (Maine-eDNA), is bringing environmental DNA research to the Pine Tree State, and positioning Maine as a national leader for understanding eDNA. As a part of the program’s funding, […]

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Maine-eDNA: Looking backward to move Maine forward

by Liz Theriault, Maine EPSCoR Student Writer WHAT DO YOU SEE WHEN YOU PICTURE A TIME MACHINE? Maybe it’s the car from the popular 1980s film Back to the Future. Or perhaps you picture a metal box decorated with flashing lights and mysterious levers. But for Michael Kinnison, he pictures environmental DNA (eDNA). Kinnison is […]

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Faculty Spotlight: Doug Rasher, Senior Research Scientist, Bigelow

by Liz Theriault, Maine EPSCoR Student Writer With the new EPSCoR RII Track-1 Grant, Molecule to Ecosystem: Environmental DNA as a Nexus of Convergent Research for Maine’s Coastal Ecosystems (Maine-eDNA), comes new faculty members and principle investigators to lead interdisciplinary groups of researchers. For Maine-eDNA, Dr. Doug Rasher has taken on the role of Project […]

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Meet Maine-eDNA: Rene Francolini, Graduate Research Assistant

Jane Horovitz, EPSCoR Student Writer Rene Francolini didn’t even know the field of computational biology existed until her high school computer science teacher suggested that she combine her knack for logic and puzzles with her love for ecology and marine biology. Francolini did just that, completing a degree in biology with a focus in computational […]

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