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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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Kati Corlew and Barracuda: The Art of Storytelling in Science

By Stefania Irene Marthakis Kati Corlew is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Faculty Coordinator of Civic Engagement at the University of Maine Augusta (UMA), Bangor campus. Corlew has also developed several courses on the study of qualitative research methods, community organizing, and more specifically, a Psychology of Disaster and Climate Change undergraduate course.   Further, […]

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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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INSPIRES & the RiSE Center Partnership: STEM is a Community Collective

By Stefania Irene Marthakis  INSPIRES, an NSF EPSCoR RII Track-2 grant that focuses on gathering, analyzing, and utilizing data collected from across the Northern Forest Region, has partnered with the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center), an interdisciplinary research center at the University of Maine. The RiSE Center provides support for twenty-two […]

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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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Maine EPSCoR Spring 2022 Newsletter

The Maine EPSCoR Spring 2022 Newsletter is out now. This newsletter covers some of the amazing work happening across Maine EPSCoR from new classes, and partnerships to partnerships and sampling efforts. We also take a look at SEA NET, Maine EPSCoR’s last Track-1 grant, and its long lasting impact. Spring 2022 Newsletter: Featured Stories: Developing […]

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Studying the Kelp Populations in the Gulf of Maine with Rene Francolini

By Caty DuDevoir, Maine EPSCoR Media Intern Kelp forests and the kelp aquaculture industry are becoming increasingly important to Maine’s working waterfront. Studying the relationship between kelp forests and climate change ensures that there can be a level of responsibility when farming kelp for aquaculture businesses. Rene Francolini, a University of Maine Marine Biology Ph.D. […]

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An INSPIRES Collaboration: Peter Nelson & Kenneth Bundy

By Stefania Irene Marthakis  Peter Nelson, Forest Ecology Director at Schoodic Institute, has been facilitating a conversation about data analytics and machine learning as it applies to a variety of applications as part of the NSF EPSCoR RII Track-2 INSPIRES project—which serves as a framework for cross-disciplinary and cross-agency dialogue within forestry research.  During Nelson’s […]

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Investigating White Sharks’ Role in the Gulf of Maine with Kyle Oliveira

By Caty DuDevoir, Maine EPSCoR Media Intern Traditionally, white sharks in the northwest Atlantic are found in Cape Cod and Nova Scotia waters, but little is known of their presence in the Gulf of Maine (GoM). Situated between both areas, one would suspect some presence of the species in Maine, especially with increasing temperatures in […]

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