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ME Water Resources Research Institute is now accepting FY21 proposals

With funding from the U.S. Geological Survey’s 104b program, the Maine Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) in the Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions supports research and outreach to enhance the capacity for the sustainable management of water resources across the state. We request proposals for solutions-driven projects in which interdisciplinary research teams collaborate closely with stakeholders […]

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Meet Maine-eDNA: Kyle Oliveira, Graduate Research Assistant

Kyle Oliveira grew up only 15 minutes from the coast in Brick, New Jersey. His mother is an engineer and his father is an eighth grade science teacher, so from a young age, Oliveira was immersed in STEM. “I think I just grew up into a type of culture that fostered my love for marine […]

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New DEPSCoR Funding Opportunity

White Paper and Supporting Documentation: Sept. 21, 2020 Full Proposal: Feb. 15, 2021 The FY20 Defense Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR) funding opportunity announcement is open and available on grants.gov at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=326765.  While this opportunity is quite similar to last year’s solicitation (two-person team, award amount, evaluation process), there are differences (scoped by topic areas, increased total […]

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Meet Maine-eDNA: Lauren Crofton-Macdonald, Research Coordinator

Lauren Crofton-Macdonald recently joined the Maine-eDNA team as the program’s Research Coordinator. Crofton-Macdonald has been involved in the environmental DNA (eDNA) field since her undergraduate training at Viterbo University, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in biology. She was introduced to the emerging field of eDNA during a summer internship at a United States Geological […]

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Meet Maine-eDNA: Emily Pierce, Graduate Research Assistant

Emily Pierce has always been drawn to the ocean and the marine life within it. Pierce grew up in Reno, Nevada, quite a ways from the coast, but decided to study biology at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, where she spent a lot of time on the ocean. Pierce recently finished her Masters degree at […]

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Maine-eDNA: Expanding research capacity in the state of Maine

With a new Track-1 grant from the National Science Foundation, comes new funding, new faculty and new research. Maine EPSCoR’s newest Track-1 Grant, titled Molecule to Ecosystem: Environmental DNA as a Nexus for Coastal Ecosystem Sustainability for Maine (ME-eDNA), is bringing environmental DNA research to the pine tree state, and positioning Maine as a national […]

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Meet Maine-eDNA: Sam Silverbrand, Graduate Research Assistant

Samantha (Sam) Silverbrand is a Masters student in Marine Biology and a Graduate Research Assistant on the Maine-eDNA project who is working in Mike Kinnison’s lab at the University of Maine. She has begun research on sediment eDNA (or sedDNA) and has collected four lake cores for further developing sedDNA approaches. The four lakes include […]

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SEANET’s Legacy: The impact of interdisciplinary aquaculture research on the state of Maine

The Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network In January 2020, Maine EPSCoR’s Research Infrastructure Improvement Track 1 project, the Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET), was officially completed. However, the legacy of the program will live on through the continued interdisciplinary research carried out by institutions such as the Aquaculture Research Institute (ARI), which is SEANET’s named legatee. […]

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Maine-eDNA K-12 Innovation Seed Grants

Maine EPSCoR is pleased to announce the availability of the Maine-eDNA K-12 Innovation SEED Grant program. The purpose of this program is to develop partnerships with organizations and institutions to increase K-20 STEM opportunities through outreach and education programs, and activities that are aligned with Maine-eDNA’s project’s research initiatives across the state of Maine. The […]

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Student Profile: Gabrielle Brodek

Gabrielle Brodek is a student in the Master of Science in Teaching Program (MST) offered by the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center), who is working as the Maine-eDNA graduate student with the UMaine Cooperative Extension 4-H office. Her current goal is to help develop education materials relating to the new Maine-eDNA […]

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