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Barracuda continues the recent tradition of Maine EPSCoR grants partnering with Upward Bound

By Stefania Irene Marthakis Biodiversity and Rural Response to Climate Change Using Data Analysis (Barracuda)—made possible through a four-year, $4 million (RII Track-2 FEC) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF)—has partnered with the Upward Bound program here at the University of Maine (UMaine).   Upward Bound, a U.S. Department of Education grant, creates opportunities for high school students from lower income […]

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INSPIRES Student Profile: Nicholas Soucy

By Stefania Irene Marthakis Nicholas Soucy is continuing his University of Maine education as a M.S. candidate in Computer Science, working across fields such as physics, machine learning (ML), and artificial intelligence (AI). With a B.A. in Physics from the University of Maine, Soucy received the Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) and the Maine Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) […]

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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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Barracuda Graduate Student Profile: Bailey McLaughlin

By Stefania Irene Marthakis  Bailey McLaughlin is a Ph.D. student in Ecology and Environmental Sciences at the University of Maine. McLaughlin’s interest in big global change questions regarding how biodiversity might be impacted by climate change and other global change drivers lead her to work with Brian McGill, Professor of Ecological Modeling in the School of Biology and Ecology with a joint appointment at the Sen. George J. Mitchell […]

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The Maine-eDNA Co-PIs: Kate Beard

By Attis Bielecki, ME EPSCoR Student Writer Kate Beard is a professor in the School of Computing and Information Science at the University of Maine as well as a Co-PI on the Maine EPSCoR Track-1 grant, Maine-eDNA. She received her PhD in Geographic information systems (GIS) at the University of Wisconsin. This background is very […]

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INSPIRES Student Feature: Kingsley Wiafe-Kwakye

With a background in Geographic Information Science (GIS), data processing, and data analysis, Kingsley Wiafe-Kwakye has found a graduate program that perfectly aligns with his interests. Wiafe-Kwakye is a second-year Ph.D. candidate in Spatial Information Science and Engineering at the University of Maine, as well as a graduate teaching assistant in the School of Computing […]

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Call for Propsal

Call for Proposals: eDNA Emerging Areas & Commercialization Seed Grants

Maine’s iconic coastline is one element of a complex macrosystem linking inland lakes and rivers to the sea through watersheds, estuaries, and nearshore coastal waters to the open Gulf of Maine. The overarching hypothesis of Maine-eDNA is that we can transform our understanding of the ecological dynamics and sustainability of Maine’s coastal macrosystem through innovations […]

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DEPSCoR offers two FY21 funding opportunities and announces Virtual DEPSCoR Day

Defense Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR) recently announced that two FY21 DEPSCoR funding opportunity announcements are now available on DEPSCoR – Research Collaboration FOA-AFRL-AFOSR-2021-0007, DEPSCoR – Capacity Building FOA-AFRL-AFOSR-2021-0008, The Research Collaboration opportunity is quite similar to last year’s solicitation (two-person team, award amount, evaluation process), however, there are differences (specific topic areas, increased total number […]

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