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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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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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Meet Maine-eDNA: Graham Sherwood, Research Scientist, GMRI

Graham Sherwood received his undergraduate degree in Biology and Environmental Studies. During the course of his education, he found field work interesting and took a specific liking to freshwater ecology. He completed an internship working on fish ecology and food webs, which eventually led to a Masters degree in Ecology. He studied how altered food […]

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Meet Maine-eDNA: Nick Record, Senior Research Scientist, Bigelow

Nick Record has worked on projects covering topics from viruses to whales and ocean physics, but he always comes in with the math and computer science piece of the puzzle. Record is a senior research scientist at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, where he’s worked for seven years. Record is also a researcher on Maine […]

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Meet Maine-eDNA: Phoebe Jekielek, Graduate Research Assistant

By Jane Horovitz, ME EPSCoR Student Writer Phoebe Jekielek grew up in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, about seven hours away from the ocean. Ever since she was 10 years old, Jekielek knew she wanted to study marine biology, even though she was a little scared of what was in the ocean. The intimidation didn’t stop Jekielek, but […]

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Meet Maine-eDNA: Grayson Huston, Graduate Research Assistant

Jane Horovitz, ME EPSCoR Student Writer After Grayson Huston received his undergraduate degree in marine science from the University of California, Berkeley, he decided to not go directly into graduate school, largely because he wasn’t sure what he wanted to specialize in. He knew he wanted to study science, either marine or aquatic, but he […]

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Meet Maine-eDNA: Alex Ascher, Graduate Research Assistant

Jane Horovitz, EPSCoR Student Writer Alex Ascher has always been drawn to the less understood aspects of science. So, naturally, he was interested in the marine world. Ascher sees the ocean as a black box — something that’s difficult to understand fully, but serves as a great opportunity to explore new routes of investigation. In […]

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