Ecosystem-Based Management

Soft shell clam taken by K Pellowe

Community Science Update

This spring, as part of an ongoing community science project in collaboration with the Damariscotta-Newcastle Joint Shellfish Committee, we are hosting a series of focus group discussions to discuss values and visions for the future of the Damariscotta River. We will dig into questions like, “What do you value about the river?” or “How do […]

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Tim Frawley headshot

Fishers’ resilence to climate impacts

Tim Frawley, Heather Leslie and other members of the MAREA+ team just published a new paper in Global Environmental Change. The study was funded by the National Science Foundation (Award BCS-2009821) and based on more than 10 years of fisheries data collected by fishermen and curated by the Mexican government. Learn more about the study here. 

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Soft shell clam taken by K Pellowe

Community Science Update

Since 2019, researchers at UMaine’s Darling Marine Center and members of the joint shellfish committee of Damariscotta and Newcastle have collaborated on a community science project focused on the ecology and shellfish resources of the upper Damariscotta River estuary. We have gathered information on both the ecological and human dimensions of the wild shellfish fisheries […]

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Ecosystem science grad opportunities

I am pleased to share information about a new National Research Traineeship program at the University of Maine for graduate students interested in interdisciplinary marine ecosystem science. Our program, funded by the National Science Foundation, will support more than 20 graduate students over the next five years. We are now accepting applications for Fall 2024. To learn more […]

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Damariscotta Community Science

Together with students at Lincoln Academy and the University of Maine, shellfish harvesters, and other citizens, we are engaged in data collection, interpretation and application that contributes to municipal shellfish management as well as a broader vision for sustaining the social-ecological system of the upper Damariscotta River estuary. View the poster that PhD candidate Sarah Risley presented at the Ecological Society […]

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Navigating the Ocean Uncommons

Emma Polhemus worked as a summer research intern at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center in 2023. Mentored by Drs. Jessica Reilly-Moman and Heather Leslie, Emma focused on participatory social science to support ocean renewable energy development. She is about to begin her junior year at the University of Vermont. I wrote a picture […]

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Sarah presents community shellfish project

Graduate student Sarah Risley presented the State of the Damariscotta River Estuary report to the Damariscotta Board of Selectmen on Wednesday evening, November 3, 2021. You can watch the video recording of the presentation on the Town’s YouTube channel named, “Town of Damariscotta, Maine.” You can access the Damariscotta report here. Later in November, Sarah […]

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Jess’ coastal resilience research

Airrows on Air interviews Leslie Lab PhD candidate Jessica Reilly-Moman in this podcast. They discuss how Jess’ cross-national perspective has given her insight on unique climate-related issues in different places, as well as their commonalities. With a mix of story and reflection, Jess shines a light on inequities as they relate to climate change and […]

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Connecting co-management and ecosystem-based fisheries management

Leslie Lab lab alumna Marina Cucuzza, together with her co-advisors Heather Leslie and Joshua Stoll, just published a paper in Marine Policy on the conceptual connections between ecosystem-based fisheries management (EBFM) and fisheries co-management. While EBFM and fisheries co-management are not new ideas, growing interest in both compels reflection on the interplay of these concepts, even though they […]

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