Lab News & Views

Engaged research in Baja

Heather and Kara joined other members of the MAREA team in La Paz, Mexico earlier this year, to share our findings to date on the human and environmental dimensions of small-scale fisheries in the state of Baja California Sur. These conversations were an opportunity for fisheries managers, scientists and fishermen to share their thoughts on […]

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Update – Shellfish resilience project

Dr. Heather Leslie presented the Final Report on the 2019 Shellfish Resilience Project to the Joint Shellfish Committee of the Towns of Damariscotta and Newcastle on Jan 2, 2020. This presentation followed on an earlier presentation by Dr. Kara Pellowe, postdoc in the Leslie lab, in September 2019. Kara’s presentation was reported in the local […]

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Ecology & science of team science graduate opportunities

Heather is co-leading a major new research and graduate training initiative at the University of Maine, Maine eDNA. With support of the National Science Foundation, ecologists, geneticists, oceanographers, and other natural and social scientists from across the state are working together to develop new tools to tackle public health and fisheries challenges in Maine and […]

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New statewide coastal ecosystem project

Maine’s coastal ecosystems, from lakes to rivers, estuaries and nearshore waters, are impacted by numerous stressors, including ocean warming, fisheries declines, and invasive species. This new, statewide project funded by the US National Science Foundation’s EPSCoR Program – Maine-eDNA – will advance ecological understanding of coastal systems and build scientific and practical capacity to translate this […]

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Mexico research in Working Waterfront

Working Waterfront featured Heather Leslie, director of the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center in Walpole, in an article about the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries “State of the Science” conference, held June 17-18 at the University of Maine at Machias. The conference focused on the science needed to move towards more ecosystem-based approaches to fisheries […]

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Local shellfish project launched

The Leslie Lab at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center invites current and past shellfish license-holders to participate in shellfish surveys in July on Damariscotta tidal flats. These surveys will help inform future stewardship of the shellfish resources managed jointly by the towns of Damariscotta and Newcastle. For more information or to volunteer, contact Pellowe at 303.895.7674. […]

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Sustaining Mexico’s chocolate clam fishery

Field notes by Kara Pellowe, University of Maine graduate student  I have been studying the chocolate clam fishery in Loreto Bay National Park since 2013, as part of my dissertation research in University of Maine’s Graduate Program in Ecology and Environmental Sciences (EES). As a marine conservation scientist, I also work closely with faculty in […]

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Ocean Health Index in the news

Heather was interviewed by Jenny Siefert of the Ocean Health Index team for a recent piece on the Ocean Health Index. The OHI was developed almost a decade ago through a collaboration convened at NCEAS, and has since been used in diverse countries and contexts to track the health of the ocean and progress of […]

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