Lab News & Views

Soft shell clam taken by K Pellowe

Melissa & Sarah present shellfish study to Damariscotta selectmen

Graduate students Melissa Britsch and Sarah Risley reported on their ongoing study of local knowledge and environmental change in the Damariscotta and Medomak River Estuaries on December 16, 2020, as part of the Damariscotta Board of Selectmen’s meeting. To view a video of their 20 minute presentation, please click here. To read coverage in the […]

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Loreto Bay National Park

Study highlights diverse benefits of fisheries

Dr. Kara Pellowe, a former graduate student and postdoc in the Leslie Lab, just published her fourth and final dissertation chapter in Ambio. Kara conducted this newly published work in communities adjacent to Loreto Bay National Park, shown in the image above. She is now a postdoc at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. Congratulations, Kara! We are […]

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Coupled system course planned for 2021

The coupled systems course that Kara and Heather taught in Summer 2020 went really well, and so we are gearing up to do it again in Summer 2021. Contact Kara at if you’d like to learn more. Marine science course connects distant students of sustainability science

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NSF, Mainebiz feature paper about the value of bringing local norms and knowledge into fisheries regulations

Mainebiz interviewed Kara Pellowe, a former University of Maine postdoctoral student, about the value of integrating local norms and fishermen’s knowledge into fisheries regulations. Pellowe, now based at the Stockholm Resilience Centre in Stockholm, Sweden, co-authored a study with Heather Leslie, director of the Darling Marine Center in Walpole, Maine, exploring the interplay between formal and […]

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Maine Climate Science & Action

Heather gave the DMC’s final summer science seminar of 2020: Climate Science and Action for Maine’s Coast and Coastal Communities. Watch this and all the DMC summer seminars here. Heather serves as co-lead of the Maine Climate Council’s Coastal and Marine Working Group. Together with 37 other leading scientists, resource managers, municipal officials, and other […]

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Kara’s new position at Stockholm Resilience Centre

Congratulations to Dr. Kara Pellowe! Following her PhD at UMaine and a postdoc in collaboration with Heather and MAREA colleagues at Stockholm University, Kara has accepted a new position at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. She will be working with Dr. Steven Lade as a postdoctoral fellow in social-ecological analysis and modeling at the Stockholm Resilience […]

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Marina selected as Knauss Fellow!

Congratulations to Leslie Lab alumna, Marina Cucuzza, on her selection as a 2021 Knauss Fellow! This one-year fellowship places early career professionals in federal government offices in Washington, D.C., where they’ll received hands-on experiences transferring science to policy and management. For many fellows, this opportunity helps launch their careers at NOAA and other federal agencies.

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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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