As climate change, over-exploitation, and other stressors continue to impact ocean ecosystems, conventional “single-issue” strategies have proven inadequate. National and international bodies have consequently called for a shift toward more comprehensive and integrated management that recognizes the full array of benefits provided by marine ecosystems and humans’ diverse and close connections to marine ecosystems. This innovative approach is referred to as ecosystem-based management.

Conservation science is the emerging field that recognizes humans’ close connections to the environment. Like its close cousin, conservation biology, conservation science is a mission driven science.  As marine conservation scientists, our mission is to generate knowledge to help inform marine stewardship that benefits both nature and people.

While we have a substantial scientific foundation on which to develop ecosystem-based strategies, there are a number of areas in need of further research. We seek to fill these gaps by integrating approaches from both the natural and social sciences, both in Maine and in Mexico. We welcome opportunities to engage with resource users, fisheries managers, and other decision makers to develop policy-relevant projects that address marine management and stewardship needs.

Please contact to explore ways that our group or others associated with the Darling Marine Center can work with you.

To learn more about Conservation Biology at the University of Maine.

To learn more about Ecology & Environmental Sciences at UMaine.

To learn more about UMaine’s School of Marine Sciences.