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DMC researchers test technique to determine lobster’s age

UMaine News, February 17, 2017 Research professor Rick Wahle and graduate student Carl Huntsberger are testing a technique at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center to determine the age of lobsters. Unlike fish, mollusks and trees, Wahle says lobsters and other crustaceans molt — or cast off their skeletons thereby discarding external signs of growth. […]

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Steneck, USM students embrace ecotourism experience in Cuba

UMaine News, February 16, 2017 University of Maine oceanographer Bob Steneck snorkeled on a remote coral reef and sailed a tall ship off Cuba with University of Southern Maine students enrolled in a Winter Term course. Those activities were part of an innovative, team-taught, 20-day course — Navigating Change in Cuba: Sustainable Maritime Environments and […]

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Researchers help salmon farmers confront threat to their industry

UMaine News, February 2, 2017 It’s a mystery that has puzzled University of Maine assistant professor of marine biology and aquaculture Heather Hamlin and the salmon farming industry in New England: the decline in egg survival. The survival rate of fertilized salmon eggs had been as high as 80 percent. But beginning in 2000, salmon […]

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Saving the Oceans – National Geographic with Bob Steneck

  (Excerpt that includes quotes from one of our oceanographers, Dr. Robert Steneck, from the National Geographic Magazine article “Why It’s Important to Save or Seas’ Pristine Places,” published in February 2017). Located in the U.S. Virgin Islands just off St. Croix, Buck Island rises from the Caribbean in twin green hills fringed with coral […]

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Karen Stamieszkin – NSF Graduate Research Fellow

Home Stellar in STEM UMaine boasts five NSF Graduate Research Fellows by Amanda Clark Photography by Adam Küykendall Five University of Maine graduate students have received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship — the largest number to hold concurrent awards in UMaine’s history. The three fellows awarded in 2016 — Anna McGinn in the […]

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Farming the Sea

Farming the sea Maine’s aquaculture industry grows through research, innovation and collaboration by Amanda Clark Photography by Adam Küykendall Maine’s Clark Cove has long been a farming community. The 40-acre inlet on the Damariscotta River estuary, six miles up the state’s rocky coast, is home to numerous farms, and a diversity of crops. But what’s […]

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Researcher charts advances in marine mammal genetic sequencing

December 2, 2016 Marine Sciences, Research, Signature and Emerging Areas Answers to evolutionary and ecological mysteries about marine mammal species may be closer at hand, thanks to advances in genetic sequencing techniques for so-called nonmodel organisms. Kristina Cammen, a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow in biology and soon-to-be assistant professor of marine mammal science at […]

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Taking Down Dams and Letting the Fish Flow

 Taking Down Dams and Letting the Fish Flow By MURRAY CARPENTER   OCT. 24, 2016 A view of the Milford Dam. After the removal of two large dams downriver, the Milford Dam is now the first barrier fish face when ascending the Penobscot River. Credit Murray Carpenter BANGOR, Me. — Joseph Zydlewski, a research biologist with […]

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