Statewide research symposium hosted by Darling Marine Center highlights student work

Clam flats and clammers with land and trees in backgroundTwenty-five undergraduate and recent post-baccalaureate students from the University of Maine, University of Southern Maine and 10 other institutions shared the results of their summer marine research on Aug. 10 in the virtual 2021 University of Maine SEA Fellows Symposium.

The SEA Fellows program is coordinated by UMaine’s Darling Marine Center and the Downeast Institute, which serves as the UMaine Machias marine field station. Students from across Maine collaborate with world-class marine scientists to conduct relevant research. This year the topics included deep sea coral biology, the microorganisms that fuel coastal ecosystem productivity, the ecology of lobsters, clams and oysters, and interdisciplinary fisheries and aquaculture-related research.

Darling Marine Center Director Heather Leslie, Damian Brady, and master’s students Sarah Risley and Struan Coleman, participated in research projects. Leslie and Brady are Mitchell Center faculty fellows, and Risley and Coleman have participated in the Mitchell Center project Strengthening Coastal Economies.

Read the full story on the Darling Marine Center website.