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The secret life of lobster (trade): Could we be in hot water?

In a paper published in Frontiers in Marine Science, researchers, including lead author Joshua Stoll of the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences and the Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, map the global trade routes for lobster and quantify the effect they have on obscuring the relation between those who catch the valuable crustacean […]

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Minding Maine’s Middens

By definition, a midden is a “refuse heap,” but in the case of a new Mitchell Center project, the heap is cultural gold and a window into Earth’s past. Titled “Creating a Maine Midden Minder Network and Database,” the project is being led by Alice Kelley, UMaine geoarchaeologist in the School of Earth and Climate […]

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Looking Back, Moving Forward

Mitchell Center helps Katahdin region assess its economic and community resilience In March 2016, Linda Silka, community psychologist and Senior Fellow at the Mitchell Center, wrote an Op-Ed in the Bangor Daily News describing the deep commitment of many UMaine faculty and students to work with communities in tackling complex or “wicked” problems at the intersection of […]

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Wasting No Time on Food Waste Reduction

Thanks to a generous grant from the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation, a team of six Diana Davis Spencer Scholars are off to a fast start in their collaborative effort to reduce food waste. Concerns about food waste are rising in the U.S., where 40 percent of the food we produce goes to waste. This is […]

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Diana Davis Spencer Scholar Cassie Page

In January 2017, the Mitchell Center launched the Strengthening Coastal Economies project as part of the Diana Davis Spencer Partnership for a Sustainable Maine. The ultimate goal of this partnership is to inspire and equip a new generation of engaged, entrepreneurial leaders by providing students with transformative, hands-on experiences in the power of innovative partnerships to create a brighter […]

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Tree Throws, Puddles, and Ponded Water

Bea Van Dam awarded first place for graduate student poster For her Master’s research project, School of Earth & Climate Sciences and Mitchell Center student Bea Van Dam has been peering at high-resolution elevation models of the Earth’s surface created using Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology—in search of puddles of water. For the work, Van […]

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Cindy Isenhour Receives 2018 Outstanding Service/Outreach Award

UMaine’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has named associate professor Cindy Isenhour as recipient of the 2018 CLAS Outstanding Service/Outreach Award. Isenhour is an ecological and economic anthropologist in the Department of Anthropology. Isenhour is in her fifth year at UMaine and holds cooperating appointments in the School of Economics, Climate Change Institute and the Mitchell […]

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Linda Silka Receives 2018 Rising Tide Career Recognition Award

Linda Silka, Senior Fellow at the Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, is the recipient of UMaine’s 2018 Rising Tide Career Recognition Award and was honored Wednesday, May 9, 2018 in Stodder Hall. Throughout her career, Silka has sought to translate knowledge into action by engaging academic institutions and diverse stakeholders to solve persistent and emerging sustainability challenges. A social […]

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Remembering Bob Kates

Dear Colleagues, I am very sorry to share the news that Bob Kates died on Saturday at the age of 89*. As many of you know, we were incredibly fortunate that Bob agreed to chair our Science Advisory Board during the 5-year, $20 million Sustainability Solutions Initiative grant that led to the creation of the […]

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Diana Davis Spencer Partnership for a Sustainable Maine

Through a generous grant from the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation, the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions is providing invaluable support for twelve Diana Davis Spencer Scholars to conduct research on two sustainability projects designed to help develop skills in entrepreneurship, teamwork, leadership and problem-solving. While one group of Diana Davis Spencer Scholars […]

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