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Emerald Ash Borer: Knocking on Maine’s Door

The size of a pine nut with grass-blade wings and a disco shimmer, the elusive emerald ash borer (EAB) doesn’t look capable of destroying one tree, let alone upward of 150 million. But this comely green killer is poised to attack Maine’s ash population, having already decimated trees the Midwest while moving rapidly east. EAB is […]

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Beyene Receives Research Fellowship

Mussie Beyene, a doctoral student working on SSI’s Safeguarding a Vulnerable Watershed research team was recently awarded the Michael J. Eckardt Dissertation Fellowship for the 2014-15 academic year. Beyene’s research focuses on understanding the hydroclimatic dynamics of lake systems, and the commingling effects of changes in ice out and nutrient loading on Maine’s lakes. Beyene’s […]

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EPSCoR, SSI to Fund New Research Opportunities Focused on Stakeholder Engagement

Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine through the Sustainability Solutions Initiative (SSI) will fund three projects as part of the Emerging Opportunities – Foundations for Future Research grant program. The program is focused on broadening the scope of SSI and the three opportunities offer researchers a chance to engage new stakeholders in new places […]

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Sustainable Science Partnerships: Belief is the First Step

Researchers at the Sustainability Solutions Initiative (SSI) have broken new ground in the pursuit to better understand how sustainable science partnerships between municipalities and universities can be successful. The key ingredient: belief. In a large survey of Maine municipal officials, the factor that made stakeholders most likely to consider a problem-solving partnership with a university was personal […]

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Grad Student Jenny Shrum’s Maple Syrup Research Attracts National Media Attention

Graduate student Jenny Shrum, a Ph.D. candidate in UMaine’s Ecology and Environmental Sciences graduate program and UMaine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative (SSI), is working to better understand the relationship between weather and maple sap flow, and how Maine syrup producers will adapt to climate change. Her research is supported by the National Science Foundation and Maine EPSCoR […]

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A New Take on Measuring Environmental Views

For social scientists, measuring opinion is a precise scholarship, a tool that must evolve if research is to advance. This is no easy task. Opinion scales must have uniformity, so studies can be compared. Change is a challenge. Researchers at the SSI are at the forefront of such change. In a recent paper, researchers with […]

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The New Normal: Culverts in Maine Stressed to the Limit

The culverts under the streets and byways of Maine’s coastal communities were built to handle a predictable amount of precipitation – a regular load of storm water that changed little from year to year. But the new millennium has brought increases in both precipitation and storm severity. Around the state, culverts meant to last decades […]

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Waring Receives Grant to Convene International Working Group

SSI researcher Tim Waring, along with colleagues from Arizona and Austria, has been awarded a grant to convene an international working group at National Institute of Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) at the University of Tennessee. The working group will focus on evolutionary approaches to social-ecological systems change. The goal of the group is to break new […]

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SSI Researchers Co-Author Article on Community Engagement

SSI researchers Linda Silka, Laura Lindenfeld, Karen Hutchins and others have authored a journal article, “Moving Beyond the Single Discipline: Building a Scholarship of Engagement that Permeates Higher Education (pdf)“, for the Tamara Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry. The article uses the example of the Sustainability Solutions Initiative to explore the challenges and opportunities associated with […]

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