Huntsberger explores growth, aging of Jonah crabs

How can you tell the age of a Jonah crab? Carl Huntsberger knows. The grinding teeth found inside its foregut have a banding pattern — similar to tree rings — that corresponds to its age. Research professor Rick Wahle says Huntsberger’s research is important for fishery scientists to understand population dynamics and ecology of the […]

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Miner chosen as Ambassador to inspire next generation of STEM pioneers

Kimberley Rain Miner, a University of Maine research assistant professor in the Climate Change Institute and a physical scientist at the Geospatial Research Laboratory, has been selected as one of 125 AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) IF/THEN® Ambassadors.  IF/THEN®, a national initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies, seeks to further women in science, […]

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Company founded at UMaine to attend international tech startup conference, media report 

The Portland Press Herald and Mainebiz reported KinoTek, a startup founded at the University of Maine, will be one of eight Maine companies attending an international tech startup conference, TechCrunch Disrupt, in San Francisco in October. KinoTek, founded by recent UMaine kinesiology and psychology graduate Justin Hafner, uses virtual reality and motion capture technology to improve […]

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Researchers use DNA in seawater to monitor scallop reproduction

Researchers from the University of Maine and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences have developed a method for studying the timing of scallop spawning by analyzing the environmental DNA found in water samples.  The newly published study provides a tool for managing wild and farmed shellfish populations, and it demonstrates the promise of emerging eDNA approaches […]

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Megan Driscoll presents at the Darling Marine Center

Students share marine science research at SEA Fellows Symposium

Megan Driscoll wants to replace plastic made of petroleum with plastic made of algae.  So this summer, the University of Maine intern made algae-based bioplastic and documented how it broke down over time in the Damariscotta River Estuary.   Driscoll, a junior marine sciences major from Chelmsford, Massachusetts, presented her project Aug. 6 at the fourth […]

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David Townsend class

Townsend to talk about red tides, changes in Gulf of Maine

David Townsend will present “Red Tides, Unusual Plankton Blooms, and Recent Changes in the Oceanography in the Gulf of Maine” at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 2, in Brooke Hall at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center in Walpole.  His talk will focus on red tides, which are algal blooms that cause paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP), […]

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Bousfield quoted in Mainebiz article on Maine eco-entrepreneurs

Douglas Bousfield, Calder Professor in the Chemical and Biomedical Engineering department at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Mainebiz article about three Maine innovators in the green economy. Paramount Planet Product, a company that makes disposable consumer goods out of paper rather than plastic, was founded in 2017 by UMaine alumna Ariadne Dimoulas. […]

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