Climate Change

Birkel, Mayewski, Stancioff cited in Pine Tree Watch climate planning piece

University of Maine scientists Sean Birkel, Paul Mayewski and Esperanza Stancioff were mentioned in a Pine Tree Watch report about planning for climate change that ran in The Times Record. The Climate Change Institute’s Coastal Maine Climate Futures report, prepared by Maine State Climatologist Birkel and CCI director Mayewski, was highlighted in the article. “With […]

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BDN refers to lobster study in article about rising temps

A Bangor Daily News story about how Maine’s climate won’t feel like Maine in another 60 years cited a 2016 study by researchers at the Darling Marine Center and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. The study indicated that baby lobsters may not be able to survive if temperatures in the Gulf of Maine increase by […]

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In Sweden, Waller shares in-depth knowledge of cold-water corals

Rhian Waller’s front yard is a 660-foot-deep fjord. The long, narrow sea inlet nestled between cliffs in Tjärnö, Sweden is home to a host of marine species, including seabirds and harbor seals. And corals. Until January 2020, the fjords also will be areas of exploration for Waller, a University of Maine marine scientist based at […]

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Birkel quoted in WGME report on climate change, lake ice

Sean Birkel, Maine State Climatologist and a research assistant professor at the University of Maine Climate Change Institute, was quoted in a WGME (Channel 13 in Portland) report on climate change and lake ice. Climate change could result in less lake ice in the near future, which would present problems for ice fishermen — and […]

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Phys.org publishes UMaine release on blue mussels, ocean acidification

Phys.org published a University of Maine news release about research that suggests blue mussels could be more resilient than other cultivated species to increased ocean acidity and storms predicted to affect the Gulf of Maine as a result of climate change. The research team, which was led by Tim Bowden, an associate professor of aquaculture […]

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New study finds blue mussels resilient to ocean acidification

Blue mussels, the predominant species used in aquaculture in Maine, may be more resilient than other cultivated species to the increased seawater acidity and storms predicted to hit the Gulf of Maine as a consequence of climate change, according to a University of Maine research team. A study led by Tim Bowden, an associate professor […]

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Botanists, with help from Thoreau, find climate change puts spring wildflowers in the shade

Spring wildflowers may face challenges in a warming climate. That’s according to researchers who combined their findings with historical observations collected by philosopher and author Henry David Thoreau. Conservation biologists Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie of the University of Maine and Richard Primack of Boston University presented Thoreau’s scientific observations from the 1850s in Concord, Massachusetts to […]

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News Center Maine speaks with Birkel, grad student about tick research

News Center Maine spoke with Sean Birkel, a research assistant professor at the University of Maine Climate Change Institute, and Michelle Volk, a graduate student at UMaine, about research they’re conducting on ticks. Climate change and the bacteria carried by ticks are helping extend the range of ticks to include environments in which they previously […]

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Mayewski speaks about polar vortex on NBC Nightly News

Paul Mayewski, director of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, spoke on NBC Nightly News about climate change and the polar vortex. NBC reported melting sea ice and ocean temperatures at the North Pole have caused the walls of the jet stream, or polar vortex, to break open, allowing arctic air to […]

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