Climate Change

Birkel quoted in BDN opinion piece on heat waves, climate change

A Bangor Daily News opinion piece on heat waves quoted Sean Birkel, a research professor at the University of Maine Climate Change Institute and the Maine state climatologist. Heat waves across the globe have become the new normal. Half of the warmest years on record have occurred in Caribou since 2000 and in Portland since […]

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BDN interviews Elias for article on invasive Japanese barberry, ticks

The Bangor Daily News interviewed Susan Elias, a vector ecologist at the University of Maine Climate Change Institute and a research associate at the Lyme and Vector-Borne Disease Laboratory at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute, for an article about how the invasive Japanese barberry bush helps ticks survive in Maine. Barberry, which was introduced […]

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Dill, Elias quoted in Public Integrity report on ticks, Lyme disease

The Center for Public Integrity interviewed Griffin Dill, an integrated pest management professional with University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the director of the Extension’s new diagnostic laboratory, for a report on ticks and Lyme disease in Maine. The report also quoted Susan Elias, a vector ecologist at the Climate Change Institute. Fifteen tick species […]

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Sandweiss named president-elect of Phi Kappa Phi

Daniel H. Sandweiss, a professor of anthropology and climate studies at the University of Maine, was tapped to be president-elect of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society at its biennial convention. In 2020, he will be president for two years. Phi Kappa Phi was founded at UMaine in 1897 and Sandweiss is the first national […]

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Media feature Climate Reanalyzer map in reports on July, August heat waves

The University of Maine Climate Change Institute’s Climate Reanalyzer was featured in reports by The Barents Observer and the Metro about heat waves in July and August. This summer, exceptionally high temperatures have become the standard for areas north of the Arctic Circle, The Barents Observer states. The Climate Reanalyzer map labels areas that show […]

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WMTW quotes Birkel, Mallory in report on Maine’s climate future

WMTW (Channel 8 in Portland) quoted Sean Birkel, Maine’s state climatologist and a research assistant professor at the University of Maine, and Ellen Mallory, an associate professor with the Cooperative Extension and the School of Food and Agriculture at UMaine, in a report on Maine’s climate future. The average temperature in Maine has risen by […]

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Forestry workers in the woods

Team awarded $1.17M to help protect forest workers from tick-borne illnesses

A team of University of Maine researchers has been awarded $1.17 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop and test land management practices to protect Maine forest workers from exposure to tick-borne diseases. The three-year project, “Developing adaptive forest management practices to mitigate impacts of climate change on human health,” is being led […]

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Media feature Climate Reanalyzer map in reports on worldwide heat records

The University of Maine Climate Change Institute’s Climate Reanalyzer was featured in a Washington Post article about all-time heat records across the globe. Temperatures in Northern Siberia were up to 40 degrees above normal, and the highest temperature ever measured in Africa, 124 degrees, was recorded in Algeria, both on July 5. The majority of […]

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Adirondack Almanack advances lecture by Stager

The Adirondack Almanack advanced a lecture by Curt Stager, the Draper-Lussi endowed Chair of Paleoecology and Lake Ecology at Paul Smith’s College and a research associate with the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute. The lecture, titled “Gardens: Weather or Not,” is part of a public meeting of the Adirondack Garden Club at the Crowne […]

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