Climate Change

BDN interviews Birkel about droughts, record rainfall

The Bangor Daily News spoke with Sean Birkel, Maine’s state climatologist and a research assistant professor at the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute, for the article, “How Maine can be in a drought, even during record rainfall.” Birkel said drought conditions can spring up relatively quickly, whereas the trend of increasing precipitation is borne […]

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Grad student’s climate change art featured in Outside Magazine

Jill Pelto, a graduate student in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences at the University of Maine, was included in an Outside Magazine article that featured 10 artists who are turning climate change data into paintings, sculptures and illustrations. Pelto, who is 24 years old, knows that her generation and those that follow are […]

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Shell midden

Preserving Maine’s ancient coastal heritage

Maine’s coastline is dotted with more than 2,000 archaeologically documented shell middens and virtually all of them are eroding into the ocean, some quite rapidly, which is putting valuable records of Maine’s cultural and environmental history at risk, says Alice Kelley, a geoarchaeologist at the University of Maine. It is a trend that is likely […]

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BDN publishes UMaine Today tick research article, video

The Bangor Daily News published a UMaine Today feature story and video on tick research being conducted at the University of Maine. As the number of ticks and the illnesses they spread rise around the state, UMaine scientists in multiple disciplines are conducting research in an effort to protect residents, animals and the environment. UMaine’s […]

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BDN publishes feature on forensic anthropologist Sorg

Marcella Sorg, a forensic anthropologist at the University of Maine, was the focus of the Bangor Daily News feature, “This Maine scientist gets the call when bones are found in the woods.” When hunters or recreationists find what they think are human remains in the Maine woods, Sorg is the person law enforcement officers usually […]

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Mayewski discusses climate change with Penobscot Bay Press

Paul Mayewski, director of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, spoke with the Penobscot Bay Press about climate change, including the Paris Agreement and the Antarctic Peninsula. Mayewski discussed the effects of politics on U.S. climate change action and offered insight into the complex science behind determining humans’ effect on the world’s […]

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Mount Desert Islander advances Jacobson’s climate change talk in Bar Harbor

Mount Desert Islander reported George Jacobson, professor emeritus of the University of Maine School of Biology and Ecology and the Climate Change Institute, will speak at Garland Farm in Bar Harbor at 4 p.m. July 27. Jacobson served as the state climatologist for several years, according to the article. His presentation will be based on […]

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UMaine researchers to receive USDA funds for climate adaption project with UVM

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced on July 19 nine grants totaling more than $8 million to study and develop new approaches for the agriculture sector to adapt to and mitigate the effects of changing environmental conditions. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food […]

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Sequencing reveals how Porphyra thrives in a tough environment

Sequencing of the nuclear genome of Porphyra umbilicalis — laver or Atlantic nori — has revealed insights into how the bangiophyte red algae have thrived for over a billion years in the harshest environmental conditions — the pounding waves, baking sun and drying winds of the intertidal zone. An international research team of 50 scientists […]

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Mayewski discusses importance of climate change research on PRI’s ‘The World’

Paul Mayewski, director of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, spoke with Public Radio International’s “The World” for the report, “Climate change research can be risky. But not doing it is even riskier.” Mayewski has led more than 50 expeditions to places including the Antarctic, Greenland, the Himalayas, the Tibetan Plateau, and […]

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