Climate Change

Gill cited in CNET article on extinction, genetically modified animals

Jacquelyn Gill, a professor of paleoecology at the University of Maine, was quoted in a CNET article looking at whether genetically modified hybrid animals could rehabilitate ecosystems that have been harmed by human development. By introducing ecological pressures like pollution, poaching, habitat loss, and global climate change, humans have contributed to species dying off at […]

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Strong, Mayewski, Isenhour speak with Press Herald for article on climate refugees

Several University of Maine professors were quoted in the Portland Press Herald article, “Climate refugees could see safety in Maine.” Low-lying coastal communities in the United States face the prospect of “managed retreat” — the deliberate demolition of vulnerable properties following buyouts or abandonment following devastating storms, according to the article. “It’s hard to predict […]

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CMJ seminar topics include academic integrity, digital culture, climate change, hate speech

The Department of Communication and Journalism’s fall Colloquium Series begins at noon Monday, Sept. 18 with a roundtable titled “Skills-based Approaches for Teaching Academic Integrity” in Dunn Hall, Room 424. Panelists from the department include doctoral students Dana Carver-Bialer, Bryan Picciotto and Tyler Quiring; lecturer Lily Herakova; and assistant professor Holly Schreiber. Six other public […]

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Mountian peaks in the clouds

Mountain ice records North Pacific storm intensification through windblown sea salt

For nearly 300 years, winter storm activity in Alaska and Northwestern Canada has been intensifying and is currently unmatched in magnitude and duration over the past 1,200 years, according to a new study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. The research, a collaborative effort between Dartmouth University, the University of Maine and the University […]

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Discussion on current weather events, future climate trends Sept. 8

A discussion on current weather events and their relation to past, present and future climate trends will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8 in Bryand Global Sciences Center, Room 307. The talk will be led by Sean Birkel and Bradfield Lyon, research professors at the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute. The talk […]

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Mount Desert Islander advances panel discussion featuring Isenhour

Mount Desert Islander reported Cindy Isenhour, UMaine professor of anthropology and climate change, and facilitator of the legislature’s Stakeholder Working Group to Address Food Waste in Maine, will participate in a panel discussion following a keynote address by U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree at the College of the Atlantic Sept. 20. Other participants on the panel […]

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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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