Forestry and the Environment

MD Islander speaks with Gardner about link between ticks, Acadia fire of ’47

Mount Desert Islander spoke with Allison Gardner, an assistant professor of arthropod vector biology at the University of Maine, about a study she’s leading that found ticks are more abundant in parts of Acadia National Park that burned in the October 1947 fire. “We’re trying to establish associations between where we see high densities of […]

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Study finds small mammals aid expansion of warm-climate trees

A new study by Alessio Mortelliti, an assistant professor of wildlife habitat ecology at the University of Maine, finds small mammals could affect whether trees spread to new areas in a warming climate. Mortelliti’s research, which was published in the journal Oikos, looks at the behavior of small forest mammals that eat acorns and other […]

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New $20 million additive manufacturing initiative connects local economies with national lab, UMaine resources

A new research collaboration between the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) will advance efforts to 3D print with wood products, creating a new market for Maine’s forest products industry.    U.S. Sens. Susan Collins, Lamar Alexander and Angus King joined Daniel Simmons, […]

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News Center Maine speaks with Shaler, Weiskittel about Maine forest industry

News Center Maine spoke with Stephen Shaler, a professor and director of the University of Maine School of Forest Resources, and Aaron Weiskittel, a professor of forest biometrics and modeling at UMaine, about how Maine’s forest industry is adapting to a world with a decreased demand for paper products. “Now we are in the era […]

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Two UMaine researchers awarded fellowships to study in Acadia National Park

Two University of Maine researchers have been awarded fellowships to conduct studies in Acadia National Park as part of Second Century Stewardship, an initiative of the National Park Service and Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park. The 2019 research fellows from UMaine are Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie, the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellow at the […]

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Browntail moth outbreaks expected statewide this year

As spring slowly moves its way into Maine, data is indicating that large parts of the midcoast and southern central parts of the state are likely to experience another tough year with the browntail moth. Maine Forest Service’s (MFS) aerial survey in fall 2018 showed over 126,000 acres impacted — double what was reported two […]

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UMaine celebrates research and creativity during Maine Impact Week

Maine Impact Week celebrates University of Maine faculty, students, community and their contributions to the social and economic advancement of the state and beyond. The public is invited to attend multiple events highlighting the impact of research and creative work produced by Maine’s research university the week of April 8–13. The featured event is the […]

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Dog biscuits made with invasive green crabs pass the taste — and sniff — test

Angela Myracle’s research is going to the dogs. Or, more accurately, for the dogs. As a scientist with Maine EPSCoR’s Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET), Myracle looks for innovations in aquaculture. And when the assistant professor of human nutrition at the University of Maine spied dog treats at a local supermarket that were made with […]

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