Forestry and the Environment

Washington Post talks with Shaler about mass timber construction

The Washington Post talked with Stephen Shaler, director of the School of Forest Resources and associate director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center, for its story “Forget the log cabin. Wood buildings are climbing skyward — with pluses for the planet.” Shaler said, “There’s not a silver bullet out there” with regards to mass […]

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Islam Hafez

Hafez to develop nanocellulose-based system to remove arsenic from drinking water 

Islam Hafez will develop a nanocellulose-based point-of-use purification system that removes arsenic from drinking water. The United States Department of Agriculture awarded the postdoctoral researcher in the School of Forest Resources at the University of Maine $132,403 for the two-year project. The university is contributing $67,216 toward the project. “I like my work to be […]

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Scientific American quotes Beal in article on green crabs

Scientific American quoted Brian Beal, a professor of marine ecology at the University of Maine at Machias, in the article “Harm to Table: Turning an Invasive Crab into a Delicacy.” Local conditions will continue to promote green crab population surges as ocean waters warm faster in the Gulf of Maine than almost anywhere else in […]

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Conference to focus on Maine forest certification legacy, future 

The Maine Division of the New England Society of American Foresters will hold its annual fall meeting Oct. 7–8 at the University of Maine. The meeting will be held 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days in Wells Conference Center and will focus on “Forest Certification: Its Legacy and Future in Maine.”  The conference, which […]

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Weiskittel says carbon storage levels in trees may be overestimated

Aaron Weiskittel, director of the University of Maine Center for Research on Sustainable Forests, was interviewed for the story “Are We Overestimating How Much Trees Will Help Fight Climate Change?” in Undark. Bob Marra, a forest pathologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station who uses imaging scans to measure internal decay of trees, says internal […]

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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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