Marine Sciences

In Sweden, Waller shares in-depth knowledge of cold-water corals

Rhian Waller’s front yard is a 660-foot-deep fjord. The long, narrow sea inlet nestled between cliffs in Tjärnö, Sweden is home to a host of marine species, including seabirds and harbor seals. And corals. Until January 2020, the fjords also will be areas of exploration for Waller, a University of Maine marine scientist based at […]

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New study finds blue mussels resilient to ocean acidification

Blue mussels, the predominant species used in aquaculture in Maine, may be more resilient than other cultivated species to the increased seawater acidity and storms predicted to hit the Gulf of Maine as a consequence of climate change, according to a University of Maine research team. A study led by Tim Bowden, an associate professor […]

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UMaine, UMM marine experts to present to legislative committee Jan. 17

University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias marine experts will give a 90-minute briefing to the 129th Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources during its Jan. 17 meeting that begins at 1 p.m. The intent of the briefing is to provide an overview of the expertise and resources UMaine and UMM have […]

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Ocean waves

International research team to study effects of ocean acidification on iron availability to phytoplankton in North Pacific

The effect of ocean acidification on iron availability to phytoplankton in the eastern North Pacific is the focus of a three-year, more than $954,000 National Science Foundation collaborative research grant to the University of Maine, University of Washington and University of South Florida. UMaine School of Marine Sciences professor Mark Wells will lead the project, […]

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The Politic interviews Wahle about effect of climate change on lobsters

Rick Wahle was a source for a piece in The Politic about the impact of climate change on lobsters in Long Island Sound, where the crustacean population has reached historically low levels, and continues to dip. In 1998, Long Island Sound fisheries hauled in 3.7 million pounds of lobster. In 2015, they yielded 200,000 pounds. […]

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Steneck discusses risks to coral reefs at Ocean Solutions Initiative in Monaco

Bob Steneck, professor of marine sciences based at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center, recently attended the Ocean Solution Initiative convened by Monaco’s Prince Albert II. The initiative brought together coral reef experts from seven countries — Monaco, France, Japan, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United States — to discuss global and local […]

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Jumars’ textbook published by Cambridge Scholars

“Viscous Flow Environments in Oceans and Inland Waters,” a textbook by Professor Emeritus Pete Jumars, has been published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Jumars says understanding how water moves is fundamental to the biology, chemistry and geology of oceans and inland waters. And while small-scale fluid dynamics is taught primarily in graduate engineering programs, Jumars says […]

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