Marine Sciences

Sarah Redmond harvests seaweed

Sea Vegetable Nursery aims to make Maine a seaweed leader

Lobsters, blueberries and potatoes are three of Maine’s iconic foods. Seaweed could one day be another, says Sarah Redmond. “Maine has this potential to be this seaweed leader [and] be known as the seaweed state,” says Redmond, a seaweed farmer. Redmond and University of Maine marine science professor Susan Brawley are working to make that […]

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ORPC and UMaine staff members standing nexts to tidal energy technology

ORPC successfully concludes Power Take-off testing at UMaine

Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) has successfully completed full-scale testing of a specialized, water-lubricated bearing system and associated driveline components designed for underwater systems that capture energy from ocean tides and river currents at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center. The purpose is to make the systems more durable and efficient, reduce […]

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Damariscotta River Oyster Celebration to benefit Darling Marine Center

Sea farmers of the Damariscotta River invite people to sample and shuck fresh oysters and learn about the marine environment on Saturday, June 24. The Damariscotta River Oyster Celebration will take place from noon to 3 p.m. at Darrows Barn in Damariscotta. Proceeds will benefit student researchers at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center […]

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Third-graders measure oysters

Future of oyster industry in third-graders’ hands

“Are we going to be dissecting something?” a Great Salt Bay third-grader asked as he entered the classroom. When he got a whiff of the empty petri dish in front of him, he announced, seemingly pleased with his guess: “Yup, this smells dissected.” For the next 45 minutes, he and other students learned about oyster […]

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DMC director to discuss resilience of coastal communities June 23

Heather Leslie, director of the University of Maine Darling Marine Center, will talk about “Resilient Coastal Communities & Marine Ecosystems: Translating science into action” at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 23 in Brooke Hall. Leslie’s talk kicks off the summer DMC science seminar series; eight renowned marine scientists will engage the public in topics ranging from […]

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2016 Mandela fellows at UMaine

25 young African leaders travel to UMaine for 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship

For the second year, 25 young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa will spend six weeks at the University of Maine’s Public Management Institute sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. During the Institute, June 16–July 30, the fellows will participate in a rigorous agenda of academic, professional, service and recreational activities statewide, including a weekend homestay […]

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Public invited to summer seminars, public tours at DMC

Free, public science seminars and tours of the waterfront laboratories will begin Friday, June 23 at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center in Walpole. At 10:30 a.m. Fridays through Aug. 11, a renowned marine science researcher will share their expertise on topics ranging from the Gulf of Maine studies to deep-sea exploration. The hour-long […]

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Oxford scientist discovers two coral species at DMC

Oxford University postdoctoral researcher Michelle Taylor discovered two coral species while working with University of Maine oceanographer Rhian Waller and marine science students Genevieve Wilson and Jennifer Field at the Darling Marine Center. “It is unusual to find new ones, and that is definitely exciting,” Taylor says. In England, Taylor will describe the corals’ characteristics […]

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School of Marine Sciences contingent at The Ocean Conference

A University of Maine assistant professor of marine policy in the School of Marine Sciences and three UMaine graduate students are taking part in The Ocean Conference this week at the United Nations in New York. Participants are slated to discuss solutions to a range of threats to marine ecosystems, including reducing plastic pollution, expanding […]

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