Marine Sciences

UMaine offers more ‘Signs of the Seasons’ training

Four free “Signs of the Seasons” trainings sessions for volunteer citizen scientists are being offered by University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant. Participants are trained to observe the signs of spring — budding leaves, blooming flowers, peeping frogs, singing birds — that are indicators of a much larger cycle of seasonal changes that […]

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Steneck to present at Earth Optimism Summit

By nature, Bob Steneck is an glass-half-full kind of guy. The University of Maine marine ecologist will join other hopeful scientists, environmentalists, civic leaders and media from around the world at the Smithsonian Earth Optimism Summit in Washington, D.C. on Earth Day weekend. He’ll be one of the approximately 250 speakers to share examples of […]

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Aquaculture is putting Maine on the map

With Earth’s population of more than 7,495,217,688 increasing by one person every 15 seconds, there’s an intense demand for nutritious, high-protein food. Aquaculture — the farming of aquatic plants and animals — is helping to meet the need. And it’s the fastest-growing form of food production. In Maine, innovative research is being conducted to better […]

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DMC to host summer Developmental Biology Teaching Workshop

The University of Maine Darling Marine Center is the site of a five-day workshop for college and university instructors of developmental biology. The June 27–July 1 Developmental Biology Teaching Workshop introduces senior faculty and the next generation of developmental biologists to a variety of laboratory tools and a host of research organisms. Low-budget, high-impact microscopy […]

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Dolphin illustration

Learn the art of nature in June at DMC

David Wheeler will teach a natural science illustration workshop June 12–16 at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center in Walpole. Wheeler, a teacher and artist for more than 25 years, will introduce basic shapes found in nature and help participants sharpen their observation skills. “We draw creative people from the Midcoast area and from […]

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WABI talks with Langston at aquaculture summit

Anne Langston, associate director of the Aquaculture Research Institute at the University of Maine spoke with WABI (Channel 5) at the Maine Aquaculture R&D and Education Summit. About 170 people attended the third such summit at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast. “There’s a lot of good infrastructure in Maine for aquaculture research […]

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Chen stock assessment model focus of Fishermen’s Voice story

The March issue of Fishermen’s Voice includes a story on a new shrimp stock assessment model developed by professor Yong Chen and postdoctoral research associate Jie Cao. This spring, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission will adopt the stock assessment model for shrimp that takes into account the complex life history, environmental conditions and the […]

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Wahle sheds light on 2016 record lobster haul

Rick Wahle, research professor at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center, was an expert source for several stories about the record value of the 2016 lobster haul. Lobsters totaling nearly 131 million pounds that were caught last year had a total worth of $533 million at the docks, which exceeded the 2015 record by […]

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Ice diving

DMC divers have ‘time of their life’ under the ice

A hole in the ice is more than a mark of traditional Maine ice fishermen. It’s also a passageway to a beautiful underwater world. Divers from the University of Maine Darling Marine Center, including Ashley Rossin and Sean O’Neill, recently earned their ice diving certification to broaden their skills as marine science researchers. Rossin is […]

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