Marine Sciences

Coral reef

Study finds marine protected areas help coral reefs

Reports in recent years that marine protected areas (MPAs) aren’t effective in saving coral reefs from the damaging effects of global climate change have led some to argue that such expensive interventions are futile. But a study that spanned 700 kilometers of the eastern Caribbean reveals that MPAs can, indeed, help coral reefs. Robert Steneck, […]

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Shellfish farming workshop

DMC to offer hands-on shellfish farming workshop in June

The University of Maine Darling Marine Center in Walpole will offer an intensive, hands-on shellfish farming workshop June 25–29. The “Applied Methods in Shellfish Farming Workshop” is intended to familiarize participants with practical approaches to cultivate molluscs — including oysters, mussels, clams and scallops. Attendees will learn about hatchery methods and upweller and nursery systems, […]

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Famed oceanographer Sylvia Earle to lecture April 30

Famed oceanographer and explorer Sylvia Earle will present “Exploring the Ocean in the 21st Century” April 30 at the University of Maine. The public lecture, from 4:30–5:30 p.m. at the Collins Center for the Arts on campus, will include underwater film of her research and conservation efforts in many coastal and deep areas of the […]

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Follow a researcher

Students invited to Follow a Researcher on the coast of Maine

What do green crabs, ducks and crab traps have in common? How do scientists make sure data they collect are accurate? What is an invasive species and how can it be identified? This spring, University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H invites K–12 students from Maine and beyond to explore the science of tracking invasive species […]

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Register by April 23 for DMC natural science illustration workshop

The University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center in Walpole will offer a natural science illustration workshop July 16–20. Participants can develop skills to create scientifically accurate drawings, learn to blend art and science in the classroom, or develop talents to illustrate journals. Prior art training is not required. Instructor David Wheeler has been a teacher […]

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UMaine divers

Divers go face-to-fin with sharks in Atlanta

University of Maine divers Colby Johns, Elisabeth Maxwell and Hattie Train went face-to-fin with enormous whale sharks, rare bowmouth guitarfish, reef sharks, a sawshark, manta rays, wobbegongs and other fish from three oceans at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. The American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) scientific divers did so in February in the aquarium’s […]

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Inaugural grant program awards $245,000 to interdisciplinary undergraduate research

The Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Collaborative has announced nine winners of its inaugural grant program funded by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School and the UMS Research Reinvestment Fund (RRF). Funded projects involve teams of two or more faculty members from different disciplines with primarily undergraduate researchers working […]

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2018 CUGR Summer Fellowship winners announced

The University of Maine’s Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) has announced the 2018 CUGR Summer Fellowship winners. The center’s advisory committee selected 17 proposals from 45 student submissions to be awarded $3,000 each during the summer semester. Each proposal was reviewed by three judges and discussed at a panel for clarity of the proposed project, […]

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Coburn Hall

2018 Presidential Award winners named

A fisheries scientist whose research informs commercial and recreational resource management, a popular mechanical engineering professor whose classroom contributions include development of new curricula and educational software, and a soil scientist whose leadership and expertise benefit policymakers and the public are the recipients of the University of Maine’s top faculty honors this year. Yong Chen, […]

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