Marine Sciences

Heather Leslie

DMC director Heather Leslie shares vision for UMaine’s marine lab

Editor’s note: Heather Leslie recently spoke with communications intern Aliya Uteuova about her first two years as director of the Darling Marine Center (DMC), the University of Maine marine laboratory in Walpole. Leslie talks about the DMC’s first-ever strategic plan; promising collaborations with industry and community groups; projects to benefit Mainers, businesses and ocean ecosystems; […]

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Leslie, Strong to present as part of changing ocean series in Harpswell

Two University of Maine researchers will take part in “Our Changing Ocean,” a series of public events in Harpswell. Harpswell Heritage Land Trust is sponsoring the talks with experts from UMaine and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute to discover and discuss answers and solutions to ocean changes, such as warming water, acidification and sea […]

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Atlantic sturgeon

The Atlantic sturgeon’s sojourn

Atlantic sturgeon that summer in Maine’s Penobscot River estuary can be found in the fall and winter in waters as far away as Nova Scotia and New York City, according to a seven-year University of Maine study of the fish that is one of the planet’s living fossils. Results of the study are helping identify […]

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Phillip Levin

Conservation scientist to talk about perspectives, solutions at DMC

Conservation scientist Phillip Levin will give a free public talk titled “Integrating diverse perspectives to create conservation solutions that benefit nature and people” at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in Brooke Hall at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center. The seminar, co-sponsored by the DMC and The Nature Conservancy in Maine, will focus on challenges […]

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Reading the genetic signature of the sea scallop

Scallops are one of the most profitable fisheries in Maine, with a statewide value of nearly $7 million in 2016. The scallop fishery is also one of the most local, with small “day boats” staying close to shore. Landings (and populations) have fluctuated over the years, with the latest peaks in the mid-1980s and 1990s. […]

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Marine sciences students attend boot camp

First-year students take the plunge at marine sciences boot camp

Boot Camp 2017 marked the fifth year of a popular three-day orientation program for first-year students in the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences. Thirty first-year marine science students spent time in, on and under the water with faculty and staff who will be their instructors at UMaine. Held the week before the beginning […]

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Coast of Maine

SEA Fellows share research about lobster shell strength, scallop farming

More than 70 students, researchers, fishermen, aquaculture entrepreneurs and other marine professionals recently gathered at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center for the 2nd annual SEA Fellows Summer Science Symposium. Undergraduate students from across Maine — including UMaine, the University of Maine at Machias and Colby College — shared their research on topics ranging […]

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Fishermen in Eastport, Maine

Maine fishermen: adapting in a sea of change

Increasing environmental uncertainty coupled with rapidly changing market conditions in the Gulf of Maine raise important questions about the ability of Maine’s commercial fishermen to adapt. How resilient is the industry to these shifting waters? Who is best positioned to adapt and who is most vulnerable? “We have started to explore these questions by studying […]

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