Marine Sciences

Allen an expert source for WVII’s Summit to Shore series

Katherine Allen talked with WVII (Channel 7) for the second part of its Summit to Shore series that focused on the Gulf of Maine, which is warming faster than 99% of the world’s oceans. The assistant professor in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences and Climate Change Institute studies the ocean’s history by analyzing […]

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Leslie invited to deliver Kolshorn Lecture at University of Minnesota

Heather Leslie has been invited to deliver the Kolshorn Lecture at 5 p.m. Sept. 12 at the University of Minnesota. The director of the Darling Marine Center will discuss “Creating resilient coastal communities and ecosystems: Connecting marine conservation science and practice.” Each year, a distinguished scientist or conservationist is invited to give the lecture. The […]

Read more carries UMaine release on scallop reproduction research using eDNA carried a University of Maine news release about a new study focused on a method developed by researchers from UMaine and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences to study the timing of scallop spawning by analyzing environmental DNA found in water samples. The study provides a tool for managing wild and farmed shellfish populations, and […]

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Researchers use DNA in seawater to monitor scallop reproduction

Researchers from the University of Maine and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences have developed a method for studying the timing of scallop spawning by analyzing the environmental DNA found in water samples.  The newly published study provides a tool for managing wild and farmed shellfish populations, and it demonstrates the promise of emerging eDNA approaches […]

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Media report UMaine receives $20M grant to learn about Maine’s aquatic ecosystems

The Associated Press, Mainebiz, Penobscot Bay Pilot and The Lincoln County News reported the University of Maine and The Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences will use a $20 million National Science Foundation grant to learn more about Maine’s aquatic ecosystems. Maine Public interviewed Michael Kinnison, an associate professor of marine sciences at UMaine and the project’s lead researcher, […]

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$20 million grant awarded for Maine Environmental DNA initiative to support coastal ecosystems 

A $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation EPSCoR program will fund a five-year initiative that aims to revolutionize environmental monitoring, ecological understanding and sustainability of coastal ecosystems. The University of Maine is partnering with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences and other collaborators in education, government agencies, citizen’s groups and local industry statewide. “The […]

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President Ferrini-Mundy talks with Ellsworth American about UMM progress

University of Maine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy told The Ellsworth American that she’s optimistic about changes at the University of Maine at Machias since it became a regional campus of UMaine. Marine science programs, for instance, continue to be a staple. And new programs — including nursing —are being added. And starting next year, full-tuition scholarships […]

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Megan Driscoll presents at the Darling Marine Center

Students share marine science research at SEA Fellows Symposium

Megan Driscoll wants to replace plastic made of petroleum with plastic made of algae.  So this summer, the University of Maine intern made algae-based bioplastic and documented how it broke down over time in the Damariscotta River Estuary.   Driscoll, a junior marine sciences major from Chelmsford, Massachusetts, presented her project Aug. 6 at the fourth […]

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