School of Forest Resources

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Forest-based economy, jobs focus of new university-nonprofit partnership

A $7 million grant from the National Science Foundation will fund a four-year statewide collaborative project led by the University of Maine to foster resilient forest communities in Maine.   Maine-FOREST, or Forest-based Opportunities for Resilient Economy, Sustainability and Technology, will expand the state’s research and educational capacity to connect human and ecosystem focused innovations and […]

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Fernandez featured in climate council coverage from Maine Public, WGME

Maine Public interviewed Ivan Fernandez, a professor emeritus in the University of Maine’s School of Forest Resources, on a report from the Maine Climate Council, of which he is a member, that will guide updates to the state’s climate action plan. Fernandez said the report builds on a previous study and shows trends that contributed […]

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New study uncovers how shipworms plagued seafarers for millennia

For thousands of years, shipworms — a family of mollusks found in oceans — sank wooden vessels, ravaged wharfs and shipwrecked sailors. They even devastated the Spanish Armada in the 16th century. Exactly how they have been able to wreak such havoc has remained a mystery, until now.  A new study published in the journal […]

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Weiskittel discusses forest research on Maine Science Podcast

Aaron Weiskittel, a professor of forest biometrics and modeling at the University of Maine, was featured in a segment of the Maine Science podcast, produced by the Maine Discovery Museum, for his research into regional forest structure and composition. The podcast focused on the research attempts by Weiskittel, who is also the director of the […]

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Media highlight economic impact study from UMaine on state lakes

A University of Maine study on the economic impact of Maine’s lakes and ponds was highlighted by News Center Maine, the Bangor Daily News, WGME (CBS 13 in Portland), WMTW (ABC 8 in Portland) and 92 Moose. Supported by UMaine’s Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, the study concluded lakes and ponds in […]

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Melissa Genoter: Finding a career in a love for Maine’s outdoors

Melissa Genoter’s experience at the University of Maine turned her love of the outdoors into an impactful research project — and a post-graduate career. Thanks to internships through the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions and the connections she made with fellow students through outdoors clubs, Genoter has established herself in Maine’s environmental […]

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Maine lakes are worth $14 billion, according to UMaine study

Anyone who has been to a Maine lake can feel their value — its beauty, the rich wildlife, the memories created there — but communicating that value to policy makers when they are deciding where to allocate funds for conservation can be challenging. Thanks to a University of Maine study supported by the Senator George […]

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