Signature and Emerging Areas


Gill to explore why ferns flourished after asteroid strike that doomed dinosaurs

Ferns have staying power. The vascular plants have existed for about 350 million years, even surviving nuclear winterlike conditions — global dimming, cooling and acid rain — 66 million years ago that wiped out dinosaurs and 75% of other animals and plants on Earth.  Jacquelyn Gill, a University of Maine paleoecologist, will explore fern resilience […]

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Sandwich Enterprise interviews Clifford about Everest experience

The Sandwich Enterprise talked with University of Maine doctoral student Heather Clifford about her experience on the National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Everest Expedition. “The expedition overall was quite an incredible experience; having little travel experience I had quite a few firsts,” said the 2011 graduate of Sandwich High School. “First time being in […]

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Learn about fermentation, fish, climate change at Maine Science Festival Pop-Ups 

Three Maine Science Festival Pop-Up Events are planned for January, ahead of the full festival March 18–22. Science on Tap Hits the Road: Fermentation Edition, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, Orchard Girls Cidery, 375 Main St., Kingfield. Jennifer Perry, University of Maine assistant professor of food microbiology, will give an overview of fermentation, and Orchard […]

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Penobscot Times, Machias Valley News Observer publicize shell midden exhibit

The Penobscot Times shared the University of Maine media release about the free, public exhibit “Maine’s Threatened Shell Middens: Losing a Link to Understanding our Past” in Hudson Museum’s Minsky Culture Lab. For generations, indigenous Wabanki people left heaps of harvested clams and oysters shells along the coast. Materials in the piles provide opportunities to […]

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DMC shellfish study highlights changes in Damariscotta River

Darling Marine Center researcher Kara Pellowe and colleagues found very few clams of commercial size (2 inches or larger) last summer in any of the intertidal flats managed by the towns of Damariscotta and Newcastle. Their discovery came during a collaborative project in which they counted shellfish (soft-shell clams, quahogs, razor clams, mussels and oysters) […]

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Revisit 2019 faculty, student discoveries

University of Maine faculty members and students conducted fascinating and impactful research important to Maine and the world in 2019. This roundup of stories from July to December covers 3D printing, eDNA, obesity, lobster resilience, and sustainable aquaculture. And here’s a link to research and news highlights from January to June. All UMaine news stories […]

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Pellowe, Leslie: Fishermen adapt to environmental change in varied ways

Regulations and financial resources that influence how people fish have as great an effect on how they deal with change as where and how they fish, found University of Maine Darling Marine Center researchers Kara Pellowe and Heather Leslie. The ecologists examined how fishermen adapt to environmental and economic change in Baja California Sur, Mexico.  […]

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Maine magazine highlights Composites Center’s innovation 

Maine magazine detailed how a research and development team at the University of Maine printed the largest 3D object in the world. “It started as a glob of bioplastic. At the end of 72 hours, it was a 25-foot-long patrol boat weighing 5,000 pounds,” began the feature about how the University of Maine Advanced Structures […]

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