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Researchers awarded $1.5M to examine spread of mosquito-transmitted diseases

A team of University of Maine researchers has been awarded $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation to examine the relationships among the spread of mosquito-transmitted diseases, perceptions of mosquito-borne disease risk and human travel, including domestic and international tourism. The five-year project, “Coupled Dynamics of Tourism and Mosquito-Borne Disease Transmission in the Americas,” is […]

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Isaac Record to deliver 2018–19 Distinguished Honors Graduate Lecture

The Honors College at the University of Maine will present the TIAA 2018–19 Distinguished Honors Graduate Lecture with Isaac Record ’03 on Sept. 25. Record, an assistant professor of practice at Michigan State University’s Lyman Briggs College, will discuss “Life, the University and Everything: My Romp Across Disciplines in Pursuit of Answers,” at 3:30 p.m. […]

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Nielsen to discuss ‘bringing ocean perspective to urban estuary’ at DMC

Karina Nielsen will talk about “Bringing an ocean perspective to an urban estuary” at 12:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24 at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center. Nielsen directs the San Francisco State University Estuary and Ocean Science Center. Her scientific research focuses on how oceanographic, climatic and anthropogenic factors influence the functioning of coastal […]

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Trade Only Today mentions Advanced Structures and Composites Center

Trade Only Today reported Hinckley Yachts partnered with the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center to create a 3D printed electric boat. The company worked with the center to design parts and choose materials that would withstand the sun, and to print a console to a higher level of accuracy made possible with […]

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Press Herald interviews Wahle about research on baby lobsters in deep water

The Portland Press Herald interviewed Richard Wahle, a professor in the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences and director of UMaine’s Lobster Institute, for an article about his recent research on settlement of juvenile lobsters. The American Lobster Settlement Index, a program hosted by Wahle’s lab, has monitored the number of baby lobsters that […]

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Maine Public interviews Leslie about new ocean conservation database

Maine Public interviewed Heather Leslie, director of the University of Maine Darling Marine Center in Walpole, about a new ocean conservation database she helped create. Leslie worked with a team of researchers to design the Conservation Planning Database after realizing there was no central location to share information about ocean conservation, Maine Public reported. “This […]

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Lobster fishing

From south to north, young lobsters find cool refuge in deep water

Maine fishermen hauled in 110.8 million pounds of lobsters in 2017 with a value of more than $400 million. While still incredibly large, this volume represented a 16 percent decline and $100 million loss compared to previous years of record-setting landings. Since the late 1980s Maine’s lobster landings have multiplied six fold, while the area […]

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New Extension associate will assist Maine’s seaweed sector

Maine Sea Grant and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension have announced the appointment of Jaclyn Robidoux of Kittery, Maine, as Marine Extension Associate. Based in the Portland area, Robidoux will establish connections with the various stakeholders involved in Maine’s seaweed resources. Robidoux is completing a master’s degree in marine biology at the University of […]

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Leslie helps design database to assess, guide ocean conservation efforts

An international team of researchers, including Heather Leslie of the University of Maine, has released a new tool for assessing ocean conservation. The Conservation Planning Database project is a free, peer-reviewed online resource for conservation scientists and practitioners to understand how marine conservation has been approached in various places throughout the world. “This database gives […]

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