Signature and Emerging Areas

UMaine-led offshore wind project receives additional $3.7 million from DOE

The University of Maine-led New England Aqua Ventus I offshore wind project will be awarded an additional $3.7 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), subject to appropriations, to complete engineering and planning work, and approach financial close. The funding, announced by Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King in a joint statement Nov. 16, […]

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Waller’s lobster photo a finalist in Vizzies

University of Maine graduate student Jesica Waller’s photograph of a 3-week-old American lobster is a finalist in the National Science Foundation’s Visualization Challenge, or Vizzies. The contest recognizes the most beautiful visualizations from the worlds of science and engineering. The People’s Choice winner is determined by public vote. Voting ends Tuesday evening and the winner […]

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Northeast Sea Grant Consortium recognizes Redmond, Stancioff for outreach achievement

Two University of Maine employees recently received awards for outstanding outreach achievement from the Northeast Sea Grant Consortium. Sarah Redmond, recipient of the individual award, is an extension associate with a focus on wild and cultured sea vegetables. A co-investigator on multiple research grants, including a NOAA Sea Grant research project with Susan Brawley, a […]

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AP quotes Wells about toxin threatening crab industry

Mark Wells, an oceanography professor in the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine, was quoted in the Associated Press piece “Boats Sit Idle as Algae Threatens Dungeness Crab Season” about a massive bloom of microscopic algae in the Pacific Ocean. The bloom has produced a toxin — domoic acid — that’s harmful […]

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Nature cites grad student’s mass extinction research

University of Maine graduate student Andrew Galimberti is mentioned in several publications regarding his research on a mass extinction 359 million years ago. Prior to the extinction, the sea was filled with “creatures the size of school buses,” but for at least 40 million years after the massive die-off, the marine world was dominated by […]

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Mayewski to be presented with 2016 Hans Oeschger Medal

The European Geosciences Union is honoring Paul Mayewski for his achievements in ice research and climatic change. In April, the director of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine will receive a 2016 Hans Oeschger Medal in Vienna, Austria. The EGU Division on Climate: Past, Present & Future established the medal in recognition […]

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Ruleo Camacho

Ruleo Camacho: Promoting coral reef health

A graduate student at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center received a Young Investigator Award Honorable Mention at the 9th Florida State University Mote Symposium in October. Ruleo Camacho, who is a pursuing a dual master’s degree in marine biology and marine policy, presented his thesis research, “Antigua’s Community Based No-Take Reserves: Developing a […]

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Tyler Carrier

Tyler Carrier: Invertebrate investigator

After Tyler Carrier took a course focused on invertebrates — an animal that lacks a backbone — during his first-year at the University of Maine, he was hooked. Carrier graduated from UMaine in May 2015 with a B.S in marine sciences. His honors thesis explored the interactions between sea urchins and alexandrium — a species […]

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Algal Bloom

Climate change may increase blooming, but not the good kind

Marine scientists warn that the future may bring more harmful algal blooms (HABs) which could threaten wildlife and the economy, but that poor scientific understanding limits long-term forecasts. Understanding algal blooms and how they will impact society was the focus of a four-day workshop — comprised of 11 marine science researchers from around the world […]

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