RRF Graduate Assistant Awards

Understanding the role of policy interventions in shaping market entrepreneurship in New England Fisheries

PI: Joshua Stoll, UM School of Marine Sciences Collaborators: Patricia Pinto da Silva, Social Scientist, Northeast Fisheries Science Center; Dave Love, Johns Hopkins University Catch shares are an increasingly common tool used in fisheries management. Under fisheries managed as catch shares, the total allowable harvest is allocated to individuals (or firms) based on their catch […]

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Graduate Assistantship: Predicting the Effects of Climate Change on the Range and Distribution of Small Mammals in Maine

PI: Danielle Levesque, UM School of Biology and Ecology Collaborators: Jason Johnston, Wildlife Ecology, and University of Maine at Presque Isle Recent changes in environmental conditions have brought to the forefront the importance of understanding the relationship between environmental temperatures, energetics, and performance in animals as species ranges shift in response to warming temperatures. This […]

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Food Waste to Biogas: Optimizing Energy Recovery

PI: Jean MacRae (UM Civil and Environmental Engineering) Collaborators: Clayton “Mac” Richardson, Lewiston Auburn Water Pollution Control Authority (LAWPCA) To address the need to shift to renewable sources of energy as well as the large amounts of produce grown in the U.S. that is wasted, this project proposes the extraction of energy from food waste […]

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Graduate Support to Enhance Collaborative Research with Maine’s Lobster Industry

PI: Damian Brady (UM School of Marine Sciences) Collaborators: Richard Wahle UM Lobster Institute, Deborah Bouchard UM Aquaculture Research Institute, Annie Tselikis & Patrice McCarron Maine Lobstermen’s Association., Andrew Goode UM SMS Ph.D. student and lobsterman, Phillip Dostie Bates College, Environmental Geochemical Lab, Matthew Jadud Bates College, Digital & Computer Sciences This project’s goal is […]

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Sustainable management of commercial forests for wood products and a globally threatened bird species

PI: Roth, Amber (Forest Resources, UMaine) Sector: Ecology, Forestry Partners: UMaine Presque Isle, UMaine Fort Kent, Irving, Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Abstract: The Rusty Blackbird is a species of special concern in Maine and is globally threatened, having declined by more than 85% since the 1970s. Rusty Blackbirds nest in stunted or regenerating spruce-fir (softwood) stands in […]

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Connecting the dots: determining temporal mercury flux via aquatic insects to avian predators in Acadia National Park

PI: Nelson, Sarah (Forest Resources, UMaine) Sector: Marine Science Partners: US Geological Survey, National Park Service Abstract: Mercury (Hg) is a globally distributed contaminant that biomagnifies through food webs and is highly toxic to fish, wildlife, and people, leading to fish consumption advisories in every US state. As a result of its widespread distribution, Hg is a serious concern […]

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Visible and infrared imaging spectroscopy for high resolution mapping and health assessment of Maine’s forest and agricultural resources

PI: Nelson, Peter (Biological and Environmental Sciences, UMaine) Sector: Forestry, Information Technology Partners: UMaine Abstract: Our goal is to integrate ground-based spectral scanning/chemical analysis and data mining of hyperspectral images into a pipeline for detection of specific, user-generated targets (e.g. specific plants, pathogens, stress signals, etc..) for Maine’s economically important natural resource sectors and elsewhere for competitive research applications. […]

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Value-addition of cellulose nanofibers (CNF) by developing food packaging materials and assessment on food safety – II

PI: Nayak, Balunkeswar (Food and Agriculture, UMaine) Sector: Forestry, Advanced Materials Partners: US Forest Service, Twin Rivers Paper Abstract: This application proposes funding request for research-based training of a RRF supported Doctoral student at UMaine. The student will continue engage in research and training in cross-disciplinary areas including food process engineering, cellulose nanocomposites and polymer science. The research component […]

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