2016 Graduate Assistant Awardees

Optimizing stand composition and forest regeneration strategies by improving understanding of important biological controls

Principal Investigator: Alessio Mortelliti (UMaine, Wildlife, Fisheries and Conservation Biology) Partners: Joseph Zydlewski (US Geological Survey), Brian Roth (UMaine, Center for Research on Sustainable Forests) Aaron Weiskittel (UMaine, School of Forest Resources), and Laura Kenefic (US Forest Service) Abstract: Forests and forest products play a major role in Maine’s economy and 97% of the forest […]

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Advancing Marine Technology for Naval and Commercial Ships Using the Alfond W2 Ocean Engineering Laboratory

Principal Investigator: Krish Thiagarajan (Mechanical Engineering, UMaine) Partner: General Dynamics Bath Iron Works Abstract: Naval and commercial boat building industries form the backbone of the State of Maine’s marine economy.   With support from a GA, the proposed project seeks to eliminate unpredictable, natural factors by testing a US Navy Combatant model in wind and waves at UMaine’s Harold […]

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Variable Porosity Nanocellulose Solid Forms for Biomedical Applications

Principal Investigator: Michael Mason (Chemical and Biological Engineering, UMaine) Partners: EMMC Abstract: Dehydrated cellulose Nano-fiber (CNF) has several biomedical functions. In solid form, this includes the mimicking of natural bone. This projects seeks funding for GA support to assist in the investigation of solid-form CNF efficacy in order to generate the data needed to seek continued extramural funding, […]

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GA Support Request to Bolster Aging Research Connections Across the UMS

Principal Investigator: Lenard Kaye (Social Work, UMaine) Partners: UMS reach Abstract: The implications for the country’s economic well-being stemming from the growing population of older adults in the US is well documented. In the spirit of the One University concept, the UMS Aging Initiative promotes research collaborations across the UMS by bringing expertise, resources, laboratories and facilities, and […]

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Marine Sciences Graduate Assistant Support Application

Principal Investigator: Teresa Johnson (Marine Sciences, UMaine) Partners: Northeast Fisheries Science Center Abstract: The American lobster fishery is vital to Maine’s economy. There is a pressing need to evaluate how a possible reduction in fishing effort may influence fisheries yield and the economic value of the this fishery and how fishermen can improve their resilience, or their ability […]

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Facilitating Development of Statistical Models to Improve Estimation of Incidental Cod Catch

Principal Investigator: Yong Chen (Zoology & Marine Science, UMaine) Partners: NOAA, Maine Department of Marine Resources Abstract: The Atlantic cod stock in the Gulf of Maine is currently near historically low population levels. Fishery reductions have caused the loss of many fisheries jobs and stressed Maine’s coastal economies. This proposal seeks support for a GA researching strategies to […]

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Development of a Modeling Framework to Assess the Effects of Environmental Heterogeneity in Sea Scallop (Placopecten magellanicus) Abundance, Distribution, and Growth: Application to the Maine Fishery

Principal Investigator: Yong Chen (Zoology & Marine Science, UMaine) Partners: Northeast Fisheries Science Center,  NOAA Abstract: The federal scallop fishery has undergone a large recovery since the mid-1990s and now supports the most valuable fishery in the U.S. with total ex-vessel values exceeding $570 million in 2011. Improving stock assessment and management to maximize sustainable yield is highly […]

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Incorporating Environmental Variability Into Assessment and Management of American Lobster (Homarus americanus

Principal Investigator: Yong Chen (Zoology & Marine Science, UMaine) Partners: Northeast Fisheries Science Center, NOAA, Gulf of Maine Research Institute Abstract: The American lobster is an icon of the Maine state. It is one of the most important commercial fisheries in Maine with landings valued over $464 million in 2014. It is critical to examine the distribution of […]

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RRF Graduate Assistant Proposal for PhD Candidate

Principal Investigator: Yong Chen (Zoology & Marine Science, UMaine) Partners: Maine Department of Marine Resources, NOAA Abstract: There are an estimated 5,000 license holders contributing to Maine lobster landings, of which 30% are eligible to fish in federal waters. The timing and location of off-shore fishing leads to an increased likelihood of catching cusk as bycatch in the […]

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Estimating Spatial Non-stationarity of American Lobster

Principal Investigator: Yong Chen (Zoology & Marine Science, UMaine) Partners: Maine Department of Marine Resources. Abstract: American lobster supports the most valuable fishery in the state of Maine, with annual estimated revenue in excess of $464 million in 2014. The Gulf of Maine (GoM) lobster stock accounts for approximately 94% of total U.S. landings, and has experienced significant […]

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