RRF Student 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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Coldwater selection for fast growth of American oysters in Downeast Maine

PI: Brian Beal, Director of the Marine Science Field Station, University of Maine at Machias Collaborator: Heather Leslie, UM Darling Marine Center The goal of this project is to produce a fast-growing, disease-resistant American oyster that will grow to commercial size in 2-3 years in the cold waters of eastern Maine, finally allowing this region […]

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Expansion and Testing of a Habitat Selection Model for a Globally Threatened Bird Species on Industrial Forestland

PI: Neil Thompson, Forestry, University of Maine at Fort Kent Collaborators: Amber Roth, UM School of Forest Resources; Carol Foss, New Hampshire Audubon; Patricia Wohner, Cuckoo Conservation Initiative; Jason Johnston, UMPI The Rusty Blackbird is a threatened species that was recently listed as a Special Concern in Maine. To predict their nesting habitat in northern […]

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RADAR Stethoscope for Non-Contact Heart Beat Detection

PI: Nuri Emanetoglu, UM Electrical and Computer Engineering Collaborators: Herbert Aumann, UM Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Robert Bowie, M.D., Medical Director Bangor Fire EMS This project proposes the development of a prototype for a Doppler radar non-contact stethoscope for use in situations where a medical professional must listen to a heart, but direct skin […]

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