2016 Undergraduate Assistantship Awardees

Stakeholder-Engaged Hydropower Decision Making

Principal Investigator: Sharon Klein (UMaine, School of Economics) Partners: Bridie McGreavy (UMaine, Communication and Journalism) Abstract: We request funds to support an undergraduate research assistant who will assist in a multi-scale, coupled-systems research project on the ecological, social, and economic trade-offs in decision making. The project is part of a multi-state, multi-institutional, interdisciplinary collaboration between […]

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Working with the Alewife Harvesters of Maine to Assess Harvest Strategies for Sustainable and Expanding River Herring Harvests in Maine

Principal Investigator: Karen Wilson (USM, Environmental Science, and Policy) Partners: David Hart (UMaine, Senator George Mitchell Center for Sustainable Solutions) Abstract: River herring (alewife and blueback herring) fisheries are a growing segment of Maine’s fishing and bait industry, and expected to expand as restoration efforts continue to increase access to spawning habitat. In this project, […]

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Adipose Tissue Neural Innervation: Mechanisms and Therapies

Principal Investigator: Kristy Townsend (UMaine, School of Biology and Ecology) Partners: Len Kass (UMaine, GSBSE), Ali Abedi (UMaine, GSGSE), Nuri Emaneglotu (UMaine, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Todd O’Brien (O’Brien Medical, LLC) Abstract: Currently obesity and diabetes are worldwide pandemics, and here in New England, Maine is the most obese state, thus negatively […]

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Solutions to ocean and coastal acidification hat support Maine’s coastal communities

Principal Investigator: Aaron Strong (UMaine School of Marine Sciences) Partners: Esperanza Stancioff (UMaine, Cooperative Extension/Sea Grant) Damian Brady (UMaine, SMS/DMC), Parker Gassett (UMaine, SMS) Abstract: Ocean and coastal acidification is an emergent threat to the communities and livelihoods of coastal Mainers, potentially risking hundred of coastal jobs and millions of dollars in lost revenue to our […]

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Carbon Policy and Energy Efficiency for Maine’s Marine Industries

Principal Investigator: Aaron Strong (UMaine School of Marine Sciences) Partners: Sam Belknap (UMaine, Climate Change Institute), Parker Gassett (UMaine School of Marine Sciences) Abstract: Maine is one of nine northeastern states that is a member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, one of the largest and longest functioning carbon markets in the world. Throughout 2016, […]

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Assessing the Economics of Maine’s Coastal Tourism Development: The Ecosystem Services of Schoodic Peninsula, Acadia National Park

Principal Investigator: Katharine Ruskin (UMaine, Ecology and Environmental Sciences) Partners: Aaron Strong (School of Marine Sciences) Nicholas Fisichelli (Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park), Abraham Miller-Rushing (National Park Service), and Tora Johnson (UMM, GIS program) Abstract: Tourism is an important and growing sector of Maine’s economy. In 2016, Acadia National Park opened the Schoodic Woods […]

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Northern Maine wood turtle population survey

Principal Investigator: David Putnam (UMPI, Sciences and Mathematics) Partners: Derek Yorks (Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife), Michael Jones (American Turtle Observatory) Abstract: Researchers from the University of Maine at Presque Isle, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and the American Turtle Observatory will conduct wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta) surveys along the […]

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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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Identification of Apple Tree Varieties with Greater Adaptation to Freezing Stress

Principal Investigator: Renae Moran (UMaine, Highmoor Farm/School of Food and Agriculture) Partners: Bryan Peterson (UMaine, School of Food and Agriculture) Abstract: Cold temperature (freezing) injury occurs throughout temperate climates in which fruit crops are grown and causes extensive losses for fruit growers. Damage from freezing temperatures impacts the industry through reduced yield and fruit quality, […]

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