Marine Sciences

Students: Conducting research to buoy aquaculture

Read transcript In summer 2016, students from the University of Maine, University of Maine at Machias and the University of New England became SEA (Science for Economic Impact & Application) Fellows. Knowledge gained from hands-on research projects involving oysters, lobster shell hardness and disease, clam growth and surface runoff in the Damariscotta River estuary is […]

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‘Serendipity’ author to speak Sept. 8 at DMC

A professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will present a brown bag seminar titled “Adventures in nature and the pathways to ecological understanding” at noon Thursday, Sept. 8 at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center. Jim Estes’ talk will feature excerpts from his book “Serendipity; An Ecologist’s […]

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Volunteers help new students move into residence halls

UMaine welcomes its largest incoming class

The University of Maine is welcoming its largest incoming class — 2,300 students — with Maine Hello on Aug. 26, in preparation for the start of classes for the fall semester on Monday. Arriving on campus, members of the Class of 2020 and their families are being greeted by hundreds of UMaine community volunteers who […]

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Fishing dock

Ph.D. candidate examines effects of licensing on resilience of Maine’s fisheries

A recent study by University of Maine researchers examines the history of the licensing system for commercial fisheries in the state and how it has changed fishermen’s access to marine resources. The findings suggest the evolution of the regulations threatens the resilience of the social-ecological system in Maine’s fisheries and highlight the paradox of the […]

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Charlotte Quigley: Researching how water temperatures affect kelp growth

Read transcript Charlotte Quigley is a Ph.D. student at the University of Maine studying marine biology. Her research focuses on alaria (a type of sea vegetable) and how changing water temperatures affect its growth. By studying and testing its genetic structure, Quigley hopes to supply a sustainable, temperature tolerant crop for Maine’s aquaculture future.

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A whale swimming in the ocean

Ocean salt, temperature can barricade phytoplankton, impact food web

Subtle, fleeting differences in ocean salinity or temperature can act as physical barricades for phytoplankton, which results in a patchy distribution of the most important food resource in the ocean and may explain the large biodiversity in the sea, say University of Copenhagen and University of Maine researchers. Ocean currents transport phytoplankton, or microscopic algae, […]

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Saving salmon, one embryo at a time

Read transcript For the past 15 years, aquacultural salmon farmers in Maine have struggled with plummeting embryo survival rates, forcing them to drastically increase the number of eggs they produce — which comes with a hefty price tag. LeeAnne Thayer, Ph.D. candidate in marine sciences at the University of Maine, is determined to find out […]

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