DMC, DMR directors to discuss building coastal community resiliency

Heather Leslie and Carl Wilson will discuss “Building Coastal Community Resilience in Maine” at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 28 in Brooke Hall at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center.

Leslie is the director of the DMC and a Libra Associate Professor of Marine Sciences. Her research on the ecology, policy and management of coastal marine ecosystem examines the link between humans and the coastal environment, and evaluates marine management strategies.

Wilson, who directs the Bureau of Marine Science at the Maine Department of Marine Resources, is pursuing a Ph.D. focused on the lobster fishery in the Gulf of Maine.

Scientists at UMaine and the Maine DMR work together to ensure decision-makers have information to make scientifically based decisions about marine resources that are vital to Maine communities and economies.

Leslie and Wilson will discuss one such project that supports coastal community resilience. The collaboration includes colleagues from UMaine, Maine DMR, Maine Sea Grant and Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries.

This discussion is the first of seven of the DMC’s science seminar series. The free, public talks will be held Fridays through Aug. 16, with the exception of July 5. They will feature faculty, students and alumni of UMaine’s School of Marine Sciences. Presentations will provide opportunities to discuss current marine research that advances understanding of marine ecosystems and the human communities that are part of them.

A list of featured speakers and topics can be found here. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, call 207.563.8135.