K-12 at DMC

Many thanks, Lili!

The University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center recognized Annelissa “Lili” Pugh for her commitment to marine science education as she leaves the position of DMC K-12 Education Coordinator in late November. “We are very grateful to Lili Pugh for her dedication and many contributions to the Center,” said Heather Leslie, Director of the DMC. Pugh has been the heart and soul of […]

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Authors of “Caught” to speak at the DMC

The University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center (DMC) will host a book signing and conversation by the authors of “Caught. Time. Place. Fish.” on Tuesday, November 14, at noon.A collaboration between fisherman Glen Libby and photographer Antonia Small, “Caught” is an account of the beauty, fragility and profound change that characterizes fishing, fishing families, and the communities who depend on them in the twenty-first century. Based […]

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DMC director Heather Leslie shares vision for UMaine’s marine lab

October 16, 2017 Editor’s note: Heather Leslie recently spoke with communications intern Aliya Uteuova about her first two years as director of the Darling Marine Center (DMC), the University of Maine marine laboratory in Walpole. Leslie talks about the DMC’s first-ever strategic plan; promising collaborations with industry and community groups; projects to benefit Mainers, businesses […]

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Leading conservation scientist to speak at DMC

On Tuesday, October 17 at 7 p.m., conservation scientist Dr. Phillip Levin will offer a public talk at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center in Walpole. His talk is entitled “Integrating Diverse Perspectives to Create Conservation Solutions that Benefit Nature and People.” This special seminar is co-sponsored by the Darling Marine Center and The […]

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First-year students take the plunge at marine sciences boot camp

Boot Camp 2017 marked the fifth year of a popular three-day orientation program for first-year students in the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences. Thirty first-year marine science students spent time in, on and under the water with faculty and staff who will be their instructors at UMaine. Held the week before the beginning […]

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SEA Fellows share research about lobster shell strength, scallop farming

More than 70 students, researchers, fishermen, aquaculture entrepreneurs and other marine professionals recently gathered at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center for the 2nd annual SEA Fellows Summer Science Symposium. Undergraduate students from across Maine — including UMaine, the University of Maine at Machias and Colby College — shared their research on topics ranging […]

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DMC Honors Veteran Volunteer, Elsie Morse

Elsie Morse was honored recently with the dedication of a special teak bench at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center. “Elsie has dedicated countless hours to the Darling Center, and we are tremendously grateful” noted DMC Director Dr. Heather Leslie. “Thanks to Elsie, we have a deeper appreciation and access to the natural history […]

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UMaine receives $1.5M award to advance Maine’s marine economy

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) recently announced a $1.5 million award to the University of Maine to support a major waterfront infrastructure investment at the Darling Marine Center (DMC), UMaine’s marine laboratory in Walpole, that will benefit marine industries statewide. Together with matching funds from UMaine and state marine bond funds, the EDA award […]

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DMC Welcomes Boothbay Sea and Science Center

Students at the Boothbay Sea and Science Center capped off their summer program with a day-long visit to  the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center. Under the leadership of Lili Pugh, DMC’s K-12 Education Coordinator, nearly 30 Boothbay campers, ages 5-13, learned about shellfish aquaculture. “To understand aquaculture, one must know the science,” notes Pugh. […]

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Dr. Joe Thompson and his intern Rashi Anand conducting an experiment on squid muscles at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole. Photo by Aliya Uteuova.

Scientists research the movement of squid

by Aliya Uteuova This summer, the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center is hosting a team of researchers for a collaborative study of squid locomotion. The goal of the project is to identify critical features of muscles that control maneuvering performances in squid. The idea for this was research sparked five years ago, during a […]

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