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Semester By the Sea students take touch tank to Pemaquid Oyster Festival 

University of Maine Semester by the Sea students from the Darling Marine Center ran the touch tank Sept. 29 at the Pemaquid Oyster Festival. The Pemaquid Oyster Company and Schooner Landing Restaurant host the annual festival in Damariscotta at the restaurant’s Main Street location. The free festival includes educational exhibits, vendors, music and plenty of […]

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Pellowe to present shellfish study findings Sept. 18 in Damariscotta 

Kara Pellowe, who recently earned her doctorate at the University of Maine and now is a postdoctoral researcher, will present results of a summer shellfish project at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Damariscotta Town Office. In July, Pellowe and others gathered data at low tide to assess the abundance, composition and size of soft-shell […]

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First-year students dive into marine science at UMaine

The University of Maine Darling Marine Center hosted a three-day orientation program the last week of August for 30 first-year students in the School of Marine Sciences. William “Wge” Ellis, associate director of UMaine SMS, leads the annual boot camp program. “We have an amazing facility on the midcoast, the Darling Marine Center, and I just love being able […]

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Pellowe explores chocolate clams, earns doctorate at UMaine

For six years, Kara Pellowe studied the chocolate clam fishery and the coupling of socio-ecological systems in Loreto, Mexico. This summer, she earned a Ph.D. in ecology and environmental sciences at the University of Maine. Chocolate clams (Megapitaria squalida) are an economically and culturally important species in Loreto named for the shiny brown color of […]

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UMaine, Darling Marine Center and Bigelow Lab co-leading major new project

The University of Maine and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences are co-leading a five-year initiative that aims to revolutionize environmental monitoring, ecological understanding and sustainability of coastal ecosystems. A $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation will fund the project, which involves collaborators in research, education, government, community and economic development, and marine-related businesses […]

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Students share marine science research at fourth annual SEA Fellows Symposium

Megan Driscoll wants to replace plastic made of petroleum with plastic made of algae. So this summer, the University of Maine intern made algae-based bioplastic and documented how it broke down over time in the Damariscotta River Estuary. Driscoll, a junior marine science major from Chelmsford, Massachusetts, presented her project Aug. 6 at the fourth […]

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Graduate students showcase research at DMC 

Graduate students from the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences will showcase their work at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, in Brooke Hall at the UMaine Darling Marine Center. Students will give short presentations on topics such as coastal community resilience, nutrient cycling in Maine coastal waters, ecology of benthic, or bottom-dwelling, ocean species, […]

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Boss instructs students using oceanographic equipment aboard the research vessel. Photo courtesy of Michael Starobin.

DMC ocean optics class builds an international community

In 1995, Emmanuel Boss took a class about Calibration & Validation for Ocean Color Remote Sensing. Three years later, he was a student teaching assistant. Boss still keeps in touch with his instructors and fellow students in those classes. And the sense of community he felt taking the course inspired him to teach it, which he’s now […]

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