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Future of oyster industry in third-graders’ hands

“Are we going to be dissecting something?” a Great Salt Bay third-grader asked as he entered the classroom. When he got a whiff of the empty petri dish in front of him, he announced, seemingly pleased with his guess: “Yup, this smells dissected.” For the next 45 minutes, he and other students learned about oyster […]

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Resilient coastal communities is topic of June 23 seminar

On Friday, June 23, Director of the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center Dr. Heather Leslie will give a talk titled Resilient Coastal Communities and Marine Ecosystems: Translating science into action. Her talk will kick off the DMC’s science seminar series, where eight renowned marine scientists will engage the public in topics ranging from the […]

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Oxford scientist discovers two coral species at DMC

Oxford University postdoctoral researcher Michelle Taylor discovered two coral species while working with University of Maine oceanographer Rhian Waller and marine science students Genevieve Wilson and Jennifer Field at the Darling Marine Center. “It is unusual to find new ones, and that is definitely exciting,” Taylor says. In England, Taylor will describe the corals’ characteristics […]

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Despite record-breaking harvests, there are fewer baby lobsters in Gulf of Maine

Despite an abundance of egg-bearing adult lobsters and record-breaking harvests, the number of young lobsters continues to fall in the Gulf of Maine. That’s the 2016 update from the American Lobster Settlement Index (ALSI), an international monitoring program founded in 1989 by University of Maine marine scientist Rick Wahle. The ALSI, a collaboration between fishermen […]

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DMC celebrates the new Lowes Cove pier

The University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center community recently gathered along the shore of the Damariscotta River for a ribbon cutting ceremony at their new Lowes Cove pier. More than 50 people were in attendance. Located on the north side of Lowes Cove, the new pier and floating docks will be used extensively by UMaine […]

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Skylar Bayer receives Ph.D. for scallop research at DMC

Skylar Bayer, a graduate student in the University of Maine’s School of Marine Sciences, successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole. Dr. Rick Wahle was her advisor. With a background in deep sea ecology, Bayer came to the DMC in 2011 to study the fertilization and reproductive ecology of commercially important fisheries species. Focusing on […]

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Steneck to present at Earth Optimism Summit

By nature, Bob Steneck is an glass-half-full kind of guy. The University of Maine marine ecologist will join other hopeful scientists, environmentalists, civic leaders and media from around the world at the Smithsonian Earth Optimism Summit in Washington, D.C. on Earth Day weekend. He’ll be one of the approximately 250 speakers to share examples of […]

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DMC divers have ‘time of their life’ under the ice

A hole in the ice is not just a sign of the traditional Maine ice fishermen. It’s also a passageway to a beautiful underwater world that requires confidence and a special set of skills to safely explore. A group of divers from the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center took the plunge, training as ice […]

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DMC research aims to validate lobster aging technique

Dr. Rick Wahle and graduate student Carl Huntsberger are testing a new technique for aging lobsters at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center in Walpole. Wahle pointed out that unlike fish, mollusks and trees, lobsters and other crustaceans molt, casting off their skeletons and discarding any outer signs of growth bands. That means a […]

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Author of “Tides” to speak at the Darling Marine Center

The University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center (DMC) will host a book signing and talk by Jonathan White, author of “Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean.” The event takes place on March 1 at noon. White is an expert mariner and marine conservationist who ran educational programs aboard his 65-foot wooden schooner Crusader […]

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