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University of Hawaii professor to talk about herring at the DMC

On Friday, June 30, Dr. Alison Rieser will give a talk on herring at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center. The seminar will take place in Brooke Hall on the DMC’s lower waterfront campus beginning at 10:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested at To […]

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Art and science come together at the Darling Marine Center

For the past eight years, the DMC has been hosting Natural Science Illustration Workshops led by David Wheeler. Before moving to Maine two years ago, David taught illustration to college students in New York for over three decades. Last July, he and his wife, Catherine Sanderson, opened Habitat: Open Ocean —  a museum in Harpswell that […]

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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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Special rental opportunity for fans of the DMC

Seeking a quiet coastal getaway? The Willett House is a charming 19th century home on a property adjacent to the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center, on the shore of the Damariscotta River. With a secluded beach and expansive woods at the end of a private lane, the Willett House is the perfect place to […]

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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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