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Cold-water coral research leads to master’s degree

For the last two years, Elise Hartill has studied the coral communities of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska. The work culminated this spring when she was awarded a master’s degree in marine biology from the University of Maine’s School of Marine Sciences.Working with Dr. Rhian Waller at the university’s Darling Marine Center in […]

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Leslie discusses marine fisheries research at symposium in Germany

Heather Leslie, director of the University of Maine Darling Marine Center, presented her research in June at the 2nd Symposium on Functional Marine Biodiversity at the University of Oldenburg in Germany. Leslie was one of 16 invited speakers at the symposium organized by the Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity at the university. The Libra […]

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Coral detectives: Steneck, student team study reef health in Dominican Republic

June 4, 2019 The coast of the Dominican Republic is home to coral reefs, the world’s most biodiverse marine ecosystems. But the reefs are rapidly degrading, threatened by the effects of climate change, overfishing and other human activities. University of Maine researcher Bob Steneck and UMaine students traveled there May 12–25 to collect data, increase […]

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NOAA scientist to discuss shellfish feeding at DMC

On Wednesday, June 12, at 6 p.m. the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center will host a talk by Dr. Darien Mizuta, of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Laboratory in Milford, CT. The presentation is titled “In situ feeding performance for shellfish culture” and it will highlight a recent study of how shellfish […]

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Local marine scientist receives promotion

Dr. Damian Brady has been promoted to associate professor with tenure. He is a faculty member in the University of Maine’s School of Marine Sciences and based at the Daring Marine Center in Walpole. Brady was one of thirty-four University of Maine faculty to received tenure and/or promotion this spring. The faculty members were nominated […]

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Maura Niemisto receives Master’s degree

Maura Niemisto successfully defended her thesis at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center in Walpole. In doing so, she earned a Master’s of Science degree in Marine Biology from the School of Marine Sciences. Niemisto studied the effects of ocean warming and acidification on the physiology, behavior, and gene expression of larval lobsters, specifically […]

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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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Lobster War documentary screens in Belfast February 27

The University of Maine Hutchinson Center and the UMaine Lobster Institute will present the documentary “Lobster War” at 6 p.m. Feb. 27. The film showing is free and open to the public. “Lobster War” is an award-winning, feature-length documentary about a conflict between the United States and Canada over waters that both countries have claimed […]

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Snow Date Feb. 20! Talk on the US Antarctic Diving Program

Due the forecasted snow storm, this event has been rescheduled to Wednesday, February 20 at 12:00 p.m. On Wednesday, February 13, the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center will host a brown-bag seminar by Christopher Rigaud that provides an inside look at the U.S. Antarctic Diving Program. Established in 1959 by the National Science Foundation, […]

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NACE celebrates 20 years

The Northeast Aquaculture Conference and Exposition (NACE) celebrated 20 years of all things aquaculture at its meeting in downtown Boston earlier this month January. Founded in 1998 by the Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center, based at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center in Walpole and online at, the event brings together producers, service providers, vendors, researchers, students and managers from across the northeast region […]

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