Impacts of climate change, coupled with social and economic disruption created by the pandemic, have highlighted the importance of students concurrently gaining technical knowledge and experience and experience in collaboration, knowledge co-production and leadership. The 2022 Sea Fellows Program has been designed with these student and societal needs in mind. Through a series of virtual round tables, held biweekly on Wednesdays at noon (June 1-August 3), SEA (Science for Economic Impact and Application) Fellows are learning more about climate-relevant science and action; meeting other undergraduate students statewide who share their interests in solutions-oriented research and public engagement; and honing their skills in communication and collaboration. The program culminated in the public symposium on August 9th at the Downeast Institute, where students shared their summer research.
* All students conducting research in Maine are encouraged to participate. The program for participating students runs 9 to 3:30 pm, whereas the public symposium runs from 1 to 3 pm.
|Optimizing a cost-effective eRNA extraction method using zebrafish RNA
|Using mapping tools to support community decision making
|How lobster injuries can cause death and how to limit them
|Understanding community attitudes toward ocean renewable energy
|Detecting Calanus finmarchicus in larval American lobster guts using eDNA
|Using light backscattering to estimate particle size relevant to carbon uptake
|Effects of ploidy on oyster growth in the Damariscotta River
|Effects of intertidal gear on oyster shell shape and meat quality
|Scaling up shifts in lobster habitat use in midcoast Maine
|What is the Maine Coastal Current and where does it go?
|Identifying Thraustochytrids and their role in marine ecosystems
|Horseshoe crab aquaculture in Downeast Maine
|Using remote sensing to assess wild oyster populations
|Testing underwater video to identify juvenile Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua)
|Reproduction and culture of moon jelllyfish in Downeast Maine
|Detecting Atlantic cod spawning with eDNA
|How fast do oysters grow in intertidal systems compared to floating cages?
|Do lobsters move randomly to escape low oxygen environments?
|Overwintering of late season upweller oyster seed via cold storage to increase supply of early-season seed
|Climate change effects on an invasive tunicate’s attachment ability
|Circadian rhythm cycles and its effect on genetic code of sea scallops (Placopecten magellanicus)
|Effects of gear type and environment on oysters grown in a lobster impoundment
|Changing sea star populations in the Gulf of Maine
|Can mushroom spores germinate after spending time in seawater?
|How does temperature affect the movement of invasive crabs in Maine?
|Influences of scallop farming gear on pelagic ecosystems
|Check out MN’s article after the sympoisum: Diving into student research at the SEA Fellows Summer Science Symposium
Partners & Support
The SEA Fellows Program is supported by UMaine’s Darling Marine Center and the Downeast Institute, which serves as the University of Maine at Machias’ marine field station. Additional support of the program in the last six years has come from US National Science Foundation awards to Maine EPSCoR at UMaine, the UMS Research Reinvestment Fund, Henry David Thoreau Foundation, and grants led by individual collaborating faculty and external mentors.