Spotlights

A New Perspective on Old Ideas: Welcoming Danielle Levesque

   Living in one place, studying one central ecosystem, working with a species that can be explained in one sentence…these things, among many others, will likely never play a role in Danielle Levesque’s research in the mammalian world. Ever since discovering in her undergraduate years that she did not need to be a vet to […]

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Exploring the Mystery of Declining Water Clarity in Acadia National Park

Upon leaving the state of Maine to obtain her undergraduate degree from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, Nora Theodore knew that one day she would be coming back. There was a certain state pride ingrained into her while growing up in the “bubble” of Maine, and the thought of making a difference in […]

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Discovering a Love for Bumblebees

In the spring of 2012, after obtaining her undergraduate degree in biology from Bowdoin College and her Master’s Degree from Columbia University working with sea turtles, Kalyn Bickerman-Martens sought out a new adventure in order to earn her PhD. Having no prior experience working with insects at all, let alone bumblebees, Bickerman-Martens accepted a fellowship […]

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A Love for Science, Bread and Everything in Between

As undergraduates filed into their seats in 107 DPC for their last introduction to neuroscience lecture, former students and fellow faculty members filled in the back row. An email had circulated throughout various departments that professor Harold (Dusty) Dowse, would be giving his last formal lecture at the University of Maine. Like he did in […]

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Making History One Species at a Time

Making History One Species at a Time In a research laboratory tucked away on the second floor of Deering Hall at the University of Maine, a researcher has been changing the world of science as we know it. Her office is lined with shelves busy with textbooks, papers and scientific journals that make the room […]

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Where are they now: Chelsea Wagner

Farm Fresh Food, Close to Home When Emma Sanchi walks through the sliding doors of the Hannaford supermarket in Old Town, Maine, she weaves through the checkout area and heads straight for the produce section.  The air smells of salty deli meat and fried onion rings; a constant rumble of shopping carts and crinkling plastic […]

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A Scientific Approach to Education

When Michelle Smith emerged from graduate school and began interviewing for postdoctoral research positions, she was flooded with the realization that her passion was no longer in biological research.  After receiving  her Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Washington, she decided to pursue a three-year long science teaching fellowship at the University of Colorado. […]

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From Maine to Montana: SBE Student Dylan Cole’s Summer Experience

You don’t know until you try, right? Students in the School of Biology & Ecology are encouraged to go beyond the confines of a classroom in order to gain hands on experience in their chosen field. The importance of field experience often gets put on the bottom shelf during busy academic years, but the summer […]

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First-year students take the classroom to Acadia National Park

First-year Biology, Ecology, Zoology, and Clinical Laboratory Science majors started their college careers a little early this year.  Not in a classroom…but at the Schoodic Education and Research Center (SERC) nestled on the coast of Acadia National Park.  SERC is an independent nonprofit organization created to foster greater understanding and respect for nature by facilitating […]

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Remembering Dr. Bill Glanz

Dear Colleagues in the University of Maine Community and Beyond, We were very saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Bill Glanz, associate professor in the School of Biology and Ecology (SBE) and Cooperating faculty in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Conservation Biology (WLE). Bill passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on […]

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SBE Student Kimberly Dao Takes her Studies to the Sea

Being a biology pre-medical studies student, Kimberly Dao didn’t think that studying abroad would be a possibility for her.  After hearing about the profound experience a friend had with a program called Semester at Sea, she reevaluated her options.  This previous summer, Dao enrolled in the SAS program and traveled to nine countries bordering the […]

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Rabern Simmons Performs Postdoctoral Research on Pathogenic Fungi

According to Rabern Simmons, a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Maine, a person’s umwelt, meaning overall perception of their surroundings, is reliant on what you can sense and experience. So think to yourself; how many types of fungi can you name? There is estimated to be 5.1 million species of fungi, many of […]

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Dr. Benildo de los Reyes’ Functional Genomics Lab

Dr. Benildo de los Reyes, Professor of Molecular Genetics and cooperating faculty member of the Department of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences, arrived at the University of Maine in 2004. He runs a functional genomics lab, in which he uses plants as a model system to understand genetic regulatory networks that allow plants to adapt to […]

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Student Spotlight: Jinlun Bai

SBE student Jinlun Bai came to the University of Maine from China four years ago, and he is very happy he did.  He is using a full international Student Tuition Scholarship to pursue a double degree in Biology and Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience.  Jay, as he prefers to be called, is currently conducting […]

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Where are they now? SBE Graduate Student Krista Slemmons

Congratulations to SBE graduate student Krista Slemmons on receiving a faculty position! Slemmons accepted a position at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point this fall semester where she is teaching biology courses, as well as conducting research and supervising biology student teachers during their teaching experience. Slemmons received her undergraduate degree at Denison University with a […]

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Schoodic Experience 2013

The Schoodic Experience is part of the SBE biological science orientation course, NFA 117, offered to freshmen Biology, Ecology, Zoology, and Clinical Laboratory Science majors.  But as the students of this trip found, the three day trip to the Schoodic Education and Research Center in Acadia National Park was much more than just an orientation […]

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Bird Migration Research in SBE Soars to New Heights

Researchers in SBE as well as the Engineering Department are taking advantage of radio-controlled planes to solve the mysteries of bird migration. Brian Barainca, a mechanical engineering student, has been building radio-controlled (RC) planes ever since he was in high school. When SBE Professor Rebecca Holberton saw him flying his RC planes on campus, she […]

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A Glimpse into Brian Olsen’s Avian Biology Course

It is not often you get to watch your passion fly above your head on a daily basis.  But for Brian Olsen, SBE Avian Biology professor, this is precisely the case.  On many occasion, fellow colleagues can find Brian standing in the middle of the Deering parking lot, eyes fixed on the sky waiting for […]

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Graduate Student Jenny Shrum Studies Sugar Maple Sap Flow in Northeast

Graduate student Jenny Shrum is as excited as ever to start her new project on maple trees this spring. She is interested in the role of sugar maples in the Northeast and is examining how climate change may shape this role. The first part of her study explores the plausibility of using traits expressed at […]

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