Spotlights

The UMaine Herbarium—A Valuable Resource

The University of Maine Herbarium is the most comprehensive collection of plants, fungi, lichens, and mosses in Maine. Records concerning the establishment of the herbarium are unclear, but it is likely that it began when UMaine was created as the Maine College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts. One of the earliest contributors of specimens […]

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Where Are They Now: Michelle Goody

Michelle Goody graduated from SBE in 2007 and is now conducting post-doctoral research in the Molecular and Biomedical Sciences Department here at UMaine under Dr. Carol Kim. She obtained a Ph.D from the UMaine Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in August 2012 and studied under SBE professor Clarissa Henry. Most of Goody’s current research involves […]

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SBE Student Jennifer More Combining Hockey with Biology

Jennifer More of Deloraine, Manitoba, Canada accepted a hockey scholarship at UMaine and plays more than 14 hours of hockey a week, but she didn’t let that stop her from pursuing a biology major. More was originally a Kinesiology and Physical Education major, and switched to biology because it offered a broader curriculum, giving More […]

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Summer Experience 2012: David Bridges

Can you imagine spending three months on a small island, two miles off shore and only going home once? That’s just what SBE student David Bridges did this summer while he was interning for the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge. David was selected with a small group of interns to live on land owned […]

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SBE Professors Bring Clickers to Blueberry Growers

SBE professors Michelle Smith, Seanna Annis, and Frank Drummond, along with University of Georgia professor, Jennifer Kaplan, recently did a study on clicker use among adults outside of the formal classroom. Clickers are remote-like devices that electronically send student responses to a computer system, and are typically used in undergraduate level classes. The study expanded […]

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Schoodic Experience 2012

Perhaps the most beloved start-of-the-year tradition at SBE is the Schoodic Experience for first year students as an introduction to SBE coursework. This year went just as well as the last, with many students having gained skills, experience, and even peace of mind during the three days on the trip.  The goals of the trip […]

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SBE Grad Student Advances Research on Potato Pest

SBE graduate student Jie Chen came to the University of Maine from China in 2010 in order to further her studies while experiencing a different educational system and way of living. She started her masters program in Entomology under her advisor Dr. Andrei Alyokhin, who helped tremendously in her transition to Maine. Chen says “I […]

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SBE Student Summer Plans

SBE third-year undergraduate India Stewart will be working at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor this summer as a Resident Assistant for the Summer Student Program. She will be working directly with 33 high school and college students from around the U.S. and the world, helping them with research and showing them around Maine including trips […]

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Where Are They Now: Ashley Gard

Ashley Gard graduated from SBE in 2009 and is now doing research at Yale University in order to increase her publication record and obtain valuable skills for her future PhD work. She currently works in the laboratory of Dr. Laura Niklason whose research focus is cardiovascular and lung tissue engineering. Ultimately, they would like to […]

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Where Are They Now: Matt Cronan

Matt Cronan, who graduated from SBE in 2011, is now pursuing Dental School at Tufts University. Although a very different type of education, he feels it is a great continuation of his scientific foundation obtained at UMaine. He applied to Dental school having a strong passion for the sciences that he gained as a freshman. […]

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Synapse: Improving Education Through Technology at UMaine

Synapse, an academic web application developed in 2006 by the BioMediaLab at UMaine, has only just begun. Synapse has seen tremendous growth since it started and is still expanding. It is now used in over 20 courses at the University and is the most interactive and innovative of all course-helper websites at UMaine. Synapse features […]

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Pre-Med Student Studies Medicine in Dominican Republic

School of Biology and Ecology sophomore Christie Edwards traveled to La Romona, Dominican Republic last summer to study medicine alongside several US doctors and nurses as part of an effort to promote global health in poor communities. Edwards’ passion for helping people and passion for medical practice made the trip an easy decision. “It all […]

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Henry Lab Grad Student Wins Two Awards

Michelle Goody, a 2007 graduate of the School of Biology and Ecology, and current graduate student from Clarrissa Henry’s Lab, received the College of Natural Sciences Forestry and Agriculture Graduate Research Excellence Award. In addition, Goody won Outstanding Platform Presentation at the 2nd North Atlantic Zebrafish Research Symposium in Halifx, Nova Scotia, Canada. Goody is […]

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Sara Bushmann Receives NIFA Fellowship

Sara Bushmann, a PhD candidate studying with Dr. Frank Drummond, has won a coveted National Institute of Food and Agriculture PhD Fellowship. This fellowship will provide a stipend and research expenses for the final two years of her project. “The purpose of my project is to determine the relative economic values of wild bee pollinators […]

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Saros Selected for 2011 Summer Faculty Research Award

Congratulations to Jasmine Saros, Associate Professor of Paleoecology and Biological Sciences at UMaine! Her work on developing an Arctic Ecology research program has earned her the 2011 Summer Faculty Research Award. Recipients are selected based on recommendations by the Faculty Research Funds Committee.  The Faculty Research Funds Program is part of a broader investment strategy […]

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SBE’S Mary Tyler Wins Prestigious Award in Developmental Biology

University of Maine zoology Professor Mary S. Tyler has won the 2011 Viktor Hamburger Outstanding Educator Prize from the Society of Developmental Biology. Tyler’s research in developmental biology includes the area of genetic controls and tissue interactions during embryonic development, which she examines using experimental and histological techniques. She works with digital video in the […]

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SBE Faculty Member Awarded NSF Grant

Kevin Simon is part of a research team at U. Maine that was recently awarded a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation.  The team includes faculty from 4 different academic units on campus:  Ivan Fernandez (PSE, lead PI), Kevin Simon (SBE), Jean MacRae (CIE), Stom Ohno (PSE), and Steve Norton (ERS).  They, along […]

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UMaine Contributes to Research on Songbird Migration in the Gulf of Maine

The Gulf of Maine serves as a major songbird migration route for birds making the journey from Canada to South America to escape our long, cold winter season. Rebecca Holberton, Associate Professor of Biology at UMaine, and UMaine Graduate Student Adrienne Leppold have been working in recent years on a research project in association with […]

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Malcolm Shick

Courtney Wigdahl

Courtney Wigdahl began studying limnology with Jasmine Saros as an undergrad at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. Now, a Ph.D. student in Ecology and Environmental Science and still working with Saros, Wigdahl combines her background in biology and ecology with the resources of the Climate Change Institute. Wigdahl studies salinity variation in salt […]

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Chris Tonra

Chris Tonra has been a lover of wild birds since the age of 12 growing up on Long Island, NY. This fascination with birds led Chris to pursue a career in ornithology, eventually receiving a Masters of Science in Wildlife Ecology from Humboldt State University in California. During his time in California, Chris became interested […]

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