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School of Biology and Ecology

SBE/EES MS Thesis Proposal: Parker Bausman

Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions 5710 Norman Smith Hall, Orono, ME, United States

Reciprocal subsidies in sub-alpine ponds and the influence of a range shifting caddisfly Parker Bausman M.S. student in Ecology and Environmental Sciences In-person only Thesis advisor: Dr. Amanda Klemmer

SBE Seminar Series: Sydne Record, UMaine Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology

Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions 5710 Norman Smith Hall, Orono, ME, United States

Dr. Sydne Record, UMaine Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology Leveraging a Network of Networks to Enable Innovations in Macroecology hosted by Víctor Ortega-Jiménez We are at an exciting moment in the discipline of ecology with federal and global investments in ecological observatory networks broadly distributed across space and, for some networks, time. This […]

SBE Ph.D. Dissertation Defense: Stephanie Hurd (Rescheduled)

Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions 5710 Norman Smith Hall, Orono, ME, United States

The effects of forest management practices across spatial scales on tick densities, wildlife communities, and tick-borne pathogen transmission Stephanie Hurd Ph.D. candidate in Ecology and Environmental Sciences Via Zoom: https://maine.zoom.us/j/85107929847 Thesis advisor: Dr. Allie Gardner

SBE Seminar Series: Richard Jagels, Professor Emeritus, UMaine School of Forest Resources

Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions 5710 Norman Smith Hall, Orono, ME, United States

Dr. Richard Jagels, Professor Emeritus, UMaine School of Forest Resources Tall-Tree Forests: Bioengineering Marvels. What is Their Future? hosted by Víctor Ortega-Jiménez Based on land area, the world’s tallest forests contain the highest biomass, store the most carbon, have the greatest influence on climate, trap the most aerosol pollutants, and host an immense volume of […]

SBE Seminar Series: Elio Challita, Harvard University Microbiotics Laboratory

Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions 5710 Norman Smith Hall, Orono, ME, United States

Dr. Elio Challita, Harvard University Microbiotics Laboratory Peeing one drop at a time: How and why sharpshooter insects use superpropulsion to catapult theirfluid excreta Feeding and waste elimination are essential functions for living things. While the impact offeeding on animal form and function has been studied extensively since Darwin, how excretion shapesanimal behavior, size, and […]

SBE Seminar Series: Alejandro Rico-Guevara, University of Washington

Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions 5710 Norman Smith Hall, Orono, ME, United States

Dr. Alejandro Rico-Guevara, University of Washington Behavioral ecophysics and evolutionary correlates of nectarivory A central challenge of biological studies is to describe functional links between underlying architecture (e.g., genotype, phenotype) and emergent phenomena (e.g., performance, ecological patterns). To meet this challenge, it is necessary to identify and quantify causal relationships between variation in traits, such […]

SBE M.S. Thesis Proposal: Emma Irvine

Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions 5710 Norman Smith Hall, Orono, ME, United States

Female browntail moth (Euproctis chrysorrhoea) flight behavior and host selection Emma Irvine M.S. student in Entomology To attend via Zoom: https://maine.zoom.us/j/85294534147?pwd=a1o0cmRualFqQ1E1 Ty9UNWwzQmRLQT09 Password: BTM Thesis advisor: Dr. Angela Mech

SBE/CCI Ph.D. Dissertation Defense Proposal: Pratima Pahadi

Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions 5710 Norman Smith Hall, Orono, ME, United States

Leaf economic spectrum of trees and their response to drought and climate change Pratima Pahadi Ph.D. student in Plant Sciences To attend via Zoom: https://maine.zoom.us/j/86572723371 Thesis advisor: Dr. Yongjiang (John) Zhang

SBE Seminar Series: Suegene Noh, Colby College

Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions 5710 Norman Smith Hall, Orono, ME, United States

Dr. Suegene Noh, Colby College Facultative symbiont virulence determines horizontal transmission rate without host specificity in social amoebas In facultative symbioses, only a fraction of hosts are associated with symbionts. Specific host and symbiont pairings may be the result of host-symbiont coevolution driven by reciprocal selection, or priority effects pertaining to which potential symbiont became […]

SBE Seminar Series: Juan Romero, UMaine School of Food and Agriculture

Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions 5710 Norman Smith Hall, Orono, ME, United States

Dr. Juan Romero, UMaine School of Food and Agriculture The impact of PFAS on the forage-herbivore-human continuum According to the EPA, exposure to certain PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) causes serious pathologies in humans. The US EPA current advisory level for PFOS (perflouroctane sulfonate) in drinking water is 0.02 ppt. Based on a previous EPA […]

SBE/CCI M.S. Thesis Proposal: Nikhil Brocchini

Bryand Global Sciences Building, Room 300

Global Spatiotemporal Patterns of Pleistocene Large Mammal Extinction: Integrating the Evidence and Resolving the Contradictions Nik Brocchini M.S. student in Quaternary and Climate Studies, Climate Change Institute Email nikhil.brocchini@maine.edu for […]

SBE/EES Ph.D. Dissertation Defense: Hannah Webber

204 Nutting 2755 Nutting Hall, Orono, United States

The foundation roles of rockweed, Ascophyllum nodosum, in Maine’srocky intertidal zone Hannah Webber Ph.D. candidate in Ecology and Environmental Sciences  To attend via Zoom: https://maine.zoom.us/j/87853737252?pwd=cUsraTd6akp6N01kRTk2a2lkK09DZz09  Thesis advisor: Dr. Amanda Klemmer

SBE Ph.D. Proposal Seminar: Daniel Balderrama

202 Rogers Hall

Quantifying Potato Blackleg and Soft Rot Resistance in Dihaploid Caribou Russet Daniel Balderrama Ph.D. Student in Plant Science To attend via Zoom: https://maine.zoom.us/j/84418973378?pwd=aWI5bUcrYTNjMnpjdDRlcmxsaE5sUT09  Thesis advisor: Dr. Han Tan

SBE Student Honors Thesis Defense: Abe Grunwald

107 Colvin Hall

Temperature and Energy Interactions in Small Tropical Mammals Abe Grunwald Zoology Major SBE advisor: Dr. Danielle Levesque, danielle.l.levesque@maine.edu

SBE Ph.D. Dissertation Defense Seminar: Matthew Moyet

Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions 5710 Norman Smith Hall, Orono, ME, United States

Black Soldier Fly Larvae (Hermetia illucens) As a Bioconversion Agent for The Utilization of Culled Potato Waste Matthew Moyet Ph.D. Candidate in the School of Biology and Ecology To attend […]

SBE/EES M.S. Thesis Proposal: Sequoia Dixson

Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions 5710 Norman Smith Hall, Orono, ME, United States

Movement ecology of wood turtles (Glyptemys insculpta) in Maine’s working forests Sequoia Dixson M.S. student in Ecology and Environmental Sciences  To attend via Zoom: https://maine.zoom.us/j/88954119510?pwd=R0lxbVcyekZ6SHNyaVNlN012VUJ5UT09 Password: 298791 Thesis advisor: Dr. […]

SBE Seminar Series: Fidisoa Rasambainarivo, East Carolina University

Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions 5710 Norman Smith Hall, Orono, ME, United States

Dr. Fidisoa "Fidy" Rasambainarivo, East Carolina University One Island, One Health: Biodiversity conservation and health at the human domestic animal and wildlife interface in Madagascar In Madagascar, growing contact between […]

SBE/SFA Ph.D. Dissertation Defense: Katie Ashley

Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions 5710 Norman Smith Hall, Orono, ME, United States

Exploring Crop Management Impacts to Soil Health in Maine Potato Production Katie Ashley Ph.D. Candidate in Plant Sciences To attend via Zoom: https://maine.zoom.us/j/86384790296?pwd=bEpmOFVXWGoyMTJrUXVVSDRDNlBqdz09 Meeting ID: 86384790296; Passcode: 648062 Thesis advisor: […]

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