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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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Recent SBE Graduate Welcomed by Morris Aboretum

Former SBE graduate student and botanist Michael Burgess has recently moved to Chestnut Hill to take a position at the Morris Arboretum. Burgess, who just recently received his doctorate from the University of Maine, is excited by the opportunity to work at the arboretum. As well as working on the Pennsylvania Flora Project website, Burgess […]

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Rebecca Holberton Offers Expertise

It’s spring again, and that means UMaine has gone to the birds! As migratory species return to Maine for the summer, changes in these species’ habits may be going unnoticed. Rebecca Holberton, associate professor of biological sciences and wild migratory bird expert, has made herself available to discuss some of these trends and other interesting […]

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Former SBE Graduate Student Beth Choate’s Research for USDA

Are there opportunities awaiting you once you graduate from UMaine? Of course! Beth Choate, a former graduate student in the School of Biology and Ecology, is now doing research for the USDA- Agricultural Research Service in South Dakota. Her current research is focused on the relationship between lady beetles and wheat aphids. Though Beth certainly […]

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Frank Drummond Interviewed by Bangor Daily News about Bumblebee Study

University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator and bee specialist, Frank Drummond, was interviewed for an article in the Bangor Daily News about Maine’s recovering honey and bumblebee populations. Drummond discussed research he is doing in Jonesboro to determine how bees used to pollinate blueberry fields are affected by different pesticides.

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SBE Students Gain Early Admission to Tufts Medical School

India Stewart and Margaret Varney, undergraduates in the School of Biology, are among five University of Maine students in the Maine Track Early Assurance program that received early acceptance to Tufts University School of Medicine. Read the entire story here.

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SBE doctoral student awarded Smithsonian Fellowship

Congratulations to Chris Tonra, recent recipient of the highly competitive Smithsonian Institute Pre-doctoral Fellowship! Chis is a doctoral student advised by Dr. Rebecca Holberton at the University of Maine. Chris will use the fellowship to spend his final doctoral year working with Dr. Peter Marra at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and National Zoo, analyzing […]

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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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Allison Byrd

Allie Byrd was fascinated by the natural world at a young age and her interest in wildlife lead her to pursue a B.S. degree in Wildlife Biology at the University of Rhode Island. Upon graduation, Allie worked on research projects with numerous species ranging from black bears to brook trout, but a field job in […]

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Maureen Correll

My thesis research interests for my MS are in the biogeography of tidal marsh bird populations on the northern Atlantic coast. Specifically I will be concentrating on change in the populations of Saltmarsh and Nelson’s sparrows, Willets, and Common Terns, all of which are birds that use tidal marsh habitat heavily either for breeding or […]

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Frank Drummond Interviewed by Bangor Daily News about Bumblebee Study

University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator and bee specialist, Frank Drummond, was interviewed for an article in the Bangor Daily News about Maine’s recovering honey and bumblebee populations. Drummond discussed research he is doing in Jonesboro to determine how bees used to pollinate blueberry fields are affected by different pesticides.

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