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October 2017

An Overview of Research Progress on NASA’s Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE)

October 4 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Norman Smith Hall, Room 107, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

The Barbara Wheatland Seminar Series presents Professor Scott Goetz, School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems, Northern Arizona University. The Barbara Wheatland Seminar Series seeks to recruit prominent speakers on advanced, cutting edge research and applications of remote sensing and associated geospatial technology that relate to forestry, conservation, climate change, or other areas of concern. Made possible with generous support from the Maine Timberlands Charitable Trust. If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this…

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Using Molecular Biology to Solve Intractable Questions About Harmful Algal Blooms

October 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Aubert Hall, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

The School of Marine Sciences presents a talk by Dr. Wayne Litaker, NOAA Beaufort. Hosted by David Townsend. Refreshments are available at 10:45 a.m. A voluntary brown bag lunch involving the speaker will follow the seminar to generate interdisciplinary discussions around the topic. For more information, contact Susan Brawley at brawley@maine.edu.

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Highmoor Fall Harvest Sale

October 11 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Lawn beside Cyrus Pavilion Theatre, University of Maine
Orono, 04469

Staff from UMaine's Highmoor Farm in Monmouth will be on the Orono campus this fall to sell high quality apples and pumpkins. The sale will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m.–4:00 p.m, located beside the Cyrus Pavilion Theatre. The rain date is Thursday, October 12, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. More information is posted on the Highmoor Farm news blog. All questions should be directed to Greg Koller, Highmoor Farm Superintendent at 207.933.2110 or gkoller@maine.edu.

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Decoding the Lives of Fish

October 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Aubert Hall, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

The School of Marine Sciences presents Dr. Cynthia Jones, Old Dominion University. Hosted by Yong Chen. All School of Marine Science seminars are in  Aubert HallRoom 354, at 11 a.m. on Fridays. Refreshments are available at 10:45 a.m. A voluntary brown bag lunch involving the speaker will follow the seminar to generate interdisciplinary discussions around the presented marine science topic. For more information, contact Susan Brawley at brawley@maine.edu.

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Biodiversity Bottleneck or Forest Adaptation Opportunity?: Seedling Performance under Changing Climatic Conditions

October 13 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Norman Smith Hall, Room 107, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

The School of Biology and Ecology presents: A talk by Dr. Nicholas Fisichelli, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park. Seedlings are the forest future. Dr. Fisichelli’s research at the Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park examines tree seedling responses to a suite of global change pressures within the temperate-boreal transition zone, thus providing insights into potential future forest biodiversity. All are welcome. Refreshments served at 3 p.m. Sponsored by the School of Biology and Ecology as part of the 2017 Fall…

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Past, Present, and Future of Kirtland’s Warbler Conservation

October 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Nutting Hall, Room 204, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

A talk by Dr. Nathan Cooper, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center.

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Protein Tyrosine Kinases: Biochemistry and Cancer Signaling

October 16 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Hitchner Hall, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

A talk by Gongqin Sun, Ph.D., Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Rhode Island. Free and open to the public.

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Is Terrestrial Net Primary Production a Planetary Boundary for the Carbon Cycle?

October 18 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Nutting Hall, Room 204, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

The Barbara Wheatland Seminar Series presents Steven Running, Regents Professor of Ecology, University of Montana. The Barbara Wheatland Seminar Series seeks to recruit prominent speakers on advanced, cutting edge research and applications of remote sensing and associated geospatial technology that relate to forestry, conservation, climate change, or other areas of concern. Made possible with generous support from the Maine Timberlands Charitable Trust. If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, call Cindy…

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Is Terrestrial Net Primary Production a Planetary Boundary for the Carbon Cycle?

October 18 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Nutting Hall, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

The Barbara Wheatland Seminar Series presents Steven Running, Regents Professor of Ecology, University of Montana The Barbara Wheatland Seminar Series seeks to recruit prominent speakers on advanced, cutting edge research and applications of remote sensing and associated geospatial technology that relate to forestry, conservation, climate change, or other areas of concern. This is series is possible thanks to the generous support from the Maine Timberlands Charitable Trust. If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this…

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Life on Planet Ocean — From DNA to #OceanOptimism

October 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Aubert Hall, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

The School of Marine Sciences presents Dr. Nancy Knowlton, Smithsonian Institute. Hosted by Susan Brawley. All School of Marine Science seminars are in Room 354, Aubert Hall at 11 a.m. on Fridays. Refreshments are available at 10:45 a.m. A voluntary brown bag lunch involving the speaker will follow the seminar to generate interdisciplinary discussions around the presented marine science topic. For more information, contact Susan Brawley at brawley@maine.edu.

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Use of Stable Isotopes to Investigate the Dietary Responses of Bears to a Changing Environment

October 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Nutting Hall, Room 204, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

A presentation by Dr. Jack Hopkins, Unity College.

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Seabirds, Seals, and Seaweed: Over 50 years of Research and Undergraduate Education at the Shoals Marine Laboratory

October 27 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Norman Smith Hall, Room 107, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

A talk by Dr. Liz Craig, Shoals Marine Laboratory. Craig is the Tern Conservation Program Manager and Academic Coordinator at Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML). She joined SML in 2016 after completing her Ph.D. in Zoology and Wildlife Conservation and Postdoc in Natural Resources at Cornell University. Craig is an ornithologist and colonial waterbird biologist who specializes in conservation management, population dynamics, and foraging ecology of seabirds. At SML, her primary focus is the conservation of New Hampshire's threatened and endangered terns…

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November 2017

Phytoplankton Need Their Vitamins Too: Microbial Interactions and Nutrition at the Base of the Food Web in a Changing Ocean

November 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Aubert Hall, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

A presentation by Dr. Erin Bertrand, assistant professor, Department of Biology and Canada Research Chair in Microbial Proteomics, Dalhousie University. Marine phytoplankton are responsible for roughly half of global net primary production, support marine food webs and play critical roles in the global carbon cycle. Phytoplankton often require exogenous sources of specific organic and organometallic micronutrients for growth; these compounds appear to originate largely from co-occurring microbial communities. In some cases, the availability of these compounds can limit the growth of phytoplankton or…

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Direct Observations of Cavitation in Plants

November 3 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Norman Smith Hall, Room 107, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

A presentation by Dr. Alexandre Ponomarenko, Harvard University. Ponomarenko is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. He is a physicist fascinated by plants and how they achieve the movement of large amounts of sap in the xylem. In particular, Ponomarenko is interested in how this mechanism fails during severe droughts. He will present observations of cavitation in leaves, sap channels and branches and discuss what it tells us about how cavitation propagates in…

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Spatial Processes in Ecology, and the Statistical Models for Measuring Them

November 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Nutting Hall, Room 204, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

A talk by Dr. Chris Sutherland, UMass Amherst, Department of Environmental Conservation.

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Milk Like No Udder

November 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
J. Franklin Witter Teaching and Research Center, 160 University Farm Road
Old Town, ME 04468 United States

Come support the Maine Animal Club, and learn how to milk a cow. Staff and students at the J.F. Witter Teaching and Research Center will showcase the teaching, research, and animal care conducted at the farm. Visitors will be treated to milk, cheese and and other goodies. This event is free but donations are appreciated.

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The Once and Future Battles of Thor and the Midgard Serpent (or the Southern Ocean’s Role in Climate)

November 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bryand Global Sciences Center, Room 307, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

The School of Earth and Climate Sciences presents a talk by Dr. Joellen Russell, University of Arizona. Floats deployed by oceanographers are giving us all ringside seats to the epic battle between the wind and the deep ocean around Antarctica which will determine the rate of atmospheric warming over the next century. The poleward shift and intensification of the Southern Hemisphere westerly winds — in the past and present — has been shown to provide a connection between the surface ocean and…

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Designing a Climate-Resilient Conservation Network for Reptiles and Amphibians in the Northeastern United States

November 15 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Nutting Hall, Room 204, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

The Barbara Wheatland Seminar Series presents Cynthia Loftin, Unit Leader and Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology, USGS Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology, University of Maine. The Barbara Wheatland Seminar Series seeks to recruit prominent speakers on advanced, cutting edge research and applications of remote sensing and associated geospatial technology that relate to forestry, conservation, climate change, or other areas of concern. Made possible with generous support from the Maine Timberlands Charitable…

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Applying Spatial Ecology to Ecosystem Management of the Northern Sierra Nevada

November 17 @ 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Norman Smith Hall, Room 107, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

A talk by Dr. Matthew Johnson, Plumas National Forest, U.S. Forest Service.

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Cellulose Nanofiber-Reinforced Impact Modified Polypropylene: Assessing Material Properties from Fused Layer Modeling and Injection Molding Processing

November 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Advanced Structures and Composites Center, 35 Flagstaff Road
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Master’s Defense: J. Elliott Sanders, School of Forest Resources and Advanced Structures and Composites Center. Hosted by Dr. Douglas Gardner, Advisory Committee Chair. All are welcome.

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