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December 2020

ENTANGLED film screening and Q&A (online)

December 11, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for an online screening of an award-winning, feature-length film chronicling the efforts to protect North Atlantic right whales from extinction, the impacts of those efforts on the lobster industry, and how the National Marine Fisheries Service has struggled to balance the vying interests. The film will be followed by a panel discussion. Presented by the UMaine Division of Lifelong Learning Date and Time Friday, Dec. 11, 7–9 p.m. Details ENTANGLED is an award-winning, feature-length film about how climate change…

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January 2021

Addressing Forest Climate Change in Maine: Forest Biodiversity and Species Shifts (webinar)

January 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

An interactive webinar with Dr. Erin Simons-Legaard, Assistant Research Professor in Forest Landscape Modeling, and Dr. Amanda Shearin Cross, Wildlife Resource Supervisor, Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The fourth in a year-long monthly webinar series presented by the Center for Research on Sustainable Forests Forest Climate Change Initiative and the Forest Steward Guild. For additional information or to register, visit

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Collaborative Chats: Successful Research Partnerships in the Lobster Industry (online)

January 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Maine Sea Grant, the Maine Department of Marine Resources, and the University of Maine’s Lobster Institute for a series of webinars focusing on collaborative research efforts in the lobster industry. Speakers on Jan. 14 include Dr. Anna Mercer (Cooperative Research Branch Chief, NEFSC) and Greg Mataronas (Owner/Operator, F/V Cailyn & Maren, Little Compton, RI). The presentation is called, "Working Together on Wind: Lessons from Southern New England." The presentation will be conducted via Zoom.

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February 2021

Addressing Forest Climate Change in Maine: Forest Vulnerability Assessment (webinar)

February 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

A discussion with Alyssa Soucy, PhD candidate, and Sandra De Urioste-Stone, Associate Professor of Nature-based Tourism Part of the Addressing Forest Climate Change in Maine webinar series. For additional information or to register, visit

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Social and Ethical Implications of Precision Medicine (online)

February 12 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

About the speaker: Katherine (Kate) Weatherford Darling, Ph.D. is a sociologist working across the boundaries of medical sociology, feminist science studies, healthy policy and bioethics. She is an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Social Science program at University of Maine at Augusta. She is also affiliated at University of Maine Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering and the Center for Outcomes Research at Maine Medical Center Research Institute. She coordinates the UMA Health Equity Speaker Series. Before arriving…

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Glucocorticoid-Induced Developmental Programming: The Link Between Early Life Stress and Adult Disease Risk (online)

February 19 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Speaker:  James A. Coffman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, MDIBL.  Director, Maine IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) How much does your health, your susceptibility to disease, and your rate of aging depend on the environment in which you were raised? Or for that matter, on the environments to which your parents or grandparents were exposed? Quite a lot it turns out. Over the past couple of decades epidemiological studies and research with animal models have revealed that chronic stress, traumatic…

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Shellfish Harvesting For The Future: A Conversation Featuring Stories and Lessons Learned in Town Shellfish Conservation Projects (online)

February 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This Shellfish Focus Day event will feature a conversation among shellfish harvesters, shellfish wardens, municipal officials, marine resource committee members and organizations that collaborate with towns on their efforts to conserve and restore wild shellfish populations and intertidal mudflats. The topics will focus on efforts to grow clam seed, using equipment like upwellers and lobster pounds, connections to water quality issues and how people are working together to restore shellfish and mudflats. Through informal conversation and stories, people working on…

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The Fast-paced, Ever-Changing Healthcare Environment: Early Findings about Microbial Presence and the Cost of Isolation Procedures (online)

February 26 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Speaker: Debbie Saber, Ph.D., RN, CCRN-K, assistant professor of Nursing, Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions and faculty associate, Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering (GSBSE), University of Maine. Saber aims to understand microbial dispersion within healthcare institutions to ultimately drive policy and procedures towards the highest level of standardized prevention and readiness for future infectious outbreaks. As a practicing intensive care registered nurse (RN) with over 25 years of clinical experience, she has cared for patients…

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March 2021

Addressing Forest Climate Change in Maine: Forest Health (webinar)

March 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

A discussion with Bill Livingston, Associate Professor of Forest Resources and Allison Kanoti, Forest Entomologist, Maine Forest Service For additional information or to register, visit

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Connecting Environmental Microbiomes to Social (In)Equity Across Temporal and Ecological Scales (online)

March 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Speakers:  Dr. Erin Eggleston and Dr. Mallory Choudoir About the speakers: Dr. Erin Eggleston, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of biology at Middlebury College. Her research focuses on molecular microbial ecology. Recent projects include mercury-cycling microbes in the soils of the St. Lawrence River, coral microbiome and reef resilience, and community dynamics of harmful cyanobacterial blooms. For more information check out her lab website ( Dr. Mallory Choudoir, Ph.D., is a microbial ecologist interested in the evolutionary processes that determine…

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