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October 2017

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

October 16, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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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December 2017

Making a Chromosome from Scratch in D. melanogaster

December 4, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Hitchner Hall, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

A talk by Dr. Stacey Hanlon, postdoctoral research associate, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Kansas City, Missouri. Hosted by Julie Gosse. A part of the Molecular and Biomedical Sciences Fall 2017 Seminar Series.

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February 2018

Toward a Global Tipping Point for Sustainable Fisheries

February 2 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Aubert Hall, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

A seminar presented by Dr. Jake Kritzer, Director, Boston Environmental Defense Fund. Seen by many as the biggest threat to healthy ocean ecosystems, curbing overfishing has become a priority focus for many actors spanning government, academia, the seafood industry, civil society, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The role of NGOs varies among organizations and fisheries across the globe, including activism, advocacy, research, capacity-building, implementation, and more. Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) historically worked primarily on fisheries in the United States, where well-developed policy, governance, management,…

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Species Invasions and Rapid Adaptation in the Sea

February 9 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Aubert Hall, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Presented by Dr. Carolyn Tepolt, Assistant Scientist (Biology),Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Biological invasions are agents of significant and ongoing global environmental change, and can have devastating ecological and economic consequences. They also offer a rare opportunity to study rapid adaptation in nature. Invasive species, by definition, are highly adept at surviving and thriving in novel environments. I integrate ecology, physiology, and genomics to explore the dynamics of rapid adaptation in marine systems using species invasions as natural experiments. In the invasive…

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The Intersection of Science, Policy, and Activism

February 9 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Norman Smith Hall, Room 107, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

The School of Biology and Ecology presents Leehi Yona, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Leehi Yona is a MESc candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She studies ways to integrate climate science and policy, and is examining greenhouse gas inventories from ecological and political science perspectives. Specifically, she researches the way soil carbon stocks in forests are measured by scientists and understood by policymakers. She is passionate about science communication and the science-policy interface and has…

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Long-Term Epigenetic Effects of Chronically Elevated Glucocorticoid Signaling During Early Development

February 16 @ 11:15 am - 12:30 pm
Aubert Hall, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

The School of Marine Sciences presents a talk by Dr. James Coffman, Associate Professor, MDI Biological Laboratory.

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