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Maine Rivers, Estuaries and Coastal Fisheries

Story posted October 11, 2012

Summer fellows working on the Kennebec River

Maine Rivers, Estuaries and Coastal Fisheries” is a collaborative project which brings together scientists and students from Bowdoin College, Bates College, the University of Southern Maine, the Penobscot East Resource Center, the University of Maine and stakeholders throughout the two watersheds. Members of our research team have long and significant experience working on environmental issues related to Maine’s rivers and coastal waterways.

Our research seeks to understand the ecological and socioeconomic influences on recovery of our rivers, estuaries, and coastal marine environments. A project of the program Maine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative at the University of Maine, funded through Maine-EPSCoR program, we have identified key ecological changes occurring in the combined Kennebec-Androscoggin river watersheds and estuary-nearshore marine ecosystems. To understand the reciprocal interactions and feedbacks between the human and ecological dimensions of these systems, we are investigating both ecological and socioeconomic dimensions of Maine’s waterways and neighboring communities.

In three years of this five year grant 30 students have contributed to the project, including three high school students. In Summer 2012 six Bowdoin students received fellowships to advance this work.

Jane Carpenter, ‘13
Advisor: John Lichter, Award: Sustainable Solutions Partners
Project: Ecological Recovery in the Kennebec Estuary and Nearshore Marine Environment
[ Final Report (PDF) ] [ Pecha Kucha presentation video ]

Eric Chien, '14
Advisor: John Lichter, Award: Sustainable Solutions Partners
Project: Ecological Recovery in the Kennebec Estuary and Nearshore Marine Environment
[ Final Report (PDF) ] [ Pecha Kucha presentation video ]

John Hobbs, '15
Advisor: John Lichter
Project: Ecological Recovery in the Kennebec Estuary and Nearshore Marine Environment
[ Final Report ] [ Pecha Kucha presentation video ]

Chris Kan '13
Advisors: Vladimir Douhovnikoff, Award: Rusack Fellowship & HHMI supplement
Project: Genetic Diversity Among River Herring in Merrymeeting Bay
[ Final Report (PDF) ] [ Pecha Kucha presentation video ]

Sarah Min Lee '14
Advisor: Eileen Johnson and John Lichter, Award: Gibbons Fellowship
Project: GIS Mapping of the Gulf of Maine Fishery
[ Final Report (PDF) ] [ Pecha Kucha presentation video ]

Claude Patrick Millet, '14
Advisor: John Lichter
Project: Ecological recovery in the Kennebec Estuary and nearshore marine environment
[ Final Report (PDF) ] [ Pecha Kucha presentation video ]