by Elisabeth A. Maxwell
Before I ever thought of attending the University of Maine, I knew about the iconic New England Clam Chowder. It was a menu item that seemed a staple for any seafood restaurant, regardless of which coastline I visited. Back then, I never would have thought that one day I would be learning about the management system that makes the famous clam chowder possible.
The Maine Sea Grant Scholar Program supports graduate students in the Marine Science/Marine Policy dual-degree program at the University of Maine. We've asked scholars to provide periodic updates on their work. Here's a report from one of our new students, Mackenzie Mazur, who is working with Teresa Johnson and Yong Chen.
As part of our research, we rode the ferry out to Islesboro to visit with food historian Sandy Oliver. It seemed appropriate to sit in her kitchen, an open space dominated by an Atlantic wood-burning cookstove.
Freshwater fishing on Mount Desert Island is a tradition that predates the creation of Acadia National Park and continues to this day.
Vote for us! The animated video, “A Climate Calamity in the Gulf of Maine: The Lobster Pot Heats Up” by Maine-based O’Chang Studios is in the running for a Vizzie Award from the National Science Foundation’s Vizualization Challenge! Public voting for the People’s Choice Award begins in November; watch our social media pages for links.
Twenty-five miles due south of Acadia National Park stands the most remote lighthouse in Maine. Established in 1830, the Mount Desert Rock Light is now part of College of the Atlantic’s Edward McC. Blair Marine Research Station.
We are excited to announce the release of what we hope will be the first in a series of animated videos about climate change in the Gulf of Maine, informed by our work on the Maine's Climate Future project. Produced in partnership with Maine-based O'Chang Studios, "The Lobster Pot Heats Up" illustrates how climate change affects lobster and the lobster industry.
On the surface, there is nothing particularly unique about the interview process. One person asks questions; the other answers. It is an age-old way of collecting stories.
But when you bring a recorder into the process, the dynamic changes. It can be subtle, a shift in emphasis, an awareness of the technology, perhaps even awkward silences. A recorder can trigger self-consciousness because it signals to the interviewee that what they have to say is important.