Maine Sea Grant Research Symposium

Friday, April 20, 2018 | Buchanan Alumni House, University of Maine

The Maine Sea Grant Biennial Research Symposium serves as a forum for new and seasoned Sea Grant investigators and students to share their research plans and outcomes, receive input from the community, and plan collaborative outreach activities. It is one of several events during Maine Impact Week at the University of Maine.

There is no cost to attend but we request that you please register to help us ensure enough seats and refreshments.


1:00   Welcome:  Beth Bisson, Interim Director; Gayle Zydlewski, Incoming Director

1:30   New Research Presentations. Sea Grant researchers funded in the latest biennial research call will discuss the goals and objectives of their new projects, and how their findings might be used by resource managers.

Reconciling multiple stakeholders in rockweed habitats
Amanda Klemmer and Brian Olsen, University of Maine

Understanding climate impacts on the Maine coastal fish and invertebrate community through synthesis of the Maine-New Hampshire Inshore Trawl
Lisa Kerr, Gulf of Maine Research Institute

The return of Maine’s kelp forests: patterns, drivers, and implications for industry
Douglas Rasher, Bigelow Laboratory

From paleoceanography to policy: applying historical coastal pH baselines from long-lived shells and skeletons to contemporary shellfish aquaculture
Michele LaVigne, Bowdoin College

Sustainable post-harvest processing and value-addition of cultured seaweed
Balu Nayak, University of Maine

Large-scale culture methods for blue mussel seed production in Maine and the Northeast
Brian Beal, Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research & Education

2:30   Break

2:45-4:00   Panel. Sea Grant researchers who are completing recent projects and their state agency partners will present (briefly) their outcomes as they relate to resource assessment and management at the state level, followed by a moderated panel discussion with questions from the audience.

Deepwater lobster settlement across thermal gradients in the Gulf of Maine
Richard Wahle, UMaine School of Marine Sciences; Carl Wilson, Maine Department of Marine Resources; Curt Brown, Ready Seafood

Lost to the Sea
Alice Kelley, University of Maine; Arthur Spiess, Maine Historic Preservation Commission (invited)

Improving assessment of critical habitat for Atlantic salmon in a rapidly changing climate
Hamish Greig, University of Maine; Ernie Atkinson, DMR (invited)

Arctic surf clam: A new candidate species to diversify and advance sustainable domestic aquaculture
Brian Beal, Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research & Education

Aquaculture site prospecting: Developing remote sensing capabilities for the aquaculture community of Maine
Damian Brady, University of Maine

4:00-5:00   Maine Seafood Reception & Poster Session

About the Symposium

A focus on applied research is a functional principle of the National Sea Grant Network, and helps Maine Sea Grant to achieve tangible and measurable results from its investments in research and program development. To facilitate connections between these investments and potential ecological, economic, and societal benefits, investigators and students need opportunities to share their ideas and interact with agency and industry partners, Maine residents, and Sea Grant staff, as they develop and implement their research and outreach plans.

Since 2008, Maine Sea Grant has hosted a biennial research symposium, which includes research presentations and discussion, opportunities for investigators to meet with Sea Grant staff and partners to discuss their outreach plans and outcomes, a poster session, and informal networking time to facilitate new collaborations and partnerships within and among Maine research institutions, industry groups, coastal communities, and education and outreach organizations.