Maine Sea Grant Research Symposium

Maine Sea Grant Biennial Research Symposium:
Research to impact: Engaging stakeholders in research and outreach

25 April 2022 | Buchanan Alumni House | University of Maine

10:00 – 10:15 Welcome

Kody Varahramyan, Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School
Gayle Zydlewski, Director, Maine Sea Grant

10:15-10:45  New Research Presentations 

Sea Grant researchers funded in 2022 will discuss the goals and objectives of their new projects. 

Composition and transport of forever chemicals (PFAS) in Maine estuaries
Presenter: Christoph Aeppli, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences 

Methane emissions and carbon sequestration in tidally restricted salt marshes
Presenter: Beverly Johnson, Bates College

An ecosystem context for fisheries decision-making in Maine coastal waters 
Presenter: Lisa Kerr, Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Access and adaptation in Maine’s marine fisheries
Presenter: Katherine Mills, Gulf of Maine Research Institute

10:45-12:00   Research connections: stakeholders and societal impacts

Sea Grant researchers who are completing recent projects will briefly discuss their outcomes and how these outcomes are linked to and supported by stakeholder engagement and outreach, followed by a moderated panel discussion with questions from the audience.

Identifying seed source populations supporting the culture of Atlantic sea scallop in coastal Maine
Presenter: Kelsey Ward, University of Maine

Industry-established food safety guidelines for post-harvest handling of edible seaweed towards a more resilient coastal community
Presenter: Kristin Burkholder, University of New England

Rapid detection of Vibrio for oyster management
: Laurie Connell, University of Maine

Market development as mitigation strategy for ecosystem damage and predation by invasive green crab
Presenter: Jennifer Perry, University of Maine

Examining spatial and temporal variability in soft-shell clam recruitment: Establishing a coastwide monitoring program
Presenter: Sara Randall, Downeast Institute

Questions and discussion 


12:00-12:30 Research to Impact: Large-scale culture methods for blue mussel seed production in Maine and the Northeast 

Brian Beal, Downeast Institute
Kyle Pepperman, Downeast Institute
Evan Young, Blue Hill Bay Mussels


12:40-1:15 Seafood Reception

1:00-2:00 Poster Session