Maine Sea Grant Research Symposium

Thursday, April 14, 2016 | 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 with Sea Grant staff and stakeholders, receive input from the community, and plan collaborative outreach activities. The theme of the 2016 symposium is "Research in a Time of Rapid Change."


1:00-1:10   Welcome | Paul Anderson, Director, Maine Sea Grant

1:10-1:40   Keynote Presentation | Bearing Witness: A Scientist's Perspective on Social-Ecological Knowledge and Transformation in an Era of Rapid Change, Heather Leslie, Director, Darling Marine Center, University of Maine School of Marine Sciences

1:40-2:20   New Research Presentations. Sea Grant researchers funded in the latest biennial research call will discuss the goals and objectives of their new projects and highlight needs and challenges associated with conducting research in a time of rapid change.

  • Improving assessment of critical habitat for Atlantic salmon in a rapidly-changing climate, Hamish Greig, University of Maine
  • Revealing deepwater lobster settlement across thermal gradients in the Gulf of Maine, Rick Wahle, University of Maine
  • Lost to the sea: Maine's ancient coastal heritage, Alice Kelley, University of Maine

2:20-2:30   Break

2:30-3:00   Project Highlight: A pilot project to stimulate seaweed production on mussel farms in Maine, Dana Morse and Sarah Redmond, Maine Sea Grant and University of Maine Cooperative Extension

3:00-4:00   Panel: Exploring Research Outcomes Sea Grant researchers who are completing recent projects will discuss their outcomes and how these outcomes are linking with outreach communities in the face of rapid environmental change. 

  • Coastal flooding and erosion from severe storms in a changing climate, Qingping Zou, University of Maine
  • Variation in habitat use of juvenile life stages of river herring, Karen Wilson, University of Southern Maine
  • Evaluating performance of length-structured models for assessment of northern shrimp and Atlantic herring in the Gulf of Maine, Yong Chen, University of Maine
  • Supporting sea vegetable aquaculture in Maine, Susan Brawley, University of Maine & Sarah Redmond, Maine Sea Grant

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

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, public stakeholders, 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 in small groups 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.