Catherine Johnston’s interest in ecology and fisheries research inspired her to pursue a Master of Science degree at the University of Maine studying how the recent removal of two dams might open up critical spawning habitat for endangered shortnose sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum). When the Veazie and Great Works dams were constructed (in 1900 and 1912 … Continue reading Potential spawning habitat for endangered shortnose sturgeon
After years of anticipation it finally happened. In December I graduated with a masters degree. (Technically, two – one in marine biology and one in marine policy, but we can discuss that at a different time.) I wish that I could say that the skies parted, beams of light shown down, and a booming voice … Continue reading Is your life a book, or a river?
In May 2000, President Clinton signed Executive Order 13158 establishing the federal framework for marine protected areas within U.S. waters. This built upon previous legislation including the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The stated purpose of the Order was to protect the “significant … Continue reading When Federal Policy Protects Habitat
Sometimes to save the thing you love most, you have to leave it behind. That is exactly what Ruleo Camacho did when he left his home in Antigua and traveled to Maine, USA on a Fulbright Foreign Scholarship. Ruleo’s devotion to Antigua’s coral reefs took him on an unusual journey after he was accepted to … Continue reading Reef habitats and fishermen: developing a community-based marine reserve in Antigua
During the summer of 2012, I spent six weeks working with the Marine Megafauna Foundation in Mozambique. Our goal was to collect non-invasive samples from manta rays to determine whether the sampling process was suitable for conducting DNA studies. While on SCUBA, we would carefully approach mantas who had come to reef cleaning stations (learn … Continue reading Tickling Mantas
I have a confession to make… I am shy. I can think of at least half a dozen people who would laugh at that statement, but it is true. I struggle with something that could probably be called “social anxiety” but if I just say “shy” it sounds a little less, well, distressing. The fact … Continue reading A lil’ research… and a lot of heart.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we interrupt our regular broadcast to bring you a special report! In general I recommend the Rockland-Rockport-Camden-Belfast area if you are visiting Maine and in search of some lovely coastal towns to visit. And considering that I was there in early March and still thought it was a lovely place, I can only … Continue reading Honorable Mention: Park Street Grille (Rockland, ME)