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Branching Out Newsletter – Winter 2015 (issue 11)

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

SFR’s Branching Out Newsletter winter 2015 edition (issue 11) has been published and mailed out to our alumni list.  You can view this issue, and all past issues, on our website at

Nadir Yildirim, PhD student in SFR, named 2015 Edith Patch Award recipient

Monday, April 6th, 2015

College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture Announces Edith Patch Award Recipient

Nadir Yildirim, a doctoral student in the Wood Science and Technology Program in the School of Forest Resources, was named the 2015 recipient of the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture’s recently renamed Edith Patch Award.

Yildirim of Mugla, Turkey studies the production and evaluation of super-light nanocellular structures, nanocomposites, aerogels and eco-friendly foams under the supervision of Stephen Shaler, professor of wood sciences and technology and director of the UMaine School of Forest Resources.

After completing the graduate certificate in Innovation Engineering through the Foster Center for Student Innovation, Yildirim started Revolution Research, Inc. (RRI) based in Orono. RRI focuses on the development and commercialization of eco-friendly replacements of petroleum-based thermal insulation products.

Read more here…


Forestry Researchers Surveying Residents Along Penobscot River for Economic Development Study

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

University of Maine professors and Center for Research on Sustainable Forests leaders Sandra De Urioste-Stone and Robert Lilieholm are conducting a survey under the Bay-to-Baxter initiative. The study seeks to identify sustainable economic development pathways for the Penobscot River corridor that protect and leverage the region’s natural resources and quality of place.

De Urioste-Stone, leader of the CRSF Nature-Based Tourism Program, and Lilieholm, Conservation Lands lead for CRSF, are mailing 3,000 surveys to residents along the Penobscot River to learn their views on recreational use of the river, as well as their thoughts on the community and its ability to adapt to changing social, economic and environmental conditions.

“It is extremely important to understand and incorporate residents’ views and feedback for effective land and sustainable development planning to occur,” De Urioste-Stone says.

Read more….

Schoodic Institute Names Dr. Sarah Nelson as Adjunct Faculty

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Congratulations to SFR’s Dr. Sarah Nelson!  Schoodic Institute is pleased to announce our first adjunct faculty.  These researchers and educators work in partnership with Schoodic Institute, and have been reviewed and selected by a committee of our Board and leadership:

  • Dr. Frederick Bianchi, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Dr. John Cigliano, Cedar Crest College
  • Dr. Jane Disney, MDI Biological Laboratory
  • Dr. Richard Feldman, Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán
  • Dr. Karen James, MDI Biological Laboratory
  • Dr. Sarah Nelson, University of Maine
  • Dr. Brian Olsen, University of Maine

Dr. Doug Gardner teaches a short course on Wood Polymer Hybrid Composites at the Technical University in Zvolen, Slovakia.

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

During the second week of spring break, Dr. Doug Gardner taught a short course on Wood Polymer Hybrid Composites at the Technical University in Zvolen, Slovakia. The course was funded by a project from the European Union. One of SFR’s former PhD students, Rasto Lagana, was Dr. Gardner’s host in Slovakia. 03

Wood Bank Guide (UMaine News press release)

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

With the snow beginning to melt, firewood may be the last thing Maine residents want to think about, but according to University of Maine professor Jessica Leahy, spring and summer are the best times to start a wood bank, and her new guide shows communities how.

Leahy, an associate professor of human dimensions of natural resources at the University of Maine School of Forest Resources, wrote the guide with Sabrina Vivian, a senior in the Ecology and Environmental Sciences Program.  Read more….Wood-bank-large-374x180

Dr. Rob Lilieholm gave an invited seminar on alternative futures modeling at Texas A&M University on March 10, 2015.

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Dr. Rob Lilieholm gave an invited seminar on alternative futures modeling at Texas A&M University in College Station on March 10th. Meeting with TAMU faculty and students, Lilieholm described modeling work in Maine and East Africa, along with applications to the State of Texas, which faces water shortages due to rapid population growth and the loss of farms and rangelands.

Forestry Students participate at the Sportsmen’s Show with the American Chestnut Foundation

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

The students were raising money to fund student activities with the foundation by selling chestnut seedlings they grew in the Roger Clapp greenhouses across from Nutting Hall.  Pictured are

Pictured are Hunter Manley and Danae Shurn with Al Faust

Hunter Manley and Danae Shurn with Al Faust (President of the Maine Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation).

Woodsmen’s Team, Forestry Students to Volunteer for Belfast Wood Bank

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Firewood split and stacked.jpgA dozen students from the University of Maine Woodsmen’s Team and Society of American Foresters Student Chapter will volunteer their services for Maine’s newest wood bank in Belfast on Feb. 14.  At Maine Grilling Woods in Waldo, the students will help chop nine cords of firewood that was purchased through a fundraising effort by Waldo County Woodshed, a nonprofit that seeks to provide firewood to low-income residents.  Read more

300+ students participating in the Acadia Learning Program…

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

High schools students acadia13 High Schools and 300+ students are now participating in the Acadia Learning Program, a joint venture of UMaine’s Senator George J. Mitchell Center, the university’s School of Forest Resources and the Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park. Read more