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Revolution Research awarded $25,000 seed grant

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Congratulations to Nadir Yildirim and Revolution Research, Inc. for their newest grant:  Investigation of volatile organic compound (VOC) content, thermal degradation temperature and thermal decomposition temperature of biobased panels, $25,000 Seed Grant (SG), Maine Technology Institute (MTI), June 2016, Brunswick, ME, US

SFR students clear trails in Schoodic woods

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Some University of Maine students have come from all over the northeast to get the unique opportunity to study in Maine’s forests.…/umaine-students-clear-trai…/204758398

WINTER HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Some University of Maine students have come from all over the northeast to get the unique opportunity to study in Maine’s forests.|By TEGNA

Students in the Parks, Recreation and Tourism program at the University of Maine are blazing their own trail-literally.

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

SFR 399 is an intensive one-week course, taught by Dr. John Daigle, that provides field experience in parks, recreation and tourism and students develop skills necessary for professional management of nature-based recreation resources. This 1 credit course is designed to reinforce, integrate, and evaluate skills in several areas including: parks and recreation management, nature-based tourism, and conservation law enforcement. Students are introduced to concepts of visitor use management, fundamental management actions that include site management and engineering, information and education, and regulation and enforcement. Students strengthen relationships with faculty and professionals in the field as they gain field experience, demonstrate professional skills, and prepare field journals.

Dr. Sarah Nelson – dragonflies and data

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Sarah Nelson, an associate research professor in the School of Forest Resources at the University of Maine, began researching mercury and acid rain chemistry as a masters and then Ph.D. candidate. As her research progressed, she started sampling the larvae of dragonflies in Maine streams and waters for mercury, getting an assist from high school students. In 1998, she began sampling within Acadia, where 80 species of dragonflies can serve as bio-sentinels for mercury pollution.  Read more here……/beyond-recreation-maines-park…/

Dr. Doug Gardner and grad student, Elliott Sanders, presented at the International Symposium on Bioplastics, Biocomposites and Biorefining

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Dr. Doug Gardner and SFR Grad student, Elliot Sanders, presented at the 14th annual International Symposium on Bioplastics, Biocomposites and Biorefining at the Delta Guelph Hotel May 31st – June 3rd, 2016. There were over 300 delegates from 28 countries. Participants were from academia, industry, and the government sector.


Ph.D. candidate, part-time faculty member win $10,000 Top Gun prize

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

The Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development (MCED) and the University of Maine announced the winners of the Top Gun Showcase.

Nadir Yildirim, a graduate of UMaine’s innovation engineering program and a Ph.D. candidate in forest resources; and Simin Khosravani, a part-time faculty member in the UMaine Department of Mathematics & Statistics, were awarded a $10,000 cash prize for the Orono-based company Revolution Research Inc.

The company uses cutting-edge technology to develop eco-friendly products for the construction and packaging industries made from locally supplied and bio-based materials, according to the MCED news release.

Revolution Research is a spin-off company of UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center where Yildirim conducts his research.

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Students present service-learning projects

Monday, May 9th, 2016

The University of Maine’s Campuses for Environmental Stewardship groups will present student service-learning projects from 12:30–3 p.m. Thursday, May 5 in the Bangor Room, Memorial Union.  Students, faculty and community members will be in attendance.

Projects conducted this semester focused on issues of importance in the state including: sustainable tourism, mining activities, Penobscot River water rights, and the creation of a national park in northern Maine.  The projects are part of a multi-state collaborative to support curricular innovation and environmental stewardship.

Sandra De Urioste-Stone, a professor of nature-based tourism, led the class, SFR 493: Sustainable Tourism Planning. Students in her class worked to develop a regional sustainable tourism plan for the communities of Bethel, Newry, Rumford, Norway and South Paris.

Thirty-two undergraduates and eight graduate students took the course taught by John Daigle, a professor of forest recreation management. The students worked on the research project, “Mining in Maine: Characterization of Public Perceptions and Mineral Reaction Rates under Maine’s Environmental Conditions,” which is being led by Amanda Olsen, an Earth science professor; Jean MacRae, a civil and environmental engineering professor; and De Urioste-Stone.

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Dr. Thomas Fox ’80 named 2016 Distinguished Alumnus in SFR

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

foxDr. Thomas Fox is the Honorable Garland Gray Distinguished Professor of Forestry in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech. He is also the Co-Director of the Forest Productivity Cooperative and the Virginia Tech Site Director for the NSF Center for Advanced Forestry Systems. The overall goal of his research and outreach program is to increase the productivity, sustainability and profitability of managed forests in the United States and in Latin America. He works with pine and Eucalyptus plantations in the southeast and throughout Latin America. He also works in hardwood stands in the Appalachian Mountains.  He is active in the IUFRO Planted Forest Task Force and is Chair of the IUFRO Division 8 Forest Soils Working Group.

He served as chair of the NCASI Sustainable Forestry Task Force and received a distinguished service award from NCASI.  Dr. Fox served as Chapter Chair of the Suwannee Chapter of the SAF, as Science and Technology Chair of the Appalachian SAF, and as the chair of the SAF Forest Soils Working Group.   He also served on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Forestry Association and has been active in the Florida Forestry Association and the Georgia Forestry Association. Dr. Fox teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in forest soils and silviculture.  In 2010, Dr. Fox was a Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Professor at Pontificia Universdad Catolica de Chile in Santiago, Chile where he worked on issues related to climate change and carbon sequestration.

Dr. Fox received a B.S. in Forestry and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Pulp and Paper Science from the University of Maine, a M.S. in Forest Soils from Virginia Tech and a Ph.D. in Soil Science from the University of Florida.  Prior to joining the faculty of Virginia Tech, Dr. Fox was the Manager of Research and Productivity for Rayonier for 12 years. In that role he coordinated research and technology transfer activities designed to optimize the financial returns from 2 million acres of timberland in Florida, Georgia and Alabama.  Prior that that, he also worked for Weyerhaeuser in Washington and International Paper in Maine.

Dr. Fox is a Registered Professional Forester in Maine and Georgia, a SAF Certified Forester and a SSSA Certified Professional Soil Scientist. He received the Stephen Spurr Award for Research from the Florida SAF and the Barrington Moore Award for Research in Biological Sciences from the Society of American Foresters.  He is a Fellow in the Soil Science Society of America and the Society of American Foresters.   He is married to Christina Fox, who is also a forester and has two boys age 13 and 10 who are being forced to learn dendrology.  He enjoys hiking and sailing.

The School of Forest Resources is pleased to recognize Thomas Fox as the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus.

Aaron Weiskittel receives Outstanding Researcher award in College of NSFA

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Aaron-Weiskittel-223x300The University of Maine College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture will honor faculty in economics, agronomy and forestry during a ceremony at 3 p.m.
April 25 in Nutting Hall.

The recipients are:

  • Outstanding Teacher: Caroline Noblet, assistant professor, School of Economics
  • Outstanding Public Service: Gregory Porter, professor of agronomy, School of Food and Agriculture
  • Outstanding Research: Aaron Weiskittel, associate professor of biometrics and modeling, School of Forest Resources, Irving Chair of Forest Ecosystem Management

Weiskittel joined UMaine in 2008 and has garnered nearly $5 million in competitive extramural funding for his research, published more than 65 articles in forestry and scientific journals and authored a book titled “Forest Growth and Yield Modeling.” He is globally regarded as an authority on forest biometrics and modeling and is the associate editor for three journals of forestry.

New forest growth and yield models, which Weiskittel recently unveiled for Maine’s Acadian forests, are vital tools for scientists and land managers to predict future wood supplies, wildlife habitat and ecological conditions.

“Forest growth models are only unveiled every few decades in most regions. So, Dr. Weiskittel’s accomplishment represents a significant milestone in forest management. He is literally on a path that will significantly improve forest management efforts across the region,” said Robert Wagner, director of the Center for Research on Sustainable Forests and the Henry W. Saunders Distinguished Professor in Forestry.

“Dr. Weiskittel’s research accomplishments exemplify the highest performance we hope for in professors at a land grant university.”

Preparing for the next spruce budworm infestation – Dr. Robert Wagner

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Eastern spruce budworm outbreaks occur every 30 to 60 years. During the last outbreak from 1970 until 1985, the insect killed 20–25 million cords of spruce-fir wood, or 21 percent of all fir trees in Maine. Already severely damaging trees in southern Quebec, the insect is on track to begin defoliating trees in Maine over the next several years. In advance of the outbreak, the University of Maine partnered with the Maine Forest Service and Maine Forest Products Council to form a Maine Spruce Budworm Task Force to keep forest landowners and government officials informed.