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Newly formed student chapter of IASNR in the School of Forest Resources

Monday, February 1st, 2016

As of December, there is a newly formed student chapter of International Association for Society and Natural Resources (  Sandra DeUrioste-Stone is the advisor and John Daigle is the co-advisor.  Graduate student officers are Amanda Ellis (president), Emily Wilkins (vice-president), Kourtney Collum (treasurer) and Janet Gorman (secretary).  Benefits of having a student chapter of IASNR are symposium registration and travel scholarships, discounted registration fee for annual symposium, chapter subscription to Society and Natural Resources journal, leadership experience, IASNR Speakers Bureau, and networking opportunities with other students, faculty, and practicing professionals

Dr. Leahy appointed to the Landowner-Sportsmen Relations Advisory Board

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Dr. Jessica Leahy has been newly appointed to the Landowner-Sportsmen Relations Advisory Board, an important committee advising the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Congratulations!…/relations…/

Career Fair 2016 held on February 3rd in New Balance Student Recreation Center

Friday, January 15th, 2016

The University of Maine’s Career Center will host it’s annual Career Fair in the New Balance Student Recreation Center on Wednesday, February 3rd from 10AM-3PM. Over 100 organizations will attend. For a list of employers, please visit

2016 SFR Scholarship Application Submission Deadline is March 1st For Current Students

Friday, January 15th, 2016

SFR Scholarship Applications for 2016 are being accepted now! Deadline for submission is March 1,2016 for current students.

Who can apply?

  • Current and newly admitted students in a School of Forest Resources (SFR) program: FTY-BS, FBB-BS, PRT-BS, and EES-FE (B.S. in Ecology & Environmental Sciences, Forest Ecosystem Option)
  • Students with a current accumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Applications MUST include a completed cover page, short essay, completed SFR “Budget for College” worksheet

Submit completed forms to:  Dr. Livingston by email, deliver to the SFR office in 201 Nutting Hall, or mail to Dr. William Livingston, Associate Director, School of Forest Resources, University of Maine, 5755 Nutting Hall room 201, Orono, ME 04469

2016 SFR Scholarship Application

In addition, the College of NSFA Undergraduate Scholarships Applications may be completed online at NSFA Scholarship Application

NSFA Deadline is FEB 27th, 2016



SFR Alumnus Attends United Nations COP21 in Paris

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Spencer SFR alumnus Spencer Meyer (M.S. ’04, Ph.D. ’14) was in Paris recently for the United Nations COP21 (Conference of Parties) climate negotiations. Meyer, a NatureNet Fellow with Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and The Nature Conservancy, is a forester and conservation scientist whose research focuses on developing the business case for conserving forests for valuable ecosystems services, such as clean water, carbon sequestration, and healthy lifestyles.

Meyer attended COP21 to meet with global policy and finance leaders to learn how the United States’ contributions to carbon emissions reductions will yield new climate finance investments in forests in the U.S. In addition to the official meetings at Le Bourget, Meyer attended the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), where NGOs and climate financiers convened to discuss the state-of-the-art in conservation investments.

Meyer reported, “While the majority of climate finance is aimed at alternative energy R&D, investments in forest protection and improved management were highlighted throughout COP21 and GLF—including by many heads of state—as a critical part of climate mitigation.” On the Paris experience itself, Meyer noted, “There were about 20,000 of us credentialed participants and another 20,000 who participated in dozens of side events. Needless to say it was a bit overwhelming at times, but the opportunity to hear climate leaders, like Al Gore, in person and meet with some of the most innovative conservationists and climate financiers in the world was inspiring. No, Obama didn’t ask me my opinion, but I did have breakfast next to his science chief, John Holdren.”

While at UMaine, Meyer worked with Drs. Rob Lilieholm and Chris Cronan (School of Biology and Ecology) and the Sustainability Solutions Initiative during his doctoral research. Before that, Meyer was associate director of the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit. In February, Meyer will begin a new position as Senior Conservationist with Highstead, a Connecticut-based conservation foundation, to develop a conservation finance program for the Wildlands and Woodlands initiative, which aims to conserve 70% of New England’s forests.

Young entrepreneurs plan to introduce a new generation of recyclable, reusable foam products

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

In 2014, two University of Maine graduates set out to replace petroleum-based thermal insulation products with more environmentally friendly and sustainable options.Nadir Umaine News

Now, with support from several organizations, including the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Maine Technology Institute (MTI), the pair’s Orono-based company has created a prototype for the first completely eco-friendly thermal insulation foam board.

Nadir Yildirim, a graduate of UMaine’s innovation engineering program and a Ph.D. candidate in forest resources, and Alexander Chasse, a civil engineering alumnus, launched Revolution Research Inc. (RRI) to develop recyclable and reusable products using cellulose nanofibrils (CNFs).

“I believe RRI will open a new page in the insulation industry,” says Yildirim, who has been working with advanced nanocomposites for more than seven years, and conducts his Ph.D. research at UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center.

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Xi Sigma Pi annual Christmas tree sale

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Xi Sigma Pi annual Christmas Tree Sale.  November 29 through December 20 or until all trees are sold.

Come support a good cause!  All proceeds go to scholarships.

Christmas Tree Flyer

UMaine tests Norway spruce to see if it makes the cut for construction

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Norway-spruce-featureStaff and students at the UMaine Advanced Structures and Composites Center are evaluating strength values (including bending and tension) of about 1,200 pieces of lumber milled from Norway spruce that grew in Maine, Vermont, three regions of New York and Wisconsin.

Seedlings of Norway spruce — a species not native to the U.S. — were planted in the 1930s and 1940s during President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s CCC program that put unemployed men to work and promoted conservation.

Stephen Shaler, director of the School of Forest Resources and associate director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center, is the project’s principal investigator.

Tallest American chestnut tree in North America discovered in Lovell, Maine

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

14722735747_cc27c26d56_oForesters with the Maine Forest Service and the University of Maine have measured what is believed to be the tallest American chestnut, Castanea dentata, tree in North America, exceeding the height of the next-tallest known tree by a full 20 feet.

The 115-foot-tall tree is growing in a reserved forest in Lovell, Maine on land bequeathed to the University of Maine Foundation. The Volk family owned the property for more than 100 years prior to donating it to the foundation. Douglas Volk (1856–1935) was a famous American portrait and landscape painter.

The discovery of this tree is significant, as the species has been ravaged by an invasive blight. It is estimated that there are only a few dozen large surviving trees.

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Maine Sustainability & Water Conference – call for abstracts

Monday, November 16th, 2015

water conferenceThe call for abstracts for the Maine Sustainability & Water Conference has just been released. UMaine faculty, researchers, graduate students, and undergraduates are encouraged to submit abstracts for poster or oral presentations, and to attend the conference on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 in Augusta, Maine. Deadlines listed in the link below.

Note that there are poster awards for graduate, undergraduate, and high school students. Topics of interest to SFR and EES are many, including climate change, forest conservation, alternative energy futures, and resource management and policy. And of course – Water Resources!

Hope to see you there!