Archive for the ‘News’ Category

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

UMaine GIS and Mapping Club students growing American Chestnut seedlings to sell

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

A group of forestry students from the UMaine G.I.S. and Mapping Club, are growing about 500 native American Chestnut seedlings for sale by the Maine Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation at the Eastern Maine Sportsman’s show in Orono, March 6 – 9th. The seeds were collected last Fall by the students who (more…)

High School Students Monitoring Snowpack – Project PIs Sarah Nelson, Ivan Fernandez and Jasmine Saros

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

This project, just featured on the Schoodic Institute web site, is funded by NOAA to UMaine PIs Sarah Nelson, Ivan Fernandez, and Jasmine Saros. Schoodic Institute personnel (Bill Zoellick & Hannah Webber) are co-investigators.


Dr. Jessica Leahy and student Sabrina Vivian quoted in The Ellsworth American on Bucksport fire wood bank article…

Saturday, January 31st, 2015
Eastern White Pine ColorBUCKSPORT — In the coming year, locals without the means to keep their wood stoves burning may have a lifeline.
Bucksport Realtor Paul Hansen and a half-dozen volunteers have secured the town’s permission to set up a wood bank at the municipal transfer station.