Check out this research highlight on Dara Yiu’s research in the Gulf of Maine kelp forests using eDNA and SCUBA diving techniques. Dara is a PhD candidate in our lab who is co-advised by Doug Rasher and based at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences.
Happy New Year! To start off your science in 2024, check out this new paper recently published by PhD candidate Alice Hotopp and our colleagues at UMaine and UNH who are part of an NSF-funded project, Genomic Ecology of Coastal Organisms. In this paper, Alice describes for the first time the bacterial and fungal communities that are found on feathers of sparrow species that are uniquely adapted to salt marsh habitats. This research is an important first step in understanding the co-evolution of hosts and microbiomes in the salt marsh environment.
Hotopp AMb, Olsen BJ, Ishaq SL, Frey SD, Kovach AI, Kinnison MT, Gigliotti FN, Roeder MR, Cammen KM (2024) Tidal marsh sparrow plumage microorganism communities. iScience. 27: 108668.
This past year, I had the opportunity to work with a great group of colleagues on a new book describing Maine’s rich natural heritage. The book, Our Maine: Exploring Its Rich Natural Heritage, is a series of chapters, essays, and photographs that “paint a vivid portrait of Maine’s wild places and wild creatures, as well as of human impacts and the way the state’s heritage has changed.” My contribution tracks the history and contemporary state of harbor seals in Maine.
To check out our book, you can purchase it online or at many local bookstores in Maine!