Ellsworth American covers UMaine, MMA presentation on Bagaduce River research
The Ellsworth American reported a group of marine and social scientists from the University of Maine and Maine Maritime Academy recently held a meeting in Penobscot with about a dozen local residents to introduce their Bagaduce River research project. The research is part of a larger, statewide project funded by the National Science Foundation under a grant to the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) at UMaine, according to the article. The EPSCoR Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET) program has divided the Maine coast into three “bioregions” for research purposes. Within each region, scientists have identified estuaries of particular interest for study, the article states. The Bagaduce River study involves three buoys that will monitor such items as surface temperature, turbidity, phytoplankton abundance and species, particulates and dissolved oxygen, Ellsworth American reported. Damian Brady, an assistant professor of marine sciences at UMaine, offered a review of the SEANET program’s work last year in the Damariscotta and explained the research plan for the Bagaduce. “We try to discover why estuaries are productive and how they’re changing,” he said.