Department of Biological Sciences
BIO 353 students conducted a survey of vertebrates present at Gilsland Farm as part of a course project for Maine Audubon. Several students will present the group's results at the Maine Naturalist Forum on 13 May, 7 PM, at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth.
Dr. Lou Gainey, Professor of Biology, died on 22 April 2015. An animal physiologist who specialized on molluscs, Dr. Gainey joined the USM faculty in 1976, and his distinguished career spanned 38 years. He taught upper level courses in general and comparative physiology, as well as invertebrate zoology. However, in his later years, he most enjoyed teaching marine biology to nonmajors, where he could share fascinating stories about marine life. His obituary was published in the Palm Beach Post.
Camilla Fecteau, who earned her master's in biology at the University of Southern Maine in 2008, will be presenting a talk about common loons Monday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m. at USM's Lewiston-Auburn College.
Dr. Moore will spend part of her sabbatical at Macquarie University in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Congratulations to Alex Dalton, a senior Biology major, who received the Tom Knight Biology Scholarship for 2014-2015.
Two undergraduate alumni of the Biology Department, John Wise, Jr. (B.S. '13), James Wise (B.S. '13), and a current undergraduate Biology student, Catherine Wise, coauthored a paper, "Concentrations of the Genotoxic Metals, Chromium and Nickel, in Whales, Tar Balls, Oil Slicks, and Released Oil from the Gulf of Mexico in the Immediate Aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Crisis: Is Genotoxic Metal Exposure Part of the Deepwater Horizon Legacy?", published recently in Environmental Science and Technology.
Shri Verrill, a graduate student in Biology, received a research grant from Sigma Xi in support of her master's thesis project.
Molly Payne, a graduate student in Biology, received the award for "Best Student Presentation" from the Northeast Chapter of the American Fisheries Society at the Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference.
Dr. Christine Maher has been studying the woodchucks at Maine Audubon's Gilsland Farm since 1998. Though typically considered anti-social animals, the woodchucks at the farm in Falmouth have been found to be more social than most! Read about Dr. Maher's findings in the Maine Audubon newsletter.
Dr. Moore provided a commentary on a paper published in the 21 May issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.