USM Students Observe Wildlife Research in Action
USM Biology students had the opportunity observe wildlife research in action during a recent outing to the River Point Conservation Area on October 18, 2012. Accompanied by employees from the Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI), the students surveyed the 41-acre property in Falmouth, ME, for Saw-Whet Owls. BRI researchers catch these owls, named for the sound they make that resembles the whetting of a saw, in order to determine their migration timing at different mainland and island locations along the coast of Maine.
During the outing, the group captured three owls and observed BRI researchers during the banding process. BRI employees shared research methods, objectives, and early results from the owl research project.
“This was a great way to offer hands-on experience to USM students,” remarked Patrick Kennan, Outreach Director for BRI.
The outing provided USM student Allyson Clark with an opportunity to highlight what she has learned during her time as an intern with BRI. Allyson has been working as a Migratory Songbird Bander and Nest Box Monitor within the Institute’s River Point Wildlife Monitoring and Education project since May 2012.
The Biodiversity Research Institute, headquartered in Gorham, ME, assesses emerging threats to wildlife and ecosystems through collaborative research, and to use scientific findings to advance environmental awareness and inform decision makers. For more information, visit their website at http://www.briloon.org.
For more information about USM Department of Biology, visit http://usm.maine.edu/bio.
Now accepting applications for part-time faculty for next academic year (Fall 2013 and Spring 2013)
The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Southern Maine seeks part-time science faculty applicants to teach Human Anatomy and Physiology lectures, Pathophysiology lecture, and Animal Physiology lab courses for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014. Doctorate in Biology or related field required. Prior teaching experience strongly favored. Please submit a cover letter describing your areas of expertise and past experience, vita and list of three references. Submit materials to the following contact: Lisa Moore, Department of Biological Sciences, 96 Falmouth St., Portland ME 04103, or email@example.com. USM is an EEO/AA employer committed to diversity, quality and reasonable accommodation.
Application review process begins May 6th until positions are filled.