Catherine Cutler Institute

Curtis Bohlen Ph.D.

Director, Casco Bay Estuary Partnership

Office Location

228 Wishcamper Center, Portland Campus




Before joining CBEP, I worked as an environmental consultant and served on the Environmental Studies faculty at Bates and Colby Colleges, and as a research scientist at the University of Maryland’s Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. He also worked for Trout Unlimited and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation as a staff scientist and spent a year working on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide and Congressional Science Fellow. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biology from Stanford and a Ph.D. in Ecology from Cornell.

Areas of Expertise

I am an aquatic and wetland ecologist and conservation leader with a interdisciplinary background in ecology, economics, and public policy. I lead the work of CBEP and work with partners both inside and outside of the University to seek creative solutions to environmental challenges, support local communities, and improve management of Casco Bay. I have strong statistical, data management, and geospatial analysis skills. Current projects include staffing the Casco Bay Nutrient Council and leading the Casco Bay Monitoring Network. Recent projects have included evaluating potential impacts of and responses to climate change in the region; assessing contaminants in Casco Bay sediments; producing the 2015 Casco Bay State of the Bay Report; and studying the impact of sea level rise on Casco Bay's tidal wetlands.


BS 1983 Stanford University
MS 1983 Stanford Universit
PhD 1990 Cornell University


Professional Activity

Maine Board of Pesticides Control Board Member and Treasurer of Maine Rivers Board Member and Treasurer of the Long Creek Watershed Management District