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Environmental Science professors share important fisheries research

Env Science Prof Theo Willis fishing for alewives

University of Southern Maine Environmental Science and Policy professors Karen Wilson and Theo Willis are speaking at an event where they are sharing their research on the millions of alewives that migrate from ocean to rivers and streams each spring and summer. 

Drs. Wilson and Willis will speak about these important fish, their population and migration and their interactions with other species in the Gulf of Maine during a free lecture starting at 4 p.m. on July 24 at Sheepscot General Store in Whitefield.

Wilson is an associate research faculty member who is currently working on a project to study juvenile river herring and their habitat in the Penobscot and has studied how alewives create economic and ecologic connections between Maine’s lakes and rivers and the Gulf of Maine. 

Willis is an adjunct faculty member and researcher whose investigations and projects have included freshwater food webs, food webs in the nearshore Gulf of Maine, historic abundance and distribution of alewives and the stock structure of alewives in the Gulf of Maine. He is also a board member for the Alewife Harvesters of Maine.

For more information on this event, view the Coastal Journal's event listing here.