“Maine Rivers, Estuaries and Coastal Fisheries” is a collaborative project which brings together scientists and students from Bowdoin College, Bates College, the University of Southern Maine, the Penobscot East Resource Center, the University of Maine and stakeholders throughout the two watersheds. Members of our research team have long and significant experience working on environmental issues related to Maine’s rivers and coastal waterways.
Our research seeks to understand the ecological and socioeconomic influences on recovery of our rivers, estuaries, and coastal marine environments. A project of the program Maine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative at the University of Maine, funded through Maine-EPSCoR program, we have identified key ecological changes occurring in the combined Kennebec-Androscoggin river watersheds and estuary-nearshore marine ecosystems. To understand the reciprocal interactions and feedbacks between the human and ecological dimensions of these systems, we are investigating both ecological and socioeconomic dimensions of Maine’s waterways and neighboring communities.