Summer Research Opportunity in Marine Ecology for High School Students
This summer, high school students, including aspiring freshmen and recent graduates, have the opportunity to learn more about marine ecology while jostling each other in the Damariscotta River estuary. Sarah Risley, a University of Maine graduate student based at the Darling Marine Center, will lead a team of undergraduate and high school students to measure the population, type and size of shellfish, such as clams and oysters , and their predators at several sites in the intertidal zone of the upper Damariscotta River.
The data collected by the students will be used to estimate shellfish populations in the estuary and will help inform future management by the Damariscotta-Newcastle Shellfish Committee in coordination with the Maine Department of Marine Resources.
Fieldwork will take place at several monitoring sites along the river that have been identified by shellfish harvesters through a participatory mapping study that Risley and another UMaine graduate student Melissa Britsch conducted with fishermen, shellfish farmers and other local experts over the past year. Applicants accepted into the program will carry out fieldwork which will be scheduled during the second half of July and the first part of August.
This program is funded by local donors to the Darling Marine Center, a Broad Reach Fund grant to the city of Damariscotta and a second grant to the Darling Marine Center, Joint Shellfish Committee and Lincoln Academy, University of Maine Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions.
The research team based at the Darling Marine Center invites high school students to apply to participate in piloting shellfish surveys, the first step in launching a future community-based scientific research program in the Damariscotta River estuary.
Interested high school students can apply by filling out the form available on dmc.umaine.edu
Please contact Risley with any questions at [email protected]