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Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

State of Maine

The Maine Unit is led by Dr. Cynthia Loftin, who oversees unit operations. Dr. Joseph Zydlewski is the Assistant Unit Leader-Fisheries and Dr. Shawn McKinney is the Assistant Unit Leader-Wildlife. Rena Carey provides administrative support for unit activities.

Drs. Loftin, McKinney, and Zydlewski are graduate faculty in the University of Maine's Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology. They teach graduate courses and serve as advisors or co-advisors on graduate student committees in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology and other departments, and oversee the Unit's research projects. Graduate students are supported with research assistantships, tuition, health insurance, and funds to conduct research projects, which typically are designed to address information needs of the unit cooperators. Graduate students work with Drs. Loftin, McKinney, and Zydlewski to meet requirements of Ph.D. or M.S. degrees in Wildlife Ecology or Ecology and Environmental Sciences. Current research of the unit scientists and graduate students involve understanding effects of selected human-introduced stressors on Maine’s aquatic systems, emphasizing conservation and restoration of perturbed, freshwater systems, and the ecology, physiology and migratory behaviors of fish in the context of life history, emphasizing management strategies for diadromous and migratory fish, and behavioral and ecological interactions between native and exotic species. Research underway at the Maine Unit is supported by funds from Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Maine Department of Environmental Protection, NOAA-National Marine Fisheries Service, Maine EPSCor, Maine Sea Grant, Maine Department of Marine Resources, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Geological Survey, and the University of Maine.

The Unit scientists are responsible for identifying information needs, designing the research to meet those needs, and finding and administering the resources to accomplish the research. Most research is conducted as graduate student research projects, although the Unit does employ a variety of temporary support staff from undergraduate student assistants and field technicians to research assistants.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 8

Phd Students: 7

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 15

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 25

Scientific Publications: 62

Presentations: 205

Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Maine
  5. Wildlife Management Institute