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Cyndy Loftin Unit Leader Tel: (207) 581 - 2843

Dr. Loftin joined the Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in 1999 as the Assistant Unit Leader-Wildlife. She became the Unit Leader in 2011. She holds a graduate faculty appointment as an Associate Professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology in the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture.

Sampling American shad on the Penobscot River.

Joseph Zydlewski Assistant Unit Leader Tel: (207) 581 - 2853

Joe joined the Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in 2004 as Assistant Unit Leader, coming from the USFWS Columbia River Fisheries Program Office. He is a Professor of Fisheries Science in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology and cooperating faculty in the School of Biology and Ecology and the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine, Orono.

University Staff

Catlin Ames

Working on response of sturgeon to the Veazie and Great Works Dam removals with Joe Zydlewski serving on his graduate committee.

Rena Carey

Rena Carey Tel: (207) 581 - 2907

Rena came to the University of Maine, Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology in May 2006. She started working with the Cooperative Research Unit in December 2008.

Prior to that, Rena worked for 13 years as the Office Manager/Bookkeeper for a quasi-state government agency in Bangor, Maine.

Cody Dillingham

Melissa Flye

Melissa Flye Tel: (207) 581 - 2939

As a Maine native, I have spent the majority of my life enjoying the rich natural heritage of New England which undoubtedly sparked my interest in the natural world at an early age. As an undergrad, I studied Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology at the University of Maine. After spending a couple of years working on anadromous fisheries research projects for the State of Maine and private consulting firms I am excited to be back at the University of Maine pursuing my M.S. in Ecology and Environmental Science.

Cory Gardner

Cory Gardner

I am a Orono native. I was involved in a wide variety of Maine Coop Unit activities as an undergraduate and graduate student from 2006-2010. Between finishing my MS, focusing on the Sedgeunkedunk Stream dam removal, at UMaine and returning to work here I spent three years in Colorado working for the state native fish conservation unit and a consulting firm.

Katherine Goodine

Katherine Goodine Tel: (207) 581 - 2870

Katherine came to the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology and the Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in October 2012.

Kevin Lachapelle

Kevin is working with Caitlin Ames on the sturgeon project.

Zachary Loman

Zachary Loman

Zac completed his master’s in biology in 2010 at Humboldt State University. He studied the Golden-cheeked Warbler (Setophaga chrysoparia), a warbler endemic to central Texas. He completed his Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries in 2014 at Mississippi State University, under the late Samuel Riffell. His Ph.D. addressed effects on songbirds from biofuel feedstock production in intensively managed pine forests. His primary species of interests included (among others) two warbler species, Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor) and Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens).

Gabriella Marafino

Daniel Weaver 2018

Daniel Weaver Website: http://danielweaver1.weebly.com/ Tel: (207) 581 - 2939

I joined the Maine Coop Unit and Wildlife, Fisheries, Conservation Biology department in the summer of 2013. I'm originally from Virginia and in my free time I enjoy running, hiking, and kayaking.

Gayle Zydlewski

Gayle is a Cooperating Faculty in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology.

Students and Post Docs

E. Atkinson

Ernie Atkinson Tel: (207) 581 - 2821

I am a non-traditional graduate student with a 25-year career with the State of Maine DMR working with Atlantic salmon. My goal is to acquire new tools for my job. In my spare time, I ride my bike, build boats, play music with my family and umpire high school baseball games.

Betsy Irish

Betsy Barber Tel: (207) 581 - 1340

Though originally from Nebraska, I always wanted to move to the coast since I was a child. This is why I came to Maine to study marine biology, and from there shifted my focus to diadromous fish. Since moving to Maine I have become an avid fisher-woman, am starting to learn how to hunt, and have enjoyed numerous hiking and camping trips.

Brandon Boxler

Brandon Boxler Tel: (207) 581 - 2921

Brandon came to the University after retiring from the Military Police Corps. He is married and has a three-year-old daughter, Marian, and an infant son, Teddy. He enjoys spending time in the outdoors, particularly when he has a camera with him.

Brianne Looze

Brianne Du Clos

Growing up in the great state of Wisconsin, I became fascinated with forested landscapes at a very young age. I set out for a career in forest conservation, but ended up discovering the field of landscape ecology and soon found myself headed down a very different path. Now I’m studying native pollinator conservation by assessing what landscape characteristics aid wild bees to most efficiently and effectively pollinate crops in the Northeast US. When I’m away from school, you’ll find me cooking or baking delicious treats, hiking in the Maine woods, or visiting one of Maine’s 60+ lighthouses.

Kevin Job

Kevin Job Tel: (207) 581 - 2821

I grew up in Southeastern Connecticut, where I spent my free time exploring the area rivers, ponds, and coastline. At a young age, I knew I wanted to work with fish and I am extremely grateful to be where I am today. In my free time , I try to travel around the country as much as possible in search of new places to fish, take photos, or backpack.

Geroge Maynard

George Maynard

I'm originally from Stafford Springs, Connecticut. My mom started me out fishing as soon as I was old enough to cast, and since then, I've enjoyed being on the water, chasing fish. I also enjoy upland bird hunting, gardening, tinkering with cars and bicycles, and computer programming.

Matt Mensinger

Matthew Mensinger Tel: (207) 581 - 2939

I'm from Duluth, MN, but spent every summer with my family at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. This led to my interest in fish, research, and education, and following my undergrad, I worked as a fisheries observer across southern New England. I played football, hockey, and lacrosse in college, but now enjoy hiking and fishing.

Alejandro Molina Moctezuma

Alejandro Molina-Moctezuma Tel: (207) 581 - 2821

I am currently a Ph.D. student in the Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology Department at the University of Maine. I am originally from Mexico City, where I did my Master's. I am interested in population dynamics, animal movement and survival estimates, conservation, and the relationship between conservation and evolution. I also enjoy theoretical ecology and life history evolution.

Erin Peterson Tel: (207) 581 - 2821

I grew up in Bellevue, WA. I love the outdoors and when I was at Oregon State I discovered my interest in fishes. Since then I have held fisheries jobs in both state agencies and research. During my Master's I worked on an inventory of aquatic invertebrates in western South Dakota. My hobbies include reading, writing, running, hiking,and music.

Brian Rolek

Brian Rolek

My research has generally focused on conservation of wildlife. I have published on the effects of climate change on bird communities and habitat association of birds; with a focus on modeling. I am originally from Southeastern Pennsylvania but have since moved to the East Coast of North America to pursue my interests in biology and wildlife. I enjoy everything outdoors. A few of my favorite activities include traveling, hiking, camping, and bird watching.

Sarah Rubenstein

Sarah Rubenstein Tel: (207) 581 - 2821

I grew up in a small town in upstate New York. After completing my undergraduate degree, I worked a number of fisheries technician jobs throughout the western United States. I am now continuing to pursue my interests in fisheries ecology and management by working toward's my Master's degree. Outside of academics, I enjoy spending my time outdoors.

Sarah Vogel

Sarah Vogel Tel: (207) 581 - 1340

I grew up in Wisconsin and have lived in New York, Arizona, and Tennessee. I'm excited to be in Maine and look forward to learning how to ski, snowshoe, ice skate, and how not to get frostbite. I love being outdoors and exploring new places with my two dogs, Maverick and Juliet. Together, we're always up for a hike or really any adventure!

 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 4

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 11

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 24

Scientific Publications: 52

Presentations: 282

 

Contact Us

Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Orono, ME 04469-5755 Phone: (207) 581 - 2907 Fax: (207) 581 - 2858 Our University Web Site

Unit Leader

Cyndy Loftin
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Dr. Loftin joined the Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in 1999 as the Assistant Unit Leader-Wildlife. She became the Unit Leader in 2011. She holds a graduate faculty appointment as an Associate Professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology in the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture.

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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