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Maine Research Activities

Maine Warden Service divers and Coop Unit conduct mussel survey on the Sebasticook River, Maine.

Over the past seven decades the Maine Unit has worked on a variety of issues of importance to Maine and the region. Studies have examined the ecology and management of migratory game birds, biology and conservation of Atlantic salmon and other fishes, effects of forestry practices on forest carnivores, wetland and aquatic species conservation, and land conservation planning. Results of the Unit's research are regularly reported in an annually published unit report (see the Documents page for digital copies of past reports), seminars, workshops, and informal meetings, as well as in technical and scientific publications.

Maine Active Projects

Maine Completed Projects

Maine Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Clare, J., S.T. McKinney, C.S. Loftin, and J.E. DePue. Multiple methods improve inferences and evaluate method-specific biases, with extensions for observation dependence. Ecological Applications. DOI: 10.1002/eap.1587
  • Groff, L.A., A.J.K. Calhoun, C.S. Loftin. Amphibian Terrestrial Habitat Selection and Movement Patterns Vary With Annual Life History Period. Canadian Journal of Zoology 95:433-442. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjz-2016-0148
  • Izzo, L., and Zydlewski, J. (2017) Retrospective analysis of seasonal ocean growth rates of 2SW Atlantic Salmon in Downeast Maine using historic scales. Marine and Coastal Fisheries. 9:1, 357-372, DOI: 10.1080/19425120.2017.1334723  | Download  | 
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Maine Technical Publications

  • Loftin, C.S, R.Carey, and K. Goodine. 2017. The Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and University of Maine Department of Wildlife Ecology 2016 Annual Report to Cooperators. 50 pp.
  • Loman, Z., D. Harrison, C.S. Loftin, P.B. Wood. 2016. Evaluation of representative bird species’ Landscape Capability models developed by the Designing Sustainable Landscapes project in the 13-state, northeastern region of the United States. Annual report of project activity to the USFWS. 7 pp.
  • Rolek, B., D. Harrison, C. Loftin, and P. Wood. 2016. Bird communities of coniferous forests in the Acadian region; their habitat associations and responses to forest management. Annual report to the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit. 14pp.
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Maine Theses and Dissertations

  • Weaver 2017. Ph.D. Sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) as a functional link between marine and freshwater ecosystems. University of Maine, Orono. 147pp.
  • McKnight, A. 2017. Population ecology of colonially breeding seabirds: How intrinsic processes,mediating influences, and individual heterogeneity affect population vital rates. Doctoral dissertation, University of Maine, Orono. 199 pp.
  • Shaidani, N. 2017. The Biogeographic origins and trophic ecology of Maine.s island red-backed salamanders (Plethodon cinereus) M.S. Thesis, University of Maine, Orono. 75 pp.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 3

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 22

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 28

Scientific Publications: 54

Presentations: 266

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