This issue of UMaine Today includes a wonderful story by
David Munson highlighting University of Maine professor Bob Steneck and
his research-based perspectives on ocean fisheries management issues.
Bob is one of a great many UMaine faculty members with international
stature in various academic disciplines, and his work is of extreme
significance. His suggestions of new ways to look at managing delicate
marine ecosystems put him at the forefront of contemporary academic
thinking about the future of the world's oceans.
its cutting-edge teaching, research and outreach activities, UMaine's
School of Marine Sciences is one of the largest academic units of its
kind anywhere. Its work is particularly important in Maine, where much
of our state's well-being and future prosperity are inextricably linked
to the sea. UMaine's high profile in marine sciences is evidenced by the
fact that scientists from three other countries and 20 other states
spent part of the summer working with UMaine students, staff and faculty
members at our Darling Marine Center in Walpole — a UMaine facility that
is known worldwide as an outstanding place for scientists to work
collaboratively in an environment that supports those who aspire to
advance knowledge in these areas.
Marine sciences have a long history at UMaine, and I daresay they will
always be an important part of what we are as a land- and sea-grant
university. As we look to the future and explore ways to maximize the
impact of our work, partnerships like our growing relationship with the
Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, where two recently
appointed UMaine faculty members will be located, will help to ensure
the University of Maine's ongoing, positive effect on the understanding
of marine environments. It is no exaggeration to say that the world's
environment depends on a healthy, robust system of oceans, and UMaine
will make a real difference in helping secure that system's future.
UMaine Today Magazine
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