ORONO, Maine — Five projects, including four with ties to the University of Maine, have been named recipients of 2010-2012 research funding awards from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Sea Grant Office.
The funds total $500,000 for research projects in the areas of natural and social sciences.
The projects are:
• A study of the nature and rates of change in salt marshes, which will help coastal managers and landowners evaluate risks of sea-level rise to property and infrastructure, by Daniel Belknap and Joseph Kelley of UMaine and Cindy Loftin of the U.S. Geological Survey Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. The project received $156,945.
• A study that will compare and evaluate nine different lobster assessment methods now in place with a goal of improving monitoring program design, by Yong Chen of UMaine and Carl Wilson of the Maine Department of Marine Resources, who were granted $127,890.
• A look at how systems respond to dam removal at the species, community and ecosystem levels with a focus on sea lamprey and habitat in Sedgeunkedunk Stream, a tributary of the Penobscot River, being done by UMaine’s Stephen Coghlan and Joe Zydlewski of USGS’ Fish and Wildlife unit. The project received $105.224.
• An assessment of vulnerability and resilience in Maine fishing communities by UMaine’s Teresa Johnson, who received $129,336.
• A study of mapping for marine resource management and community development, using Penobscot Bay as a case study. Robert Snyder of the Island Institute in Rockland was awarded $37,000 to examine the location of human activities in order to inform marine spatial planning initiatives such as marine reserves and wind power facilities.