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It Must Be Something in the Water! The Ecology of Animals in Maine's Aquatic Systems

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The world around us is dominated by water and these ecosystems harbor some of the most fascinating creatures. Whether a diminutive black fly or a huge sturgeon, organisms have evolved to exploit diverse aquatic habitats in our "back yard".
We will explore the watery world through the eyes of an extraordinary group of scientists with expertise in the behavior and ecology of fish, invertebrates, and humans. Our goal is to have students gain a new perspective about animal life in stream, lake, river, and ocean environments.
This six-week class is held at UMaine-Orono at the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions in the Norman Smith Hall.

Instructor Joseph Zydlewski
Joe holds a B.S. in Chemistry and Biology from Bates College, and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is Assistant Leader at the US Geological Survey, Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and Professor in the Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology. He is also cooperating faculty in the Schools of Biology and Ecology and Marine Sciences at the University of Maine, Orono. Joe has addressed both basic and complex fisheries management questions in innovative ways by developing a program which includes Connectivity and River Restoration, Physiology and Behavior Migration, and Human Impacts and Interactions.

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