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Federal Staff

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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

Miranda Furnari

Katherine G.

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.

Dianne Kopec

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

Allie Simoes

Christopher Tremblay

Anthony Zenga

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.

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.

Logan Kline with cat

Logan Kline

I grew up in Maryland and have lived on the east coast for my entire life. Before coming to Maine, I lived and worked on Cape Cod, MA contributing to research to protect cetaceans. I love animals and have a dog-ter, Mocha, as well as two snakes and a bearded dragon. I love exploring, traveling, and reading non-fiction books like the nerd I am!

Meredith Lewis

Meredith Lewis

I grew up near Denver, Colorado and was spoiled by having opportunities to be close to nature early in life. More specifically, I discovered an interest in birds and never looked back. Besides drinking egregious amounts of coffee, you are most likely going to find me birding, looking for amphibians, or taking pictures.

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.

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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.

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.

Shawn Snyder

Shawn Snyder

I grew up in a small community in south-central Pennsylvania but have spent the last three years in the southeastern US. I attended Penn State University for my undergraduate studies where I majored in Wildlife and Fisheries Science, and then I obtained my M.S. degree from Tennessee State University in Environmental Sciences.

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.

K Whittum

Kory Whittum

I am from Rochester, NY. Growing up I spent most of my summers in the Adirondacks where I found my passion for the outdoors. During my free time, I enjoy fly fishing and tying my own flies. I also enjoy bow hunting as well as waterfowl hunting.

 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 6

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 2

University Staff: 13

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 23

Scientific Publications: 52

Presentations: 284

 

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