Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Maine
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Maine Staff Member


Shannon Chapin

Shannon Chapin

Phone: (207) 581 - 2921
Email: shannon.chapin@umit.maine.edu

Education

  • MS University of Maine 2014
  • Other Humboldt State University 2010
  • BS Pennsylvania State University 2007

Biography

As an undergraduate at Penn State, I assisted with research focused on the phenological adaptations of plants to nutrient stress and the influence of elevated CO2 levels on plant productivity. After finishing my B.S, I interned with the USFWS at Blackwater NWR and studied the nesting behavior of marsh birds. I then headed south to work at the USGS National Wetlands Research Center, where I assisted with a project that examined the effects of climate change on bald cypress swamps throughout the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. Next, I took a job with the California Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (CCFWRU) to study the ecological benefits of the federal Wetland Reserve Program (WRP). While at the CCFWRU, I assisted with vegetation, soil, morphological, amphibian and avian surveys, as well as conducted a GIS analysis of the potential flood storage capacity of select WRPs in California’s Central Valley and Oregon’s Klamath River Basin. It was this project that helped me to realize my calling; I enrolled in Humboldt State University’s (HSU) Graduate Certificate in GIS & Remote Sensing program in the spring of 2010. I was also concurrently employed by the USFS and HSU’s Institute for Cartography. Specifically, I worked as a biological technician at the USFS’s Redwood Sciences Laboratory and examined the spatial patterns of amphibian diseases throughout the Klamath and Cascade Mountains. My employment with the Institute for Cartography helped improve my ability to present spatially explicit data. After completing the certificate program I moved to Maine and worked as a scientist technician for Kleinschmidt Associates.

Research Interest

Non-native honeybees have historically been used to pollinate many crops throughout the US, but recent declines have brought to light the need for a more sustainable pollination plan, which includes the use of native pollinators. My research is part of a larger, multi-state, multi-institution project that is examining pollination security throughout the Northeast. I will be studying the landscape ecology and spatial factors that influence native pollinator communities.

Research Publications Publication Date
Groff, S.C., C.S. Loftin, F.A. Drummond, S. Bushmann, and B.McGill. 2016. Parameterization of the InVEST Crop Pollination Model to spatially predict abundance of wild blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium Aiton) native bee pollinators in Maine, USA. Environmental Modeling and Software 79:1-9. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2016.01.003 | Download 2016-01-31
Presentations Presentation Date
Hanes, S.P., B. Du Clos, S.P., Groff, S.C., Loftin, C.S., and F.A. Drummond. 2016. When farming is like fishing: Lessons from the BeeMapper. Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions Seminar, Orono, ME. 15 February. 2016-02-15
Du Clos, B.E., C.S. Loftin, and F.Drummond. 2014. Native bee communities in electric transmission easements of Washington County, Maine. Poster presentation at the 70th Annual Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, April 13-15, Portland, ME. 2014-04-13
Du Clos, B., Hanes, S.P., Groff, S.C., Loftin, C.S., and F.A. Drummond. 2016. A tool for grower assessment of wild bee abundance in the Maine wild blueberry landscape. Colby Conference on Community, Culture, and Conservation. Waterville, ME. 7-9 April. Poster. 2016-04-07
Du Clos, B., Hanes, S.P., Groff, S.C., Loftin, C.S., and F.A. Drummond. 2015. BeeMapper: a tool for grower assessment of wild bee abundance. Wild Blueberry Research and Extension Workers 2015 Annual Conference. Bar Harbor, ME, 13 October. 2015-10-13
Du Clos, B., Hanes, S.P., Groff, S.C., Loftin, C.S., and F.A. Drummond. 2015. A tool for grower assessment of wild bee abundance in the Maine wild blueberry landscape. Student Conference on Conservation Science. New York, NY. 7-9 October. Poster. 2015-10-07
Chapin, S.J., C.S. Loftin, and F.Drummond. 2014. Effects of landsacpe pattern and arrangement on native bee abundance in Maine's wild blueberries. Presentation at the 70th Annual Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, April 13-15, Portland, ME. 2014-04-13
Chapin, S., C.S. Loftin, and F. Drummond. 2013. Assessing the Effect of Landscape Pattern and Arrangement on Native Bee Abundance in Maine’s Blueberry Fields, Poster Presentation at the Northeast Natural History Conference, April 13-15, Springfield, MA. 2013-04-13
Chapin, S., C. Loftin, and F. Drummond. The application of spatial modeling tools to assess the effect of landscape pattern and arrangement on native bee abundance in Maine's wild blueberries. Poster presentation at the 2013 International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health, and Policy, August 14-17, Penn State University, University Park, PA. 2013-08-14