Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
The Maine Unit is led by Dr. Cynthia Loftin, who oversees unit operations. Dr. Joseph Zydlewski is the Assistant Unit Leader-Fisheries. Rena Carey and Katherine Goodine provide administrative support for unit activities.
Drs. Loftin and Zydlewski are graduate faculty in the University of Maine's Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology. They teach graduate courses and serve as advisors or co-advisors on graduate student committees in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology and other departments, and oversee the Unit's research projects. Graduate students are supported with research assistantships, tuition, health insurance, and funds to conduct research projects, which typically are designed to address information needs of the unit cooperators. Graduate students work with Drs. Loftin and Zydlewski to meet requirements of Ph.D. or M.S. degrees in Wildlife Ecology or Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
Current research of the unit scientists and graduate students involve understanding effects of selected human-introduced stressors on Maine’s natural resources, emphasizing conservation and restoration of perturbed systems, and understanding behavioral and ecological interactions of native and exotic species. Research underway at the Maine Unit is supported by funds from the Wildlife Management Institute, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, NOAA-National Marine Fisheries Service, Maine EPSCor, Maine Department of Marine Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Maine Outdoor Heritage Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture, The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Geological Survey, and the University of Maine.
The Unit scientists are responsible for identifying information needs, designing the research to meet those needs, and finding and administering the resources to accomplish the research. Most research is conducted as graduate student research projects, although the Unit does employ a variety of temporary support staff from undergraduate student assistants and field technicians to research assistants.