UMF Research Team Receives NSF Grant to Study Environment and Economy

Julia DalyA team of UMF faculty researchers has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to explore the impact of environmental and land use changes on ecosystems and the economy of the Rangeley Lakes region of western Maine. According to the Washington Examiner, the UMF team will work in partnership with the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust—a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the ecosystem and cultural heritage of the area. UMF faculty and students will work closely together to study and understand the impact of climate change, invasive species, land use and community dynamics on the region’s environment and economy. Faculty and students from the natural sciences, computer science, economics and education will collaborate on the four-year study to help develop a knowledge-to-action plan for sustainable solutions for the region.

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