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December 21, 2006


University of Maine at Fort Kent Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Dr. Kim M. Borges-Therien, has received a $1,000 grant from the Maine EPSCoR Forest Bioproducts Research Project in support of an undergraduate student internship to investigate winter water quality in Cross Lake.

Dr. Borges-Therien's grant is the third grant received by a UMFK professor within the last month.

The most recent funded proposal will investigate changes in water quality parameters in Cross Lake during the winter. An undergraduate student will measure dissolved oxygen, temperature, and phosphorus through the ice on Cross Lake at least five times during the study period of January through March, in order to draw conclusions about winter stress to fish populations in the popular and important sport fishing site.

The undergraduate student will participate in an on-going research project at Cross Lake. The student will prepare a written report that inputs results from the winter data collection in the context of the long-term study. The report will be evaluated by a committee of three Environmental Studies faculty at UMFK, and the student will receive a grade and academic credit for the project.

Last month, UMFK Instructor of Forestry, Jeff Dubis, received a $5,000 small-equipment grant to cover the purchase of an ATV and trailer for use by the University?s Forest Technology program, and Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies, Dr. Steve Selva, received a $2,000 grant to cover travel expenses to continue his research into lichens as environmental indicators.

The State of Maine is one of 27 states and jurisdictions that participate in the National Science Foundation's Science Experimental Program to stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).