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June 7, 2010


University of Maine at Fort Kent Professor of Biology & Environmental Studies, Dr. Steven B. Selva, has been awarded a L.L. Bean Acadia Research Fellowship this summer in Acadia National Park. Dr. Selva is one of six recipients.

The $5,000 fellowship will support Dr. Selva’s project: “Caliciod lichens and fungi of the Schoodic section of Acadia National Park.”
Dr. Selva’s project will focus on an under-reported and very difficult group of organisms to identify: caliciod lichens and fungi. Both play an important role in old and mature forests. The study will conduct a baseline survey of the species in the maritime forests of the national park’s Schoodic Peninsula. The study also is part of a larger assessment being carried out in forests from the Adirondacks to Prince Edward Island.
The L.L. Bean Acadia Research Fellowship is supported by a $25,000 donation from L.L. Bean, Inc. for field research at any location within Acadia National Park in the physical, biological, ecological, social, and cultural sciences. Grants of up to $5,000 are awarded to proposals that address the park’s significant natural and/or cultural resources; the experiences of visitors and local residents who use the park; and the peoples who have lived in the Acadia region. 
Since coming to UMFK, Dr. Selva has established an active research program in lichenology. His research has been supported over the years by grants from the UMFK Faculty Development Fund; the Appalachian Mountain Club; The Nature Conservancy (Maine chapter); The New Brunswick Museum; the National Geographic Society; and the Northeastern Forest Experiment Station; among others.
Dr. Selva has been a member of the UMFK faculty since 1976.