Professor Jessie Muhlin conducts field work, writes op-ed, and assumes Chair role

Associate Professor Jessie Muhlin spent the Spring 2019 semester on sabbatical working on her research related to seaweed. Among some of the highlights, Prof. Muhlin was one of an awesome field crew helping Hannah Webber, a University of Maine PhD student, to set up rockweed plots at Schoodic Point in Acadia National Park (see picture). Hannah’s project involves investigating the intertidal environmental effects (temperature, light, wave action) and algal architecture changes with rockweed harvest. Professor Muhlin also recently co-wrote an op ed in the Bangor Daily News about the consequences of scientific inaccuracy in our judicial system in relation to rockweed along coastal landowners’ properties. You can find her article here. Finally, at the start of the fall semester, Prof. Muhlin will take over the position of Chair of the Ocean Studies department from Prof. Ann Cleveland. We are grateful to Prof. Cleveland for her leadership and service and excited to welcome Prof. Muhlin as chair.