Molly Meserve

In 2007, Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife listed Great Blue Herons (Ardea herodias) as a Species of Special Concern in Maine because of its apparent decline along the coast. My graduate research focuses on the breeding behavior of Great Blue Herons in Maine, and, more specifically, on possible differences in brood provisioning rates in a coastal versus inland Great Blue Heron colony. I have been working with biologists and citizen science volunteers with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for this project and plan to use my research to add to the knowledge of the condition of Maine’s Great Blue Herons.

Molly defended her Thesis in the Fall 2013 term.  She is a LabVenture! Fellow in Interactive Science Learning for the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. She teaches 5th and 6th grade students from all across Maine about the Gulf of Maine watershed and current research that is going on within the watershed. The LabVenture! program serves approximately 10,000 students a year and we cover 75% of the counties in Maine.

Molly’s (mmeserve@une.edu) lead adivsor is Kathy Ono, Marine Science, UNE.  Noah is on her committee and is a collaborator.