The Wrack

The Wrack is the Wells Reserve blog, our collective logbook on the web.

Posts tagged research

  • The Landscape of Sound

    Larissa Holland
    | August 8, 2018 | Filed under: Observations

    Recording in three distinct habitats at different times of the day and the year is creating a soundscape for long-term studies.

  • 2018 Summer Staff

    | June 8, 2018 | Filed under: Culture

    New faces arrive each June to assist with education and research programs for the summer. This year we welcome Cassie, Grace, Larissa, and Jessica, and welcome back Amanda.

  • Research Volunteer Discovers "Little Monster" in Harbor Samples

    | March 6, 2018 | Filed under: Observations

    With the practiced eye of a marine scientist, a post-career volunteer finds an uncommon copepod in a Wells Harbor plankton sample.

  • Who's Edna? No: What's eDNA?

    | March 2, 2018 | Filed under: Program Reports

    Environmental DNA could dramatically change the way reserve scientists survey streams, rivers, and estuaries for finfish and crustaceans.

  • Wells Reserve to Expand Fisheries Science and Conflict Management Research

    | October 18, 2017 | Filed under: News

    Wells Reserve is expanding fisheries science and conflict management research thanks to two grants from the NERRS Science Collaborative.

  • Community Makes York River Fish Study a Success

    | June 15, 2017 | Filed under: Observations

    We got lots of help over 10 weeks of fyke netting in the York River and added 3,759 fish records to our database. The results will be included in a report to the York River Wild and Scenic Committee.

  • Story Map: Larval Fish

    | June 6, 2017 | Filed under: Observations

    Introduction to the larval fish monitoring done by reserve scientists at Wells Harbor.

  • Rainbow Smelt in the York River

    Tyler Spillane
    | May 15, 2017 | Filed under: Observations

    Fyke netting in the York River in April and May 2017 resulted in well over 1,000 rainbow smelt caught and released, plus evidence of successful spawning in the river.

  • New Research Director at Wells Reserve

    | July 20, 2016 | Filed under: News

    Dr. Jason Goldstein portraitWELLS, Maine, July 20, 2016 — Dr. Jason Goldstein is the new research director at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. Goldstein will oversee the Wells Reserve’s fish studies, salt marsh restoration activities, and long-term environmental monitoring program. He intends to expand the reserve’s shellfish program, currently focused on green crab research, into lobster and Jonah crab ecology. Goldstein was selected after a national search and started at the reserve in June.

  • Spring 2016 Fish Monitoring

    | March 15, 2016

    Brook Trout in the hand.This spring, our research staff will be heading out to nearby rivers to begin a fish-monitoring project and you can get involved.

    We're collaborating with the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) to generate up-to-date population information on species with the greatest conservation need in coastal Maine. DMR staff have identified potential spawning habitat for diadromous species such as alewife, rainbow smelt, and brook trout in the Merriland River, Mousam River, and Little River (Biddeford). Now we’re off too see if these species are indeed using these habitats.