Teen's Groundbreaking Lionfish Research - or Was It?


Brilliant scientific research can be done by anyone, anywhere and 13 year old Lauren Arrington’s science fair project has proved that beyond a doubt. Lionfish (Pterois spp.) are invasive species of poisonous fish that are impacting reefs from North Carolina to Florida. When Lauren entered a local science fair, she knew she wanted to study the invasive fish, so she chose to ask a question that no one had thought of before: how much salinity do lionfish need to survive?

The 2014 GMRI Citizen Science Challenge is here!


The GMRI education team has launched a new citizen science challenge running from May 1st through September 1st. Our goal is for kids to participate outside of school or class assignments and be active members of the Vital Signs community on their own.

Meet Caroline

    Have you ever met someone who is good with technology, super artistic, super creative, and also a naturalist and lover of the great outdoors? If you hadn't before, now you have! Meet Caroline Casals, new Vital Signs staffer. Caroline is full time GMRI Education Platform Specialist, spending half of her time focusing on the Vital Signs Program and half of her time thinking about LabVenture!.

Citizen Science: taking the scientific community by storm

    It seems that citizen science projects are everywhere these days. From finding exoplanets, to cataloging plankton from offshore robots, to examining climate change effects through backyard flowers, citizen science is taking off at breakneck speed… and for good reason!

In Memoriam: Greg Carter, devoted educator

    Maine and the Vital Signs community lost an extraordinary and devoted educator last week. Greg Carter was a wonderful teacher and colleague, not just to those that he taught with, but for us here at GMRI, too.

Mr. I Explains Vital Signs

Last spring Henry Ingwersen and his students at Wells Elementary School did Vital Signs. Then Henry and his tech integrator worked together to make this video and shared it on Vimeo. It's a great intro to Vital Signs, a great description of what it might look like in a classroom, and a great description of the impacts on students!

Winter is a fun Vital Signs season, too!

    Winter is definitely here, but Vital Signs activities continue. There are many ways to participate in Vital Signs this winter. It's a great time to dig deeper and learn more about invasive species across the state and at our borders and to share that learning with others. Check out some ways to participate this winter.

Fall 2013 - Season Recap

    Fall field seasons are the busiest time of year for Vital Signs. It's no surprise given the unpredictable winter and spring weather here in Maine. This fall was no exception, and it was busier in some ways than any past. Here's more info on Vital Signs this fall and falls past.

BOLO for Chinese Mitten Crabs

Green crabs have been getting a lot of press lately, but there's another crab invader on the East Coast to Be On the Look Out (BOLO) for. The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center wants your observations of Chinese mitten crabs.

Want to help monitor for the Chinese mitten crab? Here's what you can do:

So much activity this summer!!

    There was so much activity this summer! Check it out. Leave some comments. Let us know if you see something that should be on the best of pages. There were 220 Species Observations posted and 331 comments made. That's more activity than any other summer so far!
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