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Follow a Researcher® Season 4: Maine Coast

Thank you for your continued interest in the Maine 4-H Follow a Researcher® program!

What do green crabs, ducks, and parasites have in common? How do scientists make sure the data they collect is accurate? What is an invasive species, and how can they be identified?

This spring, University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H invites K-12 students from Maine and beyond to explore the science of tracking invasive species with its Follow a Researcher® program.

Beginning online the week of April 23, videos that align with the Next Generation Science Standards Practice introduce UMaine graduate student Tyler Van Kirk and his research on green crabs (Carcinus maenas), an invasive species found along the coast of Maine.  Students and educators can follow his data collection trips in real-time with an online map and try an experiential learning activity that shows why data collection methods matter.

Check out the 2018 SEANET Student Spotlight, featuring Tyler!

2018 SEANET Student Spotlight: Tyler Van Kirk from Maine EPSCoR on Vimeo.


Live updates will happen weekly with Twitter chats, starting April 26, 1–2 p.m. EDT@UMaineFAR on Twitter.

Sign up for updates/announcements and materials by filling out this form:

More information is also available by contacting Greg Kranich, 207.581.3292, or email  To request a disability accommodation contact Greg Kranich.


Highlights from Antarctica!

Check out Lynn’s awesome video, capturing moments at work and at play while doing research in Antarctica! Thanks for following!

Lynn Kaluzienski
the Scientist
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In the NEWS
Researchers on snow-covered peak in Antarctica
Lynn’s Blog

Previous Follow a Researcher® Expeditions

Researcher in Peru wearing hard hat, sunglasses, and scarf
Expedition 1: Peru

Kit Hamley
Expedition 2:
Falkland Islands

For more information about Follow a Researcher®, contact us at 800.287.0274 or 581.3292 or email

Follow a Researcher® is a program of the University of Maine’s
Cooperative Extension.

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With support from the Maine 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees.

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