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Honors Travel Class in Iceland

The University of Southern Maine’s Honors Program travel class returned to Iceland for the first visit since the pandemic.  Fourteen undergraduate Honors students along with their faculty member, Professor Amy Amoroso traveled to Iceland on May 27, 2023 for nine days. | Read More

International Graduate Student Research Cohort

The annual International Graduate Student Research Cohort (IGSRC) brings together students and faculty from universities in Maine and across the North Atlantic region to collaborate on research that results in publishable papers and a joint presentation at the Arctic Circle Assembly (ACA) in Reykjavik, Iceland. | Read More

MNAI Convenes

MNAI Convenes is a webinar series born out of the pandemic that explores topics related to Maine’s relationship to the North Atlantic and Arctic. The series, curated by Maine artist Justin Levesque, is a fascinating blend of culture, commerce, and climate. That blend — of science and the humanities — brings together people and ideas while also highlighting the rich ‘cultural connections’ between Maine and the North Atlantic and Arctic.


In this short video, Tracy Michaud, Head of the Department and Associate Professor in the Tourism and Hospitality program at the University of Southern Maine, highlights USM’s Iceland travel courses and the collaborative work she is undertaking with students and faculty from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Greenland as part of the Arctic Education Alliance.

New Book: Dr. Matthew Bampton, from the Department of Geography-Anthropology at the University of Southern Maine, whose research focuses on climate impacts on marginal communities in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic, has recently published a book entitled “The North Atlantic Polar Triangle: Documenting the End of an Epoch.” The book discusses the physical, ecological, and cultural history of the NAPT and its bordering regions following the end of the Last Glacial Maximum. You can preview the book online here.

Stakeholder Perceptions of Managing an Emergent Tourist Destination: The Fagradalsfjall Volcanic Eruption in Iceland

A new case study published by Langridge and Michaud in the Bulletin of Vulcanology examines the 2021 volcanic eruption at Fagradalsfjall, Iceland and the active collaboration between stakeholders in the development of an emergent volcanic site into a tourism destination.

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