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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.

The members of the cohort network with one another through remote video conferencing sessions in advance of coming together in person at the ACA. The project demonstrates how universities and the private sector can work together, build on one another’s perspectives, and design integrated solutions for economic and environmental challenges in the Arctic and North Atlantic Blue Economy

Since students and faculty are drawn from a variety of fields, they work together in an integrated cross-disciplinary manner, while pursuing their own research. The annual IGSRC is the result of an ongoing partnership among the University of Tromsø (UiT) – The Arctic University of Norway, the Maine North Atlantic Institute (MNAI) at the University of Southern Maine (USM), and the New England Ocean Cluster (NEOC) in Portland, Maine.

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.


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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