How the Competition Will Work

Competitors registered and submitted written proposals on March 9.  On April 3, oral presentations will take place before a panel of expert judges.  Participants will be allotted 15 minutes for their presentation and are free to decide the best way to present their proposal.  It is recommended that 10-12 minutes constitute the presentation and 3-5 minutes be left for questions from the judges.  Proposals requiring digital projectors must be on a USB device or portable hard drive, or available through an online service such as DropBox.


The Competition Day

On Friday, April 3, 2015 students will pitch their ideas for mitigating the impact of the European green crab in the Center’s first-ever student competition, vying for a first prize of $1000 and the chance to compete for an implementation grant for their idea.  Students will pitch their ideas to a panel of scientific and policy experts.


Barton Seaver

The Competition events will also include a keynote talk by Barton Seaver, a Maine chef, author, and National Geographic Fellow working on sustainable fisheries; a green crab tasting; educational displays and programming, and an opportunity for local middle school students to participate.  For more information about the event, contact Alice Elliott, Associate Director, 207-859-5313.



Events will take place in the Diamond Building Atrium.

9:15-11:50 Oral presentations by Colby teams

11:00 – 1:00 lunch and exhibits

12:30 Barton Seaver, Ostrove Auditorium

1:15: Oral presentations resume

2:45 Winner announced


The competition is designed to showcase student plans to ease or eradicate the green crab problem. The first prize will be $1,000, followed by a second place prize of $500, and two honorable mentions of $250.

Proposals scoring 90 or more points will be invited to submit a proposal for implementation funding to support moving their plan forward.


Entries will be judged by volunteer judges from academia, agencies, and non-profits working on the problem and a member(s) of the Colby faculty.  Judges will use a rubric with the following criteria:  scientific/technical accuracy; feasibility; quality of research/methods/procedures; creativity/originality; and quality of proposal and presentation.

The entry should clearly illustrate how the proposal intends to confront the increasing green crab population and mitigate the effects of this explosion on Maine’s lobster and shellfish industries.


More About the Green Crab Mitigation Competition


Judging Rubric

Panel of Judges

Bets Brown, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Colby College

Brian Beal Ph.D.

Brian Beal is Professor of Marine Ecology and Director of the Downeast Institute, at the University of Maine at Machias.

Hugh Cowperthwaite, Director Fisheries Project, CEI

Susie Arnold, Ph.D., Marine Scientist, Island Institute

Susie Arnold is a Marine Scientist, Island Institute.  A graduate of Bates College, she earned a masters degree in Marine Policy and a doctoral degree in Marine Biology from the University of Maine. At the Island Institute, Susie works primarily on the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on marine resources and fisheries dependent communities. Other areas of focus include science education with island schools, conducting cooperative research with fishermen, tracking federal fisheries policy related to management of groundfish and herring, and working with community fisheries organizations.

Jenny Sun, Ph.D., Senior Marine Resource Economist, Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Co-Sponsoring Organizations


University of Maine Machias


Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Maine Coastal Program

Maine Sea Grant

Island Institute


Learn more about the European Green Crab (Carcinus maenas)