Colby faculty and student research in the Belgrade Lakes earned widespread attention in Maine this fall—and an extension of the National Science Foundation EPSCoR grant that funded much of the work. Miselis Professor of Chemistry Whitney King learned in September that the grant, received in partnership with the University of Maine and other institutions, is fully funded for a fourth and final year ending in August 2013.

Interdisciplinary analysis of the environment and the economy of the Belgrade Lakes is helping researchers understand the dynamics among environmental, biogeochemical, and socioeconomic systems in a study held up as a model for other lake systems in Maine.

In September MPBN television’s Emmy-nominated science series Sustainable Maine opened its second season with a show titled “Saving Our Lakes,” which featured seven Colby professors and numerous student researchers. Maine Public Radio also ran several feature stories on the project in 2012.

Katherine Murray ’12 works in the shallows of one of the Belgrade Lakes. Colby has done extensive study of the lakes’ ecosystem in recent years.