UMM to Host Maine Writer Catherine Schmitt

Machias, ME – The Maine Writers Series at the University of Maine at Machias will host Catherine Schmitt on Thursday, October 9, 2008 at 7:00 pm in the UMM Art Gallery, located in Powers Hall.

Schmitt will read from her book, A Coastal Companion: A year in the Gulf of Maine, from Cape Cod to Canada. A Coastal Companion is a journey through a year in the Gulf of Maine and its watershed. It chronicles changes through the seasons both above and within the sea, following the arrival and departure of migrating shorebirds in spring and fall, schools of fish as they move in and out of our region, and the natural cycles of our bays, rivers, marshes, and coastal forests. Part field guide, part almanac, the book also highlights writers, artists, and scientists who have chosen the Gulf of Maine as their subject matter.

Schmitt, a science writer for the Maine Sea Grant College Program, believes that combining science and art is an effective way to bring science to a wider audience. As communications coordinator for the Maine Sea Grant, she conveys research findings and information about the coasts and oceans to Maine residents and visitors.

Before joining the Maine Sea Grant in 2004, Schmitt visited remote lakes and ponds throughout Maine and the Northeast while completing her Master's degree in ecology and environmental science with the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Environmental & Watershed Research, also at the University of Maine.

She has worked on science publications from the shores of Chesapeake Bay for the University of Maryland, spent two years as a wetlands consultant in western Massachusetts, and studied salt marshes with the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. Her writing on science, nature, and environmental issues appears in regional newspapers and magazines, and is archived at

For more information on this event, contact Gerard NeCastro at 255-1293.

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