The First Annual UMaine Freshwater Science Symposium will showcase freshwater research being conducted by UMaine faculty, staff and students within Maine and beyond. This half-day symposium will feature two poster sessions and two oral presentations by guest speakers. Dr. Bill McDowell from the University of New Hampshire will be the plenary speaker for this kick-‐off event. Dr. McDowell is the Director of the New Hampshire Water Resources Research Center, and has conducted research on carbon, nitrogen, natural disturbance, and human disturbance in remote and urban landscapes in temperate as well as tropical ecosystems. Dr. Dave Courtemanch, Freshwater Science and Policy Analyst for the Maine Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.