BioME Virtual Coffee Hour: Aquaculture & Bioscience
May 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Join us for a casual “learn and connect” BioME Virtual Coffee Hour: Aquaculture & Bioscience on May 13 from 10-11am. Hear from Maine aquaculture and life science professionals to learn about the relationship between the two industries in our state.
This coffee hour will feature Erik Heim (Nordic Aquafarms), William Keleher (Kennebec River Biosciences), and Dr. M. Scarlett Tudor (University of Maine’s Aquaculture Research Institute). The 1st place recipient of the BioME Student Showcase, Patrick Wahlig (Falmouth High School), will also be making an appearance to speak about his research of Maine striped bass and stable isotope analysis.
Presentations will be followed by Q&A and the audience will have a chance to connect with the speakers and each other.
Erik A Heim, President & Founder, Nordic Aquafarms
Heim founded Nordic Aquafarms some seven years back in Norway to solve the most common environmental challenges associated with finfish aquaculture. The company attained the first land-based license for salmon in the largest salmon producing nation in the world Norway, and is the largest land-based producer in Norway with other developments now emerging. The company was also a pioneer with first land-based production of Yellowtail Kingfish in Scandinavia, with two land-based facilities in Denmark. In 2018, Heim moved to Maine with family to head up the company’s expansion in the US that now includes Maine and California. Before Nordic Aquafarms, Heim held various executive positions in the financial services industry and in major consulting firms. Heim is a dual Norway-US citizen, and educated at California Lutheran University (BA) and Oregon State University (MBA/MA).
William Keleher, CEO & Founder, Kennebec River Biosciences
Kennebec River Biosciences is an animal health company providing diagnostic services and veterinary biologics (vaccines and probiotics) focused on aquatic animals to companies around the globe. The company’s core mission is to manage pathogen risks within the aquaculture industry as it becomes one of the major food sources in the 21st century. A native of upstate New York, Bill completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Maine and conducted his graduate work at Oregon State University before returning to Maine in 1996. In April of 2021, Kennebec River Biosciences celebrated its 25th anniversary.
Dr. M. Scarlett Tudor, Education & Outreach Coordinator, University of Maine’s Aquaculture Research Institute
Dr. M. Scarlett Tudor is currently the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the University of Maine’s Aquaculture Research Institute. Her main focus is on workforce development programs for Maine’s diverse aquaculture community. She has worked in aquatic animal research for over 15 years researching various topics within aquaculture, fish behavior and reproduction.
Patrick Wahlig, Student, Falmouth High School
Patrick Wahlig, a sophomore at Falmouth High School, is an avid fisherman with a passion for biology, nature, and conservation. Recently, Patrick secured a job at The Tackle Shop in Portland, Maine, where he hopes to spend the summer assisting others with their bait and tackle needs, hone his fly-tying skills, and exchange fish stories with other striped bass enthusiasts. Patrick is the founder of the Falmouth High School Life Sciences Club and continues to study striped bass through research with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. Patrick enjoys competitive sailboat racing in Lasers and will compete in the 2021 Offshore Monhegan Island Race in a 35-foot Beneteau Figaro II. Patrick is an Eagle Scout and a member of Boy Scout Troop 93. He is the president of the Falmouth High School Class of 2023, volunteers at Mercy Hospital as an orderly, and collects and delivers medical supplies to those in need through Partners for World Health.