The University of Maine at Presque Isle is pleased to announce the recipient of the Donald and Linda G. Zillman Family Professorship for 2015-2017.

The recipient is David Putnam, archaeologist/climate scientist and University of Maine at Presque Isle faculty member.

Putnam is using the professorship funds to conduct a wide range of research, including a joint climate change-focused research expedition to Mongolia and related publication work in 2015-2016, as well as research connected with documenting wood turtle populations, glacial geology, and archaeology survey in the North Maine Woods in 2016-2017.

“We are delighted to have Dave Putnam serve as the second-ever recipient of the Zillman Family Professorship,” UMPI President Linda Schott said. “He is a dedicated scientist who is able to focus his attention on a wide range of research topics and the professorship will allow him to continue the important work he’s been doing both close to home in northern Maine and halfway around the world.”

"I was honored to receive the Zillman Professorship and ecstatic that it would support UMPI student participation in cutting edge field research in far flung regions of our planet,” Putnam said. “The students may or may not pursue this as a career, but it provides a global education beyond compare. One can't truly learn about the world from a classroom, it must be experienced."

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