- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - University of Maine at Farmington professor Chris Brinegar has been awarded a Fulbright teaching and research fellowship that will take him to Ecuador in June.

The university announced Wednesday that Brinegar, an adjunct associate professor in the university’s natural sciences division, will be a visiting professor at the Technical University of Loja, a Catholic university in the Andes Mountains of southern Ecuador.

Brinegar will teach conservation genetics. The university said Brinegar will conduct research on the population genetics of two threatened tree species, cinchona and nogal.

Brinegar began teaching ecology, environmental science and biochemistry at the university in 2006. This is his second Fulbright fellowship.

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