The Island View
Monthly Newsletter
September 2022
The sun setting on an amazing season
Photo / Casey Snook
Dear SML Community,

Reflecting on my first summer at SML, I can genuinely say that I experienced the Appledore magic so many of you have mentioned to me since starting my job earlier this year. From my first trip on the R/V Kingsbury, releasing a wild bird from the bird banding station, classes with students, attending research symposiums, public programs, to donor engagement - it’s a magnetism that one can only encounter by spending time on the island and being immersed in a community that I am grateful to be a part of.

Our staff is already busy in the off-season shutting down the island and preparing for next summer. Jennifer Seavey is currently attending the Organization of Biological Field Stations conference to connect with other professionals in the industry. She leads our staff with the big sense of pride we all feel after achieving the most successful season in the lab’s history in regard to the number of students we hosted, academic courses, research, and new programming. It’s a huge accomplishment for a team dedicated to the Shoals mission of providing outstanding experiential education and to support innovative research programs focused on understanding and sustaining the marine environment. We couldn’t have done it without you - our amazing community of alumni and friends. We are truly grateful for your support, thank you!

As we bid farewell to summer, Celia Thaxter reminds us that “there shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.” I hope you keep fond memories of Appledore close to you as we transition to a new season.
Amy Fish
Director of Community Relations
Shoals Marine Laboratory
Meet our new Lead Engineer, Zach Charewicz
Zach is our newest employee at Shoals and we are so excited to have him! Zach previously worked as an island engineer in 2016 and 2017 and went on to spend 5 years working at a small aerospace company in Dover, NH that specialized in thermal seals and flexible thermal protection systems. He found his way back to SML at the end of the 2022 season in the position of Facilities Manager. "I'm excited to keep the island functional and improve it where possible!" Welcome to the team, Zach!
Our public programs were a huge success!
Each year, we welcome members of the public as they come and experience Shoals in different ways. Our first group came to learn all about the ecology of the Gulf of Maine. They saw birds, seals, intertidal species, and even did a plankton tow from our boat that they then looked at under a microscope.

Our second group was focused on visual art, spending time out in the field painting, participating in a printmaking workshop, and learning to use watercolors. It all culminated in a lovely gallery night!

Take a Bite out of Appledore, our signature eco-culinary retreat, was full of delicious dining experiences with food foraged on our island or fished right off our shores.

Finally, bird lovers from near and far arrived for guided birding tours. We spotted oystercatchers, cormorants, guillemots, and even a rare island visit from a barred owl!
Interested in joining a public program next year? Keep an eye on this newsletter in the spring for early registration! In the meantime, read more about our public programs here.
Did you miss our Rock Talk seminars this summer?
Our Rock Talk seminars were a big success this year. We had a wide variety of speakers talk about all things marine science and more. If you missed any of them or would like to watch them again, you can find them on our website here.
Shoals Marine Lab relies on the generosity of donors. Find out how you can help SML maintain a sustainable community on Appledore Island here.
Shoals Marine Laboratory is a joint partnership between
Cornell University and the University of New Hampshire.