The Island View
Monthly Newsletter
February 2018
Dear Friends of Shoals Marine Laboratory,

Six workshops, one online survey, six field station experts, and hundreds of participants (faculty, alumni, supporters, university leaders, and more) were involved in the process of developing Shoals Marine Laboratory's new, ten-year Strategic Plan. We are so excited to announce the official launch of our plan with you today! Throughout the planning process, our community collectively identified five main ideas – five beacons – that will serve as goals for the next decade. These beacons focus on academic excellence, innovative research, an interdisciplinary approach, enhancing engagement with our fabulous community, and strengthening our sustainability program.

We are so grateful for your time, energy, and enthusiasm throughout this planning process, and we hope you are excited to move into the next phase with us: making it happen! We rely on your support and invite you to join us on our journey to reach our vision for the future.
With deep appreciation and warm wishes,
Jennifer Seavey, Ph.D.
Kingsbury Executive Director
Shoals Marine Laboratory
Strategic Plan 2018-2028
SML's mission is to provide outstanding experiential, place-based education, and to support innovative research programs focused on understanding and sustaining the marine environment.

SML's vision is to be a world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of sustainable, healthy oceans. Our hallmarks are experiential, place-based education, sustainability in action, and innovative research to advance the understanding and protection of marine ecosystems.
Cover image on the new Strategic Plan.

Thank you to all who participated in the Strategic Planning process!
March 7th Seminar Featuring Research at SML
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
UNH Durham Campus
Holloway Commons, Squamscott Room
4:00 – 6:00pm

Hosted by UNH's School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering, this seminar will highlight on-going SML research, featuring the following topics and speakers:
Seabird research on Seavey Island.
  • Animal Search Behavior: Biological Markets Under the Sea, presented by Dr. Mark Laidre, Department of Biological Sciences, Dartmouth College

  • Marine Ecological Genomics, presented by Dr. David Plachetzki, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences; School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering, UNH

  • Endangered Seabird Recovery and Ecology in the Isles of Shoals, presented by Dr. Jennifer Seavey, Department of Natural Resources, UNH & Cornell; School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering, UNH

This seminar is free and open to all! Please register (RSVP) in order to attend.

The Gills Club Scholarship
Thanks to a generous donation to The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy , our colleagues at The Gills Club are offering their first-ever full-ride scholarship for SML's Shark Biology & Conservation course this summer (July 16-30, 2018). We are ecstatic!

Shark Biology & Conservation will be taught by Gills Club co-founder, Dr. Heather Marshall. Dr. Marshall has studied sharks across the world, including shark-tagging trips aboard OCEARCH research vessels. Not only will she bring a wealth of knowledge about sharks to her SML course, she'll also bring her passion about inspiring the next generation of ocean advocates. We are excited to welcome Dr. Marshall to the SML faculty line-up this summer!

Help us spread the word about The Gills Club Scholarship with any shark-loving college students you might know!

Dr. Heather Marshall aboard an OCEARCH cruise.
Cornell Giving Day 2018
Mark your calendars for an upcoming opportunity to support SML – and you don't have to be a Cornell alum to participate! Every spring, Cornell University hosts Cornell Giving Day : a one-day event when the entire Cornell community comes together to give to programs at Cornell that mean the most to them!

Donations made to SML on Cornell Giving Day will directly benefit student scholarships. Over 50% of our Cornell students rely on financial aid, and right now we have more students with need than we can support. Your gift will have immediate and critical positive impacts for SML students!

March 20, 2018 is Cornell Giving Day.

Learn more and bookmark this site to make your gift to SML on March 20th: givingday.cornell.edu
Give SML scholarships a much-needed boost on March 20th! Thank you!
2018 Public Programs!
Come experience SML's innovative public programming this summer, and enjoy the magic of Appledore Island and the Isles of Shoals. Each of our public programs is  all-inclusive , and their unique themes  reflect SML's mission to educate visitors about the island environment and sustainability. 
Celia Thaxter's Garden Tours
10 tour dates in summer 2018

Step back in time and experience the unique beauty of Celia Thaxter's historic island garden. Superb ocean views and a gourmet buffet lunch will make your experience even more unforgettable! Sign-up soon!

2018 Dates:  June 26, June 30, July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, August 3, August 14, August 17, August 20
SeaSHOALS for families!
August 20 22, 2018

This program sells out every year! (It's that awesome!) Adults and kids alike will trek around the island, wade through tidepools, use microscopes in the lab, visit the seal colony, play games, make arts and crafts, and more! This is the perfect getaway for families before the next school year begins. (Best for ages 7-14, accompanied by an adult.) 
Thank you to the panelists from our February 21st event!
On Wednesday, February 21st, SML partnered with the UNH Department of Art and Art History to host a film screening and panel discussion that highlighted Appledore Island's role in the American Impressionist movement, specifically Celia Thaxter's island garden and the works of Childe Hassam.

Many thanks to our panel of experts for joining us and sharing their expertise and insights with a packed audience! It was an outstanding event, and the film The Artist's Garden: American Impressionism is truly excellent!
Panelists included:
John Forti
Doug Nelson
Carol Scollans

Event co-organized by:
Grant Drumheller & Jennifer Seavey
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Shoals Marine Laboratory is a joint partnership between
Cornell University and the University of New Hampshire.