Dear Shoals Marine Laboratory Community,

Over the last few weeks, we have been carefully monitoring the possible impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our summer operations. In a typical SML summer, we welcome students and faculty from across the country and around the world to Appledore Island. Determining how to best interact with our close-knit residential island community has been a challenging endeavor.

We have been working very closely with UNH and Cornell leadership to determine the best path forward knowing that public health and safety are of paramount importance. Based on many considerations including our island home, the timing of our academic and public programs, and the current policies of UNH and Cornell, we have decided to offer remote learning opportunities this summer via our new Shoals Live Stream programming that will include custom-made live and recorded video broadcasts from Appledore Island. We will offer an array of digital interactive courses and outreach activities, and support limited island-based research. Please visit our program pages (links below) for more information regarding the details of what we are creating for you in 2020. 

SML Program pages:

This summer we will also be building foundations to make SML stronger and increase our impact. We will complete several facilities projects, classroom upgrades, and will be building some amazing digital resources to enable a bright future for SML. We will bring you stories of these adventures all summer via this newsletter - stay tuned! 

We look forward to bringing Appledore Island to you this summer!