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

In an article published by the Association of American Colleges & Universities, the power of experiential education was lauded with enabling "a deeper understanding of subject matter than is possible through classroom study alone, [building] the capacity for critical thinking and application of knowledge in complex or ambiguous situations, [and fostering] the ability to engage in lifelong learning, including learning in the workplace.” At SML, our hands-on, research-rich, field-based courses exemplify experiential learning at its best!

We have several new courses on tap for summer 2018, and we are excited to offer:

  • cutting-edge Marine Ecological Genomics taught by UNH’s Dr. David Plachetzki, who has been conducting genomics research at SML for the past few years by sequencing samples collected on and around Appledore Island;
  • critically important, skill-building Applied Science Communication taught by Cornell’s Dr. Mark Sarvary and Kitty Gifford;
  • hot topic Marine Parasitology & Disease taught by East Carolina University’s Dr. April Blakeslee, who is an SML alum herself, as well as a visiting researcher and SML internship mentor;
  • pressing issue of Examining Marine Climate Change taught by McGill University’s Dr. Drew Bush, who is the grandson of one of SML's founding faculty members (Louise Bush); and
  • already-popular Shark Biology & Conservation, taught by Atlantic White Shark Conservancy scientist, Dr. Heather Marshall.

You can see from the breadth of the courses listed above that SML is presenting our students with opportunities to explore all aspects of marine science with world-class faculty. We want to be known as a place where students can immerse themselves in their education and become marine scientists over the summer. With the advent of the Shoals Semester program and the wide array of courses we offer, they can!

Our teaching philosophy at SML makes all the difference, and our experiential programs can help students transition more gracefully from college to a job or graduate studies, and beyond! In the classroom, lab, and field, our goal at SML is to improve the quality of learning itself, and increase the likelihood that SML students engage in a lifetime of learning and critical thinking. Thank YOU for your continued support of our mission and programs!
With deep appreciation and warm wishes,
Jennifer Seavey, Ph.D.
Kingsbury Executive Director
Shoals Marine Laboratory
SML students need your support tomorrow, March 20th!
One day can make a big difference for SML students. Tomorrow (Tuesday, March 20th) is Cornell Giving Day , and SML needs your support!

Donations made to SML on Cornell Giving Day will directly benefit student scholarships. Over 50% of our Cornell students rely on financial assistance, and right now we have more students with need than w e can support! Your gift will have immediate and critical positive impacts for SML students! (You do not need to be a Cornell alum to give to SML for Cornell Giving Day.)
Help us boost SML scholarships on March 20th! Thank you!
New Student Opportunities and Internships!
SML's academic team has been hard at work this winter building relationships and collaborations with a diverse array of different organizations and sponsors in order to advance and increase the number of student research opportunities at SML. Support from our ever-growing network has created several new and exciting internships and fellowships that will be offered for the first time this summer. Check them out below and on our website .
Sustainability Communications Internship (June 18 - July 16, 2018)

Sponsored by Unitil, the 2018 Shoals Sustainability Program is growing! In addition to Sustainable Engineering Internships, SML will host a Sustainability Communications Intern, who will help both SML and Unitil create content and generate excitement for a joint brand awareness campaign around sustainable energy.

Application deadline is April 5th.

Environmental Data Initiative Fellow (June 4 - August 13, 2018)

Organized by the Environmental Data Initiative (EDI), SML will host one undergraduate EDI fellow on Appledore Island this summer. The fellow will participate in a training workshop with other EDI fellows before coming to SML to work on managing, archiving, and analyzing data from SML's long-term intertidal transect studies.

Application deadline is March 25th.

Building Coastal Resiliency
SML Academic Coordinator and faculty member, Dr. Gregg Moore (UNH), was recently featured for his research examining coastal habitats and building coastal resiliency a popular subject these days given the damage sustained by coastal areas throughout the Northeast during winter nor'easters. SML students can work alongside Dr. Moore as part of his Coastal Habitat Field Research Methods course on Appledore this summer (July 2-July 16, 2018).

SAVE THE DATE: SML Alumni and Friends Weekend 2018
Our annual SML Alumni & Friends Weekend will take place Friday, August 24 - Sunday, August 26, 2018 ! Enjoy three days and two nights on Appledore Island with your fellow Shoalers, exploring, relaxing, and reconnecting with Appledore Island. PLUS, this year we are working on a unique, special event for Saturday night. Stay tuned for the official announcement and more details!

Calling All Artists for SML's Artist-in-Residence Program!
Join SML's growing community of artists on Appledore Island this summer! SML will select several artists to spend ~2-week residencies living and creating art on Appledore, while engaging with SML students in order to cultivate and develop students' observational skills. In turn, the artists are welcomed into SML's scientific community and research activities, thus deepening their own understanding of the natural world and sparking original ideas. 

Artist-in-Residence applications will be accepted until  April 1, 2018

Many thanks to SML supporters Morgan and Tara Rutman, who recently announced a generous donation to expand SML's Artist-in-Residence program to include all written & visual arts!
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. 
Take a Bite Out of Appledore
September 1 3, 2018

Escape to Appledore for Labor Day Weekend! For the fourth year in a row, Chefs Evan Mallett and Sam Hayward will bring their award-winning culinary talents to the Shoals kitchen. Paired with the ecological expertise of SML scientists, you will develop a sense of place that is rooted in our understanding of and deep appreciation for local, sustainable cuisine. Foodies rejoice!

Shoals History & Archaeology
August 20 23, 2018

Participate in an archaeological dig on Smuttynose Island with Dr. Nathan Hamilton and Dr. Robin Hadlock Seeley! Explore historic sites around Appledore and Star Islands as well. You'll discover first-hand how archaeological work in the Isles of Shoals is providing new insight into the ecology of the Gulf of Maine dating back hundreds of years. Prepare to roll up your sleeves! 

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Shoals Marine Laboratory is a joint partnership between
Cornell University and the University of New Hampshire.