Shoals Marine Laboratory's Monthly Newsletter - The Island View
October 2017
Dear Friends of Shoals Marine Laboratory,

Happy fall everyone! I just got back from a trip to mid-coast Maine, where I served on a review panel to help advise on the future of another field station. It is an honor to serve a fellow field station as I believe field stations and marine labs are vital components in our global scientific infrastructure – bringing nature to researchers, students, and the public. As part of our work to promote and advance field stations and marine labs across the country and the world, SML plays a leadership role in the Organization of Biological Field Stations and the steering committee of the Northeastern Coastal Stations Alliance. Both organizations are dedicated, in part, to enhancing the networking power of field stations in order to tell a broader story about the health of the environment at a global level. By providing leadership within these organizations and contributing to these networks, SML is able to make positive impacts far beyond Appledore Island.
Our continued success depends on the support we receive annually from our community through the Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML) Fund. Our current campaign is 60% of the way toward reaching our $250,000 goal by December 31, 2017. As you know, every gift enables SML to increase the visibility of Gulf of Maine science and education at the national and global level. I hope you will consider making a gift today to help SML continue to promote science, science education, and a healthy ocean by clicking here.


With deep appreciation and warm wishes,
Jennifer Seavey, Ph.D.
Kingsbury Director of the Shoals Marine Laboratory
Community Engagement Spotlight
On a stellar evening on Rye Beach back in May, at the season’s first SML Salon *  gathering hosted by Ed Mallen and Cynthia Godin, an original Randie Olofson painting was auctioned to Mitchell and Kathryn Drew (pictured here). The painting was commissioned and donated by Ed Mallen, and featured sustainably harvested Gulf of Maine species in a beautiful seascape.

Mitchell is a 12th generation descendant of William Drew, who arrived in the Isles of Shoals with his sons in the 1640’s to fish for giant cod.   "Kathryn and I are avid divers, sailors, and lovers of the ocean and we are dedicated to the betterment of oceans. We support the mission of SML to provide education and research programs that advance the understanding of marine and coastal ecosystems and development of sustainable solutions to environmental challenges. Randie Olofson’s painting not only supported SML's work, but also attracted us because of its beautiful depiction of ocean life, boats, and our family ties to the Isles of Shoals."
 
The proceeds raised from the Salon Event and auction support the SML Fund that provides critical funding for student scholarships, ongoing upgrades and maintenance to SML’s green grid and campus infrastructure, as well as academic and research internships. 

A big thank you to Salon hosts Ed Mallen and Cynthia Godin, artist Randie Olofson, Mitchell and Kathryn Drew, and all the SML Salon attendees for your combined efforts and generosity!
 
* SML Salon gatherings are hands-on community building events conducted to raise awareness and support for SML’s mission. For more information about the next Salon Gathering, please email us !
Mitchell and Kathryn Drew and their Olofson painting. Thanks to The Drews for the photos!
Save the Date: Shoals Exhibit Opening at Cornell's Mann Library
When: Wednesday, November 1st, 4:00-5:00pm

Where: Albert R. Mann Library, 2nd Floor Gallery, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Join Dr. Jennifer Seavey, SML staff, faculty, and students on November 1st for the opening reception of a new SML exhibit, "Island Immersion: Diving into Discovery at Shoals Marine Lab."

We are so excited to announce that this multi-media exhibit will run until the end of the fall 2017 semester in the Mann Gallery! Featured are some of SML's many field-based research opportunities, from marine biology to sustainable engineering to archaeology. Photographs of island life, display cases with scientific equipment, archaeological treasures, and interactive touch screens are all part of the exhibit experience.

The opening reception on November 1st will include refreshments and remarks from SML faculty and alumni. We hope to see you there!

SML Interns Present Findings
On October 12th, representatives from SML's 2017 research intern cohort presented posters at the Annual Meeting for  RARGOM (Regional Association for Research on the Gulf of Maine)  in Portland, ME. Submitting posters for this year's RARGOM meeting were:

Intertidal Ecology Interns
  • Nate Kinsman (UNH)
  • Taylor Lindsay (UNH)
  • Emily Rhodes (Cornell)
  • Rebecca Wilcox (California State Univ.)

Parasite Ecology Intern
  • Collin Love (Michigan State Univ.)

Marine Mammal Interns
  • Ian Breslow (Cornell)
  • Kadianne Tommasi (UNH)

“RARGOM was an incredible learning opportunity for me to experience attending and presenting at a scientific meeting. I feel like it was the first step towards the rest of my career in science,” said Taylor Lindsay (UNH '19), who joined SML's Dr. Jim Coyer and Dr. David Buck in Portland along with fellow 2017 interns Nate, Ian, and Kadianne.

Thank you and well-done to each of our student presenters! For more information about SML's undergraduate research programs, click here .
Ocean Discovery Day at UNH
October 13-14th was UNH's Ocean Discovery Day , an annual event that brings together the entire UNH marine science and ocean engineering community. This was a record year with nearly 3,000 visitors over two days. After the first day, one student who came to the SML tent was so excited about our high school programs that she went home and immediately signed up to take a class at SML this coming summer!

Ocean Discovery Day welcomes local schools and the general public to explore all of the exciting ocean-centric work being done at UNH. From SCUBA demos to lobster banding, seaweed aquaculture to sustainable seafood, Ocean Discovery Day provides the perfect opportunity for individual scientists, research groups, labs, and others to share their work with the Seacoast community.

Such a large and involved event and would not have been possible without an army of volunteers, including many Shoals alumni!

Dr. Larry Mayer (Director of UNH's School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering) remarked, "Beyond the immediate excitement generated, there are also the long-term seeds planted with respect to an appreciation for science and UNH."

SML is proud to participate!

SML faculty and Academic Coordinator, Dr. Gregg Moore, shows off his UAV (drone) to students interested in coastal habitat restoration methods at the SML tent during Ocean Discovery Day.
Shoals Marine Laboratory is a joint partnership between
Cornell University and the University of New Hampshire.