The Island View
Monthly Newsletter
March 2022

Dear SML Community, 

Are you feeling the call of spring? Here along the seacoast, the birds are warming up their vocal cords and I stumbled upon blooming snowdrops last week. The poet Louise Gluck said of snowdrops: “remembering after so long how to open again in the cold light of earliest spring”. I must agree with her as these hardy first signs of spring are like an awakening to our senses after a cold winter.

Among the SML team, we are experiencing exciting change with the season. We recently welcomed Amy Fish as Director of Community Relations. Amy is diving straight into engaging and building our amazing community of supporters and champions. SML relies on donor support to help us meet our mission - almost a third of our annual budget is dedicated to supporting our students. This is a huge point of pride for SML. You are the reason! There are two important fund-raising events coming up this spring - we hope we can count of you to help SML tackle complex issues like climate change impacts on our oceans.

Speaking of science, I am happy to announce that Dr. Liz Craig has been promoted to the Director of Seabird Science alongside her critical work in coordinating our academic programs. As a seabird scientist by training, I am delighted that SML’s seabird research will be expanding and more active than ever. Seabirds are sentinels of ocean health and in a rapidly changing Gulf of Maine, it is critical to have strong data on these important biological indicators.

In closing, a quote from Celia Thaxter: “The little birds fly over and oh, how sweet they sing! To tell the happy children that once again ‘tis spring.” Soon the seabirds will be vying for their breeding territories in the Isles of Shoals, indicating that the summer is coming and SML will be bustling with science and learning. You can experience the buzz of SML yourself this summer in one of our public programs, I hope to see you on the island this summer.
Warm wishes,
Jennifer Seavey, Ph.D.
Kingsbury Executive Director
Shoals Marine Laboratory
Welcome, Amy Fish!
A warm Shoals welcome to our new Director of Community Relations, Amy Fish! Amy comes to us from Phillips Exeter Academy and brings a wealth of knowledge with her. We can't wait to see how we can grow together!

If you would love to join our team and work closely with Amy, we are still looking for a Communications and Public Engagement Coordinator! This position nurtures meaningful relationships with our community and the public through strategic and creative communications.
Congratulations, Liz!
Dr. Liz Craig, tern program extraordinaire, academic program master, and all-around amazing human has a new title at Shoals - Director of Seabird Science! Her new role serves SML in two ways, as the Seabird Science Director and Academic Program Coordinator. As an ornithologist and colonial waterbird biologist who specializes in conservation management, population dynamics, and foraging ecology of seabirds, her expertise elevates our program to the highest of standards.
Celia's Garden, Winter Thoughts
Students navigate across a marshy area on Appledore. Photo by Collin Love.
What does the Celia Thaxter Garden Steward do in the winter? Plan for the summer of course, drawing on the knowledge of a long line of Stewards who have researched, planted, tended the garden space, and documented their experiences since the garden’s recreation in the 1970’s.

Last summer our focus was on reclaiming the garden from two years of lying fallow. It was fascinating to see which plants thrived when left as nature intended, surviving the island’s wildlife and weather. Those plants -- hollyhocks, foxglove, oriental poppy, akebia vine, lavender, helianthus, perennial sweet pea, hops -- have provided a foundation to build upon for this coming summer.

This winter I have studied “An Island Garden” line by line, creating an index noting each time Celia mentions a flower. It is no surprise that poppies are mentioned the most, over 44 times! Winter has also been a time to source heirloom seeds and educate myself on their growth habits. We are fortunate to have Rolling Green Nursery as our growing partner, with Tammy Hathaway heading the project. We have had numerous meetings to plan, source, and time seedling growth, and we are very appreciative of this partnership.

For the past two summers, the City of Portsmouth Parks Department, and Earle Chase, head gardener for Prescott Park, provided space to share Celia’s flowers in a different format -- it’s been a great outreach for the garden.

Ultimately, Celia’s garden belongs back on the island she loved. As she wrote, on the island the colors are more vivid, the flowers more beautiful.

Hope to see you this summer on Appledore!

Terry Cook, Garden Steward of Celia Thaxter's Garden
Sign-Up for a Shoals Public Program!
Registration for our 2022 overnight public programs is OPEN! Here are our programs:

These programs have a limited number of spaces available, and we anticipate them to fill quickly. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at We look forward to hosting you on Appledore this summer!
Save the Dates! Donate to Shoals during Cornell and UNH Giving Days!
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Shoals Marine Laboratory is a joint partnership between
Cornell University and the University of New Hampshire.