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

Last month I was fortunate enough to be sponsored by the Organization of Biological Field Stations to attend the Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition’s Congressional Visits. Time restricted me to visiting the New Hampshire delegates (they sure laughed when I said wanted to visit the delegates from NY, ME, and NH! Whew!). I met lots of dedicated staffers and some of the congresswomen themselves. This was a wonderful experience, as I believe it is vital to the future of science and science education that we make our voices heard.

Specifically, I spoke to Carol Shea-Porter, Jeanne Shaheen, and Maggie Hassan about the importance of science to the state of New Hampshire and the future of America’s STEM pipeline. I asked if they knew the country’s largest undergraduate-focused marine laboratory was in their backyard (some knew, some did not - all were thrilled!). I shared the importance of keeping the science pipeline flowing to fill the science and math-related jobs of the future. Science, technology, engineering, and math-related jobs are the fastest growing nationally, at 17% compared to 9.8% for other sectors according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Active, engaged, experiential learning - the hallmark of SML - is key to the flow in the science pipeline because it is proven to recruit and retain students in sciences!

On the heels of the exciting hubbub of D.C., I came back to bevy of activity on Appledore! Our fabulous summer staff are hard at work readying the lab to welcome students at the end of this month. Researchers are already on-island, and the first birds of the year are being banded at the Appledore Island Migration Station. Our 51st season has begun! We hope to see you on the island this summer - heck, maybe you will even spy a NH congresswoman in Kiggins Commons dining hall!

With deep appreciation and warm wishes,

Jennifer Seavey, Ph.D.
Kingsbury Director of the Shoals Marine Laboratory
Pictured here: Meeting U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (left), and U.S. Representative Carol Shea-Porter (above).
Best wishes to SML student-alums during graduation season!
The SML alumni community grows larger and stronger each year as new students take SML courses, and our young alumni graduate from college and embark on the next steps in their lives and careers. While there are too many graduating seniors to list (both high school and college), and countless other students receiving awards and accolades, here are a few SML student-alum highlights. Congratulations to these students and all students finishing their regular academic year this month!
  Meg Carr (UNH '17)  presented her summer research on Duck Island's seal population during UNH's Undergraduate Research Conference. Meg was a student in "Marine Immersion" at SML in 2013, "Marine Mammal Biology" in 2015,  and was one of our Marine Mammal Interns in 2016.

  Odile Maurelli (Cornell '17)  presented new findings about skewed sex ratios in Appledore's gull population during Cornell's Undergraduate Research Board spring forum. Odile excelled in "Field Animal Behavior" at SML in 2015.
  Grace Revello (Cornell '17)  received the  Cornell CALS Academic Excellence Award  for the Science of Earth Systems major. Grace took "Biodiversity and Biology of Marine Invertebrates" at SML in 2014.
 Sara Shapiro (URI '19)  was awarded a prestigious Hollings Scholarship from NOAA. Sara studied "Field Marine Invertebrate Biology" at SML last summer, and was even interviewed when local TV crew  WCSH6 visited the island!
Mark your calendars: June 3-9 is "The 603 Challenge"
Support SML between June 3-9, 2017!

Calling all Shoals supporters! Here's an upcoming opportunity to give back to SML and secure matching funds that will benefit SML students, faculty, research, and operations.

From June 3-9, the University of New Hampshire will host "The 603 Challenge" - an annual giving event for alumni, friends, and community members. Why participate? Because SML will be one of the specific areas YOU can support, even if you're not a UNH alum!

During The 603 Challenge, gifts will be matched up to $150, so a $150 donation becomes $300 for SML! (Matching funds run out quickly, so act in the first few days to take advantage.)

Bookmark for June 3rd and remember to select "Shoals Marine Laboratory"!
SML faculty member, Gregg Moore, receives EPA award

Dr. Gregg Moore, SML Academic Coordinator for UNH students and faculty for SML's "Coastal Habitat Field Research Methods" course, was recently honored at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Merit Awards ceremony in Boston on May 3rd.

Gregg is part of the award-winning project in collaboration with The National Wildlife Federation and many other partners. The project aims to increase the coastal resiliency of Massachusetts’ North Shore and protect the largest barrier island and saltmarsh complex in New England.

The EPA awards, given annually since 1970, recognize outstanding environmental advocates who have made significant contributions toward preserving and protecting New England's public health and natural resources, either within the past year or during a lifetime.

Congratulations, Gregg! Well-deserved!

Coastal Habitat Field Research Methods is being offered this summer from July 10-17.
Childe Hassam publication
Even though the exhibit has ended, the Hassam buzz continues! "Siting Childe Hassam" was recently published in the Archives of American Art Journal and serves as a culminating summary of years of curatorial efforts by SML's Hal Weeks, the North Carolina Museum of Art's John Coffey, and the essay's author, Austen Bailly of the Peabody Essex Museum. Together with numerous collaborators, the trio expertly curated last year's exhibit, American Impressionist: Childe Hassam and the Isles of Shoals .

"This essay explores the concepts of archival and curatorial fieldwork using new interdisciplinary research on the canonical American artist Childe Hassam. The 2016 exhibition and publication American Impressionist: Childe Hassam and the Isles of Shoals was the first to explore Hassam’s three decade long relationship with Appledore Island. The exhibition’s research findings, based on new and existing primary sources, raised important questions about American art and its archives. Can an island be an archive? How does one create an archive of a place?"

It's an outstanding essay, Austen!
2017 Adult & Family Programs!
Come experience SML's innovative public programming in August and September, and enjoy the magic of Appledore Island and the Isles of Shoals. Each of our Adult & Family Programs is all-inclusive, and their unique themes reflect SML's mission to educate our community about the marine environment and sustainability.

September 2-4, 2017

Escape to Appledore for Labor Day Weekend! For the third 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.

August 21-24, 2017 - NEW!

Walk in the footsteps of Thoreau, Emerson, and Thaxter. Look, listen, imagine, and then translate from the natural world into new writing through a variety of writing prompts. This retreat will encourage creative, imaginative immersion in the historical and natural environment that has inspired authors, artists, and academics for generations on Appledore Island. Join us!

Don't forget this perennial SML favorite - a tour of Celia Thaxter's restored, historic garden. Cruise out to Appledore island for the day. Explore the rugged landscape, stroll through the island garden, and enjoy a gourmet buffet lunch.

2017 Dates: 

Thursday, June 29 - SOLD OUT
Thursday, July 6 - 5 tickets left
Saturday, July 8 - 2 tickets left
Friday, July 21
Tuesday, July 25
Saturday, July 29
Friday, August 4
Wednesday, August 9