Dear Friends of Shoals Marine Laboratory,
Happy 50th Anniversary to the wonderful SML Community!! 1966
-2016! With your support, SML has made amazing progress over the last 50 years on our beautiful rocky Appledore Island home! From the students of the 1970's literally shingling the roof of their dorms after morning biology lessons, to 2015's engineering interns flipping the switch on a state-of-the art 'Green Grid' to power the entire lab, SML has become one of the country's preeminent
and largest marine laboratory focused on undergraduate education. While undergraduate education is our pride and focus, SML offers much more. SML provides unique public education programs, stewards our historic cultural resources, collaborates in Gulf of Maine wide scientific research, and upholds several long-term biological monitoring programs.
The changes in the Gulf of Maine over the last 50 years and those expected in the future makes me grateful for all the work SML has been conducting over, and clearly outlines the need to continue into the next 50. Our mission and your support have never been more important. The Gulf of Maine's waters are warming faster that 99% of the world's oceans, the shrimp and cod fisheries are closed, southern Black Sea Bass are swimming north, storms are expected to intensify, and these are just a few examples of coming changes. How these changes will impact the marine resources upon which we rely is unfolding now and into the future. SML's long-term monitoring programs are critical to documenting and understanding the implications of these changes. Equally important are SML's excellent education programs that will help prepare the next generation of scientists and citizens for addressing the changes ahead.
A wide array of wonderful and dedicated supporters have enabled SML to achieve our mission over the past 50 years. We hope you will join with us to celebrate our Golden Anniversary and to
meet the challenges of the next 50 years!