The Island View
Monthly Newsletter
April 2019
Dear SML Community,

Did you know that spending time on or near the ocean leads to reduced stress levels and improved wellbeing ? The ocean can be so powerful in this respect, that just seeing it can induce health benefits . This is one reason why so many people are drawn to coastal places for vacations, retirement, and for some, our everyday life. For me personally, the ocean draws out my sense of wonder, which drives my connection to nature, humanity, and science.

On the way to work this morning, I heard a story on the radio about a new study that shows that chronic stress is associated with higher risks of heart attacks. This new study is not the only one to find this; stress is just not good for us and yet stress has been on the rise over time . Whew, I am not telling you this to stress you out, but to let you know that SML can help!

SML is incredibility fortune to be located at sea. Teaching, learning, and doing science in this setting is such a great opportunity for all who come here. We derive all these direct health benefits as we engage in outstanding experiential, place-based education and innovative research focused on understanding and sustaining the marine environment.

Make sure you check out all the opportunities to spend time at SML this summer. From courses to public programs, everyone is welcome to come bask in the healthful SML environment while learning about the wondrous wild blue ocean. Let’s make this summer a life-affirming one for ourselves and the sea.

And speaking of oceans of feel good moments, check out new newsletter section: alumni corner! Hey Alums, we would love to hear from you!
With deep appreciation and warm wishes,
Jennifer Seavey, Ph.D.
Kingsbury Executive Director
Shoals Marine Laboratory
SML in the News
(Photo credit: Alexa Brickett)
Dr. Gregg Moore's Coastal Habitat Field Research Methods course received a detailed profile in the article Shoals Marine Laboratory: 50 Years of Undergraduate Research Excellence, published by the Environmental Monitor. The article details research methods taught and the experience students receive when they take his course - check it out for a deep dive into research at SML!
Dr. Jennifer Seavey was named in Grist 50, a list of 50 people who are tackling environmental problems facing the world. Chief among these recipients are innovators finding solutions for climate change, pollution, and environmental law and policy. She also received the Daughters of the American Revolution, State of NH award this month (shown above). In both cases, Dr. Seavey was selected due to SML's work educating future marine scientists who are passionate about the future of our oceans.
Alumni Corner
Have some alumni news you'd like to share with us? We want to hear from you! Click the button below to send us a message!
SML has so many talented alumni, researchers, and faculty! Here are some of the great things our community has been up to this month:
  • Seabirds and Plastics Pollution intern Aliya Caldwell (pictured left) won a student poster award at a microplastics conference at Rutgers.
  • 2018 Scientist-in-Residence Gemma Clucas finished her postdoctoral position at UNH and moved to Ithaca for a prestigious fellowship at Cornell.
  • SML alum Anna (Malek) Mercer was appointed Cooperative Research Branch Chief at NOAA Fisheries' Northeast Fisheries Science Center.
Adult and Family Programs
Registration for our Adult and Family Programs is open! Highlights for the 2019 season include:

Betty and Steve Buck (shown here), participants in Shoals Ecology 2018, share their thoughts: “Late summer days spent at Shoals Marine Laboratory were full of new experiences. We enjoyed learning with professors who had so much knowledge and enthusiasm; plus having an ever helpful staff, interesting classmates, delicious meals and the beauty of Appledore Island to enjoy with others and on your own. It was a wonderful way to enjoy the summer!”
Programs fill fast, so register soon to claim your place on Appledore Island this summer!
603 Challenge: Save the Date!
Mark your calendars: the 603 Challenge runs from May 19-23 this year! The UNH 603 Challenge is a special 5-day online-only fundraising campaign that begins at exactly midnight on May 19 (Please note that you don't have to be a UNH alum to give!)

The 603 challenge offers many matching fund opportunities. This is an amazing opportunity to increase the value of your donation and help grow SML's scholarship funds for deserving students. We need your support to maximize the funds we could receive! We will have more information next month!
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Cornell University and the University of New Hampshire.