The Island View
Monthly Newsletter
August 2022
Manchester students participating in a week-long research assignment on Appledore Island talk about their experience with a group of Manchester educators on Aug. 11, 2022. Photo/Carol Robidoux
Dear SML Community,

“Once in a lifetime experience” is how one high school student from Manchester NH described last week’s Marine Science and Sustainable Engineering Immersion Program. SML had the honor of hosting two high school programs for students to literally get their feet wet in science and engineering, who would not otherwise have the opportunity. One program hailed from Codman Academy in Dorchester, MA and the other from Manchester, NH High Schools.

They learned how to make power with wind; they explored tide pools and tern colonies; they dipped their toes in the Gulf of Maine and many took the leap into deeper waters from the floating dock with utter abandon!

I loved hearing from the students about what surprised them about coming to our learning island: the shock over two showers a week, the thrill of learning to sketch in the field with a professional illustrator (Shoals Artist in Residence Sami Chang), the eerie vocals of a harbor seal, and our ability to make tasty freshwater from the ocean. Oh, did I mention the Perseid meteor showers that just happen line up with their island stay? That was a nice addition as well.

I heard from students that this experience was causing them to ponder new career goals, work on sustainability efforts at their schools, and created the desire to come back to SML. We would be honored! Want to learn more and see some photos and videos? Click here.

With gratitude,
Jennifer Seavey, Ph.D.
Kingsbury Executive Director
Shoals Marine Laboratory
Out with academics, in with public programs
It's that time of year when we transition away from academic programs for college and high school students and start our Public Programs. This year, we are hosting an ecology program, an immersive artist's retreat, a deluxe eco-culinary experience, and two birding trips.

If you'd like to follow along with all the action happening on the island in the next weeks and see what these programs are all about, make sure to follow us on Instagram and check out our daily stories.
There are a few spots left on our eco-culinary retreat!
Do you like the idea of foraging for you own food, going fishing on the sea, learning about local foods from the beautiful Gulf of Maine, and watching them be transformed into a Michelin-star-worthy meal in front of your eyes? Then you should join us for "Take Bite out of Appledore!"

In this unique retreat, we bring together ecologists and chefs to interpret the many natural gifts the Isles of Shoals have to offer. From plant foraging in edible uplands, to fishing with rod & reel, to kelp collecting in the intertidal zone, you will gain a deep appreciation for local, sustainable cuisine. Featuring award-winning chefs, Evan Mallett (Black Trumpet, Portsmouth) and Sam Hayward (Fore Street, Portland). Bring your appetite for food and knowledge!

There are still a few spots left for this Aug 26-28 trip. Learn more and sign up here!
Did you miss our Rock Talk seminars this summer?
Our Rock Talk seminars were a big success this year. We had a wide variety of speakers talk about all things marine science. If you missed any of them or would like to watch them again, you can find them on our website here.
Shoals Marine Laboratory is a joint partnership between
Cornell University and the University of New Hampshire.