Shoals Marine Laboratory’s community of students, staff, faculty, alumni, volunteers, and supporters are drawn from the lab’s 50+ years of history and operation. SML’s alumni and friends are one of our greatest assets, and we take pride in their accomplishments. Explore the resources below to visit Appledore Island and catch up on the latest news!

We Want to Hear from You!

We are updating our database and would love to hear what you're up to! Are you out of the loop with SML communications? Did you change email or mailing addresses? Want to make sure we have your latest contact information? You can let us know by filling out our Alumni Contact form.



Opportunities to Visit Appledore Island

SML Alumni & Friends Weekend

Reconnect with Shoalers from across all five decades of SML courses and programs. Learn more and join us...

Adult & Family Programs

Overnight trips on Appledore Island, customized for families, artists, photographers, foodies, and marine science enthusiasts! View programs offered & dates...

Celia Thaxter's Garden Tours

Cruise to Appledore Island for the day and tour Celia Thaxter's historic island garden. Immerse yourself in cultural history and horticulture. Includes a gourmet lunch. View tour dates...

Appledore Island Walking Tours

Embark on a day trip filled with history and nature as you trek across Appledore Island, guided by UNH's Marine Docents. View tour dates...


SML's 50th Anniversary: 1966-2016

2016 marked the 50th Anniversary of the Shoals Marine Laboratory! We are proud and excited to celebrate a half-century of marine science education and research on Appledore Island. What began as a marine science summer course on Star Island in the summer of 1966 led by Dr. John Kingsbury has grown into a world class marine laboratory that attracts students and renowned scientists from across the globe. Thousands of students, hundreds of faculty, hundreds of staff members, and an engaged community of supporters have led us to this Golden Anniversary year.


SML Photo Archives

Celebrate 50 Weekend Photo Gallery

Shoals Scientists Speak Photo Gallery