Five Decades of SML Alumni

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. Join us this summer as we continue our journey into the next 50, and beyond!


Opportunities to Visit Appledore Island

SML Alumni & Friends Weekend

Save the date! SMlL's annual alumni reunion event will be August 30 - August 2, 2019. 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...


We Want to Hear from You!

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Past Special Anniversary Events

Shoals Scientists Speak

August 19, 2016 – Our Celebrate 50 Weekend kick-off event was a huge success! We had a wonderful evening of reflection and science conversation; five prominent SML alumni shared their vision for the next 50 years of ocean science and conservation. Click here to view the full playlist of our speakers' presentations, and click here for the full gallery!

Celebrate 50 Weekend!

August 20–21, 2016 – Shoalers answered the call for a weekend celebration on Appledore Island! SML alumni-led activities included birding, tidepool adventures & crafts for families, and guided island walks! A delicious lobster dinner, live and silent auction, SML Directors' coffee, and Sunday brunch rounded out the weekend. Check out our photo gallery!

Celebrate 50 Weekend Photo Gallery

Shoals Scientists Speak Photo Gallery

SML Photo Archives