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!

Island pano facing northeast by Lisa Nugent

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SML's monthly e-Newsletter, The Island View, provides the latest news from Appledore Island!



SML Blog

Read through the stories, events, and memories of the SML Community!

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Alumni & Friends Association

Established in 2016, the SML Alumni and Friends Association (AFA) is a volunteer-led initiative to engage the SML community (alumni, donors, faculty, researchers, public, etc.) in a manner that expresses the pride, tradition, and life-long learning that stretches across time and space.


Garden Tour

Volunteer Weekend

Volunteers help make the 'Shoals experience' a reality for its participants, and have been an integral part of life on Appledore since the beginning of the lab. Every campus building has at one time been re-painted, re-shingled, and lovingly maintained with the help of our steadfast volunteers. Each year an army of volunteer cleaners scour the campus by washing windows, scrubbing floors, caring for and maintaining microscopes, meters and plankton nets, and more!



SML Store

Thinking of buying some new SML gear for the Shoaler in your life for a special occasion? Visit our online or on-island stores!

SML Store

Work for Shoals

a woman wearing hat, chopping onions and peppers. Smiling

Year-round jobs include academic and operational positions. Temporary, seasonal staff jobs support SML programs and operations on Appledore Island from May - September.

Job & Research Positions

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