Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Our top priority for our island operations is the health and well-being of our community and beyond. We are using the best available science and university resources to develop our COVID-19 operations plan for the 2021 season that will begin in late May. We will post the full plan on this page after it has been approved by our home institutions. Please note that the information on this page is subject to change. If you have any urgent questions or concerns, please contact us at


To view the full list of 2021 courses, please visit our Academics page. We are working diligently, and with guidance from the CDC and our parent institutions, to develop arrival and on-site testing, as well as strict island-living standards that safeguard the health of our students, faculty, and staff. 

Dependent upon university policies and the status of COVID-19, key components of our operations plan will include: 

  • Students, faculty, and teaching assistants will be required to self-quarantine prior to arrival at SML’s dock facility in Portsmouth, NH, and provide proof of a negative PCR-based COVID-19 test result received within 3 days of the course start date.
  • Upon arrival at our dock, course participants (students, faculty, TAs) will be tested for COVID-19.
  • While on the island, all residents will practice social distancing, and courses will operate in unique pods separate from others on the island.
  • Mask use, sanitation procedures, and social distancing practices that meet or exceed UNH and Cornell policy will be required at all times.
  • All residential faculty, staff, students, and TAs on the island will be routinely tested for COVID-19.
  • SML will maintain rapid screening tests for COVID-19 on the island. Assessments of individuals with COVID-19 symptoms will be completed by a licensed on-island staff physician or EMT in consultation with UNH Health and Wellness.

We will share more detailed information soon. We are excited to host you this summer!


We are approving on-island research operations on a case-by-case basis and in collaboration with our home institutions. If you have proposals or questions related to field research on Appledore in 2021, please contact SML Associate Director Dr. David Buck


We are currently organizing resources and are hoping to offer a select number of late summer public programs in 2021. We will be releasing updates on which programs will be offered and their dates in the late spring. At this time, we must prioritize the health and safety of our students, therefore we will not be hosting user groups or day trips (walking/garden tours) in 2021. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to welcoming day-trippers in 2022!