Shoals Ecology: Seabirds, Seals & Seaweed
The best of everything Shoals has to offer! An adult program geared towards science exploration in three subject areas: ornithology, marine mammals, and the ocean ecosystem as a whole. This is the perfect program for adults who have never been to the Isles of Shoals, and for those who want to return to their island ecology roots!
Learn about the seabirds of the Isles of Shoals, including nesting terns and two species of gulls. The Appledore Island Migration Banding Station will be open for those of you interested in migrating songbirds and bird banding.
Dive into the depths of marine mammal science... acoustics, photo-identification, behavior, and more! The Duck Island seal colony (harbor seals and gray seals) is just 1 nautical mile north of Appledore Island. Learn about on-going research conducted by SML scientists to study this population of seals. Early September is also whale watching season in New England, with opportunities to travel aboard SML's research vessels in search of minke whales, fin whales, and humpback whales!
Explore the full range of ocean ecosystem topics, from tide pool seaweeds, to planktonic life in the world's oceans. You will have the opportunity to see and use specialized oceanographic equipment and help deploy it from SML's research vessels.
- Participants should be prepared for time aboard research vessels and moderate-to-strenuous hikes around Appledore Island to various field sites.
- This program is intended for adults looking to continue their science education or pursue a passion for the marine environment. No university credits are awarded. Families with kids should consider our SeaSHOALS: Marine Science for Families program.
- If three days, two nights is too adventurous, consider a day-trip Appledore Island Walking Tour, with tons of natural history information packed into just one afternoon!
The trip out to Appledore departs from Portsmouth on Monday, August 26 at 1:45 PM. Please arrive at the dock at 1:00 PM.
On Wednesday, August 28 the boat departs Appledore at 2:30 PM and will return to the mainland between 3:15 and 3:30 PM.
Assistant Director for Marine Education, NH Sea Grant; UNH Cooperative Extension State Specialist for Science Literacy, Youth/Family; Director of the UNH Marine Docent Program
Mark Wiley has been a member of the Shoals family for over 30 years, having first visited Appledore Island as a college student in one of SML's marine science courses! Mark works at UNH as part of NH Sea Grant and UNH Cooperative Extension, directing marine education programs. Mark taught high school biology, environmental science, and math for 10 years at the Tilton School in New Hampshire, and has designed professional development for educators at Measured Progress. He has extensive experience aboard research vessels and in the rocky intertidal zone of New England's coasts, and has a master's degree in natural resource management from the University of New Hampshire. Additionally, Mark serves as a faculty member for SML's Marine Science for Teachers workshop as well as a mentor for undergraduates in SML's Science Education Internship.
Elizabeth Craig, Ph.D.
Program Manager, Tern Conservation Program, Shoals Marine Laboratory; Lecturer, University of New Hampshire
Dr. Liz Craig has joined the SML community after completing her Ph.D. in Zoology and Wildlife Conservation and Postdoc in Natural Resources at Cornell University. Liz is an ornithologist and colonial waterbird biologist who specializes in conservation management, population dynamics, and foraging ecology of seabirds. She has taught topics ranging from ornithology to natural resource ethics at Columbia and Cornell Universities, and an Aquatic Animal Diversity course at the University of New Hampshire.
- At least 30 days before departure = 100% refund
- 29-15 days before departure = 50% refund
- Less than 15 days before departure = 0%