Give to Shoals

Give to Shoals
Group of happy people on the porch of Kiggins Hall at Shoals Marine Lab

Your support makes a difference!

Your gifts provide much needed financial assistance to SML students, allow expansion of academic programs, attract top faculty members, and help SML maintain a sustainable community on Appledore Island.

Give Online

SML is operated by Cornell University and the University of New Hampshire.

Each institution has a secure server to facilitate your online gift:

Give via Cornell                       Give via UNH


A gift to Shoals Marine Laboratory, no matter the size, will support:

SML proudly provides need-based and merit-based scholarships to all students in need. Help us make a summer courses at SML widely available to all interested students by giving to Student Scholarships today! 

Research internships provide unique fieldwork opportunities for undergrads, which improve their resumes and often their first real-world science experience. Support is critical to the successful training of these developing scientists!

The courses offered at the Shoals Marine Laboratory are taught by leaders in the fields of marine science and ecology. Your support helps us continue to attract top-notch professors to help us train tomorrow's  science leaders!

Appledore Island is located 7 miles off the coast. Between vessel maintenance, building maintenance, supplying our own water and energy - operating costs are understandably high. A donation to SML goes a long way to offset some of these costs!

Boats and buildings are on our current list of capital project needs. Grants, foundations and private donors make these critical infrastructure upgrades possible.


Thank you for your interest in supporting SML. Your gift, no matter the size, makes a big difference for SML students and island operations!


Other ways to Give

Become a Shoals Sustainer!

Now you can show your support for SML all year long by becoming a monthly “Shoals Sustainer” through secure online giving at Cornell or UNH.


Here’s how:

  1. Select which University you’d like to give through by clicking one of the links above.
  2. Enter your monthly contribution and select the “Recurring” option.
  3. Follow the prompts to initiate your monthly gifts.
  4. Thank you for becoming a Shoals Sustainer!




Give via Mail

"One of the many reasons I give to SML is to support the unique interdisciplinary research and learning opportunities on Appledore Island. The place-based, experiential learning allows students to take charge of their education and have authentic research experiences."
–​ Kate Hester Siler (SML '91, UNH '94, Cornell MAT '99)

Checks payable to "Shoals Marine Laboratory"

To make a gift via UNH please send to:
UNH Foundation
Elliott Alumni Center
9 Edgewood Road
Durham, NH 03824

To make a gift via Cornell please send to:

Cornell University
Box 37334
Boone, IA 50037-0334


More ways to give

  • Gifts of stocks or securities
  • Planned giving and bequests
  • Workplace giving


Please contact to explore these options or ask any questions about giving to Shoals.

The J.B. Heiser Marine Vertebrates Fund

In 2022, the SML community lost a legendary “life-changing” teacher and former director (1979-94), J.B. Heiser, who passed away on Earth Day. We are excited to announce a memorial scholarship named in his memory, and which honors his legacy – The J.B. Heiser Marine Vertebrates Fund.  

Ric Martini, former SML faculty as well as dear friend and colleague of J.B., has generously established this endowment to provide support for undergraduate students for courses and research at SML focused on marine vertebrates. This will open doors for many student scientists and provide them with opportunities that J.B. was passionate about. 

If you are interested in donating to this fund, you can do so through SML’s giving page via Cornell and designate your gift to the JB Heiser Marine Vertebrates Fund in the special instructions box. 

Give to the J.B. Heiser Marine Vertebrates Fund

ric martini and jb heiser

Ric Martini (left) and J.B. Heiser (right)