The mission of Shoals Marine Laboratory is to provide education and research programs in a supportive environment that advance the 1) understanding of marine and coastal ecosystems and 2) development of sustainable solutions to environmental challenges.

Island Panorama from mooring field to towerShoals Marine Laboratory (SML) is dedicated to undergraduate education and research in marine science and has been since 1966. SML offers undergraduate students a unique opportunity to study marine science in the field with exceptional faculty from institutions throughout North America. Instruction at SML is based upon giving participants a truly "hands-on" educational experience. SML courses and internships provide rigorous training in a diversity of marine subjects and prepares students for careers in the fields of marine and environmental science and sustainability. SML programs are couched in our ethos of responsible natural resource use and management, valuing scientific and community collaboration, and public service.