Our window to the Gulf of Maine.

Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island offers diverse habitats, dynamic processes and superb support facilities. You are in the field from the moment you step outside the lab! SML is committed to world-class marine science research and has a long history of data collection (intertidal, oceanic, and terrestrial) and frequent publications.


Research Programs

Long-term studies of Appledore Island's intertidal zone, ornithological research on resident gull populations, seal colony surveys to assess population numbers and health, terrestrial transects, and more. SML research projects are under the direction of our faculty, alumni, and visiting researchers.

Research Resources

SML has many resources available to students, interns, faculty, and visiting researchers on Appledore Island. View a list of resources, publications, data archives, and library information here!

Undergraduate Research

SML offers paid internships to undergraduates in three categories: biological research, science education, and sustainable engineering. Interns live and work on Appledore Island for up to 10 weeks each summer. The Shoals Research Apprenticeship emphasizes  research project design and methodology.


Shoals Scientist-in-Residence Fellowships (Shoals SIRF) support early career and postdoctoral scientists for up to three-month residential fellowships. Fellows receive financial support for residential research time at SML that can be used for data analysis, manuscript preparation, experimentation, collaboration, etc.

Visiting Researchers

Shoals Marine Laboratory encourages scientists (faculty, students, independent researchers) to take advantage of study opportunities created by unique intertidal, subtidal and terrestrial habitats found at the Isles of Shoals, and use the facilities of SML on Appledore Island as a base.

Live Island Stats

Appledore Webcam

View a live feed of our island campus from the Radar Tower here!

Sustainability Dashboard

Appledore's power grid, including solar, wind, generator, and battery status, has a live usage dashboard here.

Tide Charts

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Current Weather

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