Seminar Series


Our seminar series (Rock Talks) is a long-standing and well-loved tradition at SML. Historically, faculty members and guest speakers would gather with students on Appledore Island's rocky shoreline (giving the Rock Talk series its name) to present topics ranging from natural history to a dissection demonstration. To stay connected with our community throughout 2020, we transitioned our Rock Talks online and featured guest speakers from across the country. Speakers graciously allowed us to record their presentations, which are located below. Thanks for tuning into our 2020 seminar series! We look forward to seeing you in 2021.


Marine Biology & Fisheries Management

All That Live Must Die: Exploring Microbial Mortality in the Ocean - Dr. Liz Harvey 

Calling Whales and Chorusing Fishes as Sentinels of Human Influence on Marine Ecosystems - Dr. Aaron Rice 

Community-Based Collaborative Fisheries Research: Fishermen and Scientists Working Together - Owen Nichols 

NOAA Science &Technology: Accelerating Innovation in the 21st Century - Rear Admiral Timothy Gallaudet 

Physiological Responses to Environmental Change: Insights from Polluted Lives of Atlantic Killifish - Dr. Nishad Jayasundara 

Red Herrings, Misleading Results and Redefining a Disease: Sea Star Wasting in a Changing Ocean - Dr. Ian Hewson 

Rockweed: Foundation Species, Harvestable Resource - Hannah Webber 

The Global Impact of Fisheries and Global Warming on Marine Ecosystems - Dr. Daniel Pauly 

Trophic Relationships in the Benthos: Feeding Morphology and Ecology of Macroinvertebrates – Dr. Maya DeVries 


Changing Ecosystems

Climate Change and Alaska Marine Ecosystems - Dr. Mike Sigler 

Exploring Global Change in the Ocean - Dr. Brian Cheng 

Sea Rescue: Marine Species Partnerships Restoring Our Coastal Ecosystems - Dr. Brian Silliman 

The Impacts of Warming Due to Climate Change in the Gulf of Maine Ecosystems - Michelle Staudinger 

Understanding Changes in Kelp Forests Around the World and Around Appledore - Dr. Jarrett Byrnes 


History, Art, & Natural Sciences 

Childe Hassam & Celia Thaxter on the Isles of Shoals - John Coffey  

Childe Hassam and Diagnostic Rocks of Appledore - Dr. Hal Weeks 

6000 Years of Shoals History Through Archaeology and Mapping - Dr. Robin Hadlock Seeley & Dr. Nathan Hamilton 

Rachel Carson and the Gulf of Maine, With Comments on Woods Hole, MA - Dr. Willy Bemis 



Please tune in this upcoming spring for updates on our 2021 seminar series lineup!