Coastal Studies Center

How Maine Fishermen Might Adapt to Warming Oceans

Bowdoin College hosted two speakers this week who are exploring ways that Mainers — particularly those who earn their livelihoods from the sea — might respond to a warming ocean and changing marine ecosystem.

Making Art From Science and a Drop of Seawater

Students in the Bowdoin Marine Science Semester recently made prints from plankton specimens they collected in the waters off Boothbay Harbor to investigate the relationship between art and science.

Becca Selden ’06 Looks to the Sea to Study Climate Change

Becca Selden ’06 described evolving from an idealistic young girl focused on conservation—and saving animals like leopards at any cost—to a seasoned scientist who is mindful of how important natural resources are to sustaining people throughout the world.

Assessing Impacts of Climate Change on Gulf of Maine’s Bivalve Population

Alana Luzzio spent much of the summer collecting samples of tiny clams across the Gulf of Maine, to study how the changing environment is affecting their genetic make-up.

Coastal Studies Fellow Hopes to help Federal Government with Flood Mapping Project

As a Rusack Coastal Studies Fellow, Angus Gorman ’18 has been involved in the creation free, open-source software which he hopes will one day help federal agencies draw up more reliable coastal flood maps.

Collaborative Initiative Studies How to Aid Recovery of Maine’s Coastal Fisheries

Helping sea run fish gain better river access could be the key to helping Maine’s coastal groundfishing industry recover.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Bowdoin collaborate to monitor ‘red tide’ phytoplankton

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has partnered with the Coastal Studies Center to measure the abundance of red tide phytoplankton in Harpswell Sound

Indigenous People Seek Greater Role in Arctic Policy

“Indigenous groups know the region better than anyone on earth, so I think in terms of informing the kind of science that gets done in the Arctic they’re critical, also in terms of understanding how the environment’s changing and what it means for people who live there.”

Roux Family Gift to Transform Study of the Environment

A new center for the study of the environment will bring faculty from many academic disciplines together to encourage collaboration and creativity in the teaching and scholarship of the environment and further strengthen Bowdoin’s position as a preeminent institution in this area of study.

Bowdoin To Host Big Marine Science Conference in Portland

This year, Bowdoin is hosting the 45th annual Benthic Ecology Meeting, from March 16-19, in Portland, Maine.

Bowdoin Wins NSF Grant to Study Climate Change in the Sea

With help from a new National Science Foundation grant, Bowdoin will soon be able to conduct more detailed and sophisticated studies of the effects of climate change on the oceans.

Marine Science Semester Students Recall Wondrous Ecology Trip to Baja

Six students this fall are participating in Bowdoin’s first-ever Marine Science Semester, an immersive academic program based at the Coastal Studies Center and geared toward students interested in marine biology and environmental science. The trip to Baja California Sur formed the basis of the module on benthic ecology.

At 10 Years: Doherty Marine Biology Program Launches Science Careers

This year, the Doherty Marine Biology Scholar Program at Bowdoin’s Coastal Studies Center is 10 years old. In the past decade, the program has supported four researchers who launched successful careers from here while also inspiring many Bowdoin students to pursue similar scientific paths.

Students Help Restore Maine’s Ecology

This summer, a group of students worked with John Lichter, Bowdoin professor of biology and environmental studies, on research that can support the restoration of Maine’s rivers, estuaries and coastal fisheries.

Mussels, Snails, Sea Stars: A Summer of Research at the Coastal Studies Center

This summer, scientists and students are conducting research at the Coastal Studies Center in its recently refurbished and expanded marine lab. They are looking into the life histories and adaptability of sea stars, mussels, sea urchins, mud snails and other organisms.

Seashore Digital Diaries — The Series

Seashore Digital Diaries, a fall semester course taught by visiting filmmaker and Coastal Studies Scholar David Conover ’83, P’17, and cross-listed in three departments — visual arts, environmental studies, and cinema studies — used video production as a tool of inquiry at the seashore.

Seashore Digital Diaries: Cundy’s Harbor Lobster Harvesters Rob and Karin Watson

Dana White ’15 created a four minute-long sequence of an interview her crew conducts in Cundy’s Harbor with lobster harvesters Rob and Karin Watson.

Seashore Digital Diaries: Coastal Reflections

In the latest installment of Seashore Digital Diaries, Lucy Green ’15 takes us to the edge of the Maine coast, just a few miles from the cabin where Rachel Carson once lived and wrote.

Seashore Digital Diaries: Seastone Sculptor

A winter walk with her brother to the rocky shores of Penobscot Bay is the scene of this introspection by Tess Lameyer ’16.

Seashore Digital Diaries: Fort Popham

When asked for an interpretation of the human shore in history — inspired by John Gillis’s new book The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History — Christina Sours ‘16 teamed up with Tim Hanley ‘15 and Lucy Green ‘15 to produce this short documentary about Fort Popham.