Coastal Studies Center
The 200-acre island, which has had a Bowdoin research facility on it since 1935, is an ideal site for the Marine Science Semester’s experiential learning approach for several reasons, according to Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Sarah Kingston, who is one of the program’s faculty members.
A major gift from Bowdoin parents Philip Schiller and Kim Gassett-Schiller of Half Moon Bay, Calif., will allow the College to substantially expand and enrich opportunities for students studying oceans and the environment at its Coastal Studies Center on Harpswell Sound in Harpswell, Maine.
Another job SEANET asked of Cipparone took him into unchartered territory — sociological research. Along with exploring the ecological and biological aspects of aquaculture and Casco Bay, he began working with a professor at University of Maine to map coastal Mainers’ attitudes toward fish farming. The reason this is important, Cipparone explained, is that aquaculture development can be hampered by people’s doubts and concerns.
To kick off an intense semester of marine biology, the ten students participating in this fall’s Bowdoin Marine Science Semester were put through the paces at “bootcamp” last week.
Students, staff, and faculty watched the partial solar eclipse Monday afternoon from the quad and the Coastal Studies Center. In Maine, the eclipse began a bit after 1 p.m., and reached maximum coverage around 2:45 p.m.
Two Bowdoin students — Maya Morduch-Toubman ’18 and Aleksia Silverman ’19 — spent this summer exploring Maine’s coast, gathering material for writing projects that aim to capture, in different ways, a bit of what it means to live here.
When I noted during the drive that optimism seemed to be the defining characteristic of both the festival presenters and the participants, the other passengers chuckled.
Not much is known about MSX, a pathogen that can cause mass mortality events in oyster populations. So when she was a student in the Bowdoin Marine Science Semester in 2015, Madeline Schuldt began to do preliminary research into the prevalence of MSX in Maine’s oysters.