Earth and Oceanographic Science

Bowdoin Sets Sail for Science

Bowdoin students aboard the Arctic schooner Bowdoin

Coastal Studies director David Carlon rekindled an old tradition this fall: he and a group of Bowdoin students set sail aboard the historic Arctic schooner “Bowdoin.”

Coastal Studies Expansion Brings New Marine Science Semester to Bowdoin

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Big changes are astir at the Coastal Studies Center on Orr’s Island, where Coastal Studies director David Carlon is leading an initiative to bring Bowdoin’s unique marine offerings to a whole new level by dramatically expanding facilities and programming.

New Research Vessel Joins the Bowdoin Coastal Studies Fleet

Carlon pilots the R/V A.O.K. through Harpswell Sound.

With big expansions underway in Coastal Studies facilities and programming, Bowdoin has made a valuable acquisition: the R/V A.O.K., a 28-foot research vessel with a twin outboard hull.

Bowdoin’s Lichter Garners Sewall Foundation Grant for Fisheries Research

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Bowdoin received a major grant from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation to support the Maine fisheries research of John Lichter, Director of the College’s Environmental Studies Program.

What I Did This Summer: Studying the Science of Red Tide

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Sasha Kramer ’16 tells a captivating story about doing research at Bowdoin’s Coastal Studies Center, where she has been uncovering the science behind red tide and paralytic shellfish poisoning.

Stalking the Invasive Green Crab in Harpswell Sound

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Aidan Short ’15 has been working on the water and in the lab to figure out just what green crabs are eating in different habitats of Harpswell Sound.

Post-College Job: Cleaning the Oceans

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This summer, a Bowdoin alumna joined the Rozalia Project, a ship that sails around the Gulf of Maine to clean up local garbage patches and stage beach clean-ups and advocacy events.

Learning About Geoscience in the Himalayas

Hannah Marshall doing fieldwork in front of the Kali Gandaki River and Annapurna Mountain range

This summer, Bowdoin students Hannah Marshall ’16 and Alex Reisley ’16 trekked through the world’s deepest gorge in Nepal’s Kai Gandaki valley and investigated geological phenomena.

Insider Views of Science Research at Bowdoin

Bowdoin's Dube lab investigates disease-causing bacteria and develops therapeutics. From left: Sunnie Kuna ’14, Emily Clark ’15, Danielle Dube, Ian Kline ’15, Hallie Carol ’14, Van Tra ’13, and Jen Helble ’14

In the most recent issue of Bowdoin Magazine, “Bring on the Science” offers a taste of what it means to do science research at Bowdoin. Here, students and recent graduates give us the inside scoop.

Bring on the Science (Bowdoin Magazine)

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Grab your lab coat and goggles. At Bowdoin, scientific research has a central place in the liberal arts.

Bowdoin Environmental Fellows Work for a Healthier Maine

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This summer, 11 Bowdoin students with environmental fellowships are working in Maine and contributing, in a range of ways, to protecting our natural resources.

Coastal Studies Symposium Previews Summer Research, Marine Lab Expansion

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Summer may be a break from classes, but things are busier than ever at Bowdoin’s Coastal Studies Center: as the Marine Laboratory undergoes renovations for expanded programming, students and faculty presented a symposium on their research projects investigating green crabs, blue mussels, lobsters, sea stars, eelgrass, fish, clams, and more.

Fathoming the Science Behind Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning #tbt

…and arriving at the dock: mission accomplished.

As students and faculty embark on another summer of research at Bowdoin’s Coastal Studies Center, here’s a throwback to last summer’s whirlwind of research activities: take a voyage through Harpswell Sound with Karl Reinhardt ’15 and Earth and Oceanographic Science Associate Professor Collin Roesler.

Collecting Oral Histories from Maine Fishermen

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Sitting on a trove of oral histories from fishermen, a Brunswick-based association this summer hired Audrey Phillips ’16 to put together videos based on these recordings.

Bowdoin Maps Students’ Summertime Jobs

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For the second year in a row, a Bowdoin student is collecting information from her peers about their summertime jobs, internships, fellowships and volunteer placements around the world.

Shields and Spears: Hoarding Knowledge in Modern Times

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Bowdoin’s 2014 Kemp Symposium, “Visions of Reality: Science and Other Means of Seeking Knowledge,” was kicked off by a keynote address about knowledge transfer between China and the West, delivered by Middlebury’s Don Wyatt.

Seven Faculty Members Promoted to Full Professor

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Seven Bowdoin faculty members have been promoted from the rank of associate to full professor: Aviva Briefel, Philip Camill, Kristen Ghodsee, Samuel Putnam, Patrick Rael, Shu-chin Tsui, and Tricia Welsch.

Volcanoes and the Great Dying

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In a lecture titled ‘Volcanoes and the Great Dying,’ Lindy Elkins-Tanton drew parallels between Earth’s present-day situation and a major extinction caused by climate change 252 million years ago.

Porpoise Found by Bowdoin Students Gains TV Fame

Noodle, the harbor porpoise found by Bowdoin students and featured on ABC's Sea Rescue

A group of Bowdoin students discovered a harbor porpoise trapped in a salt marsh back in 2012, and now the rehabilitated porpoise has gained television stardom.

Student Filmmaker Captures a Summer at Bowdoin’s Kent Island Scientific Station

Emily Hochman ’15 spent two months last summer as Artist in Residence at Bowdoin’s Kent Island Scientific Station filming her documentary. Back at Bowdoin in the fall with hours of footage, Emily is working with her independent study project director, Visiting Assistant Professor of Film Studies Sarah Childress, to edit her film.