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Other Coastal Institutions

The following web sites give descriptions of the activities, facilities, data-links and opportunities offered by several other United States coastal institutions. The institutions were chosen to be featured here either because they are called Coastal Studies Center or some variant thereof, or because they have some special interest relative to Bowdoin (e.g. USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies is developing a joint program with Bowdoin; and the Darling and Bigelow Labs are located nearby Bowdoin's CSC in Maine).

USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies: The mission of the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies is to encourage responsible and creative decisions in society by providing an objective source of marine and environmental science and fostering an understanding of the natural world among people of all ages.

National Association of Marine Laboratories: This site gives names and addresses of most marine and coastal institutions in the United States with brief descriptions of their programs and the opportunities that they offer.

Center for Coastal Studies, Texas A & M University, Corpus-Christi: The Center for Coastal Studies is an interdisciplinary marine research institute. CCS conducts basic and applied research, ecological monitoring, public education outreach, and graduate-level education and research programs. Scientists and students at the CCS work on marine topics from the local area of the Texas Coastal Bend to the farthest reaches of the Gulf of Mexico on Mexico's southeastern coasts. These scientists and students reflect a heritage of nearly 40 years of scientific endeavors. Their efforts contribute significantly to our understanding of the marine environments on which much of the quality of our lives is dependent

Center for Coastal Studies, Scripps Institution of Oceanography: For nearly a century Scripps scientists have lead ocean research. Scripps has more than 300 research projects under way in 63 nations, on every continent, in every ocean, and in many fields. As part of the University of California, San Diego, Scripps scientists have access to an impressive array of resources in supercomputing, biology, medicine, engineering, and the social sciences. Scripps is especially qualified to lead the scientific search for a sustainable environment. Not surprisingly, Scripps is increasingly being called upon by the public and by policy makers to provide the scientific expertise necesssary to address environmental questions. To meet this challenge, Scripps has developed three initiatives: to seek new approaches to environmental science, to teach leaders of tomorrow's science, and to communicate new understanding of scientific discoveries. In the research area, Scripps will add to their existing strengths with the creation of new centers for the coastal environment; marine biodiversity and conservation; marine genomics, biotechnology, and biomedicine; ocean observations, modeling, and prediction; and earthquake studies.

Darling Marine Center: The Darling Marine Center is the site of world renowned marine research. DMC faculty belong to the University of Maine's School of Marine Sciences where 45 faculty represent the largest group of marine scientists in Maine. They conduct state and federally funded research on the world's oceans, train graduate students to be future researchers and university professors, and offer intensive summer internships to select undergraduates.

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences: Bigelow Laboratory's research progresses on multiple fronts: from microscopic to global in scale, and local to international in scope. Their investigators believe that a shared spirit of exploration is at the core of the scientific endeavor. They host scientists from all over the world and travel around the globe -- from the Gulf of Maine to Earth's extreme polar environments -- to better understand our "Ocean Planet."

Kent Island Research Institute: The Bowdoin Scientific Station is the biological field station of Bowdoin College of Brunswick, Maine. The station, located on Kent Island, New Brunswick, Canada (44°35'N, 66°45'W), was established in 1935 as a research facility and sanctuary for nesting seabirds. The station has been a member of the Organization of Biological Field Stations since 1988. The Bowdoin Scientific Station is perhaps best known for its research on seabirds, especially gulls and storm-petrels. About 80,000 birds representing more than a hundred species have been banded on the island since 1935. Numerous investigations have focused on a variety of questions, including development, vocalizations, and navigation in storm-petrels; population dynamics and behavior of warblers, sparrows, and swallows; physiological ecology; life history evolution; diversity and distribution of island plants; marine and terrestrial invertebrate biology; and meteorology.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: Woods Hole is a private, non-profit research facility dedicated to the study of marine science and to the education of marine scientists. It is the largest independent oceanographic institution in the world.

Woods Hole Coastal Ocean Institute: The initial theme of the Coastal Ocean Institute and Rinehart Coastal Research Center deals with nutrient and carbon exchanges and dynamics of the coastal ocean. Particular areas of focus are exchanges with the open ocean, and groundwater discharges.

URI Coastal Institute: The mission of the Coastal Institute is to advance knowledge and develop solutions to environmental problems in coastal ecosystems.The Coastal Institute will increase our understanding of the relationships between human activity and the condition of the coastal environment and its resources. The Coastal Institute will work in partnership with local, state, federal, and international agencies to use this understanding to contribute to the solution of the complex problems of human use and development in coastal environments. The Coastal Institute is a neutral setting where knowledge is advanced, issues discussed, information synthesized, and solutions developed for the sustainable use and management of coastal ecosystems. The Coastal Institute works across and beyond traditional structures to encourage new approaches to problem solving.

State of Maine Coastal Program: The Maine Coastal Program was established in 1978. Administered by the Maine State Planning Office, the Coastal Program is a partnership among local, regional, and state agencies. It also collaborates with many private organizations, such as local land trusts and economic development groups. Through this networked program, no one agency or department is responsible for the entire coast. Rather, all partners help ensure its proper management. The result of this balanced approach is a healthier coast--and a better future for communities.

University of Washington Friday Harbor Marine: The Friday Harbor Laboratories are located on San Juan Island, part of an archipelago that lies between the mainland and Vancouver Island. The laboratories are well situated for research on many aspects of marine biology and oceanography. The waters around San Juan Island are relatively free from pollution, and although the salinity is generally like that of the open ocean, there are a few estuarine situations of low salinity. There are swift tideways as well as quiet bays and lagoons. A tidal range of about 4 meters exposes diverse intertidal areas of rock, sand, and mud. The flora and fauna are exceptionally rich. Representatives of nearly all major groups of marine algae and invertebrates can be obtained by collecting at the shore, and depths down to 300 meters can be explored by dredging and other collecting techniques. Many of the organisms available are important for research in physiology, development, and ecology.

Island Institute of Rockland: The Institute's perspective is fundamentally ecological. It understands that all life is intimately linked with its environment; that people are therefore an inextricable part of the ecosystem of the Gulf of Maine; that there is an interdependent web of existence more evident on islands than in other communities and landscapes. It also recognizes that the maritime culture of islands fundamentally depends on the ecological health and productivity of the surrounding marine environment. To imagine Maine and its islands without a productive lobster fishery, for instance, is like viewing the American prairie without the buffalo.

Shoals Marine Laboratory: Operating under the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University in cooperation with the University of New Hampshire in Durham, the Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML) offers a unique opportunity for students to experience marine science. Located on 95-acre (38.44 hectare) Appledore Island, Isles of Shoals in the Gulf of Maine, this near-pristine environment allows students to study many aspects of intertidal and sub-tidal ecology. The laboratory facilities on the island are complemented by the ocean-going capabilities of the SML-owned research vessels, the John M. Kingsbury and the John B. Heiser.