The Schiller Coastal Studies Center facilitates teaching and research across a range of scientific disciplines. Access to the ocean enriches our hands-on research approach—crucial to developing critical thinking skills in our students. The marine lab and waterfront facilities support SCSC’s scientific mission, and those of our collaborators.

Our natural laboratory includes walking access to miles of coastal habitat (rocky intertidal, cobble beach, soft sediment, and subtidal eelgrass), as well as water access to exposed rocky environments and the Kennebec and New Meadows estuaries. Orr’s Island provides a sentinel site to understand the impact of a changing climate on coastal systems in Casco Bay.

A buoy operated by Bowdoin Professor Collin Roesler (Earth and Oceanographic Science) continuously monitors physical and chemical properties at the mouth of Harpswell Sound. These seasonal data are supplemented by year-round observations from a weather station, intertidal temperature loggers, and a carbonate chemistry sensor platform (in collaboration with UNH). We also maintain a large inventory of field equipment for point sampling water, sediment, and organisms.