Darling Marine Center Ready for a Busy Summer

Scientists, students and staff at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center are gearing up for a busy summer season. More than twenty undergraduate and high school student interns will participate in research projects this summer at the DMC’s Walpole campus and nearby field sites, on topics ranging from biology of oysters and lobsters to the physics and chemistry of the ocean environment.

Researchers based at the DMC year around will be joined by visiting scientists from a variety of institutions, including Brown University, Dartmouth College, Franklin & Marshall College, and the University of North Carolina. And, visiting college groups from as far away as Utah will join the DMC community this summer to investigate the ecology of the estuary and nearby ocean ecosystems.

“We are looking forward to welcoming visiting scientists and college groups back to campus this summer,” said DMC Director Heather Leslie. “While our core group of faculty, graduate students and staff have been working on campus throughout the pandemic, this summer will be the first since 2019 that we are able to host students and visiting groups at the same level as earlier years.”

Summer science seminars will be hosted by the DMC in July, as well as campus tours. These events will be ticketed and advertised through the lab’s social media channels and website beginning in June.

To support planned education and community engagement programs, the Darling Marine Center is recruiting a new full-time staff member. The Outreach and Residential Life Coordinator will live in the dormitory and support both K-12 and visiting college programs throughout the summer and fall.

“We are looking for someone who has a strong passion for experiential environmental and marine science education and the desire to develop a positive intentional residential community at our busy marine science field station,” explained DMC Programs and Communications Manager Matthew Norwood.

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply this week as applications are already under review. More information about the Outreach position, as well as other employment opportunities at the DMC, is available at dmc.umaine.edu

Founded in 1965, the Darling Marine Center’s mission is to connect people to the ocean. The Center’s researchers, staff and students work alongside fishermen, aquaculture entrepreneurs, marine industry professionals and other members of the community in Maine and around the world. More information is available at dmc.umaine.edu

Contacts: Matthew Norwood matthew.norwood@maine.edu, (207) 563-8220; Heather Leslie heather.leslie@maine.edu, (207) 350-2713