Welcome to the Darling Marine Center

Welcome to the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center!

Connecting people to the ocean is our mission. We are open 365 days a year, serving the scientists, students, and community members of Maine and beyond. We do this by generating and sharing knowledge of how ocean ecosystems work. Whether we are in front of the classroom, knee-deep in seaweed, or in the halls of government advising policy makers, we work to contribute to a future that includes both healthy ecosystems and healthy coastal communities.

The waterfront infrastructure project is nearly complete, in keeping with our strategic and master plans. And, it is not only infrastructure where we are taking concrete steps forward this year.

In keeping with the guiding principles of the DMC Strategic Plan, we connect as many people as possible to the ocean in meaningful ways through research and education. To achieve that goal, we are focusing on enhancing access to the DMC in three specific ways this year:

1.     For our undergraduates: we have adapted existing courses and created new ones, to enable more students to gain hands-on experience in marine and environmental science. This summer, we’ve had more than 40 affiliated graduate and undergraduate students working on projects ranging from the human dimensions of shellfish aquaculture to the physiology of lobster shell hardening and deep sea coral development.  In Fall 2021, 29 students will join us on campus for Semester by the Sea. Next year, we will continue to explore new ways to connect more students to our campus through both virtual and in-person short courses and research opportunities.  Thanks to all who have contributed funds that support these student research experiences. 

2.     For emerging and established professionals: together with community and industry partners, we host a vibrant set of professional trainings and workshops, year around. If you would like to offer a workshop or course later this year or in 2022, or use our flowing seawater, vessels or business incubator facilities to conduct research, please contact Matthew Norwood at matthew.norwood@maine.edu.

3.     For K-12 students: Now that the waterfront construction is winding down, we look forward to welcoming K-12 students back to campus. We are developing an exciting new partnership with Lincoln Academy – stay tuned for more details.

I invite you to share your ideas on how to ensure that the Darling Marine Center is as inclusive and accessible a marine laboratory as we can make it. To keep in touch, please connect with us on Facebook or reach out to me directly.

I hope that you will visit us soon.

Heather Leslie, PhD