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 midcoast 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 and fall. While we will not have students in residence for the full fall semester in 2021 due to the constraints created by the pandemic, we are re-starting residential learning opportunities for small numbers of students. Many ‘Semester by the Sea’ courses will be taught remotely in fall 2021, enabling students to join from a variety of locations. We also will offer intensive residential short courses in summer and fall 2021, as well as a variety of remote and in-person research internship 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. While this summer is nearly fully booked, if you would like to offer a workshop or course later this year or in 2022, 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 later this spring.

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