Shellfish Research

Summer 2021 Marine Ecology Research Opportunity 

This summer local high school students have an opportunity to learn about marine ecology while getting muddy in the Damariscotta River estuary. Sarah Risley, a University of Maine graduate student based at the Darling Marine Center, will lead a team of undergraduate and high school students to measure the population, type, and size of shellfish and their predators at several sites on the upper Damariscotta River intertidal zone.

The data that students collect will be used to estimate the populations of shellfish in the estuary and help inform future management by the Damariscotta-Newcastle Shellfish Committee in coordination with the state’s Department of Marine Resources.

The Darling Marine Center based research team is inviting local high school students to apply to participate in piloting the shellfish surveys as the first step in launching a future community science research project in the Damariscotta River estuary. Applicants who are accepted into the program will conduct field work that will be scheduled during the second half of July and the first week of August. Students should live locally, as this is a day program only, and transportation and housing are not provided.

Application Requirements

  • Complete the short application form HERE including a short paragraph describing why you are interested in participating in the program.

Apply Here Soon! 

For questions please contact Sarah

Two college students in the intertidal zone looking at rock weed with a quadrat