Announcement: Bowdoin Marine Science Semester Fall 2015- Update

In Fall of 2015 Bowdoin will offer our inaugural Marine Science Semester. girls-hurricane island 140x 95

We have a scientifically diverse and culturally relevant slate of four course modules courses: Biological Oceanography, Benthic Ecology, Marine Molecular Ecology and Evolution, and Writing about the Coastal Environment taught by the acclaimed author, Russ Rymer . We will weave in unique field experiences (highlights below) during each course module, and help you design and carry out an independent research project during the semester.

Field work is an integral and key part of the Bowdoin Marine Science Semester (BMSS). Dave Carlon will lead a 10 day field seminar to Baja California, featuring hands on experience with the unique biodiversity of tropical reefs and pelagic ecosystems. Closer to home in the Gulf of Maine Ecosystem, we will visit Hurricane Island off Rockland Maine, take an oceanographic cruise on the Schooner Bowdoin, and explore the diverse habitats and organisms of Harpswell Sound and Casco Bay.

For the BMSS 2015, students will live in campus housing, and travel by shuttle to and from the Coastal Studies Center in Harpswell (CSC), M-F. Classes, labs, and local field trips will generally run M-Th from 9 – 3:30, but we will also need to make a few exceptions in morning arrival or afternoon departure for tides. Fridays are flexible, for example you can work on your independent research project, use the time for more exploration of the environments and facilities of the CSC, or you may want to have a campus day for clubs and other activities.

To help us plan this exciting adventure, it would be helpful to know whether you intend to register for the BMSS 2015. If you have additional questions/concerns, feel free to contact me by my office phone, e-mail, or just come by my Office in Druck, 232.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Dave Carlon

Director, Coastal Studies Center
Associate Professor of Biology

For more details on the courses and student experiences go to:

On Campus Event: Funded Internship and Fellowship Info Session (CHANGED TO 1/29 from 7-8PM)

Funded Internships and Fellowships Information Session
CHANGED TO Thursday, January 29, 2014 – 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Main Lounge, Moulton Union
*Want to get paid for unpaid internship?
*Interested in doing research on campus next
Meet students who received a broad range of grants and fellowships that allowed them to travel from Chile to Portland, ME doing summer jobs that allowed them to explore career fields of interest. Also hear about grants that allow you to do research with a professor on campus. Learn about the broad range of summer opportunities that are open to you and get tips on the application process and organizations you might want to consider. Information on Environmental Studies Fellowships will also be provided.
The info-session will be followed by a reception in Lancaster Lounge where you will be able to speak directing with grant recipients and administrators.

Off Campus Event: Collegiate Ice Climbing Carnival (2/13-2/15)

Collegiate Ice Carnival- an intercollegiate ice climbing festival
Madison, New Hampshire, Friday 2/13 to Sunday 2/15
Open to college students of all abilities beginner and expert alike
Cost: $100 includes accommodations Friday and Saturday night, 3 meals on Saturday, climbing equipment, demo gear and clothing, professionally-guided day trip on Saturday, free gear raffle, mind-blowing presentation by local legend Janet Wilkinson, and so much more!

Registration is now open!

The Collegiate Ice Carnival is back, bigger and badder than ever! Once again College Outside, Cathedral Mountain Guides, and VICE are teaming up to throw an epic, professionally guided, intercollegiate ice climbing festival up in Madison, New Hampshire. This event is perfect for beginners and experienced ice climbers alike! Get ready for a weekend of professionally guided trips, demo gear, a guest presentation by the lovely Janet Wilkinson, free food and beverages, and TONS of giveaways.

Registration will be limited to 10 students per school, so register now to claim your spot!

This event is open to college students of all abilities who want to learn a new sport, improve their skills, or just have a great time in the mountains. Make sure to invite your non-climber friends to experience crazy outdoor adventures in New England!

Getting There: We will be coordinating a massive carpooling effort from your respective colleges to Madison, NH (Located at the junction of East Madison Road and 153 (2151 East Madison Road 03849).

FAQs: Check-in begins on the evening of Friday, February 13th. Accommodations include bunk bends and comfortable floor space – bring sleeping bags and pads. Saturday is a full day of activities with a party at night. Sunday morning is clean up and check out.  More information is available on the registration page.

Bowdoin ES Program Summer Fellowships (Deadlines in February)

Hello and Happy New Year!

I wanted to let you know that the Environmental Fellowship Programs descriptions and applications for Summer 2015 are now on the ES website.

Community Matters in Maine Fellowships (7) – funds students to work with local communities and nonprofits. A list of sponsoring organizations is listed under “Community Matters Placements. Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 11

Sustainability and Environmental Justice Fellowships (2)– funds students to work for an organization of their choosing.
Deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 24 **Winter break is a good time to identify and contact organizations for this fellowship**

Cooke Fellowship (1) – Funds students to conduct community based research under the guidance of a faculty mentor and in partnership with a community organization
Deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 24

National Audubon Fellowship (2) – Funds students to conduct research on seabirds, while living on islands in Casco Bay. Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 11

Let me know if you have any questions.

Eileen (

Bowdoin Summer Fellowships in the Marine Sciences (applications available Mid-January, due in early February)

Are you interested in staying in Maine this summer? Consider a Bowdoin (paid) fellowship d-carlon-a-short-research140-113to conduct marine science research, or to undertake a creative project with a marine or coastal theme. Visit the Coastal Studies Center research pages, and the Office of Fellowships and Research for more information.

One of the main goals of the Coastal Studies Center is to support and encourage independent student research and projects. Activities related to coastal and marine topics from all disciplines are welcome, and multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged. During the academic year, the Center supports independent student research that is often a continuation of  summer research that sometimes leads to an honors project.

Applications for summer fellowships are usually available in early January and due in early February. Check this webpage, or the Student Fellowships and Research webpage for current information. To learn about past projects, follow the link below:

Summer 2014 Fellowship projects »

Summer Opportunity: Gardening Internship at Seeds of Independence

Seeds of Independence Gardening Summer Internship
Position is unpaid, but application for compensation through the Preston Public Interest Career Fund Grant is encouraged.
For more information regarding the Preston Grant, please contact Dighton Spooner at

A description of the Seeds of Independence Gardening Project has been provided below:

Our mission as a gardening collaborative involving the Seeds of Independence Nonprofit, Brunswick High School, and Wild Oats Bakery and Café, is to work with at-risk teens to help them develop self-sufficiency and a knowledge of food security through hands on gardening.

After a successful first season in the summer of 2014, we are now in the planning stages of year two, and have begun discussions of:
– expanding the square footage of our 2 garden sites,
– how to better share and/or sell our produce,
– become more adept at collecting data to support program growth.

We continue to garden at two sites: the Brunswick Landing site, between Seeds of Independence and Wild Oats Bakery & Café, and at the Brunswick High School. We would like to continue to make the Seeds garden more of a public showcase and educational garden, while the High School site is straight production-based.

We are now in need of an additional intern (last year we were able to bring a USM student, and we anticipate he will return again in 2015 in a more supervisory role), and would like to explore engaging a Bowdoin student. The intern would ideally be brought in for two years; the first summer would involve serving in a learning capacity as an intern (unpaid), and the second summer we envision this same person transitioning into a Garden Manager position (paid).

The most important quality this person would need to have is their interest in working with at-risk youth; these kids operate on the fringes of society, and need dependable, supportive adults in their lives. Basic gardening knowledge is helpful in this role as well.

We would love to explore working with a Bowdoin student who is a good fit, and could start in mid-June and work through the end of the summer. It would be great to also have the intern occasionally after school in September and October as we approach harvest.

If you are interested please contact Ann Marie Bartoo at


Summer Opportunity: Adirondack Watershed Stewardship Internships

Adirondack Watershed Institute Stewardship Program Internships
Applications reviewed as received
Appointment from May 18th-August 24th and two additional weeks afterwards depending on fall school schedule
Application details found at\watershed_stewards_summer_2015.pdf 

Be advised that the Adirondack Watershed Institute Stewardship Program is now accepting applications for approximately 30 full time and a few part time summer positions. Work locations include the Old Forge/Inlet/Raquette Lake area, Tupper/Cranberry Lake area, the Tri-Lakes area, Chateaugay Lake, Saratoga Lake,  and Great Sacandaga Lake.  Full-time, includes all weekends, and the period of appointment is from May 18th to August 24th; 2 additional weeks until Labor Day required, depending on employee’s fall school schedule.  These are paid positions.  Please visit the link below for application instructions and other details about the positions.  Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

All questions should be directed to:

Kathleen Wiley
Assistant Director, Adirondack Watershed Institute Stewardship Program
(518) 327-6271

Graduate School Opportunity: Masters and Ph.D. Fellowships in Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture

Graduate Fellowships in Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture
For more information email: or visit
The Universities of Maine (UM) and New England (UNE) recently launched the Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET), supported by a major National Science Foundation grant. Graduate students will investigate marine social ecological systems while developing sustainable ecological aquaculture in Maine. SEANET will create a globally recognized research network that advances new knowledge and innovation to strengthen Maine’s coastal social, economic, and environmental communities. aquaculture ad

Forming part of a multidisciplinary research team, highly motivated students from a wide range of disciplines are needed e.g., Anthropology, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Communication, Economics, Engineering, Earth Sciences, Food Science, Marine Sciences, and Physics.

20 Masters and Ph.D. fellowships will be awarded and students will be based at both UM and UNE. Most fellowships will begin Fall 2015. Each fellowship includes a 4 year stipend of $20,400, tuition waiver, subsidized health insurance, and research funds.

Summer Opportunity: REU in Ethiopia (Apply by Jan 30, 2015)

Call for Applications: Research Experience for Undergraduates in Ethiopia
Application deadline: January 30, 2015.

We are now accepting applications for a NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program based at Colby College and South Gondar, Ethiopia. This REU will provide eight American undergraduate students from diverse academic backgrounds an opportunity to conduct path-breaking interdisciplinary research on the ecological, economic and cultural roles of church forests. Church forests are patches of Afromontane forest surrounding Ethiopian Orthodox churches. Preserved for centuries by church leaders and communities as religious sanctuaries, church forests are, in many parts of Ethiopia, the only indigenous forests left.

Under the eight-week summer REU program students will receive training at Colby College in social survey research, ecological field methods, spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and written and oral communication. They will then travel to South Gondar, Ethiopia to conduct hands-on fieldwork with mentors from Colby College, the California Academy of Sciences, and local academic and government institutions.

Completed applications including 2 letters of recommendation are due by January 30th. The 2015 Summer REU Site programs will run from June 29th – August 19th (approximate). All participants must be enrolled at a U.S. college or university at the time of the program (seniors graduating in Spring 2015 are not eligible)

Details about the project and application instructions can be found at:

Research Experience For Undergraduates: Harvard Forest Research Program (Deadline 2/6)

Harvard University Harvard Forest REU Program
Application Deadline: Friday February 6th, 2015
Apply Online at:

Harvard Forest offers an exciting program for up to 35 undergraduate students from institutions across the country to collaborate with scientists conducting ecological research for 11 weeks during the summer.

Program Description

Each student will participate in an ongoing study with senior researchers from Harvard University, the Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Lab, University of New Hampshire, University of Massachusetts, Boston University, and other institutions. Responsibilities generally include field and laboratory studies, computer modeling, data analysis, and scientific writing. In addition, students attend weekly research seminars given by nationally known scientists, workshops on research and ecological ethics, and career and graduate school panels. Students will develop their research results and present their findings at a student research symposium

Research Projects
Harvard Forest research focuses on
the dynamics of forest ecosystems and their response to natural and human disturbances. While some summer projects involve a single mentor and student, there are several interdisciplinary group projects. These consist of 2 or more students working collaboratively with 2 or 3 mentors as a single team. Project areas include population and community ecology, paleoecology, landuse history, conservation management, statistics and modeling, biogeochemistry, and ecophysiology. Project areas include but are not limited to:

  • Invasive Plants, Pests & Pathogens
  • Conservation Management and Biodiversity
  • Plant Biology, Population and Community Ecology
  • Watershed and Aquatic Ecology
  • Atmosphere-Biosphere Exchanges
  • Forest Ecosystem Response to Global Change
  • Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamics
  • Reading and Conserving the New England Landscape

Students are paid a stipend approximately $5,500 for the 11‑week session which runs from mid May through early August. Excellent onsite housing and a full meal plan are included as part of the program. Assistance with travel costs to and from Harvard Forest is also provided.

Who Should Apply?
We seek a diverse group of students from a variety of undergraduate programs across the country. Students should have a demonstrated interest in ecology but are not required to have previous field/ lab experience and there is no minimum GPA required. We accept students from all class years and majors, and are particularly interested in recruiting students from community colleges and small teaching schools, as well as larger research institutions.