Shoals Marine Laboratory

Shoals Marine Laboratory is a proud leader in marine science education, research, and outreach, known for their immersive summer programs for college undergraduates and high school students for more than 50 years.  The organization is distinguished by top-notch academic programming and innovative collaborations to develop the next generation of ocean exploration. During the summer, students have life-changing experiences that transform them from students to scientists, while they are learning about the world around them in an immersive and unforgettable way.

Located on Appledore Island, with a rich past from fishers to artists to today’s marine scientists, the Lab respects power of place, by blending different aspects of the Island’s history to develop cutting-edge academic and research programs.  We are pleased to provide scholarships for students from Kensington & Exeter, NH and Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan, MA.

Jennifer Seavey, Executive Director

Dr. Jennifer Seavey has the sea in her veins. From her summer perch atop Appledore Island she can see Seavey Island, named for her forefathers who fished the seas 11 generations ago. Jennifer serves as executive director of Shoals Marine Laboratory, which for more than 50 years has been a leader in marine science education, research, and outreach.

The organization is distinguished by top-notch academic programming and innovative collaborations to develop the next generation of ocean exploration. During summer undergraduate research and high school programs, students have life-changing experiences that transform them from students to scientists, while they are learning about the world around them in an immersive and unforgettable way.

Jennifer describes herself as an educator and a believer in doing and using the best available science for environmental management. Under her leadership, Shoals is also heavily engaged in public education about the marine environment and environmental policymaking.

As a steward of Appledore Island’s complex and unique history, Jennifer keeps alive the stories of the fishers from the 1600s, artists from the 1800s, and today’s marine scientists, and she uses the lab to blend different aspects of Appledore history to develop cutting-edge academic and research programs.