Exciting Summer Opportunity for High School Students

Two open hands full of wet hardshell clamsIn July and August high school students will have an opportunity to learn about marine ecology while getting muddy in the Damariscotta River estuary. A research team based at the Darling Marine Center is inviting high school students to participate in shellfish surveys as part of an ongoing community science research program. Students accepted into the program will have the opportunity to participate in field work in July and August.

Graduate student Sarah Risley will lead the team of students in assessing the types and sizes of commercially valuable shellfish, such as soft-shell clams and oysters, and their predators at several sites in the upper Damariscotta River intertidal zone.

The program is funded by local donors to the Darling Marine Center, a grant from the Broad Reach Fund to the Town of Damariscotta and a second grant to the Darling Marine Center, Joint Shellfish Committee and Lincoln Academy, from the Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions.

High school students can apply at tinyurl.com/DMC22fielddays. Please contact Sarah Risley with any questions.