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DEI’s Marine Science Field Station
DEI’s partnership with the University of Maine at Machias has allowed us to develop a Marine Science Field Station available for faculty, students, and staff from the University of Maine system and beyond. DEI offers a variety of field and laboratory research areas for science and other classes, as well as opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate research and internships. Our staff and scientists provide supervision for marine science internships and support for independent and directed studies.
- Learn about the features of DEI’s campus, including information about our marine laboratories, such as our Ocean Acidification Lab.
- View a floor plan of DEI’s main facility, which includes our Center for Shellfish Production and Research, marine laboratories, conference room, visitor center, and classroom.
- Learn about available accommodations.
Having the opportunity to have access to the DEI to do my undergraduate research project was a pivotal moment in my scientific career because it gave me my first real opportunity to do field and lab based ecological research. Since that experience. I have gone on to get my Ph.D. in Oceanography and am now a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University where I am studying the occurrence and distribution of large pelagic predators in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean.
Working at DEI was a wonderful experience. Taking responsibility for an experiment as an undergraduate gave me a taste of 'real' science and a strong foundation for future research. After college I received a MS in Marine Science from UNC Chapel Hill. Currently I work for the Oyster Recovery Partnership, a non-profit that oversees oyster restoration and monitoring in the Maryland portion of Chesapeake Bay. Obviously, I've been stuck on bivalves since that summer in Maine.
[It was so important to] have the infrastructure and the direct access to marine life provided by DEI, especially since we attended a land-locked college. We were able to step out of the lab, collect our samples, and return immediately to a lab space with running seawater. The DEI team was helpful and flexible and provided us with any space (sometimes a lot) or equipment we needed, including access to the facility at any hour (I think we had one experiment that required checking in every 6 hours for 24 hours?) This experience definitely helped me to feel like a "real scientist", and eventually led to my first publications which continue to contribute to my career.
On the occasion of Downeast Institute’s Groundbreaking, Noah Carver, a student at Beals Elementary School, won a lottery to represent BES at the event. He presented the following speech:
“Hello! I’m Noah Carver, a 7th grader at BES. On one of my earliest trips to DEI I remember bursting through the door proclaiming “Blind Scientist in the House!” Dr. Beal and I have been great friends ever since!! I’d like to thank Mrs. Haskell, Dr. Beal, Ms. Tilton and Mr. Crowley for the opportunity to represent Beals Elementary School today. It’s a great honor!
DEI has always been one of my absolute favorite places in the world! Seriously, from the first time I visited about 5 years ago as part of my school’s gifted and talented program, I’ve looked forward to returning at every chance. DEI is a great link between students and real life, hands on marine science. It connects students, schools and community, and deepens our understanding and appreciation of the environment whether securing future jobs or for the pure enjoyment of being in nature. And just like me, every student can feel like a real scientist because here at DEI, we really are!! So to all who have made this opportunity possible, thank you!”
June 9, 2017