Great Duck Island and COA Alice Eno Field Research Station Great Duck Island and COA Alice Eno Field Research Station

College of the Atlantic has research stations on two of them: Great Duck Island and Mount Desert Rock. But we also have students, faculty, and alumni doing research all over the world, from French Frigate Shoals to the Barren Islands of Alaska.

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COA student members of the Island Research Center, directed by conservation biologist John Anderson, have the opportunity not only to monitor populations of seabirds, but also to learn techniques for censusing wildlife, running an island research station, and applying GIS and GPS technologies to real-world conservation projects.

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    Summer course offers ocean experience
    In the College of the Atlantic Islands Through Time program, rising high school juniors and seniors gain college credit while exploring marine biology, field ecology, history, literature, writing, art, and public policy with COA faculty on Downeast Maine islands and in Acadia National Park.
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    Video of gull swallowing a squirrel whole is totally normal and fine, say researchers [CBC Radio]
    A viral video of a herring gull swallowing an entire squirrel whole has many people shocked and horrified. But the people who study these birds, including College of the Atlantic W.H. Drury Professor of Ecology/Natural History John Anderson, say there’s nothing to be alarmed about.
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    What exactly does a petrel chick smell like? [Down East]
    Great Duck Island is a notoriously tough place to land a boat. There’s no dock, just a steep, slippery ramp on the island’s exposed south side, which can only be approached in a Zodiac on a day when seas are under four feet. But one afternoon late last September, a pair of students from Bar Harbor’s College of the Atlantic finessed the landing and hauled hundreds of pounds of boat and passengers partway up the ramp—saving us not only from slipping but also from the dreaded “ass slapper,” a ledge where breaking waves tend to soak one’s derriere.