The College of the Atlantic Alice Eno Field Research Station on Great Duck Island. Ocean research... The College of the Atlantic Alice Eno Field Research Station on Great Duck Island. Ocean research and exploration are among the topics explored during the 2022 COA Summer Institute: Our One and Only Ocean.

Summer Institute speakers include actor and chair of the global nonprofit Oceana, Sam Waterston (Law & Order), National Geographic Explorer and ocean photographer Brian Skerry, Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans Monica Medina, Ocean Exploration Trust President Bob Ballard, who discovered the wreckage of the RMS Titanic, and many others.

Speakers will dive into the complex and interwoven challenges facing our ocean while spotlighting solutions and leaders that offer us hope. A total of nine sessions over five days, July 25-29, will address climate change, deep sea exploration, fisheries and aquaculture, pollution and resource extraction, conservation, history, art, and inspiration. Attendance is free but registration is required. Please visit coa.edu/si for more.

National Geographic Explorer and photographer Brian Skerry discusses his work, like this image of... National Geographic Explorer and photographer Brian Skerry discusses his work, like this image of a young sperm whale calf off Dominica on the Eastern Caribbean, at the 2022 College of the Atlantic Summer Institute. Credit: Brian Skerry“I could not be more excited for this year’s Summer Institute,” said COA Dean of Advancement Shawn Keeley. “This will be an opportunity for our community to hear from and engage with some of the most prominent leaders in ocean conservation and exploration, including a number of COA alums. Our hope is that attendees will leave with a better understanding of the challenges facing our oceans and inspired to be part of the most promising solutions.”

The institute kicks off Monday evening, July 25 with “Into the Depths,” featuring National Geographic Explorers Justin Dunnavant and Tara Roberts discussing their work to find and document some of the thousands of slave ships wrecked in the Atlantic Ocean during the transatlantic slave trade. Morning and evening sessions continue through Friday, July 29. Guests include National Geographic Society CEO Jill Tiefenthaler, COA graduate and scientist Scott Kraus ’77 who will talk with fisherman and Maine District 134 Representative Genevieve McDonald about balancing conservation of right whales with the needs of fishing communities, and others.

Actor and ocean activist Sam Waterston of Law and Order fame speaks at the 2022 College of the At... Actor and ocean activist Sam Waterston of Law and Order fame speaks at the 2022 College of the Atlantic Summer Institute.Friday’s sessions close out the week. In the morning, “The Future of Restorative Aquaculture” panel moderated by COA graduate Natalie Springuel ’91 of Maine Sea Grant will feature regional sea farmers Briana Warner of Atlantic Sea Farms, Joanna Fogg ’07 of Bar Harbor Oyster Company, Abby Barrows MPhil ’18 of Long Cove Sea Farm, and Fiona de Koning of Hollander & de Koning. On Friday evening, Waterston presents “A Voice for the Ocean” with Oceana board members Susan Rockefeller and David Rockefeller Jr.

The Summer Institute is College of the Atlantic’s week-long ideas festival that welcomes experts from around the world to share their perspectives on the most pressing issues of our time. The Summer Institute is supported by the generosity of COA Champlain Society members.