June 18 - 25, 2023

Welcome to Natural History Week

COME JOIN US THIS SUMMER! June 18 - 25, 2023


Join us to discover the fascinating ecological secrets of the Isles of Shoals directly from the scientists unraveling them.  Speakers from the Shoals Marine Lab (SML) on our sister island, Appledore, will share current studies of marine science such as seabirds, seals, and more.  The scientists will share their study design, methodologies, data collection, and how their findings enhance our understanding of the islands’ ecology and human impacts.

Dr. Jennifer Seavey will introduce and conclude our week, with ‘guest’ scientist speakers from the Shoals Marine Lab, each day highlighting specific studies.  We hope to include a behind-the-scenes tour of the SML, and a boat trip to view the tern and seal study sites on nearby White Island and other Isles.

Across from Star Island is Appledore Island, location of the Shoals Marine Lab


Dr. Jennifer Seavey is the Kingsbury Executive Director of Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island, Maine — a joint facility of the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and Cornell University.  She also holds faculty appointments in both institutions’ Natural Resource Conservation Departments.  Jennifer is affiliated with the School of Marine Sciences and Ocean engineering at the Institute of Earth, Oceans, and Space at UNH.

Dr. Seavey is an applied ecologist focused on anthropogenic impacts on wildlife species and ecosystem function.  Her research program explores climate change; spatial ecology; conservation biology; and the recovery of endangered species.  Her current work focuses on seabird ecology, recovery, and habitat management in the Gulf of Maine.  Her academic achievements include a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of Massachusetts; an M.S. in Wildlife Science from the University of Washington; and a B.S. in Biology from Lewis and Clark College in Oregon.  Before joining Shoals Marine Laboratory, Dr. Seavey held a faculty appointment in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida, where she also served as the Assistant Director for the University of Florida’s Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory.

When she is not working, you can find Jennifer in or on water — salty, fresh or frozen, in a kayak, on skis, with a snorkel, on a bike, or whatever it takes to enjoy the world.  Fun fact: she loves the thrill of being dive-bombed by the gulls and terns of Shoals!

REV. DR. CARL GREGG - Our Minister of the Week

The Reverend Dr. Carl Gregg is the minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick, Maryland. He holds a Doctor of Ministry and a Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Brite Divinity School, and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy (cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Furman University.  He is an authorized Meditation teacher through Buddhist Geeks and is a Featured Blogger on Patheos (  

Carl was married in 2007 to Marin LaSov Gregg.  They have two cats (Kol Nidre and Shamash) and two dogs (Dobby and Scout).

Please join us! There's so much to love about Star Island ...

Ever-changing skies
Beautiful flora
A variety of birds
Changing Weather
Spectacular Views
History and Lore

... and so much to love about Natural History Week

New experiences
Friends, old and new
Thought-provoking lectures
Quiet places
Lots to do
Time to yourself
Games and fun.

June 18-25, 2023

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