“Islands,” the fall issue of COA, celebrates the college’s work on its two island research stations, Great Duck Island and Mount Desert Rock. It also offers a glimpse into some of the island work of our alumni, plus some spectacular photographs (mostly by our students), and much more.

Each issue of COA reflects the pursuits, activities, and ethos of the COA community. You’ll find articles, essays, short stories, artwork, poetry, and photography by and about our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and supporters, along with news items and class and community notes.

Please send your poems, short stories, art work, and article ideas to Donna Gold, COA editor.

Latest from the COA Magazine

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    Exploration Antarctica

    Alex Borowicz ’14, Antarctic field guide and PhD student in ecology and evolution at Stony Brook University, New York, speaks about his love of the creatures and vistas of the South Pole.

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    Island Activism
    Hiyasmin Saturay ’15, creator of the film Pangandoy: The Manobo fight for land, education and their future on the struggles of a Philippine indigenous group, speaks about her commitment to her homeland.
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    Island Journals: Great Duck Island
    Through observation, field research, and archival searches, summer research sessions by COA students on Great Duck are amassing a thorough ecology of this one small island.
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    Island Journals: Mount Desert Rock

    Battered by waves, coursed by wind night and day, Mount Desert Rock’s location—twenty-one miles out to sea—makes it an excellent platform for studying whales, seals, and other marine life.

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    Sunblind Almost Motorcrash
    An excerpt from writing lecturer Daniel Mahoney’s recent publicationa collection of reviews of imaginary albums by imaginary bands.
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    An Island Return
    Bonnie Tai, education faculty member, reflects on a sabbatical studying traditional Chinese in her homeland of Taiwan, while also contemplating the integration of Buddhism and feminism.
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    Abandoned to Nature

    Audubon guide Gabriel Willow ’00 offers New Yorkers and visitors a sense of the  natural wonders of Manhattan and its islands.

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    The Restaurant: Popping Up Delicacies
    Eloise Schultz ’16 has been a singing dishwasher at The Restaurant for the past three years. In addition to literature and education, she maintains a passion for cannolis.
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    Creativity in Motion: Tawanda Chabikwa ’07
    Tawanda is devoted to exploring the currents that flow beneath our lives, the ones that bind us as humans. Stories and myths — whether from science, contemporary theory, or ancient mystics — nourish him, as does the gesture of dance, the movement that illuminates being
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    Leaping into the Feature: Nancy Andrews’ “Strange Eyes”
    With three decades of diverse artistic production behind her, this drawing, painting, puppet- and video-making Guggenheim Fellow has embarked on her first feature-length film, The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes.
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    Leaders of the Track: The Human Ecology of Blocking and Jamming

    Ten women stand tight in a pack on an indoor track. They are ready for battle. This is roller derby, contact sport on skates.

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    A Sense of Self and Place: The Community School
    Through an integrated, expeditionary curriculum, weekly outings, and town meeting-style gatherings, The Community School has found new ways to cultivate a sense of self and of place.
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    Ernie McMullen’s Lasting Impact
    Ernie McMullen retired this spring. The many skills he has taught and cultivated offer students a direct, intuitive way of interacting with their material environment, and of finding their place within it.
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    Scouring the Waters: Chris Petersen’s Decades of Marine Biology
    As a researcher, Chris Petersen is focused on the reproductive behavior and biology of fish. He says. “I am, most of all, a behavioral ecologist, trying to understand why animals behave the way they do.”
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    A Classroom Without Walls: The Great West Course
    Whether reading an account of the Tuolumne Meadows, volunteering in Yosemite National Park, or spending the weekend visiting a local ranching family, students in The Great West Course saw the American West in its own light—impossible to do from a classroom in Maine.