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.

  • NEWS
    River Gull returns home
    A 400-mile journey, fog-bound nights, navigational surprises, and long days on the water provide the backdrop for bonding and self discovery for a crew of students and alumnx tasked with bringing a donated sailboat from New York to Bar Harbor.
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    Podcast on the research on Great Duck
    Jeremy D’etremont interviews John Anderson  about life on Greta Duck
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    COA Summer Programs Offer Abundance of Experience
    Immersive courses in field ecology and natural history, botany, and environmental journalism bring students to pristine settings in Acadia National Park and Downeast Maine coastal islands for College of the Atlantic’s pre-college Summer Field Institute.