Several professors at College of the Atlantic do work connected oceans and islands. They range from biologists to historians, environmental lawyers to geologists. For each one there is a link to their website for more information.
Chris Petersen specializes in the evolution and ecology of marine organisms. In Maine, he works on fishery management and habitat conservation of estuarine and anadromous fishes in Frenchman’s Bay. He also works on mudflats on clam biology and restoration projects, and on freshwater streams. In a once and future life, he was an expert on coral reef reproductive behavior and sex allocation patterns. He co-edits this blog. Faculty webpage
John Anderson holds the William H. Drury Jr. Chair in Evolution, Ecology and Natural History. His current research focuses on colonial nesting seabirds and island ecology, and he holds the W.H. Drury Jr. Chair in Evolution, Ecology, and Natural History . John directs work done on Great Duck Island, one of two COA field stations. His most recent book is Deep Things out of Darkness: a History of Natural History. John is an avid reader, but does not appreciate the current classics, like the collected works of J.K. Rowling. Faculty webpage
Sean Todd specializes in marine biology, oceanography, and marine mammal science.He holds the Steven K. Katona Chair in Marine Science, and directs Allied Whale, the college’s marine mammal research group. He participates in internationally collaborative studies in the North Atlantic and the Antarctic. He claims to like opera, photography, and is now the best badminton-playing biology faculty member. Faculty webpage
Helen Hess specializes in invertebrate zoology, and has a inordinate fondness for worms and parasites. Although she can sometimes be found on the college’s research vessel, the Osprey, she is much more likely to be found in her sea kayak paddling between islands or white-water paddling a Maine river in her canoe. Faculty webpage
Ken Cline specializes in environmental law and policy. He also teaches several interdisciplinary courses that focus on conservation policy, both within the U.S. and internationally, including marine policy. He really, really, likes rivers. Dams, not so much. Faculty webpage
Todd teaches a variety of classes that relate history and anthropology. One of the areas he works on is local history with a particular emphasis on the histories of agriculture and fisheries. He also helps lead COA’s collaboration with the Island Institute . He also knows a lot about apples. Faculty webpage
Sarah is a geologist that works on a wide range of surficial geology issues, including work on local streams, wells, and the relationship of arsenic levels in groundwater to local bedrock patterns. She has also done substantial amounts of work in Peru, and often takes students there at the beginning of summer as part of a course. She hopes to someday be the second-best badminton player on the COA faculty. Faculty webpage