SML Update on COVID-19

September 2020

Dear Shoals Marine Laboratory Community,

Our summer season has come to a close. We are grateful that SML has been able to serve students and our community by successfully delivering a series of courses, supporting research, public seminars, and online educational content. Thanks to the tremendous support of our faculty and community members, SML rose to the challenge of providing opportunities for discovery, learning, and engagement during this unprecedented time. As we enter the fall semester, we will continue to offer regular seminars as well as online resources for students, educators, and the public.

Over the past several months, we have gained many valuable lessons about how to operate our programs in a way that stays true to the SML mission, while keeping public health as our top priority. We will continue to monitor circumstances at campus communities across the country for insights into how best to bring students back together, and we will work closely with UNH and Cornell administrations as we build our plans for 2021.

We will develop our outlook for Summer 2021 over the next several months, with hopes to announce program details by the end of the Fall semester. Due to the inherent uncertainty of the current public health situation, planning requires consideration of multiple scenarios. We ask for your patience and understanding as circumstances evolve and we navigate important decisions.

Be well,

Your SML Team


For additional information about how our home institutions are addressing the COVID-19 crisis, please visit:

Cornell COVID-19 Resources and Updates
UNH COVID-19 Resources and Updates
CDC COVID-19 Resources and Updates