Students at Downeast Institute, UMM's Marine Science Field Station

Contact Us

Tora Johnson
Chair, Division of Environmental and Biological Sciences
207.255.1214
tjohnson@maine.edu

 

Why UMM?

  • Students conduct research and often have internships at UMM’s Marine Science Field Station, the Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research. A number of UMM alums have been employed by the institute after graduating.
  • Through a partnership with Allied Whale, UMM students have the opportunity to respond to calls for stranded marine animals.
  • Students learn the anatomy of marine species through hands-on skeletal reconstruction projects

About Careers

UMM is uniquely located at the headwaters of the Machias River estuary on the Down East coast of Maine. Far from the bright lights of the city, Machias is an ideal location for the naturalist. On the shore of the spectacular Gulf of Maine and the nearby Bay of Fundy, the ocean will be your classroom. We are minutes away from rocky shores, mudflats, salt marshes and sand beaches.

In addition to our own aquaculture laboratory, we are a short drive from state-of-the-art mariculture facilities for finfish and shellfish. Our geographic information systems lab allows you to gain skills at mapping and track biological phenomena that are of research interest. Whether you pursue a career in marine education, fisheries science, aquaculture, or decide to continue your studies for a graduate degree, we will help prepare you for a lifetime in marine sciences.

Marine biology students may choose concentrations in:

  • Aquaculture
  • Coastal conservation
  • Marine ecology