Darling Marine Center
193 Clarks Cove Road
Walpole, ME 04573

207-563-3119 (fax)

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Summer workshops at the DMC are fun, entertaining and engaging. Many are offered directly through the DMC; others are hosted by local non-profits and educational organizations. Additional workshops will be added as they become announced.

Algal Culture Techniques Workshops, June 8-14, 2014
Offered at the DMC by the National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota at the Bigelow Laboratories for Ocean Sciences this workshop covers basic and advanced techniques for raising marine phytoplankton. For more information contact bkristan@bigelow.org.

Developmental Biology Teaching Workshop, June 17-21, 2014
A DMC workshop for college and university instructors of developmental biology.

Note: The Developmental Biology Teaching Workshop will not be offered in summer, 2015, at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center. The Workshop will be in a diapause period as it is being re-organized and modified. We expect the Workshop to emerge in its new form in 2016, and we will maintain a waiting list that will give registration priority to colleagues in the order in which they have joined the list. We thank all of you who continue to express interest in our Workshop and we look forward to having some of you with us in 2016.

Natural Science Illustration, July 28-August 1, 2014
A DMC workshop for anyone interested in the intersection of art and science.

class participantsDevelopmental Biology Teaching Workshop

This workshop is designed for college and university faculty members, especially post-docs and graduate students about to begin teaching developmental biology. It provides basic hands-on experience with some organisms commonly studied in teaching laboratories. These include sea urchins and sand dollars, planaria, Drosophila, chick embryos, Spirostomum, Hydra, Lumbriculus, and flowering plants. Techniques will range from classical microsurgical techniques to fluorescence microscopy and applications of reporter gene technology.

In 2014, DBTW, which has been extended to four and one-half days as a result of support from the Society for Developmental Biology, will include a section on C. elegans development taught by guest instructor, Dr. Jennifer Wolff, Carleton College, MN. We’re grateful that the SDB grant as helped to make it possible for Dr. Wolff to come back to the workshop for a second time as her contributions were very warmly received during her first visit. She will lead us through basic husbandry and handling, genetics, labeling and imaging of C. elegans, and will especially emphasize preparation and presentation of teaching lab experiences using C. elegans.

This course also has proven useful for experienced developmental biology teachers wishing to diversify their laboratory courses. There is considerable sharing of techniques and ideas among participants as well as informal socializing and a course-ending New England lobster lunch.

Developmental Biology 2014 Registration Form (pdf)
Developmental Biology 2013 Workshop Schedule (pdf)
The workshop schedule for 2013 will be posted when it becomes available.

For further information about the course contact Dr. Leland Johnson by phone at (605) 988-9724 or e-mail jleland68@yahoo.com or Dr. Eric Cole at (507)786-3395 or colee@stolaf.edu.

* Leland Johnson received the 2008 SDB Viktor Hamburger Award

crab Natural Science Illustration Workshop
a workshop for those interested in art and science

Natural science illustration is the art of capturing the natural world on paper using pencils, pens, paints or computers to communicate the soul of the subject. It is the science of close observation and it captures the imagination of those interested in natural history, ecology and evolution, as well as students in art, anthropology and archaeology. 

The Natural Science Illustration Workshop is geared for students, teachers, scientists, artists and illustrators, poets and writers, and those walking the tide lines, wondering.  Whether you want to illustrate your natural history journal with sketches or watercolor, or hone your observational skills and artistic talents to create scientifically accurate drawings, instructor David Wheeler will take you where you want to go. No prior art training required for this the workshop. Everyone will take away a different skills. 

David's workshop emphasizes the descent into the species' biography: its form and structure, the many forces active upon it, the object's talent for equilibrium, the mix of reasons it's shaped just so. On understanding the symbiosis: creature and biosphere, workshop participants will find their drawings gently unfolding, unfolding naturally, as an organization of lines that explain, lines that are knowing and true to life. Science and art in balance.

David will introduce participants to the materials, methods, tools and techniques of drawing, as well as hone their observational skills. Using his collection of "curiosity cabinets" (mini-museums) participants will draw shells, skeletons and artifacts, and learn a bit about cultural history, forensic science and museum illustration. A field trip to the water’s edge will help participants understand the modus operandi of organisms. Such observations help artists portray not only their subject’s appearance but also their essence. 

The fact of previous participants traveling to the DMC from Hawaii, Hong Kong, Texas, Pennsylvania, New York, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota, California, Minnesota, Virginia, Illinois, Indiana...and Maine.  

Natural Science Illustration 2014 Registration form (pdf)