· InstructorPhone: 207-326-2144
Sarah O’Malley is an Instructor in the Corning School of Ocean Studies. She joined the department in 2004 as adjunct faculty and became full time in 2008.
Her research interests include intertidal ecology and science communication. You can learn more at her departmental website: https://mainemaritime.edu/ocean-studies/corning-school-of-ocean-studies/faculty-staff/sarah-omalley/B.S., Natural Resources, University of Maine
Hello and welcome! I am an Instructor in the Corning School of Ocean Studies here at Maine Maritime Academy. I have the best job on campus because I get to teach a little bit of everything. Look for me teaching:
My interests range from natural history and place based ecology, to community driven science and sustainability. Since 2017 I have been working with clammers, fisheries biologist and students on the soft shell clam fishery in the Bagaduce River (which runs right by my office!). We’ve used predator exclusion recruitment boxes to look at how many baby clams there could be (if there were no predators around to eat them), done surveys in the mud to identify all the different types of worms and other creatures that live in this strange (and odiferous) environment, and even looked to see if we could find microplastics trapped in the mud (which could easily be eaten by deposit feeding worms) or water (which could be eaten by filter feeding clams).
Over the past 6 years I have worked with faculty across academic departments to create an interdisciplinary Environmental Sustainability minor. We graduated our first students from the minor in May of 2019!
If you want all the gory details, you can read my CV .
I’m very interested in science communication and media and for several years produced a weekly 5 minute science and nature radio show for a local community radio station, and I’ve written a blog for the Bangor Daily News about being outside and its impact on being human. I had a lot of fun this year leading public walks in the intertidal zone for two local land trusts.
When I’m not teaching, I’m reading (currently working on She Has Her Mother’s Laugh by Carl Zimmer, Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe, and Erosion by Terry Tempest Williams ), writing, trail running, skiing, growing vegetables, and spending time with my family.