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Sarah O’Malley

Department: Ocean Studies
Title(s):

· Assistant Professor

Phone: 207-326-2144
Email: sarah.omalley@mma.edu
Office: 101 Dirigo House
Office Hours: M1000-1200, TH 1100-1200 or by appointment

Bio

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
M.Ed., Science and Environmental Education, University of Maine

Block Schedule:

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:

  • General Biology I and II for Ocean Studies majors
  • Introduction to Environmental Sustainability for all students
  • Coastal Natural History for Ocean Studies majors
  • Introduction to Ocean Science for deck, engine and business students
  • Biofuels: Production and Use for all students
  • Chemistry labs for engineering students
  • Senior Research Preparation for Ocean Studies Students
  • Senior Research Advisor for individual senior Ocean Studies students
  • Interdisciplinary Honors Seminar: Reading Moby Dick for selected high achieving students

Alexa and Abby spent a lot of time with me in the sun and mud this summer!

In Coastal Natural History you find all kinds of interesting things, like the polyphemus moth larva.

You find the coolest stuff on the mudflats, like this horseshoe crab!

Monitoring the rocky intertidal zone with the National Park Service in Acadia.

Field work is FUN! (even for acrobatic green crabs)

Students engrossed in a field dissection of soft shelled clams.

Field work in Acadia National Park is just the best!

A little rain doesn't spoil the fun!

 

My interests range from natural history and place based ecology, to community driven science and sustainability.  My passion is the edge of the ocean-the intertidal zone and estuaries.  I have been involved in a variety of projects that explore biodiversity in the intertidal including work with  clammers, fisheries biologist and students on the soft shell clam fishery in the Bagaduce River (which runs right by my office!), and a long term project of the National Park Service Northeast Temperate Network’s monitoring of the rocky intertidal in Acadia National Park. I also work with a network of different stake holders to support the restoration of river herring in the Bagaduce River. All of these projects are enhanced by bringing students along with me!

Over the past 8 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 .

to illustrate the large crowd that came to a walk I led last summer

When you volunteer to lead an intertidal walk for a local non-profit organization, and 55 people show up!

I’m very interested in science communication and media and write and produce a weekly 5 minute science and nature radio show for a local community radio station. It is also pretty common to see me leading intertidal walks and talks for local land trusts and environmental organizations. Along with Professor Muhlin, I am currently working on a revision of the popular Maine based intertidal guide book Life Between the Tides.

When I’m not teaching, I’m reading (currently working on The Disordered Cosmos by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler and Parasite Rex by Carl Zimmer), writing, trail running, skiing, growing vegetables, and spending time with my family.