How Kent Island researchers, students thrive while working in an isolated environment: Editorial

News Opinion

A recent CBC article highlights the Kent Island Scientific Station and the strategies that the researchers and students use to live and work in such an isolated environment. The island was donated to Bowdoin College in Maine in the 1920s, and has since been used by researchers from institutions such as the University of Guelph, University of Windsor, and Dalhousie University to study birds. The researchers and students split duties such as cooking and cleaning, and spend time together eating together and sharing stories about their work and other topics. “We’re a community that’s here together,” said Kent Island Scientific Station Director Patricia Jones. “We have our research here with us and we eat well, and it doesn’t feel isolated.”