Herring Gut Learning Center welcomes Louis W. Cabot Island Fellow Alexandria Brasili to its staff. Brasili will focus on developing a business and marketing plan for the aquaponics greenhouse and hatchery. Students from Regional School Unit 13 Alternative Middle School class will run the business. Students in this program have been operating a successful oyster hatchery business from Herring Gut for years. Additionally, Brasili will conduct a feasibility study on the potential of incorporating a student-run aquaponics and community garden summer program at the center beginning in 2011.

Brasili received her bachelor of the arts in biology with a focus on marine biology and a minor in Italian from Bowdoin College in May 2010. Brasili’s senior research project investigated how temperature affects the growth and metabolism of the green sea urchin. The preliminary results of this project were presented at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting in Seattle in January 2010.

Since 1999, the Island Institute in Rockland, has placed nearly 80 Island Fellows in one to two-year contracts, helping to ensure that Maine’s year-round islands and remote coastal communities remain vibrant places to live, work and educate children. Program support comes from AmeriCorps, private and corporate foundations, and individual donors.

Herring Gut Learning Center is a non-profit marine education center using aquaculture and marine science as a springboard to learning. Year-round offerings include middle and high school aquaculture and marine science courses, after-school and community outreach activities, teacher training workshops and marine science summer camps.