Marine researcher Martha Bell will lead a presentation on harbor seals at Merryspring Nature Center Tuesday, July 16, at noon.

Bell’s talk will focus on the natural history of harbor seals in the Gulf of Maine. She will cover the range, distribution, diet, and adaptations of harbor seals, as well as speak about pupping seals and haul-outs. Bell will also share findings from the Marine Environmental Research Institute's studies involving pollution levels and unseen challenges to both seal and human health.

Bell manages the Center for Marine Studies in Blue Hill. She has served as a science educator at the Marine Environmental Research Institute for more than 20 years, conducting research focused on chemical pollution in the oceans and human health. She holds a bachelor of the arts degree in environmental studies from Hampshire College.

This lecture is the first of the Summer talk series at Merryspring Nature Center, co-sponsored by Camden National Bank and Jaret & Cohn Real Estate. Admission is free for Merryspring members, with a nominal fee of $5 for non-members.

For more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or email