Bold Ocean Science

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is an independent, nonprofit research institute located in East Boothbay, Maine. From the Arctic to the Antarctic, Bigelow Laboratory scientists use innovative approaches to study the foundation of global ocean health and unlock its potential to improve the future for all life on our planet.

Creative, cutting-edge science is our hallmark. We’ve reimagined ocean research – fusing the best of scientific inquiry and entrepreneurial ingenuity. This bold and nimble approach has transformed our independent nonprofit from a scrappy startup to a world-renowned hub of ocean discovery during the last 50 years.

With the help of our generous supporters, we’re empowering diverse researchers to collaboratively explore – and exceed – the traditional boundaries of their fields. Together, we are turning the tide on global challenges, and unlocking the incredible opportunity hidden in each drop of the ocean.

Strategic Plan

How will our climate change? How will we adapt? How will we feed 10 billion people by 2050? These are some of the great questions of our time, and the ocean is central to all of them.

Bigelow Laboratory is committed to advancing science and finding ocean solutions. We have created an ambitious strategic plan to guide our work from 2020-2025 – and grow the global impact of our discoveries, solutions, and inspiration. With the help of our generous supporters, we will address the challenges facing our planet and unlock the hidden potential of our oceans.