Governance and Financials

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is a “soft money” institution dedicated to research, education and enterprise in ocean sciences. The Laboratory is organized as a private non-profit corporation 501(c)(3) exclusively for charitable scientific purposed including research, education, and the promotion and use of knowledge relating to ocean sciences. More information about the Laboratory’s organization can be found in our Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws.

The Laboratory is governed by a Board of Trustees and managed by a President and CEO and her executive team and the Senior Research Scientist committee structure. Our principal scientists are self-funded through research awards. Federal, state, and private foundation research grants support laboratory operations and administration such that the Laboratory currently employs about 90 people, augmented by interns and volunteers.


Board of Trustees

  • Louise Bowditch, Chair
  • Brigitta Tadmor, PhD, Vice Chair
  • Bill Burgess, Treasurer
  • Linda Abriola, PhD
  • Stewart Bither
  • Barbara Burgess
  • Endicott "Chip" Davison, Jr.
  • Marion Flores
  • Robert Gagosian, PhD
  • Karin Gregory, MPH, JD
  • John Heyl
  • Judith Kildow, PhD
  • Arthur Martinez
  • Ronald Newbower, PhD
  • Herbert Paris
  • Anna Marie Thron
  • Wendy Wolf, MD, MPH
  • Colin Woodard

Trustees' Advisory Board

  • Thomas Berry, Esq.
  • Jon Bigelow
  • Priscilla Brooks
  • James Ecker
  • Christopher Flower
  • Jack Fulmer, MD
  • Peter Handy
  • Robert Healing
  • Horace "Hoddy" Hildreth, Jr.
  • Tim Hodgdon
  • Russell Jeppesen
  • David Koris
  • Senator George Mitchell
  • Richard Mitterling
  • Penny Paquette
  • Charles Roscoe
  • Jonathan Schaffer, MD
  • Monroe "Monty" Scharff
  • Chester "Chet" Shuman
  • Barbara "Bobbie" Sweet

Distinguished Founders

  • Charles Yentsch, PhD †
  • Clarice Yentsch, PhD

Presidents Emeriti

  • Louis E. Sage, PhD
  • Graham Shimmield †

Trustees Emeriti

  • Spencer Apollonio
  • Thomas Berry, Esq.
  • Donna Cheney
  • David Coit
  • James Draper, PhD
  • Christopher Flower
  • Russell Jeppesen
  • Steve Malcom
  • Richard Morrell
  • Helen Norton
  • Walter Norton †
  • Neil Rolde †
  • Richard Rubin

Financial Statements

For additional information, please contact the Financial Director

Governance Documents