Press Room

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is a nonprofit research institute that studies the marine life and ocean processes that drive life on Earth. Most of the organisms we study are microscopic in size, but they have an enormous influence on the health of our oceans and our planet.

We conduct research in every ocean, from the surface to the sediment. Our discoveries solve ocean mysteries and fuel new applications that target the biggest challenges and opportunities of the sea.

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Below are some of our recent press releases and publications. Our scientists are available for interviews on all the topics covered here and many other ocean issues. For the fastest response, we suggest all media inquiries start with our director of communications, Steven Profaizer. He will help connect you with the most relevant scientists not currently working in the field.

If you prefer to contact our scientists directly, please copy Steven, as he can still help ensure we deliver the most helpful and timely support for your story.

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Latest Publications

In addition to the regular news stories that we share each month, we produce several print and electronic publications throughout the year.

Transect – Our biannual magazine features in-depth coverage of the latest happening in our ocean research around the globe. The lead story of our most recent issue addresses rapidly evolving "omics" technologies and the ways our scientists are using them to decode the genetic information in the ocean.

Impact Report – Each year, we share a snapshot of the impact we have had through the help of our generous supporters.

Recent Press Releases

Maine Researchers, Teacher Begin Scientific Cruise
01-15-2020
A unique educational opportunity launches soon, when a Maine teacher sets sail as part of a Bigelow Laboratory team.

Study Weighs Deep-sea Mining's Impact on Microbes
01-14-2020
A new study examines how the essential roles that microbes play in deep-sea ecosystems are at risk from the potential environmental impacts of mining.

Forecast to Help Shellfish Growers Weather Toxicity
12-19-2019
The same technology behind facial recognition and self-driving cars may soon help Maine’s shellfish industry protect against algal toxins.

Novel Study Underscores Microbial Individuality
12-12-2019
A new publication reports a staggering degree of diversity that defies contemporary definitions of microbial species.

Scientists Use New Grant to Benefit Climate, Cows
10-15-2019
Bigelow Laboratory scientists are identifying seaweeds for dietary supplements that could reduce methane emission by cattle.