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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.

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Latest Publications

Transect – This issue of our magazine features stories on our Antarctic research, growing commercial applications, as well as a roundup of current projects around the globe.

Annual Report – Our 2016 annual report provides a beautiful and engaging summary of recent discoveries and applications that demonstrates the ways our research ­­­­illuminates, prepares, equips, educates, inspires, and collaborates.

Recent Press Releases

Bigelow Laboratory Appoints New Board Leadership
12-12-2017
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences recently announced new leadership of its board of trustees and the appointment of one new trustee and four new members to its advisory board. All will help support and guide the nonprofit institution in performing oceanographic research around the world.

Southern Ocean Drives Massive Bloom of Tiny Phytoplankton
11-28-2017
Scientists have uncovered the ocean conditions that support a massive summertime bloom of algae that spans 16 percent of the global ocean. Known as the Great Calcite Belt...

Dark Ocean Bacteria Discovered to Play Large Role in Carbon Capture
11-27-2017
Marine bacteria that live in the dark depths of the ocean play a newly discovered and significant role in the global carbon cycle, according to a new study published in Science.

Fear of Sharks Influences Seaweed Growth on Fijian Coral Reefs
11-27-2017
Fishes’ fear of sharks helps shape shallow reef habitats in the Pacific, according to new research by a scientist at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. The study is the first clear case of sharks altering a coral reef ecosystem through an indirect effect – creating an atmosphere of fear that shifts where herbivores feed and seaweeds grow.

Bigelow Laboratory Appoints New President and CEO
10-24-2017
Following a comprehensive search, the staff and board of Bigelow Laboratory are pleased to announce that we have secured our next president and CEO – Dr. Deborah Bronk.