Welcome to the MBL

Discover us. Discover biology. Discover you.

Whether you are new to the MBL or a longtime member of our scientific family we invite you to explore what is so special about the MBL. Our blend of research and education has been transformative for generations of biologists, since the first students and faculty arrived at this seaside marine lab in 1888.

Anchored in this tradition but pointed firmly towards the future, today’s MBL addresses some of the world’s most pressing scientific questions, committed to fundamental biological discovery and with a strategic focus on understanding the oceans, marine life, and the science of our changing planet. READ MORE >


The MBL offers immersive courses, workshops, and conferences year-round. Our acclaimed discovery courses provide hands-on, research focused learning experiences in the laboratory. Hundreds of the world’s best students participate in the courses annually, with faculty drawn from leading international universities and research institutions. READ MORE >


Research is dedicated to biological discovery with a strategic focus on new discoveries emerging from the study of novel marine organisms, cutting-edge imaging and computation; and organismal adaptation and resilience in the face of global change and rapidly changing ecosystems. READ MORE >

Convening at MBL

Since its founding in 1888, a singular feature of the MBL has been its convening power, attracting the world’s most accomplished scientists to Woods Hole to carry out some of their most creative and far-reaching work. Each year, more than 500 leading scientists participate in our research and educational programs. READ MORE >

The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is dedicated to scientific discovery – exploring fundamental biology, understanding biodiversity and the environment, and informing the human condition through research and education. Founded in Woods Hole, Massachusetts in 1888, the MBL is a private, nonprofit institution and an affiliate of the University of Chicago.

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