MBL Scientist Anne Giblin Named 2013 AAAS Fellow

giblinWOODS HOLE, MA—Anne E. Giblin, a senior scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal, Science.  Giblin was elected for distinguished contributions to the field of biogeochemistry, especially relating to nitrogen and sulfur cycling in sediments and soils from both freshwater and marine environments. Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

Giblin’s research focuses on the cycling of elements in the environment, especially the nitrogen cycle and understanding how ecosystems respond to high nutrient inputs from wastewater and fertilizer. She is currently examining how increased nitrogen inputs and hydrologic disturbances alter nitrogen cycling in estuaries in the Plum Island marsh system north of Boston.  Giblin is also investigating the controls on nitrogen removal pathways in places ranging from the New England continental shelf to arctic lakes on the north slope of Alaska.

Giblin received a Ph.D. from Boston University and a B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She joined the staff of the MBL’s Ecosystems Center in 1983 and was named a Senior Scientist in 2003.  Giblin is an Adjunct Professor in the Brown University-MBL Partnership and Graduate Program in Biological and Environmental Sciences, graduate faculty at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, and leads the Plum Island Ecosystem Long-Term Ecological Research, part of a national network of research sites created by the National Science Foundation.

Giblin will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin at the 2014 AAAS Annual Meeting in February.


The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is dedicated to scientific discovery and improving the human condition through research and education in biology, biomedicine, and environmental science. Founded in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, in 1888, the MBL is a private, nonprofit institution and an affiliate of the University of Chicago.