Advisory Bodies

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The Marine Biological Laboratory benefits from the support, knowledge, and skills provided by the following key advisory groups.

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Science Council of the MBL Society

The Science Council of the MBL Society is an advisory group consisting of not more than 13 scientists elected by Members of the MBL Society. The Science Council is an advisory group that advises the President/Director with respect to matters concerning MBL’s mission and its scientific and instructional endeavors.

The Science Council is led by a Co-Chairs, who are elected by Science Council members in consultation with the MBL Director.

More information on the Science Council can be found in the MBL Science Council Charter and in the MBL Bylaws.

Members of the Science Council of the MBL Society (2020)

David Burgess (07/2017-06/2020) *
Zoe Cardon (07/2010-06/2019) **
John Costello (07/2020-06/2023)
William Green (07/2020-06/2023)
Elizabeth Jonas (07/2017-06/2020) *
Amy Maddox (07/2020-06/2023)
Jessica Mark Welch (07/2020-06/2023)
Sherlynette Perez Castro (07/2020-06/2023)
William Reznikoff (07/2020-06/2023)
Mitchell Sogin (07/2014-06/2019) **
Clare Waterman (07/2017-06/2020) *
Stephanie White (07/2020-06/2023)

*served one term, up for re-election
**served two terms; cannot run for re-election

Community Council of the MBL Society

The MBL Community Council is an advisory group consisting of not more than 13 members elected by Members of the MBL Society in good standing. The role of the MBL Community Council is to advise the MBL President/Director and Chief Operating Officer upon their request on general aspects of MBL community life connected to and essential for the MBL research and education missions, but not the research or education missions themselves. This includes, for example, housing, childcare, facilities, campus life, and Woods Hole/Falmouth community relations.

The Science Council is led by a Co-Chairs, who are elected by Community Council members in consultation with the MBL Director.

More information on the Community Council can be found in the MBL Community Council Charter and in the MBL Bylaws.

Members of the Community Council of the MBL Society (2020)

Joseph DeGiorgis (07/2020-06/2023)
Christine Field (07/2020-06/2023)
Louis Kerr (07/2020-06/2023)
David Remsen (07/2020-06/2023)
Ann Stuart (07/2020-06/2023)
Cristina Roman-Vendrell (07/2020-06/2023)

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MBL Council

Members of the MBL Council are supporters of, ambassadors for, and advisors to the Marine Biological Laboratory. Council members actively seek to increase awareness and understanding of the MBL’s mission and to provide assistance and counsel to MBL leadership.

David Bakalar, Chestnut Hill, MA
Timothy A. Barrows, Matrix Partners
John F. Batter, WilmerHale
Joshua B. Bernstein, Bernstein Management Corporation
Marianne Billings, Potomac, MD
Duke Cameron, Massachusetts General Hospital
David X. Cohen, Los Angeles, CA
Catherine Cramer, The Woods Hole Institute
Barbara H. Deptula, AMAG Pharmaceuticals
Christopher D. Earl, Innotrove LLC
Michael N. Fenlon, Sallop Insurance, Inc.
Jean-François Formela, Atlas Venture
Hortense Gerardo, Lasell College
Craig B. Gibson, Lawrence General Hospital
Alfred Goldberg, Harvard Medical School
Gary Jacobson, Westwood Pembroke Health System
Thomas P. Jalkut, Nutter McClennen & Fish, LLP
Barbara Woll Jones, Barbara Woll Jones Designer/Builder
Brian Keck, ConAgra Foods, Inc., Retired
Mark Koide, Anthony & Sylvan Pools
Saul Kurlat, Kurlat Ventures
Jennifer O. Letitia, IOMICS Pathways Initiative
Joseph S. Levine, Concord, MA
As of July 9, 2020

Howard W. Lowy, Salem Hospital, Retired
Anna Lysakowski, University of Illinois at Chicago
Jim Olds, George Mason University
Jay Owens, Norwell, MA
Robert W. Pierce, Pierce Aluminum Co.
John Ripple, Exonics Therapeutics
David Scadden, Harvard Stem Cell Institute
Amy R. Segal, WilmerHale
Cecily C. Selby, New York, NY
Matthew L. Sherman, Acceleron Pharma
John D. Sigel, WilmerHale
Rachel Somer, Newton, MA
Eric W. Speer, Westport, CT
Richard A. Spillane, Fidelity Investments, Retired
Timothy A. Springer, Harvard University Medical School
Carolyn Stimpson, Wachusett Mountain
John F. Swope, Concord, NH
Karen Tierney, Woods Hole, MA
Frederica W. Valois, Woods Hole, MA
Denisa Wagner, Boston Children’s Hospital
Philip H. Warren, SMW Advisors
Clare Waterman, National Institutes of Health
Nancy G. Wolf, Case Western Reserve University

Decennial Review Committee

External reviews are critical to maintain the quality, standards, and performance of institutions and to position them to gain strength and perform at the highest levels of achievement. The Marine Biological Laboratory has undergone reviews every ten years since the early 1900’s, to evaluate our performance and our potential for the future in both research and education. Review committees are appointed by the Board of Trustees. Advisory reports are submitted to the President/Director and to the Board of Trustees and are used to provide strategic guidance to the MBL. Our most recent decennial review was held in 2015.