For the safety of our community, the MBL has suspended all events, seminars, and scheduled school and organizational tours until further notice. We will carefully reassess the situation in the coming weeks.

Cleaning Procedures

Additional Resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MADPH)

COVID-19 Printable Fact Sheets (MADPH)

NIH Proposers and Awardees – Coronavirus FAQs

NSF Proposers and Awardees – Coronavirus FAQs

DOE and Office of Science Accommodating Interruptions Due to COVID-19 with Q&As


Please contact with questions.

The MBL continues to closely monitor and respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation with the goal of protecting the health, safety, and well-being of our faculty, staff, and students. We remain committed to advancing the vital work of the MBL while being responsible participants in this collective global public health challenge. We are following the Massachusetts-wide “stay-at-home” order currently in effect until May 4. The MBL provides essential services such as critical research and animal care, facilities support, and security that continue under the directive. If you have questions, please email us at

No students, faculty, staff in our Woods Hole campus community have tested positive for COVID-19.

LATEST - April 3: A Message from Nipam Patel

Dear Friends,

As our nation comes together to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, all of us have been called to fundamentally alter our lives. At the MBL, faculty and staff have had to rethink how we work, conduct research, and collaborate, all on a short timeline.

Thanks to the intensive efforts of our entire community, the MBL has taken numerous actions to reduce our on-campus footprint and practice the social distancing measures that are critical to the health and safety of us all. These actions drove difficult decisions including the cancellation of our Advanced Research Training courses scheduled in May and June, and a delayed start of Whitman Center research programs. We came to these decisions with great care and with the best interests of the MBL and our broader community in mind. I anticipate additional impacts to summer programming as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Although MBL is operating with a significantly reduced on-campus physical presence, our work continues. Essential staff are caring for our animals and other organisms and maintaining our facilities as we pivot to new and creative ways to share our expertise with the world. For instance, we’ve launched a new short video series, #MBLSciShoots, on our social media channels that brings MBL science to high school students and the public within their own homes.

While the MBL has been impacted in the past by events such as The World Wars and the Great Depression, there is no question that the programmatic and operational changes we make to fight the spread of COVID-19 disease are unprecedented for this institution. Just as our predecessors did then, we are coming together as a community to adapt our work in resourceful ways and look with optimism towards the opportunities the future will bring.

I am deeply grateful for the unwavering dedication of our staff during this time and for the continued support of our loyal friends and steadfast supporters. The global MBL community is a diverse network of individuals and institutions committed to advancing the biological sciences and training the next generation of scientists; our mission is more important than ever. In times like these the generosity and support of the global MBL community is of the utmost importance and I hope you will consider contributing however you are able. I hope you and your families stay safe and healthy as we navigate this pandemic.


Nipam H. Patel

How to Protect Yourself:

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

CDC recommends everyday preventative actions such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.