Media Information

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.

A Convener of Scientific Expertise
The MBL is home to approximately 30 scientists who are recognized authorities in their fields. In addition, the MBL attracts more than 1,200 of the world’s leading researchers, faculty, and students to its campus each year to collaborate, explore, and advance its mission of fundamental biological discovery. Areas of expertise and active exploration at MBL include:

  • new discoveries emerging from the study of novel marine organisms, encompassing research in regenerative biology, neuroscience, sensory physiology, and comparative evolution and genomics;
  • the study of microbiomes and microbial diversity and ecology in a variety of ocean and terrestrial habitats;
  • cutting-edge imaging and computation, illuminating cellular function and previously unknown biology; and
  • organismal adaptation and resilience in the face of global change and rapidly changing ecosystems.

Members of the media wishing to interview MBL scientists should contact Diana Kenney at (508) 685-3525 or (508)289-7423;

A list of MBL scientists and their research interests is here.

Communications Contacts

Gina Hebert, Director of Communications
Tel: 508 289-7725 | Email Gina Hebert

Diana Kenney, Associate Director of Communications; Media Relations Manager
Administrative Director, Logan Science Journalism Program
Tel: 508 289-7139 | Email Diana Kenney

Carolyn Johnson, Senior Administrative Coordinator, Development & Communications
Tel: 508 289-7650 | Email Carolyn Johnson

Denise Kergo, Web Developer
Tel: 508-289-7749 | Email Denise Kergo

Emily Greenhalgh, Digital Media Specialist
Tel: 508-289-7119 | Email Emily Greenhalgh

Discover the MBL

Resources for Reporters:
MBL Fact Sheet
MBL News
(News Archive before 2012)
The Well

MBL Publications:
Catalyst Magazine (archive)
Annual Reportsbiomed_smScience Journalism Fellowships
The MBL’s Logan Science Journalism Program provides professional science reporters with a chance to immerse themselves in the process of basic biomedical and environmental research.
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