Founded in 1974, the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is a research and education facility focused on the conservation and responsible use of the ocean. Named after Henry Bryant Bigelow, a pioneer of modern oceanography, the Bigelow Laboratory stresses the interdependence of biological, chemical and physical sciences in the study of the ocean. The 60,000-square-foot, shoreline campus is located in East Boothbay, Maine, where more than 70 scientists and staff work.
Research is organized around three core themes: blue biotechnology, ocean biogeochemistry and climate change, and ocean health. Research scientists supported by postdoctoral researchers and scientific staff focus on projects ranging from investigating the role of microscopic marine life in ocean processes and climate change to exploring the role of microbial communities in the marine food web.
Education programs include undergraduate training through semester-long and summer research experiences, a weeklong immersion in marine sciences for Maine high school juniors and professional development experiences for high school science teachers in the state. A library with 15,000 holdings on the ocean’s ecosystems and their relationship to life on Earth supports researchers, educational programming, visiting scientists and the general public.