Category: education and research
Goals: A private not-for-profit organization that engages in basic research on the biological, chemical, and physical processes that determine ocean productivity; contributes to investigations of how the ocean atmosphere system relates to global climate and environmental changes; and provides information programs through public education for developing science-based means of conserving and managing living resources in coastal and blue-water seas.
Investigations of microbes at the base of the oceanic food chain; ecological dynamics of phytoplankton in the Gulf of Maine; effects of phytoplankton metabolism on greenhouse gases in the atmosphere; distribution dynamics of commercially important zooplankton; optical characteristics of coastal and deep oceans; satellite imagery to detect biological productivity in the world's oceans.
The Provasoli-Guillard National Center for the Culture of Marine Phytoplankton - a repository to supply biological material to the international research community, the Center for Remote Sensing, and the J.J. MacIsaac Facility for Individual Particle Analysis. The Department of Marine Resources/Bigelow Lab Library is a jointly owned collection of 250 marine-related serials, 100 videos, 3000 publications, and 4500 books; it serves as a resource for students of all ages and is open weekdays to the public.
Resources: The Provasoli-Guillard National Center for the Culture of Marine Phytoplankton, the Center for Remote Sensing, and the J.J. MacIsaac Facility for Individual Particle Analysis, DMR/Bigelow lab library