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About the MBL

details about the MBL
The Marine Biological Laboratory is an international center for research, education, and training in biology, biomedicine, and ecology. Learn about our facilities, our community, and why Lewis Thomas called us America's "National Biological Laboratory."
Visit the MBL
We invite you to visit the MBL on your next trip to Cape Cod. Stop by the Pierce Exhibit Center, open throughout the year, or join us for a tour of our facilities, offered weekdays during the summer months.  
Join the MBL
Become a valued member of the MBL Community by joining the MBL Associates, a friends organization that provides an important link between the Laboratory and the public. Scientists are invited to learn more about joining the MBL Society.

research resources
  MBLWHOI Library
The Library maintains one of the world's largest collections of biomedical, oceanographic, and marine biological literature.
  Biological Bulletin
The Bulletin, a general biological journal, has been published by the MBL since 1897.
  Marine Organisms
Biologists value marine organisms because they serve as excellent models for understanding all living systems.
  Meetings, Seminars, Events
The MBL offers public lecture series and seminars throughout the year.
  Research/Admin. Services
The MBL offers resident and visiting scientists with a variety of research services.
  Publications, Databases
Journals published at MBL, LabNotes, Collecting Net, Articles, Marine Models Publications.

our story
featured"Seventeen biologists and a rowboat" launch the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole - following the dictum of Louis Agassiz to "study nature, not books."
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