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Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL)

Program areas | Form 990s | Financials | Vendors | Personnel | Peers

MBL is a biological research center based in Woods Hole, MA that was founded in 1888. As of 2018 they had $44 million in revenue and $211 million in assets.

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.

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Program areas at MBL

The Marine Biological Laboratory maintains laboratories for the scientific study and investigation of a wide range of biological studies from biomedical to ecological research. MBL Resident Scientists are based full-time in Woods Hole and conduct funded research in areas of science that are relevant to the MBL's mission of fundamental biological discovery. Areas of focus include comparative evolution and genomics; the biology of marine organisms and microbiomes; neuroscience, regeneration, and development; ecology, ecosystems and global climate change; models of human disease; and cell biology, imaging, and computation.

Visiting (Whitman) Research: The Marine Biological Laboratory hosts hundreds of researchers, postdocs, and graduate students from around the world to participate in scientific discovery courses, research, lectures, and field studies. As a convener of biology, the Marine Biological Laboratory is well known for fostering a highly collaborative environment, with scientists and students engaged in intensive research in a collegial and informal atmosphere. Largely a summer program, Whitman Center Scientists are provided with infrastructure and an informal, interactive scientific community that allows them to launch into research almost immediately upon their arrival. Advice and equipment are available from other researchers or from colleagues in the education program. Free from academic duties at their home institutions, some veteran Whitman Center Scientists report they do more hands-on research in three months at the MBL than they do during the rest of the year at their home institutions.

The MBL offers a wide range of scientific courses, workshops, conferences, and internships throughout the year. Central to the MBL's identity are its advanced, discovery-based courses for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty. In these courses students learn from internationally renowned scientists and are immersed in the laboratory, learning cutting-edge techniques while investigating contemporary research problems. Each year, MBL courses attract more than 500 of the best and brightest students in the world, from more than 300 institutions and over 30 countries. Course directors and faculty are leaders in their fields, drawn from leading universities and research institutions around the world.

Form 990s for MBL

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2018-06Jun 19, 2019990View PDF
2017-06Aug 23, 2018990View PDF
2016-06Oct 6, 2017990View PDF
2015-06Jun 9, 2016990View PDF
2014-12Jan 21, 2016990View PDF
...and five more Form 990 PDFs

Financials for MBL

Total grants, contributions, etc.$31,402,988
Program services$7,195,202
Investment income and dividends$797,408
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$14,573
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$4,498,769
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$141,763
Total revenues$44,050,703

Vendors for MBL

VendorServicesAmount paidDate
DrupalContent management system software2020-06-26
██████Fundraising software2020-06-26
█████████Marketing software2020-06-26
███████ ███ ████Fundraising software; Payment processing2020-06-26
█████████Content management system software2020-06-26
████ ███Audit accounting2019-12-18
█████████ ████████Software2018-08-11
██████ █ █████████ ███Construction Services and Equipment Maintenance$245,0012018-06-01
...and 11 more vendors

Personnel at MBL

NameTitleCompensationMost recent data
Paul SpeerChief Operating Officer$269,357June 30, 2018
Mary HarringtonDirector of Finance$196,590Jan. 31, 2020
███ █████Director of Education$195,794June 30, 2018
█████ ███████Director of Facilities$176,436June 30, 2018
█████ ████ █████Interim Director Bay Paul Center$207,141June 30, 2018
█████ ██████Director Marine Resource Center$219,983June 30, 2018
██████ ██ ██████Chairman of the Board of Trustees$0Aug. 6, 2019
████ ███████Vice Chair of the Board$0June 30, 2018
██████ ████Interim Co Director of the MBL$0June 30, 2018
█████ █████████████Secretary of the Corporation$0June 30, 2018
...and seven more key personnel

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