Biology Labs


Donald M. Anderson's Lab

The overall focus of research in this laboratory is on toxic or harmful algae—the species responsible for the phenomena commonly called "red tides". Our work spans the spectrum from mesoscale investigations of algal bloom dynamics to studies at the cellular and molecular levels.

Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO)

Principal Investigators: Peter Wiebe (Biology), Robert Groman (Biology), David Glover (MC&G) and Cynthia Chandler (MC&G)
BCO-DMO was created to serve investigators funded by the NSF Geosciences Directorate (GEO) Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) Biological and Chemical Oceanography Sections and Office of Polar Programs (OPP) Antarctic Sciences (ANT) Organisms & Ecosystems Program.  BCO-DMO manages and serves oceanographic biogeochemical, ecological, and companion physical data and information developed in the course of scientific research and contributed by the originating investigators.

Computerized Scanning and Imaging Facility (CSI)

CSI, equipped with a research dedicated high resolution medical scanner and imaging area, large animal lift and overhead rail transport system, specially designed laboratories, freezers, and chillers for dissection, and necropsy and specimen storage, offers researchers an opportunity to conduct multiple exams in a single setting.

Hal Caswell's Lab

Hal Caswell studies the mathematical ecology of populations and communities.

Mark Hahn's Lab

A focus of the laboratory is to understand the biochemical and molecular mechanisms that underlie the interactions of marine animals with their chemical environment.

Matt Johnson's Lab

Sam Laney's Lab

The Laney lab focuses on the photobiology of marine phytoplankton, especially on algal photosynthesis and bio-optics. Research in the lab relies heavily on the development of new instrumentation and sensors to improve our ability to assess photosynthesis in the ocean.

Marine Mammal Behavior Laboratory

Research focuses on social behavior and acoustic communication in cetaceans, playback to cetaceans of their own and conspecific vocalizations, responses of cetaceans to manmade noise, and vocal learning, mimicry in the individually distinctive signature signals of bottlenose dolphin and the group distinctive click patterns of sperm whales, acoustic structure and social functions of the songs of baleen whales, and functional studies of echolocation in free-ranging cetaceans.

Microbial Biogeochemistry Group at WHOI

Principal Investigators: Joan M. Bernhard, Karen Casciotti, Marco J.L. Coolen, Sonya Dyhrman, Elizabeth B. Kujawinski, Carl H. Lamborg, Dennis J. McGillicuddy, Daniel J. Repeta, Mak Saito, Stefan Sievert, Benjamin van Mooy, John B. Waterbury 
Scientists in the microbial biogeochemistry group at WHOI are studying microbes and microbial processes in environments as different as boiling hot deep sea hydrothermal vents and subzero arctic permafrost. Our research draws from biology, chemistry, and geology to explore how microbial processes are altering today’s world, and to look into the past to the very origin of life in the sea.

Michael Moore's Lab

Michael Moore is a marine mammal biologist and veterinarian.

Mullineaux Benthic Ecology Lab

The Mullineaux Lab studies the dispersal of larvae of benthic invertebrates and their recruitment back to the seafloor.

Robert Olson's Lab

Research interests in the Olson lab include plankton ecology, studied through the distributions of individual organisms; potential of flow cytometric technology to characterize the microscopic particles in the sea.

Jesús Pineda's Lab

The Pineda lab is interested in understanding the factors that determine the distribution and abundance of benthic organisms.

Tim Shank 's Lab

The research interests of the Shank lab are focussed on understanding the ecological and evolutionary processes that structure genetic diversity and function in benthic marine species.

Stefan Sievert's Lab

The Sievert Microbial Ecology & Physiology Lab studies the composition and function of microbial communities, with the goal to understand the relationship between microorganisms and their biogeochemical transformations. Special interests include chemosynthetic processes that are important in a variety of environments, including hydrothermal systems, oxygen minimum zones, and sulfidic marine sediments.

Heidi Sosik's Lab

The main research interests of the lab include: Phytoplankton ecology and photophysiology; bio- optical oceanography; modeling of marine primary production; physical forcing and regulation of phytoplankton biomass and production; fluorescence-based assays for photosynthetic properties; relationships between phytoplankton and water column optical properties; scaling from single cells to global systems.