Deputy Director & Vice President for Research


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(Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Dr. Laurence P. Madin

Deputy Director and Vice President for Research
phone: (508) 289-2515
fax: (508) 457-2126

A.B. University of California, Berkeley, 1969, Zoology
Ph.D. University of California, Davis, 1974, Zoology
Postdoc, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Biological Oceanography, 1974-75

Larry Madin is a Senior Scientist and the Deputy Director and Vice President for Research at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Woods Hole, MA.  He grew up in northern California and received his AB degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and his PhD from UC Davis. His main research interests are in the biology of oceanic and deep-sea zooplankton, particularly medusae, siphonophores, ctenophores and pelagic tunicates.  He was among the first biologists to use SCUBA and submersibles to study oceanic plankton in the early 1970’s. Some of his recent research has been on the population dynamics and biogeochemical effects of salp blooms in the Antarctic and elsewhere, distribution of macro-plankton and fishes in the Arabian Sea, biodiversity of oceanic plankton in the Sargasso Sea, and development of new instrumentation for sampling and exploration. Dr. Madin was previously the Chair of the WHOI Biology Department, and Director of the Ocean Life Institute. He has continuing interests in the biodiversity, ecology, evolution and conservation of oceanic animals, and in the impacts of climate on marine ecosystems.

Last updated: November 7, 2016