Exhibits

Collecting at the MBL
Research conducted at the Marine Biological Laboratory is dependent largely on one thing: marine organisms to be studied. The advantage of a laboratory by the seashore is the availability of marine specimens on which scientists can conduct biological research. In fact, organisms are so important to the MBL that when students first...
Edmund Beecher Wilson
Edmund Beecher Wilson (1856-1939) carried out meticulous studies of cell lineage in marine organisms, including the annelid worm Nereis.  Much of that work took place at the Marine Biological Laboratory, where Wilson played important leadership roles and gained life-long friendships and collaborations.  He also spent his professional...
Goodrich, Hamburger, Schotte and Trinkaus in front of embryo diagrams
The MBL Embryology Course 1939
The Embryology Course began formally in 1893 and continues today.  Each year brings together leading developmental biologists and eager students from around the world to learn the latest ideas, techniques, and results. The 1930s was a lively time, with discussions of Hans Spemann's organizer idea, experimental techniques, and...
Ecosystems Center 1975 to present poster
The Ecosystems Center (1975-present)
On January 1, 1975, the Ecosystems Center officially opened its doors and became the first year round center at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. Since it opened, the Ecosystems Center has become a nexus for ecological research, training, and education of young scientists.
Alfred Huettner
Alfred Frances Huettner was a skilled embryologist who worked with Thomas Hunt Morgan and Edmund Beecher Wilson at Columbia University after an exciting early life as a photographer in South Dakota.  Huettner’s photographs from the lab at Columbia and in Woods Hole are among the finest images we have of those important scientific...
China at the MBL: 1920-1945
In 1920, the first Chinese student entered a course at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Since then, thousands of Chinese scientists have passed through Woods Hole, leaving an indelible mark on the history of the MBL. The MBL, in return, has often had just as sizeable an impact on these students and...
Edwin Grant Conklin
Edwin Grant Conklin (1863-1952) carried out meticulous studies of cell lineage in marine organisms, including the slipper snail Crepidula.  Much of that work took place at the Marine Biological Laboratory, where Conklin played important leadership roles and gained life-long friendships and collaborations.