Collecting at the MBL - How were Organisms Collected?

A range of people using a variety of tools have taken on the job of collecting marine organisms since the MBL was first established in 1888. People ranging from scientists, boat captains, and hired collectors have all employed various tools, from the simple to the complex, to obtain organisms. Methods of collecting have changed somewhat over the decades, but in many ways they remain the same. This chapter provides an overview of the types of methods and tools used to collect organisms, along with stories of the experiences of each.