Governance and Financials

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is a “soft money” institution dedicated to research, education and enterprise in ocean sciences. The Laboratory is organized as a private non-profit corporation 501(c)(3) exclusively for charitable scientific purposed including research, education, and the promotion and use of knowledge relating to ocean sciences. More information about the Laboratory’s organization can be found in our Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws.

The Laboratory is governed by a Board of Trustees and managed by a President and CEO and her executive team and the Senior Research Scientist committee structure. Our principal scientists are self-funded through research awards. Federal, state, and private foundation research grants support laboratory operations and administration such that the Laboratory currently employs about 90 people, augmented by interns and volunteers.


Board of Trustees

  • Wendy Wolf, MD, MPH, Chair
  • Stewart Bither, PhD, Vice Chair
  • Mark Abbott, PhD
  • Jon Bigelow
  • Elizabeth Bishop
  • Priscilla Brooks, PhD
  • Barbara Burgess
  • Bill Burgess
  • Michael Conathan
  • Deidre Gibson, PhD
  • Kimberly Hamilton, PhD
  • Peter Handy
  • John Heyl
  • Marion Howard
  • Randall Jeffery
  • Judith Kildow, PhD
  • Arthur Martinez
  • Dimitri Michaud
  • Edwin Trautman, PhD

Trustees' Advisory Board

  • David Brooks, PhD
  • Chris Byrd
  • David Coulter
  • Endicott P. “Chip” Davison
  • Marion T. Flores
  • Christopher Flower
  • Jack Fulmer, MD
  • Robert Healing
  • Winnie Lau, PhD
  • Craig Muir
  • Ronald Newbower, PhD
  • Penny Paquette
  • Chester "Chet" Shuman
  • Brian Skerry
  • Maureen Stancik Boyce, PhD
  • Barbara Sweet
  • Martin Tendler

Distinguished Founders

  • Charles Yentsch, PhD †
  • Clarice Yentsch, PhD

Presidents Emeriti

  • Graham B. Shimmield, PhD, FSB, FRSE †
  • Louis E. “Sandy” Sage

Trustees Emeriti

  • Thomas A. Berry, Esq.
  • Louise Bowditch
  • David Coit
  • James Draper
  • Chris Flower
  • Robert Gagosian
  • Bob Healing
  • Russ Jeppesen
  • Steve Malcom
  • Helen Norton
  • Herb Paris
  • Richard J. Rubin
  • Anna Marie Thron

Financial Statements

For additional information, please contact the Chief Financial Officer

Governance Documents