The Marine Biological Laboratory is resuming our on-campus programs with continued diligence and renewed purpose. Our goal is to prioritize the health of the MBL and local communities while sustaining our distinctive approach to education, research, and collaboration. In close consultation with experts at the University of Chicago and UChicago Medicine, we’re implementing a wide range of health precautions while building a campus culture focused on shared responsibility for health and safety.

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Latest Updates

October 1: UChicago Students Arrive for Fall Quarter

Dear MBL Faculty & Staff, Last week the MBL welcomed 12 UChicago undergraduates to Woods Hole for the autumn quarter. These second-, third-, and fourth-year students will be with us until November 21 studying topics from microbiomes, to neuroscience, to biological...

September 9: Fall Education Update

Dear MBL Faculty & Staff, Like so many academic institutions around the world, the MBL’s Education Office has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to the resumption of in-person programs and courses. As many of you are experiencing with your...

August 7: Rhode Island Added to Massachusetts Quarantine Order

Dear Colleagues,Effective today, Friday, August 7, travel to Rhode Island is no longer exempt from quarantine under the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ COVID-19 Travel Order. As is the case with other non-exempt states, people who have traveled to Rhode Island and are...

July 30: Update on Administrative Opening Plan

Dear Colleagues, The process for reopening MBL’s on-campus administrative functions is now in its final stages, coming on the heels of a research reopening that has been running smoothly over the last six weeks. The MBL administrative plan has been reviewed by the...

July 30: New Massachusetts COVID-19 Travel Order

Dear Colleagues, Effective August 1, 2020, all visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts must follow new travel orders announced by Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker last week. The new executive order requires people arriving from outside the state to...

July 14: Guidance for Travel to States Not Exempt from Quarantine

Dear Colleagues, As indicated in the laball message sent on July 2, we have updated the Manager’s Guide for Out of State Travel to help clarify when a 14-day self-quarantine is and is not required following out of state travel. In particular, please take note of the...

July 10: Daily Health Screening Reminder

Dear Colleagues, As part of the MBL’s Reopening Plan and Massachusetts State guidance, all faculty, staff, vendors, and contractors entering MBL property, on or off-campus, are required to perform a Daily Health Screening prior to their arrival each day. Anyone who...

July 2: Out of State Travel Guidance/Self-Quarantine Update

Dear Colleagues, Governor Charlie Baker has relaxed the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 travel advisory for individuals entering Massachusetts from seven Northeast states that are making progress in the battle against coronavirus. Effective July 1, all travelers arriving to...

June 26: A Message from MBL Director Nipam Patel

Dear Friends, Over the last several weeks, MBL working groups, in coordination with the University of Chicago, have been making steady progress on reopening plans specific to resident research, education, campus housing and dining services, and...

June 26: Updated Guidance for Out-of-State Travel

Dear Colleagues, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts continues to instruct all individuals who travel out of state to “self-quarantine for 14 days” upon their return to Massachusetts. To date, MBL policies have been following this instruction. While the safety of our...

June 26: Vendors and Contractors Visiting the MBL

Dear Colleagues, As we resume on-campus research and operations at the MBL, we expect all vendors or contractors who visit the MBL to abide by MBL health policies and protocols as a requirement for working on campus. These precautionary measures will help us to...

June 19: Research Resumption | Training Reminder

Dear Colleagues, I’m pleased to report that Phase 1 of MBL research resumption has progressed smoothly this week and, to date, approximately 60-70% of resident research labs have received clearance to resume on-campus activity. By design, research is not operating...

June 12: Reopening MBL: Materials and Training

Dear Colleagues, As we discussed at yesterday’s Town Hall, the MBL has now assessed that we meet the State of Massachusetts’ requirements for reopening and have indicated so on the written COVID-19 Control Plan which outlines how the MBL will comply with the mandatory...

June 5: Update on Reopening MBL

Dear Colleagues, MBL reopening working groups are making progress on reopening plans for Research, Education, Campus housing and dining services, and Administration/Operations in coordination with the University of Chicago. The research reopening plan is currently...

June 2: COVID-19 Financial Implications Update

Dear Colleagues – More than ten weeks ago, in the face of extraordinary difficulties confronting our laboratory, our nation, and our world, the MBL community rose to the challenge. Each of you—whether on-campus or at home—is sustaining the MBL through your work. On...