List of Marine Science Research Groups

Are you interested in marine biology and saving the ocean. Why not? 70% of the earth surface is covered by water but little is known about it.  There are many ways to save them but one of the most efficient way is to give hands and work with leading researchers who have been working in the similar area. Remember a good mentor is very important to become a successful researcher who can help you to shape your ideas into reality. Me and my colleague Marko Terzin  have tried to collect the information about the laboratories working in the different areas of Marine Biology and conservation.  But you got to keep in mind that these internships are really competitive and so i would advice you to be flexible with your choice as researchers cannot accommodate more than 2 or 3 interns per semester. I will try to cover a large range  of laboratories in marine science and conservation. Some of them also have scholarship opportunities. Check them out:—

  1. Department of limnology and Bio-oceanography, University of Vienna, Austria- The department works has six different laboratories working in the area of conservation, metabolic activities of marine microbes. Fish ecology, Ecosystems and symbiosis.
  2. There are also many non profit organisations that provides internship opportunities in hotspot regions of the world such as Costa Rica, Mozambique, Thailand, Philippines etc. But they usually charge you on per day basis that varies from $10 to 20$ and usually covers the accommodation and utilities. They work in different areas like dolphins, turtles, sharks etc.

  1. The best way to find your internship is look at the profile of the PhD Students working in the labs and contact them with your interest. They can give you a brief idea about the mission of the lab and can also give some suggestions. Biology Oceanography, Liege University also covers the wide range of marine biology research and have many research students.
  2. Marine science is a very interdisciplinary subject that can be explored with different angles. Are you good with geography and interested in hurricanes and natural disasters. Check this out..
  3. Marine Biology Research groups in Germany –    Germany is one of the best country to do your research internships in Marine Biology. GEOMAR is one of the leading institute with various divisions working in the area of ocean circulation, dynamics of changing climate and ocean floor, ecology and bio-geochemical cycles.

Institute in Leibniz are also covering the ocean in a different by conducting research and understanding the impact of environment change on the ecosystem service, impact of natural and artificial (man made) changes on ecosystem functions at global and local scale. The study of change in the microbes interactions in system with change in environment is also an important indicator that can be explored to understand the overall function of the oceans. Check the different program areas that covers the wide range of studies.

Are you interested in working at minus 20 degrees and explore the secrets of human then Polar marine biology is one of the interesting topic and Alfered Wegner Institute is doing incredible research and expeditions in this area.  They have got the best infrastructure, aircrafts, ships and marine stations. In addition to research, you life will be full of adventures and just imagine the type of gloves you will using while working. 😉

Do you want to study the microbial physiology, reactions and there interaction in chemical cycles. Then Max plank institute of marine microbiology is your destination as they are using different approaches such as omics, biochemical and physiological to determine the biogeochemical function of the earth.

  1. Marine Biology Research Groups in Finland

  1. Marine Biology Research groups in India

  1. Marine Biology Research Groups in Australia

Coral Reef research is becoming a global concern and many countries are focused to work and find solutions to preserve and stop further degradation of coral reefs. You can try to contact these labs.


They have a marine station in Perpignan, France, and also in Moorea, French Polynesia. Probably one of the best labs for coral research in France. Contact person: Serge Planes.

One of the partners involved in the project Biocomplexity of Coral Reefs Ecosystems in the Indo-Pacific (CoRéUs 2), within the Institute of Research for Development.

L’OCEAN gives a focus to the processes of biomineralization and they make a synthesis between geology, biology and evolution. Also, they are very active in the field of climate change and ocean acidification.

Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle in Paris also does research in corals from many different aspects.

in general for marine research


In Munich, Prof. Dr. Gert Wörheide, an emphasis on evolution of organism that don’t have bilateral symmetry (including corals). Very interesting approaches, including the analysis on siRNA molecules and transcriptomics analysis.

Bremen, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology


Faro: CCMAR (Centro de Ciências do Mar): their specialty is genomics of different types of organisms, such as algae, seaweed and corals. Ester Serrao, Aschwin Engelen and Pedro Frade among others.


University of Bologna, they have a marine station in Ravenna where they conduct their work. Contact person: Federica Costantini

Ancona, contact person Carlo Cerrano. Research done usually in photogrammetry.



MOTE- Marine Laboratory and Aquarium-





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A biologist and A hiker

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