Visiting Investigators

The Darling Marine Center is a user-friendly field station for marine researchers. Located in one of the most scenic areas of New England, the DMC is the perfect venue to write papers or books, to conduct field work, or to explore new research directions. We offer a stimulating intellectual atmosphere, a first-rate marine library and state-of-the-art flowing seawater laboratories.  Competitive rates and easy access to diverse intertidal habitats and the Gulf of Maine have drawn hundreds of scientists to the DMC in the last decade; many returning year after year. Our professional support staff can provide assistance with specimen collection, equipment use, laboratory setup, and housing.

Marine research has never been easier!

  • Research vessels and sampling gear
  • AAUS certified dive program
  • Flowing seawater laboratories
  • Electron microscopy center
  • Environmental chambers
  • Biochemistry and molecular laboratories
  • Dissecting, compound and fluorescent microscopes
  • Marine library
  • Housing for researchers, families and students

Peruse the laboratory and instrumentation section of our website or contact our lab manager at for more information.

I had most comfortable accommodations, lab space was great, and everyone was really helpful in making sure I got what I needed to finish work — even the bryozoans cooperated. I will be back!

~ Dr. Judy Winston

Recent Visiting Investigators at the DMC include:

Dr. April Blakeslee, SERC, MD
Dr. Jeff Book, Naval Research Laboratory, MS
Dr. Matt Bracken, Northeastern University, MA
Dr. Jeffery Cornwell, Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland, MD
Dr. Kevin Crisman, Texas A&M, TX
Dr. James Douglass, Northeastern University, MA
Dr. Amy Fowler, SERC, MD
Dr. Scott France, University of Louisiana, LA
Dr. Aaren Freeman, Adelphi University, NY
Dr. Alan Hodgson, Rhodes University, South Africa
Dr. Michael Horst, Mercer University School of Medicine, GA
Dr. Josh Idjadi, Eastern Connecticut State University, CT
Dr. Leland Johnson, Emeritus, Augustana College, SD
Dr. Bill Kier, University North Carolina-Chapel Hill, NC
Christopher Maloney, BioProcess Algae, L.L.C., ME & RI
Dr. Michael McCartney, University of North Carolina-Wilmington, NC
Bill Mook, Mook Sea Farm, ME
Dr. Doug Morse, Brown University, RI
Dr. Roger Newell, Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland, MD
Dr. Alvaro Palma, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
Dr. Mary Beth Saffo, Harvard University, MA
Dr. Larry Sanford, Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland, MD
Dr. Lee Smee, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi
Dr. Gene Smith, Texas Christian University, TX
Dr. Noah Snyder, Boston College, MA
Dr. Joe Thompson, Franklin and Marshall College, PA
Dr. Geoff Trussell, Northeastern University, MA
Dr. Alan Wanamaker, Iowa State University, IA
Dr. Judy Winston, Virginia Museum of Natural History, VA
Dr. Phil Yund, Downeast Institute, ME