MBL chief says new university affiliation will buoy finances, profile

WOODS HOLE — On the walls of Joan Ruderman’s corner office on the Marine Biological Laboratory campus are three reproductions of engravings done by German biologist Ernst Haeckel. Originally published near the turn of the 20th century, the panels were used in the days before PowerPoint to illustrate scientific concepts to students.

The vivid images display in intricate detail different parts of nature: hummingbirds in flight, Malaysian pitcher plants and orchids in bloom.

Ruderman had the panels hung after she became MBL’s 14th president and director in November. They harken back to her nearly four decades of work as a biologist. Now her focus has become the administrative side of science as she guides the independent nonprofit research institute through perhaps the most significant year in its history. Read more.

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