Murmansk Marine Biological Institute

General information about MMBI

A federal state budgetary scientific institution of Murmansk Marine Biological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (MMBI RAS) is the oldest institution of the Russian Academy of Sciences in the North of Russia. Since 1935 the Institute has been pursuing comprehensive research of northern seas consistently expanding the geography of its activities from Dalnie Zelentsy Bay (Kola Peninsula coast) to the Greenland Sea in the west and the Laptev Sea in the east. In 1996 the Institute has included the southern seas of Russia into the scope of its interests, and since then both the Barents Sea and the Sea of Azov have always been the focus of MMBI research activities. Formerly MMBI RAS was included as a compound of the Kola Scientific Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences. From 2014 till 2018, the Federal Agency for Scientific Organizations (FASO Russia) was responsible for legal regulation and provision of public services in the sphere of activities carried out by the Institute, including federal property under MMBI management. After the reorganization of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and the abolition of the Federal Agency of Scientific Organizations, its functions were transferred to the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation created in 2018.

MMBI fundamental and applied studies deal with actual problems of climate, marine periglacial, bio-productivity, quaternary and modern geology, aquaculture, bioresources and environmental safety. Primary tasks include investigations of ecosystem processes, and monitoring of the Northern Sea Route, nuclear fleet bases, offshore oil and gas deposits and other areas of the Arctic which are subject to man-caused influence. MMBI also develops marine biotechnologies, works out simulation models of oceanology processes, and makes environmental assessments of coastal and marine industrial projects.


3D tour of the first floor of the administrative building of the MMBI