Murmansk Marine Biological Institute
General information about MMBI
A federal state budgetary scientific institution of Murmansk Marine Biological Institute, Kola Scientific Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences (MMBI KSC 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 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 KSC RAS was included as a compound of the Kola Scientific Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Since 2014, the Federal Agency for Scientific Organizations (FASO Russia) is 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..
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 oceanologic processes, and makes environmental assessments of coastal and marine industrial projects.