Great vision, insightful policy, community generosity, and scientific dedication is how the now prestigious and highly regarded Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences has grown to international standing.
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- Scientists from Harvard University and New York University join with the Bermuda Natural History Society to open a marine biological center at Flatts Inlet in Bermuda, called the Bermuda Biological Station for Research.
- BIOS is incorporated in New York as a US not-for-profit organization.
- BIOS moves to its current location on Ferry Reach, St George’s thanks to the gift of facilities and a modest endowment from the Bermuda Government and the Rockefeller Foundation. Operating primarily in summer, BIOS is used by US university professors and their students.
- Hydrostation ”S” is established, marking the beginning of the longest-running continuous ocean study in the world and the start of increased international scientific attention for BIOS as it becomes a year-round research center.
- The Bermuda Government establishes an inshore-water monitoring program supported by the Institute's faculty and researchers (formerly the Marine Environment Program).
- The Bermuda Program is initiated, offering local Bermudian students the opportunity to work collaboratively with BIOS scientists through an intensive hands-on research internship.
- The Oceanic Flux Program begins, creating the longest record of deep-ocean sediment trap studies in the world.
- BIOS becomes a critical link in an international effort to understand the ocean and atmospheric system as part of the Joint Global Ocean Flux Study.
- The Bermuda Atlantic Time-series Study (BATS) begins, establishing BIOS as one of two US centers for time-series studies on temporal variability in the ocean and providing key data on changing climate and the ocean.
- BIOS becomes an NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site, helping to train the next generation of scientists.
- The Risk Prediction Initiative, a collaboration between climate scientists and (re)insurers, is established.
- The Naess Building, housing vital laboratory and office space is completed and becomes an operational part of the BIOS campus.
- First cruise aboard R/V Atlantic Explorer.
- Bermuda Biological Station for Research is renamed as Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences.
- BIOS’s on-island education courses are integrated to form Ocean Academy, a suite of programs offering experiential marine science education for Bermuda’s students and teachers.
- BIOS acquires its first Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), a Slocum glider using innovative technology to increase the frequency and spatial coverage of BIOS’s traditional oceanographic ship-based measurements.
- The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences-Simons Collaboration for Ocean Processes and Ecology (BIOS-SCOPE) program is funded to study the microbial ecology of the Sargasso Sea and advance our understanding of role this community plays in the global carbon cycle.
- BIOS is one of 13 institutions selected to participate in a new NSF Science and Technology Center (STC) "Center for Chemical Currencies of a Microbial Planet" (C-COMP)
- BIOS joins the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory at Arizona State University, and its mission helping to ensure a thriving future for all.
The College of Global Futures announces the launch fits fourth school, the School of Ocean Futures, which advances a learning, discovery and partnerships that shape a thriving global future.
BIOS Celebrates 120 years of oceanographic research with an emphasis on the North Atlantic Ocean and the Bermuda platform, anchoring a unique part of the global ocean-observing system.