In East Boothbay, a group of scientists have devoted their academic and professional careers studying how some of the smallest living organisms makes the biggest impact on the global environment.

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences has an international reputation for studying phytoplankton, microscopic marine algae. And East Boothbay is a good place for it. Bigelow is the nation’s official marine phytoplankton repository with over 3,000 different species either being grown or maintained frozen in liquid nitrogen.

Much of Bigelow’s research focuses on how phytoplankton affects the ecosystem, global process and environment. So why do nearly 100 scientists spend so much time studying a particle so small it’s invisible to the naked eye? Read more.