Woods Hole

Fall on Cape Cod (Jack Fench) www.flickr.com/photos/jackfrench/4036111879/

General Information

Woods Hole, a village in the Town of Falmouth on the southwestern corner of Cape Cod, is a world center for marine, biomedical, and environmental science. In addition to several smaller enterprises and labs, Woods Hole contains two large private organizations (the Marine Biological Laboratory and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) and two federal government facilities (the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Geological Survey).

The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is an independent, non-profit institution dedicated to creative research and advanced training in the biological, biomedical, and environmental sciences. The oldest private marine laboratory in the Americas, the MBL is synonymous with biological discovery. To date, more than 50 Nobel Laureates have taught, taken courses, or conducted research at the MBL. The MBL also serves as a primary source of scientific information to the Woods Hole community through the MBLWHOI Library, which holds more than 300,000 bound journals and books and provides access to 4,000 electronic journals and scientific databases. Together these resources cover the biological literature of the last 300 years. To see an interactive map of the village of Woods Hole, click here:  http://www.mbl.edu/about/visit/directions/mbl_interactive_map/

You will find detailed information about Woods Hole at http://woodshole.com/

*Adapted from http://www.mbl.edu/about/visit/pdf/welcome_to_woods_hole.pdf

Geography and Terrain

Like much of Cape Cod, Falmouth owes its geologic character to glaciers, which melted away some 12,000 years ago. They left behind a backbone of moraine--low-lying hills of glacial debris--running from Woods Hole to North Falmouth, generally along the route of the main highway (Route 28). To the south and east, sloping toward Nantucket Sound, is outwash plain, formed of sand and silt carried seaward by rivers from the melting glaciers. As it built up, the outwash plain was furrowed by these rivers into what is now the series of long, narrow salt ponds along the south shore of the town. Throughout Cape Cod, the landscape is dotted with small ponds or "kettle holes"-- depressions caused by isolated blocks of glacial ice that eventually melted away. The coastline has been changed since glacial times by rising sea level and the ongoing action of waves and coastal currents.

*Adapted from http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=9060


September averages from 2009-

  • High temperature 79 F (26c)
  • Low temperature 58 F (14c)
  • Average 68 F (20c)
  • Precipitation 3.48 inches (88mm)

Due to Woods Hole's geographic location, temperatures are usually at lest a few degrees cooler than in the village of Falmouth. Woods Hole also tends to be windy.

Local Transportation

Public transportation is limited. The Peter Pan Busline runs 9 times/day out of Woods Hole to Falmouth and beyond. Fare to Falmouth is $8 one way.


A few BioBlitz excursions will be full-day events, some incurring additional costs.   Consider these trips only if you would not wish to participate in any of the other Bioblitz daytime events or parallel working group sessions. Sign-ups for the remaining BioBlitz activities will be during check-in at the beginning of the conference.

  • Whale Watch (Provincetown). This trip to the outer Cape provides a chance to see a number of species of whales and pelagic birds in the region of Stellwagen Bank, a national marine sanctuary.  Cost is $65. includes transportation and boat tickets.
  • Martha’s Vineyard Sandplain. A full-day guided tour to view some plant biodiversity hotspots on Martha’s Vineyard that include a restoration project in a native sandplain grassland and a visit to the state forest, which hosts more rare plant species than any other state conservation land. (12 people maximum). Cost is $15.
  • Cape Cod National Seashore. A guided tour of local sandplain, cedar swamp, and coastal habitats.


Banking and credit cards

Martha's Vineyard Savings Bank, Woods Hole Branch (2 Water Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543
Tel:  (508) 540-2022
Fax:  (508) 540-2681). Hours:  

  • Monday - Thursday:  8:00am - 4:00pm

  • Friday:  8:00am - 5:00pm

  • Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm
24 Hour ATM

Emergency numbers

Dial 911 for emergencies.


US health care does not cover visitors to the USA. Please ensure that you have a suitable insurance coverage for the event of illness or accident. The organizing committee will not accept liability for personal injuries sustained by or for loss or damage to property belonging to the participants.


  Last Modified: 06 August 2010