The history of the Murmansk Marine Biological Institute dates from 1881 when the first Russian marine biological station was founded on the Solovetsky Islands of the White Sea by the Saint-Petersburg Naturalists Society. That was the time which laid the foundation for the national hydrobiologic science that later gave a number of outstanding scientists to Russia and the world.

At the end of the XIX century, the biological station was transferred closer to the Arctic, to the town and port of Aleksandrovsk (Poliarny at present) in Ekaterininskaya Harbor (Kola Fjord, Barents Sea). In 1935, it was succeeded by the Murman Biological Station situated at Dalnie Zelentsy village. In 1958 the Station was reorganized into the Murmansk Marine Biological Institute which was moved to the city of Murmansk in 1989.

In 1998, the MMBI Division of Oceanography and Biology of the Southern Seas of Russia was established in the city of Rostov-on-Don. In 2001, it was transformed into the Azov Branch of MMBI. Nowadays, MMBI continues to maintain and use its biologic station at Dalnie Zelentsy, as well as stations on the Franz Josef Land Archipelago and the Svalbard Archipelago.

History and present time 

E. M. Kreps

S. A. Zernov

V. V. Kuznetsov

M. M. Kamshilov

Doctor of Biology
Yu. I. Galkin

I. B. Tokin