With sadness, the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) has received news of the passing of former BIOS Trustee, Mr. Mark Byrne.
Mark first became involved in the then Bermuda Biological Station for Research (BBSR) in the late 1990’s. He was elected a member of the corporation in the summer of 1999, became a trustee in November 1999 and served until 2004. Mark was an active proponent and strong supporter of the new millennial laboratory building project which is now known as the Michael Naess Building at BIOS – a major presence on the campus that houses state-of-the-art laboratories in support of research in ocean biogeochemistry, molecular biology and genomics, microbial ecology, and coral reef science. An avid blue-water sailor, Mark also endorsed the decision by BIOS to acquire its ocean-class research vessel, the 170-foot R/V Atlantic Explorer. For more than a decade, Mark generously supported efforts such as these and others, based on his desire to help BIOS reach its full potential as a world-class organization. Mark’s wife Rebecca continued this commitment to excellence during her service on the board of trustees from 2007 to 2013.
The staff and board of BIOS extend its sincerest condolences to Rebecca and their family.