MBL scientist Loretta Roberson is collaborating with Scott Lindell of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Cottage City Oysters to test different seaweeds as buffers for hatcheries against acidification. By Doreen Leggett CHATHAM –Although it was years ago, Dan Martino well remembers how hatcheries in the Pacific Northwest watched their shellfish seed die, ravaged by ocean
Congratulations to several members of the MBL’s alumni community who have been elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a lifetime honor in recognition of their extraordinary achievements in advancing science. New Fellows of the AAAS Sections on Biological Sciences, Medical Sciences, and Neurosciences include: Section on Biological Sciences Holly M.
By Marcus Woo … Over the past few years, thanks to advances in imaging technology, researchers have gotten the first glimpse of where exactly individual microbes live. They are taking snapshots of entire microbiomes—inside the mouth, for example—with detail down to the single-cell level, revealing communities that arrange themselves with remarkable order. “In the oral
In most soil microbial communities, the controls on growth and metabolism are poorly understood and are simply too complex to be included in computer models of climate, soil fertility for agriculture, or waste management. To determine the principles by which soil microbial communities function under varying environmental constraints, development of a scalable biogeochemical modeling approach
Octopus, squid, and cuttlefish are extraordinary animals in many ways. Although they are soft-bodied creatures related to sea slugs and clams, they engage in sophisticated behaviors that can eerily resemble vertebrate intelligence. In 2015, Joshua Rosenthal of the MBL, Eli Eisenberg of Tel Aviv University and colleagues discovered a striking trait in squid: They edit
Rob Phillips of Caltech talks about starting over at age 40, popular science writing he admires, the “mysterious treasures” he sees in nature, the beauty of mathematics, and the numbers in biology he likes best. Phillips co-founded and co-directs the “Physical Biology of the Cell” course at MBL. The interview was conducted by student Kulyash
Congratulations to three MBL alumni who are among the new Hanna Gray Fellows announced by Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) in September. These recent PhD and MD/PhD recipients will continue their training as postdoctoral fellows, and each will receive up to $1.4 million in funding over eight years, with mentoring and active involvement in the
By Tyler Moore Bellevue University I had the wonderful opportunity to spend two weeks studying in the Gene Regulatory Networks for Development course at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) at Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The course was led by Dr. Scott Barolo (U Michigan Medical School) and Dr. Isabelle Peter (Cal Tech) with contributions from many
By Sarah Lawhun
MBL Whitman Fellow Rafael Yuste of Columbia University and his Hydra Lab are mapping the nervous system of a small, freshwater organism to create a predictive model of its behavior.
Scores of scientists over the past century have considered Woods Hole their second home, and some chose it as their final place of rest. Last summer, students from the Hydra Lab in the MBL Whitman Center created an interactive map of scientists’ tombstones in the Church of the Messiah cemetery in Woods Hole. It’s a