By Bethany Brookshire Anyone who reads news about science (at Science News or otherwise) will recognize that, like the X-Men or any other superhero franchise, there’s a recurring cast of experimental characters. Instead of Magneto, Professor X, Mystique and the Phoenix, scientists have mice, fruit flies, zebrafish and monkeys. Different types of studies use different
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The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History has completed a four-year project to curate and integrate the invertebrate specimens in the George M. Gray Museum Collection, which was developed at the Marine Biological Laboratory in the 1960s and transferred to Yale in 1994.
By Andrea Volpe Note: Harvard University Professor Colleen Cavanaugh is an MBL Whitman Center scientist and Speaker of the MBL Society. In this interview, she discusses her longtime association with Woods Hole, including an undergraduate research project on horseshoe crab mating, subsequent work with microbial ecology pioneer John Hobbie at the MBL Ecosystems Center, and
By Cheryl Dybas and Lori Lennon
In a new paper published in Nature Communications , Jennifer Bowen and Patrick Kearns of Northeastern University, along with researchers at the Marine Biological Laboratory and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, set out to discover what would happen to microbes in salt marshes if specific nutrients were added to the environment.
Nineteen scientists affiliated with the MBL are among the 84 Faculty Scholars recently announced by The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Simons Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Current Biology has published an entertaining, in-depth interview with MBL Senior Scientist Roger Hanlon, who travels the world as a SCUBA diver studying the behavioral ecology of squid, octopus, cuttlefish (the cephalopods) and other marine organisms. CB: Why are you so enamored with cephalopods? Roger Hanlon: They are weird but exciting, and so remarkably capable
By Diana Kenney Long gone are the days when biologists drew images of their specimens and left complex math to the physicists. Today, biology is a data-intensive science that requires not only attention to nature, but a solid quantitative toolkit with which to query living systems. That’s one reason why first-year graduate students in the
Ocean scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Marine Biological Laboratory and other places met with space explorers in Woods Hole “with the ambitious goal of guiding the search for life beneath alien seas.” “It feels like that golden age is coming around again. The intellectual stars are aligning in a way they haven’t for decades,” says