In a short video, Anne Giblin of the Ecosystems Center describes how decades of MBL coastal salt marsh research is providing critical information on the impacts of climate change.
By Matt Wood Illustration by UChicago Creative Alzheimer’s disease researcher Myles Minter still sounds a little surprised while describing the improbable group of researchers he is collaborating with these days—not just neuroscientists but also colleagues from fields as disparate as gastroenterology and marine biology. A postdoctoral scholar in neurobiology, Minter and his advisor, Prof. Sangram Sisodia,
By UChicago News In the past, scientists have estimated that up to half of all species on earth could face extinction by the end of the century if steps are not taken to improve conservation and change human practices. That was part of the backdrop for a workshop on biological extinction held recently at the
Cuttlefish mating is not for weaklings! — as shown in this action-packed (and factual) comic strip by Shanna Baker and Mark Garrison of Hakai Magazine. Baker was a fellow in the MBL’s Logan Science Journalism Program last year when she became inspired by cuttlefish research by MBL Senior Scientist Roger Hanlon and his colleague Alex
By Raleigh McElvery
Meet Hydra: classical model system for regeneration research and “immortal” organism. Since “immortal” implies quite a lengthy duration, researchers are careful to add a disclaimer: This tube-like animal simply has no documented limits to its lifespan.
By Kathiann Kowalski Despite moves at the federal level to cut environmental rules and programs, work is progressing on a major climate change report. That report will expand on previous research and draw upon state-specific information for Ohio and other states to make planning easier at the state and local levels, researchers reported at last
By Hyacinth Empinado Armed with a wand and funky spectacles, Beatrice Steinert steps into a world of lush green mounds and bright blue dots. “To me, this is literally sitting right here,” she says, as she strokes something mid-air. This is not some hallucinogenic trip. Rather, Steinert was exploring a microscopic snail embryo in 3-D
By Anna Vlasits Squid and their cephalopod brethren have been the inspiration for many a science fiction creature. Their slippery appendages, huge proportions, and inking abilities can be downright shudder-inducing. (See: Arrival.) But you should probably be more concerned by the cephalopod’s huge brain—which not only helps it solve tricky puzzles, but also lets it
By Diana Kenney
Mark Welch will adapt this novel technology to visualizing microbiomes in environments other than the human mouth, including the vertebrate gut and on marine organisms and surfaces.
By Andrea F. Carter There are close to 6,000 frogs in the National Xenopus Resource Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. The facility, funded by the National Institutes of Health, studies the freshwater African clawed frog and the western clawed frog, Xenopus laevis and Xenopus tropicalis, respectively. Shelves of plastic tanks containing