Postdoctoral scientist Mirko Scheibinger of Stanford University School of Medicine, a teaching assistant for the MBL Biology of the Inner Ear (BIE) course, has been Tweeting microscopy images from the course, each one more beautiful than the next. The course focuses on the hard-to-access but vital sense organs in the inner ear, which are essential
By Gyasi Alexander A lot like tourists visiting the Caribbean, corals need warm, clear water and just the right amount of light every day — otherwise, they get very stressed out. With too much heat or light, the stress builds up until the coral expels the photosynthetic algae that live inside it, providing both food
MBL Senior Scientist Edward Rastetter has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study the responses of several natural, land-based ecosystems to variations in climate and landscape disturbances. Unlike agricultural ecosystems that rely heavily on an external supply of nutrients through fertilizer application, most natural terrestrial ecosystems, such as forests, prairies, and tundra,
All sorts of microbes are collected and studied in the MBL Microbial Diversity course — and they are fascinatingly unique. Some of the students this year made movies of protists that live symbiotically in the termite gut, helping their hosts digest their woody diet. The termites came from the laboratory of Microbial Diversity course co-director
By Diana Kenney Students in the MBL’s advanced research courses are fortunate to have access to a trove of leading-edge, expensive microscopes, many of which are generously on loan to the MBL from commercial vendors. And this year, the Physiology course students also used a microscope that is powerful for its global accessibility: It’s made
Brittany Grouge, an assistant in the 2017 MBL Embryology course, videotaped this day-old pyjama squid, which came from the MBL’s new cephalopod breeding program in the Marine Resources Center. “We’ve provided hundreds of hatchlings and embryos to various courses, including Embryology,” says Bret Grasse, manager of cephalopod operations at MBL. “As we continue to scale
Celeste Cruse, a 7th-grade teacher at Lawrence School in Falmouth, spent two weeks in arctic Alaska in July with environmental scientists from the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). Her stay at Toolik Field Station was through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Teachers program. By Celeste Cruse During my recent adventures in the Arctic,
By Diana Kenney
A crowd of scientists, students, and staff gathered on the MBL Quad today to view the solar eclipse, bringing an array of home-made, found, or bought viewing devices!
By Jennifer Tsang
Eric Edsinger needed 21 security cameras, not for a super top-secret project, but to get a glimpse into the lives of octopuses.
By Diana Kenney After six years of microscope development at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), Shalin Mehta moved in July to Chan Zuckerberg (CZ) Biohub, an independent, nonprofit medical research institute based in San Francisco. CZ Biohub is a philanthropic effort initiated by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, pediatrician Priscilla Chan, last year.