Matt Everett, an undergraduate at Northeastern University, spent a six-month co-op (extended internship) with Taylor Sakmar and Bret Grasse in MBL’s Cephalopod Operations program. Everett was given an independent project to pursue: Figure out how to raise the Lesser Pacific Striped Octopus (Octopus chierchiae), which had never been cultured in captivity before. He relished the
The MBL McDonnell Initiative, which engages historians, philosophers and scientists in joint explorations and research, held a collaborative workshop last fall on “The Life Cycles of Microscopic Imaging in Biology.” Three early-career historians of science — only one of whom had hands-on microscopy experience beyond high school — worked intensively with MBL scientists, experts from
To understand the impact of a warming world on the Arctic landscape, long-term datasets are essential for discerning trends of change and resilience. Below, MBL’s Ed Rastetter discusses ongoing research at the NSF’s Arctic Long-Term Ecological Research site at Toolik Lake, Alaska.
Cephalopods, like octopus and squid, are the natural world’s masters of camouflage. They can change not only the color, but also the texture of their skin, to blend in or stand out, as the situation demands. Now, engineers have created a programmable, shape-shifting material based on octopus skin. Roger Hanlon of the Marine Biological Laboratory joins
Anoplodactylus sp., sea spiders (class Pycnogonida) caught in Vineyard Sound. Pycnogonids are marine arthropods, not actual spiders, and are found from the Caribbean to the Polar seas. A video posted by Marine Biological Laboratory (@mblwoodshole) on Sep 9, 2016 at 5:45pm PDT
By Buzzards Bay Coalition A few years ago, Jack Reynolds noticed that salt marshes on the Westport Rivers were collapsing. “Big chunks of the marshes were falling in,” he remembered. Reynolds used to fish on the Westport River back in the 1970s each spring, when young striped bass move into the estuary to feed among