Author: Raleigh McElvery

Experimental Invertebrate Zoology ’76 reunites

Experimental Invertebrate Zoology ’76 reunites

By Raleigh McElvery

It was two summers ago during a meeting at Coffee Obsession in Woods Hole that the reunion plan was hatched. “What if we were to hold a 40th reunion for the 1976 Experimental Invertebrate Zoology summer course in person?

Thinking Big: MBL Historian Reflects on Science, Policy, and Digitization

By Raleigh McElvery The MBL is home to a variety of researchers studying a myriad of life forms, but Jane Maienschein is an expert on one particular, understudied species—a sub-classification of historian known as the “historian of science.” She also happens to be one herself. Maienschein has co-directed the annual Seminar in the History of

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Decrypting Cuttlefish Confrontation

Decrypting Cuttlefish Confrontation

By Raleigh McElvery Animal communication is more nuanced than one might think. During confrontation between members of the same species, some animals communicate different levels of aggressive intent through distinct behavioral displays, as outlined by a theory known as the “hierarchical signaling hypothesis.” This theory states that low-risk displays of aggression predict the performance of

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A Bright Idea Matures: Grass Lab Celebrates 65th year

A Bright Idea Matures: Grass Lab Celebrates 65th year

By Raleigh McElvery

What happens when scientific philanthropy meets the brains behind discovery? The Grass Laboratory is born, representing a fruitful cooperation between the Grass Foundation and the Marine Biological Laboratory to train budding neuroscientists.

Marc Mayes Defends Ph.D. Dissertation in Brown-MBL Graduate Program

Marc Mayes Defends Ph.D. Dissertation in Brown-MBL Graduate Program

By Marc Mayes and Alison Maksym Marc Mayes, a student in the Brown-Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) Graduate Program in Biological and Environmental Sciences, successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation on July 27 at Brown University in Providence, R.I. Mayes’ dissertation was titled, “Forest nutrient cycling and remote sensing of land cover in Miombo Woodlands.” Mayes is

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That crab has rhythm: Exploring controls on digestion in Neural Systems & Behavior

That crab has rhythm: Exploring controls on digestion in Neural Systems & Behavior

By Raleigh McElvery When it comes to explaining crab digestion, three-letter acronyms abound. Luckily, Neural Systems and Behavior course instructor David Schulz of the University of Missouri comes to Woods Hole to translate. Schulz aims to decipher not only the lexicon of crustacean feeding, but also how gene expression affects the neural network processes responsible.

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MBLWHOI Library Displays its Treasures

MBLWHOI Library Displays its Treasures

By Raleigh McElvery

Last week, the MBLWHOI Library opened wide the doors to its trove of ancient artifacts, composed of scientific works dating as far back as the 16th century. This Rare Books and Archives exhibition occurred in conjunction with the annual MBL Society Meeting.

Lab Schools student adds to ocean genome repository

Lab Schools student adds to ocean genome repository

By Raleigh McElvery

Grace Anderson just made her first contributions to biodiversity science. Anderson, a student at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, spent the month of May at the MBL working alongside David Remsen, manager of the MBL Marine Resources Department. Sampling from the ocean on the MBL’s collecting boat, the Gemma, and foraging […]

Do hydra sleep? Grass Fellow searches for behavioral cycles in primitive nervous system

Do hydra sleep? Grass Fellow searches for behavioral cycles in primitive nervous system

By Raleigh McElvery Compared to the human brain, built from hundreds of billions of tightly clustered nerve cells, the hydra brain (or “nerve net”) can function with a mere 10,000 widely dispersed neurons. A relative of the jellyfish, this tiny, tubular and tentacled species (H. vulgaris) provides insight into the primitive organization of the nervous

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