Among the most-appreciated awards in biology are the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator Awards, which provide outstanding scientists with generous and flexible research funding for significant periods of time (and a reprieve from the time-consuming cycle of grant-writing). Five of the 19 scientists recently named 2018 HHMI Investigators are members of the MBL’s research,
By Zoe Cardon
One of the world’s most successful marine invasive species — the red alga Gracilaria vermiculophylla — is expanding its range.
Imagine spending 45 days secluded from everyone except three strangers, without access to fresh air, with nothing to eat but freeze-dried food. Will Daniels can. Daniels, who has been part of the MBL community since 2006 when he was a student in the Semester in Environmental Science program, is part of a four-person crew that
Eight members of the MBL education and alumni communities are newly elected fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Biological Sciences division. Founded in 1780, the Academy honors exceptional scholars, leaders, artists, and innovators and engages them in sharing knowledge and addressing challenges facing the world. The new class will be inducted at
The Simons Foundation has awarded a collaborative grant to MBL Senior Scientist Joseph Vallino to study how local marine environments affect the organization and function of microbial communities. The grant is part of the larger CBIOMES project funded by the Simons Foundation and led by Michael J. Follows at MIT. Vallino is applying principles of
MBL Research Fellow Eric Edsinger has been awarded a collaborative grant from the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) to explore the evolution of the cardiovascular system in cephalopods (squid, octopus and cuttlefish). In the process, the team will advance the pygmy squid, Idiosepius, as a new model system for genetic and biological research. The unusual
By Stephanie M. McPherson
The African clawed frog is a great model to learn more about human disease and development. A recent paper in Genetics details how to make the study of these frogs more efficient.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded MBL Fellow Linda Amaral-Zettler and colleagues a grant to study the impact of microplastics on sea scallop populations. Eight million metric tons of plastic winds up in the ocean every year, and scallops are one of the most important fisheries in the US Northeast. Some of the
Striped bass have a lot to teach us, not only about themselves but about the ecosystem in which they live. Steven Zottoli, Whitman Center Scientist at MBL, hopes to bring these lessons to middle- and high-school classrooms through a new outreach program based at MBL. His web site, StripedBassMagic.org, features information on the striped bass including genetics, migration, predator-prey interactions
Nine of the 96 newly announced Fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology have spent time at the Marine Biological Laboratory as researchers, course faculty or students. The new Fellows join the ranks of 2,500 scientists, many of whom have also been awarded Nobel Prizes, Lasker Awards, or the National Medal of Science. Fellows have