By Casey Gilman For both hunters and the hunted, being cryptic is imperative. By mimicking the patterns, shapes and architecture of their surroundings, animals have evolved extraordinarily clever ways of camouflaging themselves against the multi-textural world they live in. But, according to Lydia Mäthger from the Marine Biological Laboratory, USA, animal eyes can still present a
Work by MBL Fellow Amy Gladfelter was included in one of ten nominated categories for Science magazine’s Breakthrough of the Year. Announced on Dec. 20, the winning category was Development Cell by Cell. This breakthrough, selected both by Science and by a Reader’s Poll, refers to great leaps in scientists’ ability to track which genes are
By Stephanie McPherson
The macroalgae that grow in the Yellow Sea off the coast of China make up the world’s largest seaweed bloom, by making use of an unusually high supply of nitrogen discharged into the sea due to multiple human activities, according to a recent study in Scientific Reports.
By Stephanie M. McPherson Imagine you could pack your backpack to bursting for a hike and not worry about the weight pulling at your shoulders as you navigate tricky rocks. Or that you could carry all of your books in your backpack without it jostling up and down as you take the stairs. Through his
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