Category: Research Updates

3D Movies Reveal How Cuttlefish Determine Distance When Striking at Prey

3D Movies Reveal How Cuttlefish Determine Distance When Striking at Prey

Whitman Center Fellow Trevor Wardill and team conducted experiments on cuttlefish vision over the past year in the MBL’s Marine Resources Center, publishing their results this week in Science Advances. While cuttlefish wearing glasses is an unexpected sight, a University of Minnesota-led research team built an underwater theater and equipped the cephalopods with specialized 3D

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New Genus of Bacteria Named After MBL Scientist | @jt_aquaeco

New Genus of Bacteria Named After MBL Scientist | @jt_aquaeco

Not everyone has a genus (nevermind a species) named after them! But this study by a team of Czech and Slovak scientists introduces the bacteria Gibliniella, named “in honor of Anne E. Giblin, a well–known North American ecologist who stud[ies] anthropogenic inputs to ecosystems.” Giblin, director of the MBL Ecosystems Center, has worked for decades

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Sun Sets on MBL’s 32nd Season of Arctic Change Research | @PIE_LTER

Sun Sets on MBL's 32nd Season of Arctic Change Research | @PIE_LTER

The sun is setting on the MBL’s 32nd season of Arctic research at Toolik Field Station in Alaska. Catch the last rays on the tundra before winter darkness sets in with these beautiful time-lapse GIFs created at Toolik, home of the NSF’s Arctic Long-Term Ecological Research program, led by MBL scientists since its founding. Toolik

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Of Medicine and Marshes: UChicago Video to Feature MBL Collaborations

Of Medicine and Marshes: UChicago Video to Feature MBL Collaborations

By Diana Kenney A team from UChicago Medicine is in the midst of making a video about research collaborations between MBL’s Mitchell Sogin and UChicago’s Eugene Chang, an expert on host-microbe interactions in the human digestive tract and related diseases. Sogin is an innovator in identifying microbial populations — whether they be from the ocean

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Squid’s Shimmer is Captured by MBL Microscope | @NikonInst

Squid's Shimmer is Captured by MBL Microscope | @NikonInst

Jocelyn Malamy and Elizabeth Lee of University of Chicago have been working with MBL’s Michael Shribak to apply a new technique for imaging jellyfish and other transparent marine and fresh water animals. In the video below, the iridescent colors depict the birefringent layers in squid skin. This video was captured with the polychromatic polarization microscope, which was invented at

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Team Explores the Recovery, Resilience of a Stressed Salt Marsh

Team Explores the Recovery, Resilience of a Stressed Salt Marsh

Day in and day out for 13 years, scientists slowly dripped fertilizers into a pristine section of salt marsh north of Boston. They were simulating, in a controlled experiment, the pollution that marshes in densely populated areas receive from sewage, lawn fertilizer, and other human sources. By the time they stopped dripping the nutrients —

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MBL’s Kristen Hunter-Cevera is named a Simons Early Career Investigator

MBL's Kristen Hunter-Cevera is named a Simons Early Career Investigator

Kristen Hunter-Cevera, a Hibbitt Early Career Fellow at the MBL, has received a three-year award as one of nine Simons Early Career Investigators in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution. These awards from the Simons Foundation are intended to help launch the careers of outstanding investigators in microbial ecology. Hunter-Cevera is studying the striking differences, or

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