Category: Research Updates

Improving Predictions of Soil Microbial Responses to Global Change

Improving Predictions of Soil Microbial Responses to Global Change

In most soil microbial communities, the controls on growth and metabolism are poorly understood and are simply too complex to be included in computer models of climate, soil fertility for agriculture, or waste management. To determine the principles by which soil microbial communities function under varying environmental constraints, development of a scalable biogeochemical modeling approach

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Team Seeks Link Between Massive RNA Recoding, Environmental Acclimation

Team Seeks Link Between Massive RNA Recoding, Environmental Acclimation

Octopus, squid, and cuttlefish are extraordinary animals in many ways. Although they are soft-bodied creatures related to sea slugs and clams, they engage in sophisticated behaviors that can eerily resemble vertebrate intelligence. In 2015, Joshua Rosenthal of the MBL, Eli Eisenberg of Tel Aviv University and colleagues discovered a striking trait in squid: They edit

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NSF Supports MBL Workshop on Innovations in Imaging and Computation

NSF Supports MBL Workshop on Innovations in Imaging and Computation

MBL Senior Scientist Rudolf Oldenbourg has received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to co-present a national workshop on “Enabling Biological Discovery Through Innovations in Imaging and Computation.” The workshop will be held at the Marine Biological Laboratory on November 26-28, 2018. The agenda is here. The workshop was inspired by major transformations

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Long-Term Study of Oil Spill Impacts in Gulf of Mexico is Renewed

Long-Term Study of Oil Spill Impacts in Gulf of Mexico is Renewed

Anne Giblin, Interim Director of the MBL Ecosystems Center, has received funding for a study on “Oil Spills as Stressors in Coastal Marshes: The Legacy and the Future.” The grant is a sub-award from the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON), which has been tracking the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the

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Why is the Rotifer Full of Foreign Genes? An MBL Team Investigates

Why is the Rotifer Full of Foreign Genes? An MBL Team Investigates

A decade ago, the MBL’s Irina Arkhipova and colleagues made the curious discovery that the bdelloid rotifer – a microscopic animal – has an abundance of foreign genes in its genome that it has acquired from bacteria, fungi, and plants. Typically, genes are transmitted vertically from parent to offspring, while in some cases organisms can

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With New Award, MBL Fellows to Focus Scholarship on Regenerative Biology

With New Award, MBL Fellows to Focus Scholarship on Regenerative Biology

Kate MacCord, McDonnell Foundation Fellow at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) and MBL Fellow Jane Maienschein, who is also University Professor at Arizona State University, have received a renewal award from the James S. McDonnell Foundation to study regenerative biology from the perspectives of its history, philosophy, and its science. All complex living systems, from

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Octopus, Squid, Cuttlefish Researchers Huddle for Dialogue, Exchange

Octopus, Squid, Cuttlefish Researchers Huddle for Dialogue, Exchange

A lively discussion on whether cuttlefish can count (and how to experimentally test that question) wrapped up the weekly talk series by The Cephalopod Group, which was birthed at the MBL this summer. About 10-20 octopus, squid, and cuttlefish researchers attended the talks each week, organized by Heather Rhodes, Associate Director of the Grass Fellows

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Scientists Receive $1M Award to Study Microbiome Dynamics | UChicago Medicine

Scientists Receive $1M Award to Study Microbiome Dynamics | UChicago Medicine

A new Keck Foundation grant to University of Chicago leverages the research strength of the Microbiome Center, which connects researchers across UChicago’s Biological Sciences Division, Marine Biological Laboratory, and Argonne National Laboratory. As part of this grant, MBL scientists Mitchell Sogin and Jessica Mark Welch will run a proof-of-concept project to study transfer RNA in

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MBL Team to Assess Reducing Nitrogen Load to Local Waters by Managing Forests

MBL Team to Assess Reducing Nitrogen Load to Local Waters by Managing Forests

MBL Ecosystems Center scientists Ivan Valiela and Javier Lloret have received a grant to quantify the potential of forested land cover management to reduce nitrogen loads in several Cape Cod watersheds. This subaward is from the U.S. Geological Survey via the University of Massachusetts Water Resources Research Center. To protect the quality of fresh and

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