Category: Research Updates

As Crabs Move North with Warming Water, How Do Marshes Respond? | TIDE Project

As Crabs Move North with Warming Water, How Do Marshes Respond? | TIDE Project

The TIDE project is a multi-year, large-scale experiment to illuminate the effects of nitrogen pollution and global change on saltmarshes at the Plum Island Ecosystems Long-Term Ecological Research site. The TIDE team noticed a few years ago that the natural range of the fiddler crab is moving north as ocean water warms with climate change. The principal

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Charting the Fate of Plastic Debris from Seashore to Ocean Floor

Charting the Fate of Plastic Debris from Seashore to Ocean Floor

MBL Fellow Linda Amaral-Zettler has received a grant from the American Chemistry Council to chart the route that plastic debris takes from the seashore to the ocean bottom. This study will track plastics “cradle to grave.” First, Amaral-Zettler and collaborators will figure out how grocery bags and other single-use consumer plastics are fragmented into microplastics

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MBL’s Mitchell Sogin to Integrate Activities of Deep Life Community

MBL's Mitchell Sogin to Integrate Activities of Deep Life Community

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded a grant to MBL Distinguished Scientist Mitchell Sogin to integrate and synthesize the activities of the Deep Life Community, an international team of more than 250 scientists studying the microbes that live deep underground. The Deep Life Community is part of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Deep Carbon

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Study of Marine Microbial Metabolic Expression Receives Grant Award

Study of Marine Microbial Metabolic Expression Receives Grant Award

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

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MBL Fellow to Study Evolution of Cardiovascular System in Pygmy Squid

MBL Fellow to Study Evolution of Cardiovascular System in Pygmy Squid

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

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MBL Fellow to Assess Impact of Microplastics on Sea Scallop Populations

MBL Fellow to Assess Impact of Microplastics on Sea Scallop Populations

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

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