Category: Research Updates

Research will Compare Landscape Responses to Climate Variations

Research will Compare Landscape Responses to Climate Variations

MBL Senior Scientist Edward Rastetter has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study the responses of several natural, land-based ecosystems to variations in climate and landscape disturbances. Unlike agricultural ecosystems that rely heavily on an external supply of nutrients through fertilizer application, most natural terrestrial ecosystems, such as forests, prairies, and tundra,

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Monitoring Carbon Emissions to Support Coastal Salt Marsh Restoration | Jim Tang

Monitoring Carbon Emissions to Support Coastal Salt Marsh Restoration | Jim Tang

By Jim Tang Coastal wetlands, including salt marshes, mangroves, and sea grass, have a strong capacity to capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. By storing “blue carbon” in marine plants, organisms, and soil, coastal wetlands can offset human emissions of carbon dioxide from burning gasoline and coal. Members of my lab, including postdoctoral scientist Faming

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The Microbiome Project: Gut-Brain Axis | The Microbiome Center

The Microbiome Project: Gut-Brain Axis | The Microbiome Center

Jack Gilbert, faculty director of the Microbiome Center, explores the relationship between the microbes living in your gut and your brain with the help of Sangram Sisodia and Myles Minter from the University of Chicago. The Microbiome Center is a collaboration between Marine Biological Laboratory, University of Chicago, and Argonne National Laboratory. Learn more at

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Cuttlefish Show Specialization in Brain Processing Similar to Vertebrates

Cuttlefish Show Specialization in Brain Processing Similar to Vertebrates

Cuttlefish, like humans, appear to process different types of ecological information through different parts of the brain, according to a new study by Alexandra Schnell of the University of Caen and colleagues, including Roger Hanlon, senior scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory. “The brain has evolved so that the two sides of the brain are

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