Category: Research Updates

The Microbiome Center: A Home for Interdisciplinary Microbial Knowledge

The Microbiome Center is an intellectual home for scientists and physicians from University of Chicago, Marine Biological Laboratory, and Argonne National Laboratory who are studying microbes in a wide range of environments, from the human gut to beneath the ocean floor. Understanding microbial activity affects endeavors from medicine and surgery to climate change science. The

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MBL Scientists Receive Grant to Explore Survival Tactics of Desert Algae

MBL Scientists Receive Grant to Explore Survival Tactics of Desert Algae

By Diana Kenney Staying alive in the desert is no simple matter for green algae whose evolutionary ancestors lived in the ocean. How can some algal species survive extreme drought, while others desiccate and die? Two MBL scientists are finding out, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute (JGI). This month,

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When is a Spider not a Spider? | @mblwoodshole

Anoplodactylus sp., sea spiders (class Pycnogonida) caught in Vineyard Sound. Pycnogonids are marine arthropods, not actual spiders, and are found from the Caribbean to the Polar seas. A video posted by Marine Biological Laboratory (@mblwoodshole) on Sep 9, 2016 at 5:45pm PDT

Decrypting Cuttlefish Confrontation

Decrypting Cuttlefish Confrontation

By Raleigh McElvery Animal communication is more nuanced than one might think. During confrontation between members of the same species, some animals communicate different levels of aggressive intent through distinct behavioral displays, as outlined by a theory known as the “hierarchical signaling hypothesis.” This theory states that low-risk displays of aggression predict the performance of

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The Plum Island Estuary: Studying how Marshes Respond to Sea-Level Rise | Science Nation

The Plum Island Estuary: Studying how Marshes Respond to Sea-Level Rise | Science Nation

Anne Giblin, interim director of the MBL Ecosystems Center, leads a team of researchers studying how Massachusetts salt marshes are holding up in the face of climate change, land-use changes and sea-level rise. Video produced by Science Nation/The National Science Foundation. Read more. Top image: Salt marsh hay (Spartina patens) at Plum Island Estuary in

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Understanding diverse microbial communities: An interview with A. Murat Eren (Meren) | The Molecular Ecologist

Understanding diverse microbial communities: An interview with A. Murat Eren (Meren) | The Molecular Ecologist

Soon after A. Murat Eren (known as Meren) came to the MBL’s Bay Paul Center as a postdoctoral scientist in 2011, he began turning heads with his creative, computation-based approaches to visualizing and discovering microbial diversity. Today, Meren is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago, an MBL Fellow, and a faculty member in

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Do hydra sleep? Grass Fellow searches for behavioral cycles in primitive nervous system

Do hydra sleep? Grass Fellow searches for behavioral cycles in primitive nervous system

By Raleigh McElvery Compared to the human brain, built from hundreds of billions of tightly clustered nerve cells, the hydra brain (or “nerve net”) can function with a mere 10,000 widely dispersed neurons. A relative of the jellyfish, this tiny, tubular and tentacled species (H. vulgaris) provides insight into the primitive organization of the nervous

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