Category: Research Updates

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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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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