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,
Photo by Christine McCarthy
Each year, the Amazon rainforest loses approximately 2,300 square miles to deforestation. (That’s more than eight times the size of the city of Chicago.) This past summer, a group of University of Chicago graduate students spent 10 weeks in Brazil collaborating with ecosystems scientists, including MBL Fellows Chris Neill and Linda Deegan, and with policy
Proud to get the Byron H. Waksman Award for Excellence in Public Comm of Life Sciences, for microbio reporting +book pic.twitter.com/b3oq18T2c2 — Ed Yong (@edyong209) July 29, 2016 Yong was selected for his excellence in science writing, which includes his popular blog, Not Exactly Rocket Science, his work with national publications such as The Atlantic,
Bethany Brookshire, a staff writer for Science News for Students, just spent a week at Toolik Field Station in Arctic Alaska, during its brief and busy summer research season. Among the scientists at Toolik each year are people from the MBL Ecosystems Center, including Gus Shaver, who directs NSF’s Arctic Long-Term Ecological Research site at
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
By Joaquín Navajas Acedo, Aleisha Symon, & Tsai-Ming Lu
We write this while we finish the last experiments for the final Show n’ Tell on Saturday full of reluctance to finish this course. Samples fly all over the lab; solutions are changed and something blue boils somewhere in the room.
Neurobiology course student Nipun Basrur of Rockefeller University captured this portrait of fellow student Kristina Lippmann of University of Leipzig. Optical recordings of single action potentials @MBLScience #neuro2016 pic.twitter.com/fErEam8bzT — Nipun Basrur (@nipstah) July 21, 2016
By Raleigh McElvery
The second floor of MBL’s Loeb Laboratory will be populated by a menagerie of organisms this summer, ranging from the well-studied, such as flies and frogs, to marine and other organisms whose biology remains to be fully grasped.
By Raleigh McElvery It may come as a surprise that an octopus could be the next “lab rat.” MBL research fellow Eric Edsinger is developing Octopus laqueus — also called the “friendly octopus” because it is less cannibalistic than other octopus species — as a possible genetic model for cephalopods. This requires culturing multiple generations