By Andrea F. Carter There are close to 6,000 frogs in the National Xenopus Resource Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. The facility, funded by the National Institutes of Health, studies the freshwater African clawed frog and the western clawed frog, Xenopus laevis and Xenopus tropicalis, respectively. Shelves of plastic tanks containing
By Marina Davalos What would compel the Emperor of Japan, visiting the United States to shore up post-war relations between the two countries, to include a side trip to Woods Hole? Pretty much the same thing that brings visitors from all over the world to Woods Hole: science. During a two-week trip to the U.S.
By Heather Goldstone and Elsa Partan We’ve learned recently from scientists at Umass Amherst that New England will probably experience more warming than the rest of the planet in the near future. Along the northern East Coast, sea level has risen an average of four millimeters a year and is expected to increase. On Cape
By Brittany Feldott An undergraduate research project has verified concerns that a cyanobacterial algae bloom in Oyster Pond [in Falmouth, Mass.,] this summer emitted potentially dangerous toxins. Kristy Sullivan, a junior at Wheaton College, undertook the study as a participant in the Semester in Environmental Science program at Marine Biological Laboratory in the fall. Under
By Brittany Feldott Over the last decade, local groups have been working to reduce nitrogen loading in estuaries by exploring innovative treatment solutions for polluted groundwater. This fall, University of Chicago student Jonathan Pekarek took a new approach to the issue, turning his attention towards Falmouth’s streams. Working with mentor Kenneth H. Foreman at Marine
MBL microbial oceanographer Julie Huber blogs from Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel R/V Falkor, as she and a multi-institutional team explore deep-ocean volcanic systems in the Western Pacific. By Julie Huber For more than three billion years, microorganisms have served as engines of Earth’s biosphere, driving essential biogeochemical cycles that shape planetary habitability. Exploration of
A study overseen by several local organizations over the summer shows salt marsh land in the Westport River has been disappearing for 80 years and will continue to degrade unless restoration efforts are made. The same study also found “no clear overall driver” for the decline, according to a news release. The Westport Fishermen’s Association,
Eight smart limbs plus a big brain add up to a weird and wondrous kind of intelligence Someone is watching you, intently, but you can’t see them. Then you notice, drawn somehow by their eyes. You’re amid a sponge garden, the seafloor scattered with shrublike clumps of bright orange sponge. Tangled in one of these
MBL’s Julie Huber narrates video highlights from the spectacular second week of Schmidt Ocean Institute’s exploration of undersea volcanoes in the Mariana Back-Arc, a geologic basin in the Western Pacific Ocean that is home to some of the deepest known spots on the planet.
By Peter Gwynne While scientists who study climate overwhelmingly agree that human activities bear a large responsibility for global warming, two recent analyses have identified a surprising partner in the effect: Mother Nature herself. The analyses, which synthesize the results of 76 separate research projects, indicate that organic matter stored in the soil is releasing