By Bethany Brookshire Anyone who reads news about science (at Science News or otherwise) will recognize that, like the X-Men or any other superhero franchise, there’s a recurring cast of experimental characters. Instead of Magneto, Professor X, Mystique and the Phoenix, scientists have mice, fruit flies, zebrafish and monkeys. Different types of studies use different
By Andrea Volpe Note: Harvard University Professor Colleen Cavanaugh is an MBL Whitman Center scientist and Speaker of the MBL Society. In this interview, she discusses her longtime association with Woods Hole, including an undergraduate research project on horseshoe crab mating, subsequent work with microbial ecology pioneer John Hobbie at the MBL Ecosystems Center, and
By Cheryl Dybas and Lori Lennon
In a new paper published in Nature Communications , Jennifer Bowen and Patrick Kearns of Northeastern University, along with researchers at the Marine Biological Laboratory and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, set out to discover what would happen to microbes in salt marshes if specific nutrients were added to the environment.
Nineteen scientists affiliated with the MBL are among the 84 Faculty Scholars recently announced by The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Simons Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Current Biology has published an entertaining, in-depth interview with MBL Senior Scientist Roger Hanlon, who travels the world as a SCUBA diver studying the behavioral ecology of squid, octopus, cuttlefish (the cephalopods) and other marine organisms. CB: Why are you so enamored with cephalopods? Roger Hanlon: They are weird but exciting, and so remarkably capable
By Buzzards Bay Coalition A few years ago, Jack Reynolds noticed that salt marshes on the Westport Rivers were collapsing. “Big chunks of the marshes were falling in,” he remembered. Reynolds used to fish on the Westport River back in the 1970s each spring, when young striped bass move into the estuary to feed among
Ocean scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Marine Biological Laboratory and other places met with space explorers in Woods Hole “with the ambitious goal of guiding the search for life beneath alien seas.” “It feels like that golden age is coming around again. The intellectual stars are aligning in a way they haven’t for decades,” says
Daniel Colón-Ramos teaches in the MBL’s Summer Program in Neuroscience, Ethics and Survival (SPINES). By Christina Szalinski Daniel Alfonso Colón-Ramos always liked asking questions. Growing up in Puerto Rico, his questions earned him a lousy reputation among teachers. But now as a professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at Yale, Colón-Ramos’ endless inquiries have led
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
By Ewen Callaway Most summers since 1893, young developmental and evolutionary biologists have flocked to Woods Hole, Massachusetts, to master the tricks of their trade. At the world-famous Marine Biological Laboratory there, students in its annual embryology course dissect sea urchins and comb jellies, and graft cells together from different animals. But for the last