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
In the journal Cell, Susan Matheson asks: “Who are science journalists, and how can journalists and research scientists work together to improve science communication?” Intensive interactions between scientists and journalists in a supportive environment is one route, Matheson reports. “The Marine Biological Laboratory’s Logan Science Journalism Program creates just this sort of nonjudgmental environment. The
By Chloe Hadavas (UChicago ’17) A century-old pas de deux culminated in 2013, when the University of Chicago and the Marine Biological Laboratory entered into a formal affiliation. The histories of UChicago and the Woods Hole, Massachusetts, nonprofit center for biology, biodiversity, and environmental research had long been intertwined. “The two institutions were, in a
The symphony of squid early development is vividly rendered in this video by Nipam Patel, which artfully combines images and video generated in the MBL Embryology Course between 2007 and 2016. Patel is on the faculty of the Embryology course and is a professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and in the
By James Briscoe It’s 10 pm on a Saturday night as I write this and I’m on a flight from London to Boston. I’m heading to the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts where I will be spending the week teaching on an advanced study course, aimed at graduate students and post-docs in my
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.