By Patrick Greenfield A new study has highlighted how little is known about microbes – the hidden majority of life on Earth. Life on the planet relies on an enormous quantity of bacteria, fungi and other tiny organisms. They generate oxygen, keep soils healthy and regulate the climate. Microbes play a crucial role in food
By Phil Paleologos The Paleologos family spent a pretty penny at various Caribbean vacation resorts, only to discover that there is a coral reef growing out from Woods Hole. I thought coral only grew in warmer climates, but you learn something every day. It never occurred to me that very deep water corals, on the
MBL Fellows Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado and Amy Gladfelter share their thoughts on nontraditional research organisms, particularly the ones they work with at MBL and at their institutes. By Vivien Marx Beyond the well-known pantheon of model organisms are others. A shift is underway to level the playing field. For the pantheon of model organisms, there’s
Jane Lubchenco has been named Deputy Director for Climate and the Environment in President Biden’s “science cabinet,” the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Lubchenco, a marine scientist and former head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is an alumna of the MBL’s Invertebrate Zoology course, where she had her first encounter with
Micaela Rivera was a NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) student at MBL in Roger Hanlon’s lab. Ripon College senior Micaela Rivera of River Falls, Wis., is the third author on research that came out in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B earlier this month. The article is titled “Cuttlefish exert self-control in
MBL cephalopod scientist Carrie Albertin appears in the National Public Radio story. By Nell Greenfieldboyce Octopuses have alternating periods of “quiet” and “active” sleep that make their rest similar to that of mammals, despite being separated by more than 500 million years of evolution. During their active periods of sleep, octopuses’ skin color changes and
MBL Director Nipam Patel gives an overview of the MBL’s origins in 1888, and how they strongly inform the laboratory’s present and future strategic directions in research and education. This talk was presented for the Woods Hole Historical Museum on March 10, 2021.
MBL Distinguished Scientist Jerry Melillo chaired the National Academies committee that wrote this advisory report for the U.S. Global Change Research Program, which prepares the National Climate Assessments. Melillo was a leader of the National Climate Assessments released in 2000, 2009, and 2014. WASHINGTON — As it drafts its next decadal strategic plan, the U.S.
MBL’s Duygu Özpolat has helped track down the sophisticated hunting strategy of the imperial cone snail, which eats, among other things, the polychaete worm (Platynereis dumerilii) that the Özpolat lab uses for research on regeneration. The study, published this week in Science Advances, shows that the snail venom contains small molecules that mimic natural polychaete
Jewel Plummer Cobb (1924-2017) was the first woman of color to obtain a Ph.D. in biology in the United States. In 1949, while still in graduate school, Cobb was named an independent investigator at the MBL, and she returned to MBL for several subsequent summers as a Library Reader. She was a member of the