April 20, 2014

Julie Huber Named Associate Director of NSF Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations

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MBL microbial oceanographer Julie Huber has been appointed associate director of the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI), an NSF-supported Science and Technology Center at the University of Southern California. Huber continues in her present positions at MBL, which include associate scientist and associate director of the Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology […]

MBL Scientists to Study Coastal Waterbird Habitats through Funding for President Obama’s Climate Action Plan

A common tern at Ram Island, Mass. Photo by Craig Gibson

Printable version (pdf) WASHINGTON, D.C.–Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced in December that Interior’s eight regional Climate Science Centers (including the Northeast CSC, a consortium that includes the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass.) are awarding nearly $7 million to universities and other partners for research as part of President Obama’s Climate Action […]

Blind Cavefish Offer Evidence for Alternative Mechanism of Evolutionary Change

The surface-dwelling Astyanas mexicanus, which has eyes and pigmentation. Credit: William Jeffery

Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-289-7139; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass.—In a blind fish that dwells in deep, dark Mexican caves, scientists have found evidence for a long-debated mechanism of evolutionary change that is distinct from natural selection of spontaneously arising mutations, as reported this week in the journal Science. The eyeless cavefish Astyanas mexicanus […]

MBL Course Students Featured in “Why I Do Science”

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Mechanisms of Wound Healing are Clarified in Zebrafish Study

Zebrafish (Danio rerio). Credit: Lukas Roth

WOODS HOLE, Mass.— A crucial component of wound healing in many animals, including humans, is the migration of nearby skin cells toward the center of the wound. These cells fill the wound in and help prevent infection while new skin cells regenerate. How do these neighboring skin cells know which way to migrate? What directional […]

Grasshopper Mice have Evolved Neurons that Block the Painful Sting of the Bark Scorpion

The grasshopper mouse and its prey, the bark scorpion. Credit: University of Texas at Austin

Contacts: Lee Clippard; clippard@austin.utexas.edu; 512-232-0675 Ashlee Rowe; roweashl@msu.edu; 517-432-4468 Austin, TEXAS—Bark scorpions are well known for inflicting intensely painful, potentially lethal stings. But grasshopper mice respond to the bark scorpion’s sting by grooming for only a few seconds before pressing their attack, voraciously killing and consuming the scorpion. How the mouse manages to defend itself […]

Carbon Cycle Models Need to Include Animal Impacts, Scientists State

MBL Visiting Scientists Discover New Propulsive Mechanism in Jellyfish

Where are the Wild Things? On the Role of Animals in Global Climate Change

White-tailed deer grazing. Image courtesy of Wikimedia.

Contacts: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory dkenney@mbl.edu, 508-289-7139 Kevin Dennehy, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies kevin.dennehy@yale.edu, 203-436-4842   WOODS HOLE, Mass.—Only two kinds of animals regularly pop up in climate change research: microorganisms and human beings. Both release carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases to the atmosphere as part of their daily routines—microbes […]

Lindsay Brin Graduates from Brown-MBL Program

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Congratulations to Brown-MBL student Lindsay Brin, who successfully defended her PhD dissertation in September at Brown University. Brin conducted her doctoral research in the labs of Brown Assistant Professor Jeremy Rich and MBL Ecosystems Center Senior Scientist Anne Giblin. She was enrolled in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown. Brin’s research focused […]