MBL Develops New Strategy for Defining Function in Deep-Sea Microbial Communities

Mining the fluid samples she and her team collected from an actively venting, deep-sea volcano, MBL scientist Julie Huber has found an innovative way to simplify the enormous microbial diversity in the samples and hone in on specific, functionally important microbial groups. Huber and Caroline Fortunato, an MBL postdoctoral scientist, recently published their results in […]

MBL Scientists Discover Highly Organized Structures in Microbial Communities with Novel Imaging Approach

Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 WOODS HOLE, Mass.– Bacteria usually live in mixed communities with many different kinds of bacteria present. But it’s been largely unknown how these communities are organized, because the technology didn’t exist to see how they are structured in space. This week, for the first time, scientists describe […]

“Natural Born Hustlers” on PBS Features Roger Hanlon’s Camouflaging Cuttlefish

Cuttlefish are astonishingly good at using camouflage to hide from their predators, so it’s right they take a starring role in a new PBS mini-series called “Natural Born Hustlers.” “Meet the planet’s greatest animal hustlers – the con artists, impersonators, and thieves – animals that will do whatever it takes to survive,” the show’s introduction […]

Julie Huber Presents “Planet Microbe” at UChicago 125th Anniversary Event

Tapping into Marine Biodiversity to Address Questions Not Yet Imagined

The study of life processes has long depended on a small set of so-called model organisms that are amenable to laboratory manipulation and emerged, whether by reasoned choice or experimental serendipity, as favorites for study by legions of scientists and students. But not by everyone. As Amy Gladfelter, professor of cell biology at Dartmouth College […]

How Does a Highly Efficient Swimmer Move? Jellyfish, Lamprey Study Reveals Surprising Forces At Play

Contacts: Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering tabate@stanford.edu; 650-736-2245 Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 STANFORD, Calif. and WOODS HOLE, Mass. − Millions of years ago, even before plate tectonics had nudged the continents into their current locations, jellyfish were already moving through the oceans using the same pulsing motions we observe today. Now through clever […]

Scientists Call for Unified Initiative to Advance Microbiome Research

A group of leading scientists representing a wide range of disciplines has formed a unified initiative to support basic research, technological development, and commercial applications to better understand and thoughtfully harness capabilities of Earth’s vast systems of microorganisms. In a Science article published Oct. 30, 2015, 17 U.S. scientists–including microbiologists, physicists, chemists and physicians–will announce the creation […]

MBL Scientist Receives Career Development Award to Study Aging Processes

Kristin Gribble, an assistant research scientist at the MBL, has received a highly competitive, 5-year Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health. Gribble is studying the rotifer, a microscopic aquatic zooplankton, to explore the evolution and genomics of aging processes. Her work has been important in establishing the rotifer as […]

UChicago Lab School Students “Get Their Hands in the Water” at MBL

By Rachel Buhler Taking a break in a lounge in Loeb Laboratory, the two high-school science teachers looked sunburned, tired, but very happy. Daniel Calleri and Sharon Housinger of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools had spent the prior day with 12 of their students on Naushon Island, off the coast of Woods Hole. Nets […]

Marine Animal Colony is a Multi-Jet Swimming Machine, Scientists Report

Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-289-7139; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, MASS.—Marine animals that swim by jet propulsion, such as squid and jellyfish, are not uncommon. But it’s rare to find a colony of animals that coordinates multiple jets for whole-group locomotion. This week in Nature Communications, scientists report on a colonial jellyfish-like species, Nanomia bijuga, […]