July 28, 2014

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

Dr. Lindsay Brin

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 […]

Built for Efficiency, Not Speed: Scientists Discover New Propulsive Mechanism in Jellyfish

Moon jellyfish (aurelia aurita), processed data from high speed recordings showing the structure of the vortex. Courtesy of Brad Gemmell.

Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-289-7139; dkenney@mbl.edu MBL, WOODS HOLE, Mass.—Jellyfish may not be fast, but they are one of the most efficient propulsors on the planet—which is why they can “bloom” and overrun an ecosystem by outcompeting much swifter predators like fish, Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) visiting scientists report this week. “It seems […]

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2013 MBL Employee Picnic

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The annual Employee Picnic, sponsored by the MBL Activities Committee and Sodexo, took place this week under sunny skies. A slideshow of some snapshots is here:

Cassandra Bilogan is First Brown-MBL PhD Awardee in the MBL’s Bell Center for Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering

The African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis. Photo courtesy of Encyclopedia of Life (www.eol.org).

Brown-MBL student Cassandra Bilogan successfully defended her PhD dissertation last August at Brown University. She conducted her doctoral research in the lab of MBL Associate Scientist Marko Horb, making her the first Brown-MBL student to complete her degree in the Eugene Bell Center for Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering. Bilogan was enrolled in the Department […]

Senator Elizabeth Warren Visits the MBL

MBL President and Director Joan Ruderman, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Dr. Matt Kaeberlein of University of Washington, co-director of the Molecular Biology of Aging course. Credit: Beth Armstrong

Printable version (pdf) U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) toured the MBL on August 2, accompanied by MBL President and Director Joan Ruderman, University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer, Argonne National Laboratory Director Eric Isaacs, and other members of the institutions’ leadership teams. The MBL’s recent affiliation with the University of Chicago, Senator Warren said, […]