July 24, 2014

Different Sponge Species Have Highly Specific and Stable Microbiomes, MBL Scientists Report

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Contact: Diana Kenney 508-2897139; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass. —The sea sponge is about as simple as an animal can get, but its associated bacterial community—its microbiome —is known to approach the complexity of the diverse microbiome in the human gut. Now, scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) have shown that different species of Hexadella […]

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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Staying Alive in the High and Dry: How Plants in Arid Lands Gain Nutrients to Survive

Field experiments were conducted in a remote area near Utah’s Bear Lake where the ecosystem’s productivity is limited by both water and nitrogen availability. Photo: Zoe Cardon

Printable version (pdf) Contact: Gina Hebert 508-289-7725; ghebert@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, MA—The vast sagebrush landscapes of the western United States are one of the largest ecosystems in North America.  Long, cold winters and hot, dry summers characterize these cold desert ecosystems and create bone-dry soils during seasonal droughts. New research published this week from MBL (Marine […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

University of Chicago and MBL Announce Lillie Awards for Novel Collaborations

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MBL’s Julie Huber to Lead Research Expedition to Deep-Sea Volcano

Location of Axial Seamount and its Regional Scale Node (RSN), part of the Ocean Observatories Initiative’s cabled observatory network.  Image credit: Regional Scale Nodes, University of Washington.

Printable version (pdf) Contact: Gina Hebert 508-289-7725, ghebert@mbl.edu Woods Hole, MA –MBL (Marine Biological Laboratory) microbial oceanographer Julie Huber will lead a national team of scientists on a deep-sea expedition to Axial Seamount, an active volcano 300 miles off the Oregon coast. The researchers are seeking to better understand the vast diversity of marine microbial […]