April 21, 2014

University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer to Serve as Chairman of Marine Biological Laboratory Board of Trustees

Contact: Gina Hebert (508) 289-7725; ghebert@mbl.edu MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer will serve as the next Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Marine Biological Laboratory. This proposed step was met with unanimous support at the MBL Board’s meeting on November 2, 2013. His term will begin after the […]

New MBL/Woods Hole Research Center Projects to Address Environmental Impacts of Agriculture Expansion in Amazon

Corn planting at Tanguro Ranch in Mato Grosso Brazil in the rainy season of February 2013. Corn planting immediately followed harvest of an earlier soybean crop. Double cropping with corn is rapidly expanding at the agricultural frontier in Mato Grosso. Original tropical rainforest is in the background.

Contact: Gina Hebert 508-289-7725; ghebert@mbl.edu MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—A decade ago, Brazil was losing an area of rainforest about the size of Massachusetts each year to cattle pasture and croplands. Recently, deforestation has slowed because agriculture is intensifying and allowing farmers to produce more crops on the same land. Nowhere is this more evident than […]

Renowned Speaker and Author Samuel Shem to Kick Off MBL Falmouth Forum, December 6

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Contact:  Susan Joslin (508) 289-7281; sjoslin@mbl.edu Woods Hole, MA –  The MBL Falmouth Forum begins its 23rd season with a presentation on Friday, December 6 by Samuel Shem (pen-name of Stephen Bergman, M.D., Ph.D.) titled “The Essence of Good Medicine: from The House of God to Bill W. and Dr. Bob.” Shem is a psychiatrist, […]

MBL Course Students Featured in “Why I Do Science”

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MBL Falmouth Forum Announces New Season

Contact: Susan Joslin 508-289-7281; sjoslin@mbl.edu Woods Hole, MA–The MBL (Marine Biological Laboratory) Associates are pleased to announce the schedule for the 23rd season of the MBL Falmouth Forum. Established to bring a variety of lectures, performances, and presentations to the Cape Cod community during the winter months, the MBL Falmouth Forum provides audiences with a […]

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 […]

Science Before Supper Talks Resume at Falmouth Public Library, November 21

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Contact: Susan Joslin 508-289-7281; sjoslin@mbl.edu MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—The MBL Associates are pleased to announce the second season of Science Before Supper, a series of talks co-sponsored by the Falmouth Public Library. The free talks, presented by MBL scientists, are designed especially for nonscientists. Each will be held in the library’s Hermann Foundation Meeting Room, […]

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 […]

MBL Announces Organizational Changes to Further Support Research and Education

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October 25, 2013—To support the Marine Biological Laboratory’s mission of discovery and innovation, the MBL will appoint two new deputy directors to strengthen direct oversight of research and administration at the lab. Jonathan Gitlin has been named the MBL’s Deputy Director of Research and Programs, effective October 25, 2013.  Gitlin, who currently serves as the […]

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 […]