October 13, 2015

MBL Scientist Receives Career Development Award to Study Aging Processes

Web female Brachionus manjavacas  rotifer with egg by Kristin Gribble

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

UChicago Lab School students Whitney Thomas and Delnaz Patel observe plankton from the plankton tow, one of their many encounters with microorganisms during their MBL trip. Credit: Beth Simmons

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

The colonial, jellyfish-like species Nanomia bijuga. The colony’s propulsive unit or nectosome (the transparent segment at right) tows its reproduction and feeding units over distances that can reach 200 meters a day. The oval structure at the tip of the nectosome is the pneumatophore, which serves as a float. Credit: John H. Costello

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, […]

From Octopus Development to Arctic Change: UChicago Graduate Students Pursue Research Questions at the MBL


By Kelsey Calhoun From octopus embryology to the proteins active in Arctic soil, University of Chicago graduate students are exploring a range of questions at the MBL this summer as recipients of a University of Chicago Graduate Student Research Award. Now in its second year, this program enables selected UChicago students to enroll in an […]

How the Lancelet Sees: MBL Study Suggests Visual Systems of Vertebrates and Invertebrates Aren’t So Divergent After All

Can’t Believe Their Eyes: Grass Fellow Explores Puzzling Discovery of Light-Sensitive Cells in Zebrafish Tails

New Exhibit Celebrates Discovery at the MBL

Discovery Never Ends Exhibit Meigs Room

A new exhibit that chronicles milestones in the MBL’s 125+ year history is now open for viewing in the Meigs Room of the MBL’s Swope Conference Center, 5 North Street, Woods Hole. Anchored by a 22-foot timeline, the exhibit features MBL discoveries and achievements from the laboratory’s 1888 founding to recent milestones including the MBL’s […]

MBL Whitman Scientists Identify a Calcium Channel Essential for Deep Sleep

Dr. Llinás in his MBL lab. Photo credit: Tom Kleindinst

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 Written by Kelsey Calhoun WOODS HOLE, Mass.—Sleep seems simple enough, a state of rest and restoration that almost every vertebrate creature must enter regularly in order to survive. But the brain responds differently to stimuli when asleep than when awake, and it is not […]

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund Provides $1 Million Endowment for MBL Education Program

MBL President and Director, Huntington Willard (left) and BWF President Dr. John E. Burris

WOODS HOLE, MA—The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) has received $1 million in endowment support from the The Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) to fund students in the MBL’s advanced education program. Proceeds from this endowment gift will support students in the MBL courses traditionally sponsored by the Fund including Physiology, Biology of Parasitism, Frontiers in Reproduction, […]

Can Photosynthesis be Measured Over Large Areas? MBL, Brown University Scientists Find a Way

Cameras and sensors installed in a tower at Harvard Forest in central Massachusetts continuously collect environmental data, including of photosynthetically active radiation. Credit: Jim Tang

Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-389-7139 WOODS HOLE, Mass., and PROVIDENCE, R.I.—By mounting cameras and spectral sensors over a forest canopy in central Massachusetts, scientists have developed an innovative system to measure plant photosynthesis over large areas, such as acres of crops or trees, using information on solar-induced fluorescence in the leaves. The […]