October 1, 2014

Harvard-MBL Bioengineering Collaboration Uncovers New Reflective Mechanism in Cuttlefish Skin

A cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) camouflages on the ocean floor. Credit: Roger Hanlon

  CONTACTS: Caroline Perry, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (617) 496-1351, cperry@seas.harvard.edu Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-289-7139; dkenney@mbl.edu High-resolution images are available upon request. Cambridge, Mass., and Woods Hole, Mass.—Scientists at Harvard University and the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) hope new understanding of the natural nanoscale photonic device that enables a small […]

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 […]

Julie Huber Named Associate Director of NSF Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations

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MBL microbial oceanographer Julie Huber has been appointed associate director of the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI), an NSF-supported Science and Technology Center at the University of Southern California. Huber continues in her present positions at MBL, which include associate scientist and associate director of the Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology […]

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 […]

Rudolf Oldenbourg Appointed Director of MBL Cellular Dynamics Program

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Contact: Gina Hebert 508-289-7725; ghebert@mbl.edu MBL, Woods Hole, MA—The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) has appointed senior scientist Rudolf Oldenbourg director of its Cellular Dynamics Program (CDP). Established in 2008, the CDP is composed of several independent laboratories, notably those with a specialization in imaging and cell physiology and biochemistry. The program houses the MBL’s microscopy […]

MBL Scientist Anne Giblin Named 2013 AAAS Fellow

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WOODS HOLE, MA—Anne E. Giblin, a senior scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal, Science.  Giblin was elected for distinguished contributions to the field of biogeochemistry, especially relating to […]

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 […]

MBL Course Students Featured in “Why I Do Science”

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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 […]