Linda Amaral-Zettler Receives Fulbright Award to Study Extreme Bacteria

By Claudia Geib The Rio Tinto, an acidic, rust-colored river flowing through the Iberian Peninsula, is often used to study the sort of extreme life that might live on Mars—so Linda Amaral-Zettler was surprised to find a potential human pathogen in the river. Amaral-Zettler, an associate scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory, has received a […]

NSF Awards MBL $6.8 Million for Arctic Ecology, Climate Change Research

For the fourth consecutive decade, scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) will lead the nation’s primary research project on Arctic ecology and its responses to climate warming, with $6.8 million in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant was recently awarded to Senior Scientist Edward B. Rastetter, lead principal investigator of the […]

MBL Study Illuminates the Origin of Vertebrate Gills

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-685-3525 WOODS HOLE, Mass.—What did the last common ancestor of the vertebrate animals — a very small, soft-bodied marine organism that lived about 600 million years ago — look like? While the portrait is still emerging, a new study indicates that it had gills. This week in Current Biology, J. Andrew Gillis of […]

Eight Early-Career Scientists Receive Awards to Carry Out Research in MBL Whitman Center

The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) has announced the recipients of this year’s Whitman Center Early Career Investigator Awards, which enable exceptional scientists from around the world to conduct research at the MBL and take advantage of its resources and collaborative scientific community. The eight awardees will be supported for up to ten weeks to pursue […]

Message from the MBL President and Director Regarding Immigration

The Marine Biological Laboratory is deeply committed to the free and open exchange of scholars from around the world. It is the defining characteristic of our mission supporting the advancement of scientific knowledge for the benefit of mankind. We are concerned about the potential impact of the Executive Order signed on January 27, 2017, which […]

Squid and Cephalopod Scientist Joshua Rosenthal Joins Marine Biological Laboratory Faculty

Joshua C. Rosenthal, a neurobiologist who studies how marine organisms adapt to the physical environment, has been appointed to the position of Senior Scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). Rosenthal comes to the MBL from the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus, where he was a Professor in the Institute of Neurobiology. His […]

Marine Biological Laboratory Announces 2017 Friday Evening Lecture Series

The Marine Biological Laboratory is pleased to announce the Friday Evening Lecture schedule for the summer of 2017.  The hour-long talks are geared for a diverse and engaged audience and appeal to scientists and non-scientists alike. The 2017 lineup of speakers will explore some of the most fascinating subjects in science today including aging and […]

Scientists Develop Novel Assay to Decode Functional Elements of Genome

Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-685-3525 WOODS HOLE, Mass.–One of the most profound changes in the life of an organism is what Antonio Giraldez calls “embryonic puberty”: the stage when an early embryo stops taking instructions from its mother on how to develop and activates its own genome to kick out those instructions […]

MBL Study Finds Limited Sign of Soil Adaptation to Climate Warming

Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-685-3525; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass. — While scientists and policy experts debate the impacts of global warming, the Earth’s soil is releasing roughly nine times more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than all human activities combined. This huge carbon flux from soil — due to the natural respiration of […]

NSF Awards Marine Biological Laboratory $6.8 million for Coastal Marsh Research

Anne Giblin, interim director of the Ecosystems Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory, has been awarded a $6.8 million National Science Foundation renewal grant to study how sea-level rise, climate change, and human impacts are reshaping the marshes and estuaries behind Plum Island, Mass., the largest remaining marsh area in the northeastern United States. Giblin […]