Three Postdoctoral Scientists to Establish Labs at MBL as Hibbitt Early Career Fellows

Three talented postdoctoral scientists have been named the inaugural Hibbitt Early Career Fellows at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), which gives them the rare opportunity to establish research programs of their own as an alternative to traditional postdoctoral positions. Caroline Albertin, Kristen Hunter-Cevera, and B. Duygu Özpolat will receive the necessary support to work as […]

Ron Vale Receives 2017 Shaw Prize for Discovery of Motor Protein Family, Kinesin, at MBL

Ronald D. Vale, who led a group of scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) to the seminal discovery of kinesin, one of the major families of motor proteins, has been awarded the prestigious 2017 Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine. Vale was a graduate student visiting the MBL in the mid-1980s when he […]

MBL’s Jerry Melillo Leads Gulf Research Board at National Academy of Sciences

Jerry Melillo, Distinguished Scientist and director emeritus of The Ecosystems Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), has been named chairman of the Gulf Research Program Advisory Board. This board, based at the National Academy of Sciences, is developing a strategy to invest $500 million over 30 years into research, monitoring, and capacity-building programs to […]

Seventeen Scientists Selected for Whitman Center Research Awards

Seventeen innovative scientists are recipients of 2017 Whitman Center Research Awards, the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) has announced. These leading scientists, who hail from 16 institutions in 5 nations, will receive funding to conduct research in the MBL’s Whitman Center, a vibrant, interactive research community that annually includes more than 100 principal investigators from academic […]

Mating Battle Between Wild Cuttlefish Captured on Video for First Time

Contact: Diana Kenney dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139(office) or 508-685-3525(cell) Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvySUXdPeGw WOODS HOLE, Mass. — It sounds like Shakespearean drama: A male fights to protect his mate after a rival steals her away, using all his cunning and strength to win her back. Yet this encounter played out not on the stage, but in the […]

MBL Awards Fellowships to Science and Health Journalists

WOODS HOLE, Mass. – Thirteen journalists have been awarded Logan Science Journalism Fellowships from the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), an international center for biological and environmental research and education and an affiliate of the University of Chicago. Now in its 31st year, the Logan Science Journalism Program (SJP) allows established science and health journalists to […]

Coral Researcher Loretta Roberson Joins Marine Biological Laboratory

WOODS HOLE, Mass.— Loretta Roberson has been appointed to the position of Associate Scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). Roberson’s research aims for a better understanding of coral bleaching and growth by studying the gene activity of Caribbean coral. She comes to the MBL from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), where she was […]

“Smart” Cephalopods Trade Off Genome Evolution for Prolific RNA Editing

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 WOODS HOLE, Mass.— Octopus, squid, and cuttlefish are famous for engaging in complex behavior, from unlocking an aquarium tank and escaping to instantaneous skin camouflage to hide from predators. A new study suggests their evolutionary path to neural sophistication includes a novel mechanism: Prolific RNA editing at the expense of evolution in […]

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 […]

UChicago Faculty Members to Serve on MBL Interim Leadership Team

Melina Hale and Neil Shubin have agreed to serve as interim leaders of the Marine Biological Laboratory effective May 1, 2017.   Hale and Shubin will join the MBL staff while the Board identifies a successor to Huntington F. Willard who will resign as president and director of the MBL at the end of April, 2017. […]