April 16, 2014

February 14th MBL Falmouth Forum Cancelled

Contact: Susan Joslin, 508-289-7281; sjoslin@mbl.edu Woods Hole, MA – The MBL Falmouth Forum originally scheduled for February 14, 2014 has been cancelled. The event will be rescheduled on a date to be determined. Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Dunn was scheduled to speak at 7:30 PM in the MBL’s Lillie Auditorium, but had to cancel his […]

Hot Issues in Climate Change Research to be Debated at AAAS Annual Meeting


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 11, 2014 Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 or 508-685-3525 CHICAGO—The “big issues” in climate change science have shifted over the past 4 to 6 years, with several difficult problems resolved while new research challenges rose to the fore. Scientists who are leading advisors on climate change to federal […]

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 […]

Pulitzer Prize Winner Stephen Dunn at Next MBL Falmouth Forum, February 14

Contact: Susan Joslin 508-289-7281; sjoslin@mbl.edu The MBL Falmouth Forum offers its third presentation of the season on Friday, February 14, 2014 with a poetry reading by Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Dunn.  The event will be held at 7:30 PM in the MBL’s Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole. Sponsored by the MBL Associates, the […]

MBL Talk on the Ocean “Plastisphere” at Falmouth Public Library, February 13

Contact: Susan Joslin 508-289-7281; sjoslin@mbl.edu MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—The third presentation of the Marine Biological Laboratory’s (MBL) “Science Before Supper” series will be held on February 13, 2014 at the Falmouth Public Library. Linda Amaral-Zettler, Associate Scientist in the MBL’s Josephine Bay Paul Center will present a talk titled “Welcome to the Plastisphere: the New […]

Different Sponge Species Have Highly Specific and Stable Microbiomes, MBL Scientists Report


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 […]

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 […]

JFK Assassination Topic of Next MBL Falmouth Forum, January 17

Contact: Susan Joslin 508-289-7281; sjoslin@mbl.edu MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—The MBL Falmouth Forum offers its second presentation of the season with a talk by author Peter Janney on Friday, January 17 titled “Why Historical Truth and Accuracy Are So Important: The JFK Assassination Revisited.” Janney is the author of Mary’s Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder […]

MBL’s “Science Before Supper” to Present Talk on Aging at Falmouth Public Library, January 9

Contact: Susan Joslin 508-289-7281; sjoslin@mbl.edu MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—Jonathan Gitlin, the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) Deputy Director of Research and Programs, will explore aspects of the biology of aging in his talk titled, “It’s Not the Age, It’s the Miles: Understanding Biological Time,” the second presentation of the MBL Associates’ “Science Before Supper” series of […]

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 […]