August 3, 2015

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 […]

MBL To Offer Free Earth Day Screening of Penguin Documentary, April 22

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Contact: Susan Joslin 508-289-7281; sjoslin@mbl.edu   MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—“Why would anyone count penguins for a living?” Filmmakers Harriet Gordon and Peter Getzels set out to discover the answer to this question when they filmed “The Penguin Counters.” Families are invited to view this new documentary which will be screened at 10:00 AM on Earth […]

UChicago Metcalf Students to Conduct Summer Research at MBL

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During the summer of 2015, twelve undergraduates from the University of Chicago will gain substantive, project-based professional research experience at the Marine Biological Laboratory through the MBL/Jeff Metcalf Summer for Undergraduate Research Fellows program (SURF). The goal of the SURF Program is to introduce students to scientific research under the guidance and direction of MBL’s […]

Squid Enrich Their DNA “Blueprint” Through Prolific RNA Editing

The squid is a prolific "editor" of genetic information. Credit: Elaine Bearer

Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 One of the surprising discoveries to emerge from the young field of comparative genomics is that drastically different organisms—humans, sea urchins, worms, flies —are endowed with a more or less common set of genes. Given a similar DNA blueprint, then, how do species develop such vast differences […]

MBL’s Semester in Environmental Science Open to UChicago Students

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Sewage Provides Insight into Human Microbiome

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For Immediate Release: February 26, 2015 Contact: Gina Hebert, MBL 508-289-7725; ghebert@mbl.edu Sandra McLellan, UWM School of Freshwater Sciences 414-382-1747; mclellan@uwm.edu WOODS HOLE, MA—A new study demonstrates that sewage is an effective means to sample the fecal bacteria from millions of people.   Researchers say the information gleaned from the work provides a unique opportunity to […]

Economic Costs of Climate Change Discussed at MBL Falmouth Forum Season Finale

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Contact: Susan Joslin (508) 289-7281; sjoslin@mbl.eduWOODS HOLE, MA—Professor Benjamin Jones will discuss climate change and economics at the final MBL Falmouth Forum of the season on Friday, March 13 at 7:30 PM in the MBL’s Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL Street in Woods Hole. Sponsored by the MBL Associates, and generously supported this season by Sandy […]

MBL Announces New Recipients of MBL-UChicago-Argonne Collaboration Awards

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The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) has announced new recipients of the MBL-UChicago/Argonne Collaboration Awards. These awards support innovative scientific collaborations among faculty at the MBL and UChicago/Argonne, in service of laying the foundation for long-term interactions between the institutions. Teams of at least one UChicago/Argonne and one MBL resident scientist are eligible to receive the […]

What a Winter! But We’ve Got This

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UChicago and MBL Announce Recipients of Lillie Awards for Collaborative Research

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MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—The University of Chicago and the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) have announced the 2015 recipients of the Frank R. Lillie Research Innovation Awards. The grant program honors Frank R. Lillie, the early 20th-century embryologist who served as the MBL’s second director and as chair of UChicago’s Department of Zoology. Awards are open […]