With National Award, Hawaiian Bobtail Squid Rises to Top as Emerging Model System

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 WOODS HOLE, Mass.– Senior Scientist Joshua Rosenthal has received a prestigious award to develop the Hawaiian bobtail squid as a new “super model” for biological research, capping a months-long search at the Marine Biological Laboratory during which several species of squid were considered for the part. The grant is one of eleven […]

The Rules of Attraction: Whitman Scientists Find Elusive Molecule that Helps Sperm Find Egg

More than 100 years ago, F.R. Lillie of the University of Chicago, then director of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), discovered that eggs from marine invertebrates release a chemical factor that attracts sperm, a process called chemotaxis. Sperm, for their part, swim up a chemical gradient to reach the egg, assisted by a pulsatile rise […]

Prince Albert II of Monaco Visits MBL; Explores Common Interests in Marine Science

Contact: Gina Hebert, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-717-1730; ghebert@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass.— HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco today visited the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, where he demonstrated his strong commitment to marine science, exploration, and protection that is the legacy of his great-great-grandfather, the pioneering oceanographer Prince Albert I. His Serene Highness […]

Querying the Brain with State-of-the-Art Technology: The MBL Neurobiology Course

By Sarah Lawhun Every summer at the Marine Biological Laboratory, the seaside campus is teeming with scientists from around the world, including more than 540 pre- and post-doctoral trainees from about 40 different countries. It’s like an exuberant, intensely exploratory United Nations of Science. Since the MBL’s founding, it has fostered both breakthroughs in the […]

MBL Announces 2018 Friday Evening Lecture Series

The Marine Biological Laboratory is pleased to announce the Friday Evening Lecture schedule for the summer of 2018.  The hour-long talks are geared for a diverse and engaged audience and appeal to scientists and non-scientists alike. The 2018 lineup of speakers will explore some of the most fascinating subjects in science today including the historical origins of […]

Large-Scale Study Indicates Novel, Abundant Nitrogen-Fixing Microbes in Surface Ocean

CONTACT: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-289-7139; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass.— Move over, cyanobacteria! A large-scale study of the Earth’s surface ocean indicates the microbes responsible for fixing nitrogen there—previously thought to be almost exclusively photosynthetic cyanobacteria–include an abundant and widely distributed suite of non-photosynthetic bacterial populations. The international study, published this week in Nature […]

MBL Awards Whitman Center Fellowships to Outstanding Scientists

WOODS HOLE, Mass. – Twenty-eight scientists from around the world have been named 2018 Whitman Center Fellows by the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). These fellowships enable exceptional scientists, including Early Career Fellows, to conduct independent research at the MBL and take advantage of its resources and collaborative scientific community. The Whitman Center Fellows will be […]

Governor Baker Signs Life Sciences Bond Bill with Earmark Funding for MBL Imaging Initiative

June 15, 2018 CONTACT: Gina Hebert, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-289-7725; ghebert@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass. – At a ceremony today at Bunker Hill Community College, Governor Charlie Baker signed a $473 million Massachusetts Life Sciences Bond Bill containing $10 million earmarked by the Legislature for an Imaging Innovation Initiative at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL).  The […]

MBL Announces Recipients of Science and Health Journalism Fellowships

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 WOODS HOLE, Mass. – Twelve 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 32nd year, the Logan Science Journalism Program (SJP) allows established science and […]

Nipam Patel Appointed Director of the Marine Biological Laboratory

Media Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-685-3525; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass. – Nipam Patel, a leading scholar in modern evolutionary and developmental biology, has been appointed director of the Marine Biological Laboratory, an affiliate of the University of Chicago. In addition, Patel will be appointed as a faculty member at the University of Chicago. Patel currently […]