April 23, 2014

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 […]

Rudolf Oldenbourg Appointed Director of MBL Cellular Dynamics Program

Credit: Naoki Noda

Contact: Gina Hebert 508-289-7725; ghebert@mbl.edu MBL, Woods Hole, MA—The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) has appointed senior scientist Rudolf Oldenbourg director of its Cellular Dynamics Program (CDP). Established in 2008, the CDP is composed of several independent laboratories, notably those with a specialization in imaging and cell physiology and biochemistry. The program houses the MBL’s microscopy […]

College Students to Present Research Results at MBL Symposium, December 13

Contact: Gina Hebert 508-289-7725; ghebert@mbl.edu   MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—The public is invited to attend a symposium featuring the research results of 22 undergraduate students who are participating in the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) Semester in Environmental Sciences (SES) program. The symposium will be held from 8:20 AM to 3:30 PM on Friday, December 13 […]

MBL Scientist Anne Giblin Named 2013 AAAS Fellow

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WOODS HOLE, MA—Anne E. Giblin, a senior scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal, Science.  Giblin was elected for distinguished contributions to the field of biogeochemistry, especially relating to […]

University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer to Serve as Chairman of Marine Biological Laboratory Board of Trustees

Contact: Gina Hebert (508) 289-7725; ghebert@mbl.edu MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer will serve as the next Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Marine Biological Laboratory. This proposed step was met with unanimous support at the MBL Board’s meeting on November 2, 2013. His term will begin after the […]

New MBL/Woods Hole Research Center Projects to Address Environmental Impacts of Agriculture Expansion in Amazon

Corn planting at Tanguro Ranch in Mato Grosso Brazil in the rainy season of February 2013. Corn planting immediately followed harvest of an earlier soybean crop. Double cropping with corn is rapidly expanding at the agricultural frontier in Mato Grosso. Original tropical rainforest is in the background.

Contact: Gina Hebert 508-289-7725; ghebert@mbl.edu MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—A decade ago, Brazil was losing an area of rainforest about the size of Massachusetts each year to cattle pasture and croplands. Recently, deforestation has slowed because agriculture is intensifying and allowing farmers to produce more crops on the same land. Nowhere is this more evident than […]

Renowned Speaker and Author Samuel Shem to Kick Off MBL Falmouth Forum, December 6

Samuel Shem

Contact:  Susan Joslin (508) 289-7281; sjoslin@mbl.edu Woods Hole, MA –  The MBL Falmouth Forum begins its 23rd season with a presentation on Friday, December 6 by Samuel Shem (pen-name of Stephen Bergman, M.D., Ph.D.) titled “The Essence of Good Medicine: from The House of God to Bill W. and Dr. Bob.” Shem is a psychiatrist, […]

MBL Falmouth Forum Announces New Season

Contact: Susan Joslin 508-289-7281; sjoslin@mbl.edu Woods Hole, MA–The MBL (Marine Biological Laboratory) Associates are pleased to announce the schedule for the 23rd season of the MBL Falmouth Forum. Established to bring a variety of lectures, performances, and presentations to the Cape Cod community during the winter months, the MBL Falmouth Forum provides audiences with a […]

Staying Alive in the High and Dry: How Plants in Arid Lands Gain Nutrients to Survive

Field experiments were conducted in a remote area near Utah’s Bear Lake where the ecosystem’s productivity is limited by both water and nitrogen availability. Photo: Zoe Cardon

Printable version (pdf) Contact: Gina Hebert 508-289-7725; ghebert@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, MA—The vast sagebrush landscapes of the western United States are one of the largest ecosystems in North America.  Long, cold winters and hot, dry summers characterize these cold desert ecosystems and create bone-dry soils during seasonal droughts. New research published this week from MBL (Marine […]