MBL Shines in “Why Study Biology By the Sea?”

“Why Study Biology by the Sea?” (University of Chicago Press, 2020) is a fascinating collection of essays on the historical emergence of marine biological stations, the diversity of work they pursue, and their significant contributions to scientific discovery and knowledge. The volume sprang from discussions at the 29th annual MBL-ASU History of Biology Seminar at […]

How the Insect Got its Wings: Scientists (At Last!) Tell the Tale

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-685-3525 WOODS HOLE, Mass. – It sounds like a “Just So Story” – “How the Insect Got its Wings” – but it’s really a mystery that has puzzled biologists for over a century. Intriguing and competing theories of insect wing evolution have emerged in recent years, but none were entirely satisfactory. Finally, a team […]

The Wily Octopus: King of Flexibility

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-685-3525 WOODS HOLE, Mass. — Octopuses have the most flexible appendages known in nature, according to a new study in Scientific Reports. In addition to being soft and strong, each of the animal’s eight arms can bend, twist, elongate and shorten in many combinations to produce diverse movements. But to what extent can […]

Launching the UChicago Autumn Quarter at MBL – Pandemic Style

If you’ve ever stayed in the MBL’s Swope Center, you may not recognize the accommodations that greeted 12 University of Chicago students who arrived last month for the first-ever “Autumn Quarter at MBL.” Each undergraduate’s home for eight weeks is a relatively luxurious, social-distancing spread: a double room with a single bed and a desk […]

Twelve Journalists Awarded Fellowships in the MBL Logan Science Journalism Program

Contact: Diana Kenney 508-289-7139; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass. – Twelve science and health journalists have been awarded a competitive fellowship in the Logan Science Journalism Program at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, an internationally renowned center for biological and environmental research and education. Now in its 34th year, the Logan Science Journalism Program provides […]

Woods Hole Institutions Begin Adaptation Plans for Coastal Flooding of Campus Assets

If you live or work in Woods Hole, you’ve seen the portents. A heavy rainstorm surges Atlantic Ocean waves over the seawall in Waterfront Park, soaking the grass on their way toward Water Street. The Marine Biological Laboratory’s docks on Eel Pond submerge. The corner of Gardiner Road and Millfield Street floods, and water streams […]

Tone of Voice Matters in Neural Communication! Study from MBL Neurobiology Shows How

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-685-3525 WOODS HOLE, Mass. — The dialogue between neurons is of critical importance for all nervous system activities, from breathing to sensing, thinking to running. Yet neuronal communication is so fast, and at such small scale, that it is exceedingly difficult to explain precisely how it occurs. A preliminary observation in the Neurobiology […]

This Cuttlefish is Flamboyant on Special Occasions Only!

Media Contacts: Diana Kenney; dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-685-3525 Emily Greenhalgh; egreenhalgh@mbl.edu; 508-289-7119 WOODS HOLE, Mass. – The flashy Flamboyant Cuttlefish is among the most famous of the cephalopods (octopus, squid, and cuttlefish) – but it is widely misunderstood by its legions of fans. A new paper from the Roger Hanlon laboratory at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods […]

First Gene Knockout in a Cephalopod is Achieved at MBL

Media Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-685-3525 WOODS HOLE, Mass. —A team at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) has achieved the first gene knockout in a cephalopod using the squid Doryteuthis pealeii, an exceptionally important research organism in biology for nearly a century. The milestone study, led by MBL scientists Joshua Rosenthal and Karen Crawford, is reported in […]

Desert Algae Shed Light on Desiccation Tolerance in Green Plants

For a copy of the paper, contact: Diana Kenney, MBL dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-685-3525 WOODS HOLE, Mass. — Deserts of the U.S. Southwest are extreme habitats for most plants, but, remarkably, microscopic green algae live there that are extraordinarily tolerant of dehydration. These tiny green algae (many just a few microns in size) live embedded in microbiotic […]