Marine Biological Laboratory Names Anne W. Sylvester Director of Research

WOODS HOLE, Mass. — The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) has announced that Anne W. Sylvester has been appointed Director of Research. Sylvester will play a key role in advancing creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial programs that expand MBL’s visibility, impact, and influence within the research and academic communities. She begins her new role on November 1, […]

Woods Hole is Base for New NSF Sci-Tech Center on Ocean Chemical-Microbe Network

Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory; 508-685-3525 WOODS HOLE, Mass. — A new Science and Technology Center, which the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced this week, will conduct transformative research, along with education and outreach, to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of the chemicals and chemical processes that underpin ocean ecosystems. The Center […]

Woods Hole Institutions and Town of Falmouth Collaborate on Coastal Resiliency Plans

As the Marine Biological Laboratory actively shapes a plan to protect its campus from coastal flooding — the risk of which is climbing, inevitably, with global temperatures and sea-level rise –it will benefit from a new grant that enables the Woods Hole community to coordinate its resiliency efforts with the Town of Falmouth. The grant, […]

Marine Biological Laboratory Trustees Elect Four New Members

Peter Barbey, Walter Massey, Ronald O’Hanley, Patrice Yarbough begin four-year terms WOODS HOLE, Mass. – The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) Board of Trustees has elected four new members: Peter D. Barbey, Walter E. Massey, Ronald P. O’Hanley, and Patrice O. Yarbough. They began their four-year terms in the summer of 2021. Peter Barbey Peter Barbey […]

Cuttlefish Retain Sharp Memory of Specific Events in Old Age, Unlike Humans, Study Finds

Media contact:; 508-685-3525 By Jacqueline Garget, University of Cambridge WOODS HOLE, Mass. — Cuttlefish can remember what, where, and when specific events happened – right up to their last few days of life, researchers have found. The results, published today in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, are the first evidence of […]

Embryology Course Images are Winners in Nikon Small World Contest

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MBL’s Semester in Environmental Science Expands with Two Newly Funded Initiatives

The MBL’s successful research training program for undergraduates, the Semester in Environmental Science (SES), will celebrate its quarter-century mark in 2023. Of the program’s 400 alumni, 70 percent have gone on to professional careers in environmental science, policy or management. Now, buoyed by two newly funded initiatives, SES will further expand its reach. One initiative, […]

Lights, Camera, Action! MBL Creates Library of High-Definition Video of Research Organisms

The octopus scuttled away from the bright lights to a dark corner of the tank and swiftly pulled a rock in front of its sinuous body. “It knows where the camera is – we don’t know how – and builds a house in the opposite corner,” noted Daniel Stoupin of BioQuest Productions, a film studio […]

Too Small to Eat? Indu Sharma, E.E. Just Fellow, Asks if Shape Helps a Microbe Survive

Three years ago at Hampton University, a historically Black university in Virginia, associate professor Indu Sharma and her students were excited to look at the deep-sea samples she had collected on a research cruise to the Atlantic slope. Are there any bacteria in there, they wondered? They released drops of seawater into petri dishes and […]

Five New Faculty to Arrive, Expanding MBL’s Resident Science Program

The MBL is growing. Three new scientists are joining the Ecosystems Center over the next year, and two more will join the Josephine Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution. “We have added seven new faculty in the last four years, including Emil Ruff in November of 2018 and Blair Paul in September […]