Citizens and Scientists Release 28-Year Record of Water Quality in Buzzards Bay

WOODS HOLE, Mass. — A long-lasting, successful relationship between scientists at the MBL Ecosystems Center and the citizen-led Buzzards Bay Coalition has garnered a long-term record of water quality in the busy bay that lies west of Woods Hole. That record has already returned tremendous value and last week, it was published in Scientific Data, […]

A New Visual Identity for the MBL

Over the past year, the Marine Biological Laboratory has been working to refresh our visual identity, keeping the historic ties to our legacy seal, while ensuring our new identity is modernized, simplified, and can be replicated across multiple channels—from print to the digital sphere. We landed with a clean, modern icon that’s distinctive while being […]

Fast-Learning Cuttlefish Pass the Snacking Test

WOODS HOLE, Mass. – Much like the popular TikTok challenge where kids resist eating snacks, cuttlefish can do the same. Cuttlefish can delay gratification – wait for a better meal rather than be tempted by the one at hand – and those that can wait longest also do better in a learning test, scientists have discovered. This […]

Building a Brain: Pioneering Study Reveals Principles of Brain Tissue Structure, Assembly

Contact:; 508-685-3525 WOODS HOLE, Mass. — Understanding how the brain works is a paramount goal of medical science. But with its billions of tightly packed, intermingled neurons, the human brain is dauntingly difficult to visualize and map, which can provide the route toward therapies for long-intractable disorders. In a major advance published this week […]

The Legendary, Mysterious Giant Squid’s Genome is Revealed

Contact:; 508-685-33525 WOODS HOLE, Mass. — How did the monstrous giant squid – reaching school-bus size, with eyes as big as dinner plates and tentacles that can snatch prey 10 yards away — get so scarily big? Today, important clues about the anatomy and evolution of the mysterious giant squid (Architeuthis dux) are revealed […]

Deepening Diversity: First In-Depth Study of Marine Fungi and Their Reproduction Emerges from MBL

Contact: Diana Kenney; 508-289-7139 By Stephanie McPherson WOODS HOLE, Mass. — Marine fungi have long been overlooked in the research community, despite their likely contributions to the health of ocean ecosystems. Now, a first deep dive into the diversity of marine fungi and their cell division cycles has been published by a collaborative team […]

Embryology Course Image Wins Top Prize in Nikon Small World Contest

Contact:; 508-289-7139 By Stephanie McPherson WOODS HOLE, Mass.—A vibrantly colored image of a turtle embryo taken by two members of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) community has won first place in the 45th Nikon Small World International Photomicrography Competition. Teresa Zgoda and Teresa Kugler used fluorescence and stereo microscopy during the 2017 MBL Embryology […]

Hurricane Nicole Leaves Insight on Deep-Ocean Impacts in Her Wake

Contact: Diana Kenney; 508-289-7139 By Paul McDivitt WOODS HOLE, Mass. — In early October 2016, a tropical storm named Nicole formed in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. It roamed for six days, reaching Category 4 hurricane status with powerful 140 mile-per hour-winds, before hitting the tiny island of Bermuda as a Category 3. […]

Shinya Inoué, Pioneer in Microscopy and Imaging of Live Cells, Dies at 98

WOODS HOLE, Mass.—With great sadness, the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) announces the passing of Shinya Inoué, Ph.D., former MBL Trustee and pioneering innovator in microscopy and live-cell imaging, on Sept. 30 in Falmouth, Mass. He was 98 years old. A Celebration of Shinya Inoué’s Life will be held at the MBL on October 26, 2019 […]

Scientists Propose Network of Imaging Centers to Drive Innovation in Biological Research

Contact:; 508-289-7139 WOODS HOLE, Mass. — When sparks fly to innovate new technologies for imaging life at the microscopic scale, often diverse researchers are nudging each other with a kind of collegial one-upmanship. “Look at the resolution we obtain with this microscope I’ve designed,” the physicist says. “Great,” the biologist replies, “but my research […]