Salt Marshes’ Capacity to Store Carbon may be Threatened by Nitrogen Pollution

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-685-3525 WOODS HOLE, Mass. – Deep in the waterlogged peat of salt marshes, carbon is stored at much greater rates than in land ecosystems, serving as an offset to climate change due to carbon dioxide (CO2) build-up in the atmosphere. However, a new study indicates that a common pollutant of coastal waters, nitrate, […]

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

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 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 […]

The Marine Biological Laboratory Announces 2019 Photo Contest

The Marine Biological Laboratory is pleased to announce the kickoff of the 2019 MBL Photo Contest! The contest will recognize the finest images of life science specimens and macro photos of MBL research and/or research locations captured while participating in one of our research or educational programs. The contest is open to anyone with an […]

The Cuttlefish May be Flashy, but its Microbiome is Super Simple, Team Reports

Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 By Jennifer Tsang WOODS HOLE, Mass. — Animals have an intimate and important connection with the microbial populations (microbiomes) that live inside their bodies. This holds for the behaviorally sophisticated cuttlefish, whose microbiome, it turns out, contains only two different kinds of bacteria. In a collaboration led […]

Linda E. Hyman is Tapped to Lead Marine Biological Laboratory’s Education Division

WOODS HOLE, Mass. — Linda E. Hyman, Associate Provost at Boston University School of Medicine, has been named the new Burroughs Wellcome Director of Education at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). Her appointment begins in mid-August. Hyman brings more than 25 years of experience to the position, which oversees direction of all the MBL’s academic […]

Leaving Microbes Out of Climate Change Dialogue has Major Consequences, Experts Warn

Contacts: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-685-3525; dkenney@mbl.edu Isabelle Dubach, UNSW Sydney, Australia +61 2 9385 7307, +61 432 307 244 i.dubach@unsw.edu.au WOODS HOLE, Mass. — More than 30 microbiologists from 9 countries have issued a warning to humanity that omitting microbes – the support system of the biosphere – from  the climate change equation […]

MBL Announces 2019 Friday Evening Lecture Series

The Marine Biological Laboratory is pleased to announce the Friday Evening Lecture schedule for the summer of 2019. The hour-long talks are geared for a diverse and engaged audience and appeal to scientists and non-scientists alike. The 2019 lineup of speakers will explore some of the most fascinating subjects in science today including climate change, […]

How Does the Nervous System Create Behavior? Muscle Activity Map in Hydra Gives Insight

Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 By Raleigh McElvery WOODS HOLE, Mass. — Accomplishing perhaps a world first, researchers at Columbia University and the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) have mapped the full-body muscular activity of an animal while it was moving and behaving. Their study adds to mounting evidence that the coordinated activity […]

Staying in Shape: MBL Microscopy Helps Reveal how Bacteria Grow Long, Not Wide

The slender, rod-shaped Bacillus subtilis is one of the best-studied bacteria in the world, a go-to system for exploring and understanding how bacteria grow, replicate, and divide. One of its outstanding mysteries has been how it manages to keep its precise diameter while growing and getting bigger end-to-end. This week, a team led by Ethan […]

In New MBL Course, High-School Students Envision a Future in Science

By Stephanie McPherson Igniting the flame of scientific curiosity is one of the Marine Biological Laboratory’s greatest strengths, honed over a century of immersing students in its research discovery courses. In partnership with the University of Chicago’s College of Admissions, MBL is extending its educational and inspirational excellence into the high-school realm. The new MBL […]