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

Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory dkenney@mbl.edu; 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 […]

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

Media contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 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 […]

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 […]

Ocean Microbes Team Up Brilliantly to Gather Food When It’s Scarce

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-685-3525 WOODS HOLE, Mass. – What’s a hungry marine microbe to do when the pickings are slim? It must capture nutrients – nitrogen, phosphorus, or iron – to survive, yet in vast expanses of the ocean, nutrients are extremely scarce. And the stakes are high: Marine microbial communities drive many of the elemental […]

UChicago Students Flex Science Muscles in New MBL Courses

In early spring, 12 students from the University of Chicago packed their bags and headed to Woods Hole for an immersive scientific experience at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). While the pandemic kept the majority of UChicago’s classes online, those participating in the MBL Spring Quarter came together for an action-packed course schedule that included […]

Some Seafloor Microbes Can Take the Heat: And Here’s What They Eat

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 WOODS HOLE, Mass. —  It’s cold in the depths of the world’s oceans; most of the seafloor is at a chilly 4°C. Not so the seafloor of Guaymas Basin in the Gulf of California. Here, tectonic plates drift apart and heat from Earth’s interior can rise up — so far up that […]

Seeing the Invisible: How Butterflies Make Transparent Wings

WOODS HOLE, Mass. — Many animals have evolved camouflage tactics for self-defense, but some butterflies and moths have taken it even further: They’ve developed transparent wings, making them almost invisible to predators. A team led by Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) scientists studied the development of one such species, the glasswing butterfly, Greta oto, to see […]

Salt Marshes Trap Microplastics in their Sediments, Creating Record of Human Plastic Use

Contact: Diana Kenney, dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 WOODS HOLE, Mass. — Plastics are everywhere. From cell phones to pens and cars to medical devices, the modern world is full of plastic— and plastic waste. New research from scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) Ecosystems Center found that some of that plastic waste has been accumulating in […]

MBL Begins First Test of Tropical Seaweed Farming for Biofuels Production

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 WOODS HOLE, Mass. and La Parguera, P.R. – A team of researchers led by Loretta Roberson, associate scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, has installed the first seaweed farm in Puerto Rico and U.S. tropical waters. The research array furthers the design and development of a system for offshore cultivation […]

Bottom-Up is the Way Forward for Nitrogen Reduction at Institutions

WOODS HOLE, Mass. — Nitrogen is an element basic for life — plants need it, animals need it, it’s in our DNA — but when there’s too much nitrogen in the environment, things can go haywire. On Cape Cod, excess nitrogen in estuaries and salt marshes can lead to algal blooms, fish kills, and degradation […]