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 […]

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 […]

“Take Five” with MBL Trustee Patrice Yarbough: From the MBL to NASA and Beyond

“Take Five” is an occasional feature in which we pose five questions to an MBL community member about their career, dreams, and passions. Here we profile Patrice O. Yarbough, senior scientist at KBR/NASA Johnson Space Center, 1980 alumna of the MBL Physiology course and, as of July 1, a new member of the MBL Board […]

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 […]

Microbes in Dental Plaque are More Like Relatives in Soil than on the Tongue

Contact: Diana Kenney dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-605-3525 By Alison Caldwell University of Chicago Medicine Study suggests plaque may have been a “stepping stone” for microbes into the body CHICAGO and WOODS HOLE, Mass. — From the perspective of A. Murat Eren, the mouth is the perfect place to study microbial communities. “Not only is it the beginning […]

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 […]

Film, Live Panel to Explore the Power to Reshape Life

WOODS HOLE, Mass. — The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) invites the public to a free screening of Human Nature, the acclaimed documentary about CRISPR, the powerful technology for rewriting the code of life in humans and other species. Human Nature will be followed by a live panel discussion via webinar on Thursday, June 25. To […]

The Evolution of Color: Team Shows How Butterfly Wings Can Shift in Hue

Contact: Diana Kenney dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-685-3525 WOODS HOLE, Mass. – A selective mating experiment by a curious butterfly breeder has led scientists to a deeper understanding of how butterfly wing color is created and evolves. The study, led by scientists at University of California, Berkeley, and the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, is published today in […]

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 […]

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 […]