High School Students Discover Science in the Nipam Patel Lab

By Sophia Kelly Patel Lab, Marine Biological Laboratory This month, we were fortunate to take a break from our day-to-day lab work to host a group of 25 high-school students from the Glenbard East High School in Lombard, Illinois, and the Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas. We reinforced Nipam’s colorful lectures on development through hands-on […]

Video of Coral Growing Wins Nikon Small World In Motion Contest

Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 WOODS HOLE, Mass. —  Philippe Laissue of University of Essex, U.K., a Whitman investigator at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), has won first place in the Nikon Small World in Motion Competition, one of the world’s largest and most prestigious scientific video competitions. Laissue’s beautiful, winning video […]

Caught on Camera: The Bacterial Communities ‘Hitchhiking’ on Marine Plastic Trash

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-685-3525 WOODS HOLE, Mass. – Millions of tons of plastic trash are fouling the world’s ocean, most of it tiny pieces of microplastic less than a quarter-inch in size. Even the smallest marine animals can ingest these microplastics, potentially threatening their survival. Marine microplastics aren’t floating solo, either – they quickly pick up […]

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

Contact: Diana Kenney dkenney@mbl.edu; 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: dkenney@mbl.edu; 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 dkenney@mbl.edu; 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: 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 […]

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, […]

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 […]