Twelve Journalists Awarded Fellowships in the MBL Logan Science Journalism Program

Contact: Diana Kenney 508-289-7139; WOODS HOLE, Mass. – The MBL looks forward to the arrival in May of 12 accomplished journalists who have been awarded a competitive fellowship in the MBL Logan Science Journalism Program. Now in its 34th year, the Logan Science Journalism Program provides health and science journalists with immersive, hands-on research […]

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 […]

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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 […]

Registration Open for Light-Sheet Fluorescence Microscopy Conference

The Marine Biological Laboratory is pleased to announce that registration is open for LSFM 2021, a conference that will bring together innovators in microscopy from academic institutes, industry, and federal laboratories to share and brainstorm the latest developments taking place in light-sheet research and its biological applications. The conference will provide a combination of virtual and […]

Fast Action Needed to Protect Shellfish from Acidic Ocean, State Panel Warns

Contact:; 508-685-3525 Shellfish and lobsters are under siege by an increasingly acidic ocean, warns a report released this week by a Massachusetts commission of lawmakers, regulators, and marine scientists. Ocean acidification causes shellfish to form weaker, smaller shells, making them more vulnerable to predation and their offspring more likely to perish. This environmental threat […]

Imaging the First Moments of a Body Plan Emerging in the Embryo

Contact: Diana Kenney; 508-685-3525 By Hank Hogan Egg cells start out as round blobs. After fertilization, they begin transforming into people, dogs, fish, or other animals by orienting head to tail, back to belly, and left to right. Exactly what sets these body orientation directions has been guessed at but not seen. Now researchers […]