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 […]

How the Insect Got its Wings: Scientists (At Last!) Tell the Tale

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-685-3525 WOODS HOLE, Mass. – It sounds like a “Just So Story” – “How the Insect Got its Wings” – but it’s really a mystery that has puzzled biologists for over a century. Intriguing and competing theories of insect wing evolution have emerged in recent years, but none were entirely satisfactory. Finally, a team […]

The Wily Octopus: King of Flexibility

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-685-3525 WOODS HOLE, Mass. — Octopuses have the most flexible appendages known in nature, according to a new study in Scientific Reports. In addition to being soft and strong, each of the animal’s eight arms can bend, twist, elongate and shorten in many combinations to produce diverse movements. But to what extent can […]

To Push or to Pull? How Many-Limbed Marine Organisms Swim

WOODS HOLE, Mass. — When you think of swimming, you probably imagine pushing through the water—creating backwards thrust that pushes you forward. New research at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) suggests instead that many marine animals actually pull themselves through the water, a phenomenon dubbed “suction thrust.” The study, published in Scientific Reports, found that […]

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 […]

Twelve Journalists Awarded Fellowships in the MBL Logan Science Journalism Program

Contact: Diana Kenney 508-289-7139; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass. – Twelve science and health journalists have been awarded a competitive fellowship in the Logan Science Journalism Program at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, an internationally renowned center for biological and environmental research and education. Now in its 34th year, the Logan Science Journalism Program provides […]

Ecosystems Center and Semester in Environmental Science Webinars

Lunch and Learn: Environmental Issues & Challenges in the 21st Century

Woods Hole Institutions Begin Adaptation Plans for Coastal Flooding of Campus Assets

If you live or work in Woods Hole, you’ve seen the portents. A heavy rainstorm surges Atlantic Ocean waves over the seawall in Waterfront Park, soaking the grass on their way toward Water Street. The Marine Biological Laboratory’s docks on Eel Pond submerge. The corner of Gardiner Road and Millfield Street floods, and water streams […]

Tone of Voice Matters in Neural Communication! Study from MBL Neurobiology Shows How

Contact: dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-685-3525 WOODS HOLE, Mass. — The dialogue between neurons is of critical importance for all nervous system activities, from breathing to sensing, thinking to running. Yet neuronal communication is so fast, and at such small scale, that it is exceedingly difficult to explain precisely how it occurs. A preliminary observation in the Neurobiology […]

The Acrobatic Hydra Shows Off:  How Environmental Cues Can Affect Behavior

By Raleigh McElvery WOODS HOLE, Mass. — Although it may seem counterintuitive, researchers are turning to an animal without a brain to crack the neural code underlying behavior. Hydra vulgaris, a tiny, tentacled, freshwater organism, uses “nets” of neurons dispersed throughout its tube-like body to coordinate stretching, contracting, somersaulting, and feeding movements. This simple nervous […]