Archive for November, 2013

The MBL hosted the annual Brown-MBL Partnership retreat, November 8-9 in Woods Hole. Thirty-six Brown undergraduate students visited MBL laboratories, the Marine Resources Center, the Semester in Environmental Science, and the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve to investigate research and internship opportunities at MBL.

The retreat featured a symposium, “Imaging Across Biology,” and a display organized by MBL Senior Scientist Rudolf Oldenbourg with contributions from Shinya Inoué (MBL), Louie Kerr (MBL), Mai Tran (MBL), and Jim McIlvain (Zeiss Inc.) and others that traced the history of microscopy at the MBL.

Rudolf Oldenbourg explains the principles of polarized light to Brown students visiting for the Brown-MBL Partnership retreat.

 

Be prepared to be inspired! iBiology has just released “Why I Do Science, Part II,” a collection of short interviews with MBL course students. Common themes are friendship, fun, and the creative challenges of scientific problem-solving. The students, who were at MBL in the summer of 2012, are from universities and institutes around the globe. iBiology (formerly iBioSeminars) is directed by MBL visiting scientist Ron Vale of University of California, San Francisco.

 

 

The first annual Northeast Climate Science Center (NE CSC) Fellows Retreat is being held this week at MBL’s Marshview Field Station near Plum Island, off the North Shore coast of Massachusetts.  Sixteen graduate and postdoctoral fellows from eight states are learning about climate challenges to coastal and salt marsh habitats and meeting with federal and state managers, including stakeholders from the nearby Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, the State of Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management office, and Division of Ecological Restoration.

NE CSC Consortium leaders, including Jimmy Nelson and Christopher Neill from the MBL Ecosystems Center,  are facilitating interactive exercises in which Fellows practice science communication and engaging stakeholders in the research design process. The MBL is a founding member of the NE CSC consortium.

Jimmy Nelson of the Ecosystems Center explains results from a Plum Island, Mass., marsh nutrient enrichment experiment to Northeast Climate Science Center fellows at a retreat at MBL's Marshview Farm field station. Credit: Chris Neill

Jimmy Nelson of the Ecosystems Center explains results from a Plum Island, Mass., marsh nutrient enrichment experiment to Northeast Climate Science Center fellows at a retreat at MBL’s Marshview Farm field station. Credit: Chris Neill

The NE CSC, established in 2012, is part of a network of eight regional CSCs created to provide scientific information, tools, and techniques that managers and other parties interested in land, water, wildlife and cultural resources can use to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change.  It is hosted by the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and also works with a consortium of institutions: the College of Menominee Nation, Columbia University, Marine Biological Laboratory, University of Minnesota, University of Missouri, Columbia, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In addition to the host and consortium institutions, the NE CSC will also collaborate with other important partner institutions.