For ecological forecasters like Northeastern’s Brian Helmuth, mussels act as a barometer of climate change. That’s why Helmuth created “robomussels”—tiny robots that look like mussels but are outfitted with sensors to track temperature conditions.
Salt marshes play a key role reducing the effects of urbanization and climate change. These marshes absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and the microbes in the marsh break the carbon down. That’s why researchers, like Northeastern University’s Jennifer Bowen, are working to find out how these vital ecosystems tick.
It might sound unusual that a researcher mainly focused on population genetics and evolution in marine systems would be assisting with a study on trees in Canada, but there are more similarities than you think.
Kenneth Henderson can point to the moment when his career spun in an exciting new direction: a five-month industry placement in London prior to his senior year of college. Here, the new College of Science dean discusses the importance of experiential education and his vision for the college.
The Northeastern chapter of the Science Club For Girls mentors young women in science, technology, math and engineering fields, giving the younger set the nickname the “STEMinistas.”
The Olympic sailing competition began Monday in Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay, the site of extensive water pollution that officials have warned is a health risk for the athletes. Geoff Trussell, director of Northeastern’s Marine Science Center, explains how bad the pollution can be for the aquatic ecosystem and what needs to be done to fix the problem.
The Ocean Genome Legacy hosted a Bioblitz, which helps them track precisely what marine life is living where. The participants collected more than a dozen species.
Earlier this year Northeastern students contributed to a massive initiative focused on improving Wikipedia’s science content. As their professor puts it, “It’s very motivating but also terrifying to know that you’re contributing to something that so many people will see.”
Associate Professor Jonathan Grabowski is collaborating with groups all over the world to study how fish’s habitat contributes to how fish live their life and how many are produced.
Jonathan Grabowski talks about his ongoing research in the Gulf of Maine in a recent Nature Conservancy video.