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Building a robot that can “see” smell

Ryan Myers of the Ayers lab is working on a unique question…how to get robots to “smell” their surroundings in order to better represent typical group behavior of a particular species – in this case, bees.

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The shark ate my homework

Assistant Professor David Kimbro was perplexed when he found some of his experimental cages missing or damaged in Apalachiolca Bay. Whodunit?


Reproduction in the sea cucumber, Rhabdomolgus ruber

Collaborative research on sea cucumber reproduction by the MSC’s founding Director, Nathan “Doc” Riser has been published posthumously.


The American lobster and the big, bad Atlantic cod

Research in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Scientists by PhD student Marissa McMahan – along with her advisor, Associate Professor Jon Grabowski, and other colleagues – uses technology to examine the significant impact that Atlantic cod have on lobster movement.


Grazers have significant impact on community life on the rocky shore

In recently published research related to the impacts that movement of water and the behavior of various consumers have on rocky intertidal algal communities, the MSC Director, Geoff Trussell, and colleagues shed some light on just who is really regulating community recovery…and it’s the grazers, not the predators, that seem to have the greatest impact.


An unlikely suspect – carbon fleeing the marsh

You just never know what might happen when stuff washes ashore! Professors Kimbro and Hughes’ research on the importance of salt marshes as “carbon sinks” investigates how marsh disturbance by seagrass wrack can release carbon into the atmosphere. The PLOS ONE piece has been featured in an NU InSolution blog post.

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Local environmentalist couple honored at MSC

Nahanters Larry and Polly Bradley have a long history of supporting research and conservation efforts benefitting the local marine environment, achievements that were recognized in a small ceremony honoring the couple at the MSC.

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MSC to host Ocean Genome Legacy

The Ocean Genome Legacy (OGL), New England Biolabs Inc., and Northeastern University have reached an agreement that will bring a collection of tissue and DNA from the world’s most rare, strange, and remarkable ocean creatures to the Marine Science Center.

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How an Antarctic icefish may help you

The Antarctic is a major hotbed (pun intended) of research related to climate change – Professor Bill Detrich’s work on Antarctic icefish included. Check out this great piece about the relevance of this work to human health.

Tarik Gouhier

Community stress and marine invasions

Assistant Professor Tarik Gouhier has been researching ways in which the combination of environmental stress and species interactions play into how certain non-native marine species invasions succeed. This is particularly important in cases where species introductions can alter ecosystem services, such as coastal protection, which are vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

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