Lobsterwoman turned marine biologist fishes for answers

North­eastern grad­uate stu­dent Marissa McMahan is mar­shaling her sci­en­tific training and her family’s con­nec­tion to the Maine lob­ster industry to research the black sea bass’ northern range expan­sion due to cli­mate change.

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Probing for pollution at Mission 31

When North­eastern assis­tant pro­fessor Loretta Fer­nandez was a kid, she “wanted to be Jacques Cousteau” (her words, her emphasis). She wanted to live on The Calypso, the boat from which […]

A simpler way to test for water pollution

Assis­tant pro­fessor Loretta Fer­nandez has devel­oped a straight­for­ward method for deter­mining the con­cen­tra­tion of con­t­a­m­i­nants likely to end up in the tis­sues of organ­isms living in pol­luted waterways.

Live from the seafloor, it’s Mission 31!

Last week, North­eastern researchers were joined by Provost and Senior Vice Pres­i­dent for Aca­d­emic Affairs Stephen W. Director to con­verse with audi­ence mem­bers at the Boston Museum of Sci­ence from a unique van­tage point: the bottom of the ocean at the Aquarius Reef Base off Florida’s coast.

Hot and bothered: climate change and the ecology of fear

When ani­mals must bal­ance the fear of being eaten with their own need to feed, their deci­sions affect the whole ecosystem. New research from North­eastern pro­fessor Geoff Trussell, who directs Northeastern’s Marine Sci­ence Center, sug­gests this effect is even more pro­nounced under future cli­mate change scenarios.

An aquatic adventure resurfaces

North­eastern research tech­ni­cian Sara Williams first heard of the under­water research habitat Aquarius as a young member of the Girl Scouts of the USA. Twelve years later, she’ll be leading a research project just out­side its doors.

Wherefore art thou, dear zooplankton?

Grad­uate stu­dent Amanda Dwyer will lead a research project in con­junc­tion with Mis­sion 31, a month­long under­water expe­di­tion led by Fabien Cousteau, in which she’ll examine the dynamics of zoo­plankton on coral reefs.

Marine researcher sticks to her roots

Jen­nifer Elliott, a doc­toral can­di­date at the Marine Sci­ence Center, is pur­suing research to deter­mine how best to reha­bil­i­tate the coral reefs in her home­land of Mau­ri­tius, a small island located in the Indian Ocean.

Nobel laureate to join Northeastern faculty

Sir Richard Roberts, a Nobel lau­reate and glob­ally rec­og­nized leader in genomics and mol­e­c­ular biology, has joined the uni­ver­sity as a Dis­tin­guished Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor in the Col­lege of Science.

Social insects put the ‘I’ in team to fight disease

New research from asso­ciate pro­fessor Rebeca Rosen­gaus con­firms ant larvae have retained their indi­vidual immune sys­tems throughout evo­lu­tion, which she said could help explain why social insects are geo­graph­i­cally wide­spread and eco­log­i­cally dominant.