Sand, Sharks, and Shearwaters

A couple weeks ago, Revere Beach held its 12th annual International Sand Sculpting Festival, which if you haven’t been, is a festival definitely worth a visit. You can watch professional sand artists creating beautiful, elaborate, very large sculptures using nothing but sand and water. Plus there are food trucks (an impressive lineup), vendors giving out free stuff, live bands, and fireworks. I learned this year … Continue reading Sand, Sharks, and Shearwaters

Field Notes: Out with the New, in with the Old… and then Back in with the New?

Sometimes fieldwork goes exactly how you planned, however, most of the time you end up getting to Plan C before anything starts working. Let me tell you about my week of making all the plans and changing them over, and over, and over again. For the next 5-7 weeks, I am running an experiment at Mote Marine’s Tropical Research Lab (TRL) in Summerland Key, FL, … Continue reading Field Notes: Out with the New, in with the Old… and then Back in with the New?

The Cuban Coral Crisis

My knowledge of US-Cuba geopolitics pretty much draws from that time I fell asleep while watching Thirteen Days, a particularly lengthy and serious movie about the Cuban Missile Crisis. Apparently this is exactly the sort of gripping historical thriller my parents thought a tween couldn’t possibly miss. However disinterested, I do remember plenty of fraught glances and yelling about whether or not the US should … Continue reading The Cuban Coral Crisis

What’s Inside a DNA Bank? A Tour of the Ocean Genome Legacy Center

By Charlotte Seid, Biorepository Manager at OGL You may have visited a museum or an aquarium, but how about a DNA repository? The MSC’s Ocean Genome Legacy Center is home to over 23,000 DNA samples from many of the ocean’s strangest, rarest, and most threatened creatures. Why do we collect DNA? The genetic material of life holds valuable information about each species’ unique adaptations, its … Continue reading What’s Inside a DNA Bank? A Tour of the Ocean Genome Legacy Center

Gigapan This! The MSC hits NMEA 2015 to launch a new in-house collaboration

By Carole McCauley, NUMSC Outreach Program Coordinator I recently attended the National Marine Educators Association Conference (NMEA) in Newport, RI along with Francis Choi of the Helmuth Lab.  This is a highly collegial annual event that brings together educators and scientists from around the country – indeed from around the world – to share experiences, research, projects, and strategic thinking about the state and future … Continue reading Gigapan This! The MSC hits NMEA 2015 to launch a new in-house collaboration

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Soft Shell Blue Lobster

“It’s dead! It’s a dead lobster!” These are the shrieks I heard as I headed up to the touch tanks with 25 energized 5th graders earlier today. After my initial feeling of dread, I realized that what the students were observing was likely not a dead lobster, but something else. Something highly anticipated by myself and fellow Outreach Staff for months: a lobster molt. After … Continue reading Soft Shell Blue Lobster