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 evolutionary history, and the ways…

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 of marine education. Francis and…

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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 making my way through the…

Blog Revival!

Welcome to the new look of the NU Marine Science Center Blog! After a *brief* hiatus, the blog is ready for a revival – we’ve got some veteran and some new bloggers, and we are embarking upon an action packed summer of field work, diving, research, and outreach to blog about! Stay tuned to read all about it! To get things started I wanted to promote another blog that I have…

Caught in the act!

For our ‘Caught in the Act’ feature today, I found the lovely Kylla Benes measuring the reproductive effort of fucus seaweed. Kylla is in the middle of one of those experiments that addresses an important and straightforward question, but requires long stretches of tedious work (a fair description for most experiments, I’d say). Kylla collected seaweed from 20 quadrats and is measuring the size and relative proportions of reproductive sections on the seaweed.…

Calling All Marine Scientists for the Ocean 180 Video Challenge

Let’s play a little game. Without cheating (aka Wikipedia), can you name the 2014 Academy Award winners for best actor? How about best actress? What about the name of Kim and Kanye’s spawn? Beyonce and Jay-Z’s? Now, who won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine? Chemistry? Physics? I’d be willing to be that the vast majority of you had no trouble coming up with correct answers to the first four…

Caught in the Act! A wedding fit for a marine biologist

This past weekend, our very own MSC grad student Christine Newton tied the knot with fellow marine biologist Jason Ramsey. As the title of this post indicates, everything from the ceremony location to the tablecloths at the reception made it abundantly clear that two marine biologists were getting hitched. Under a beachside gazebo in the coastal town of Narragansett, Rhode Island, with the bridal party adorned in ocean blue dresses and sea star…