From toddlers to retirees, my motto is that the science bug can bite you at any age, and so its never too early to start getting young scientists out into the field exploring nature! Boston Public Schools teacher Naomi Mulvihill agrees, and that’s why we were both so jazzed to work together this fall to plan a Marine Science Center field trip for Naomi’s first graders from the Sarah … Continue reading First grade gratitude takes the sting out of winter
“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
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 … Continue reading Blog Revival!
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 … Continue reading Caught in the Act! A wedding fit for a marine biologist
As Kate recently blogged about, the past week or so has been a very popular time for graduate students here at the MSC to “defend” their work. For those who aren’t hip to the grad lingo, a defense is basically a presentation of your work, after which a daunting “committee” of scientists with years of experience in your field get to ask you questions and … Continue reading A Deluge of Defenses!
Marine Ecology students presented the results of their research projects yesterday, and as always, non-traditional presentations were encouraged. Highlights included candy quadrat surveys, a skit demonstrating the pitfalls of field research in the rain and my favorite (although I am biased): a rap about nutrient uptake by the seaweed Fucus vesiculosus, to the tune of MC Hammer’s Can’t Touch This. Here is a video of the rap … Continue reading Caught in the Act: Uptake this!
We’ve all enjoyed animal inspired ice cream flavors like Moose Tracks and Chunky Monkey. I even remember having some Lobster ice cream at a quaint little dairy bar in Maine, but what about jellyfish ice cream? Well, thanks to crazily creative ice cream mad scientist Charlie Harry Francis, you can now enjoy an ice cream inspired by everyone’s favorite tentacle-bearing planktonic invertebrate, the jellyfish. You … Continue reading I’ll take 2 scoops of jellyfish ice cream, hold the nematocysts, please!