(Cross-posted from Ocean Genome Legacy news) What better place to study ocean life than an island? That’s why the Ocean Genome Legacy (OGL) crew packed up our buckets and headed to the quaint fishing village of Menemsha, Martha’s Vineyard, at the end of July to host the first annual Bioblitz on Menemsha Beach. OGL’s Bioblitz, our biodiversity scavenger hunt, was a splashing success, with many … Continue reading Biodiversity Treasure Hunt on Martha’s Vineyard
By Sandi Scripa “How cold is it outside?” “Is it true that Antarctica used to be tropical?” “How bad do the elephant seals smell?” “How many people live in Antarctica? Are there penguins there?” The fourth, fifth, and sixth graders at Johnson Elementary School in Nahant had many exciting questions for Dr. William Detrich, as he chatted with the students via Skype earlier this week … Continue reading Presented Live, from Palmer Station, Antarctica!
(Cross-posted from Ocean Genome Legacy news) On Sunday, September 20, Ocean Genome Legacy (OGL) and Nahant S.W.I.M. Inc. (Safer Waters in Massachusetts) rallied local citizen scientists to explore and protect their beaches at the first Nahant Bioblitz, an exciting “scavenger hunt” for marine biodiversity. Our 58 participants and 17 volunteers explored five beaches, recorded 41 datasheets, and documented 203 observations of marine life. Citizen scientists … Continue reading Citizen Scientists Celebrate First Ever Nahant Bioblitz
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
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!
Former blogger David Combosch completed his PhD defense today! His talk was titled “Evolutionary genetics of Pocillopora corals” and described his research on corals in the Tropical Eastern Pacific ocean. To learn more about David’s work, you can check out two papers he has published on his dissertation research (here and here) or this InSolution blog post by Angela Herring. Congratulations, Dr. Combosch! Continue reading Congratulations, Dr. Combosch!