There’s a New Crab Investigator in Town

(Cross-posted from Ocean Genome Legacy News) Asian shore crabs, a highly invasive species, first appeared on the coast of New Jersey in the late 80s and have since spread up and down the East Coast. This winter, a talented high school student named Margaret “Maggie” Slein and her science teacher, Raymond Whitehouse, came to the Ocean Genome Legacy (OGL) at the Northeastern University Marine Science … Continue reading There’s a New Crab Investigator in Town

First grade gratitude takes the sting out of winter

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

To Live Deliberately: Two Weeks Exploring Marine Habitats with COSA

by Andrew Madanjian Growing up, my family was not the “outdoorsy” type. I’ve always loved going to the beach, but aside from that I’ve been more comfortable indoors—movie theaters, art museums, book stores. Although I’m now a fourth year biology major, for most of my youth I was averse to exploring nature and getting dirty. I begin my post with this preface to accentuate how … Continue reading To Live Deliberately: Two Weeks Exploring Marine Habitats with COSA

Biodiversity Treasure Hunt on Martha’s Vineyard

(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

Presented Live, from Palmer Station, Antarctica!

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!

Citizen Scientists Celebrate First Ever Nahant Bioblitz

(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

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