Striped Bass – the Ultimate Predator, Gamefish, and Meal

Every year, millions of beach-goers swim in the same waters as one of New England’s top predators. No, it’s not the infamous White Shark and no, it wouldn’t (and couldn’t) ever harm a person. I’m talking about the voracious, elusive, and delicious Striped Bass.  The cousin of White Perch and White Bass, Striped Bass can grow to over 4 feet in length and are considered … Continue reading Striped Bass – the Ultimate Predator, Gamefish, and Meal

Greetings from Palmer Station, Antarctica!

Hello there! My name is Laura, I’m an undergrad from Bill Detrich’s lab at the MSC and I’m writing this by a cozy fire at a research station in Antarctica. We are doing a lot of different research here- most of which focuses on fish embryos and fish sampling. Even though the days vary so much here, I’m going to outline a typical day at … Continue reading Greetings from Palmer Station, Antarctica!

Roses Are Red, Lobsters Are…?

(Cross-posted from Ocean Genome Legacy news) This Valentine’s Day, Ocean Genome Legacy is saying “be mine” to some rare and colorful samples of New England’s favorite crustacean, the American lobster. You know that cooked lobsters are bright red, and you may know that most live lobsters are greenish-black. But have you ever seen a lobster that’s blue, orange, or two-toned, with one color on the … Continue reading Roses Are Red, Lobsters Are…?

I’ll take 2 scoops of jellyfish ice cream, hold the nematocysts, please!

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!

The problem with explaining science “so your grandmother would understand”

If you haven’t already seen the Grandma Got STEM blog, you should go check it out. The blog was started in February by Rachel Levy, an associate professor of mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, who was tired of hearing people say “how would you explain that to your grandmother?” In Dr. Levy’s words, “I would like to counter the implication that grannies (gender + maternity … Continue reading The problem with explaining science “so your grandmother would understand”

Senator McGee Visits the Marine Science Center

Last April I had the honor of attending a Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition Congressional Visits Day in our nation’s capitol. The event was organized by the American Institute of Biological Sciences and the goal was to inform members of Congress and their staff about the importance of federal support for biological research. I was grouped with other Massachusetts-based scientists during this endeavor and throughout … Continue reading Senator McGee Visits the Marine Science Center