April 30, 2012
Beneath the Ocean Floor
Bigelow Scientist on a Mission to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge
Dr. Beth Orcutt, one of the Laboratory’s newest Senior Research Scientists, is part of a four-week expedition
to the mid-Atlantic Ridge on the German vessel Maria S. Merian, with the ROV Jason from Woods Hole Oceanographic
Institution. The expedition is visiting sub-sea floor observatories that the research team installed last fall on
the western flank of the mid-Atlantic ridge, at a depth of approximately 4,500m below the ocean’s surface.
Researchers are investigating the role that microbes play in altering the oceanic crust, one of the largest
ecosystems on the planet. Orcutt is contributing to a “Classroom Connection” education program and blog hosted
by the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI), a National Science Foundation-funded
Science and Technology Center on the deep sub-sea floor.
Changing Seas, Human Challenges
A Special Café Scientifique in Rockland’s Strand Theater
Bigelow Laboratory invites you to be part of a special spring Café Scientifique on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 6 p.m.
in the Strand Theater, 345 Main Street, Rockland, Maine. Join Laboratory Executive Director Graham Shimmield and
journalist Colin Woodard, author of Ocean’s End and American Nations, for Changing Seas, Human Challenges—an
informal discussion about the vital connection between the ocean and our lives. Like all Café Scientifique
gatherings, this event is free and open to the public, with beer and wine available for purchase. The
Laboratory’s regular summer Café Scientifique series on Tuesday evenings in Boothbay Harbor will begin
on July 10. For more information, call (202) 747-3255.
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree Visits the New Ocean Science and Education Campus
Photo by Robert Mitchell.
U. S. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and several members of her legislative staff visited East Boothbay on
Wednesday, April 11 for a tour of the 27,000 square foot, state-of-the-art Bigelow Center for Blue
Biotechnology (BCBB), the first building to be completed on the Laboratory’s new Ocean Science and
Education Campus. Pingree met with Laboratory Executive Director Graham Shimmield, Bigelow Trustee
Steve Malcom, scientists, and Laboratory staff for an overview of the new research facilities on
campus and a discussion of the contribution that the Laboratory is making to Maine’s emerging
Bigelow Board Member Honored as Maine Philanthropist of the Year
The Maine Association of Nonprofits recognized Neil Rolde as its 2012 Maine Philanthropist
of the Year during its annual Nonprofit Leadership Conference on April 11. Rolde, who is currently a
Bigelow Trustee and a former Chair of the Board, was a member of the Maine House of Representatives
for 16 years and served on numerous governmental committees, including the Maine Health Care Reform
Commission, the Maine Children’s Health Care Task Force, and the Maine Humanities Council. He has also
chaired the boards of the SALT Institute and the Maine Public Broadcasting Network, and has been on the
boards of many other nonprofit organizations, including the Maine Audubon Society, the Natural Resources
Council of Maine, and the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. He is the author of eleven
published books and holds an honorary doctorate of letters from the University of New England. All of
us at the Laboratory extend our congratulations to Neil and his family for this well-deserved
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences …exploring the world’s ocean, from microbes to global ecosystems
The Annual Fund
A Race to the Finish…
With the help of a $75,000 challenge gift from a Bigelow board member,
the Laboratory’s Annual Fund drive is in its final lap. Our goal is to raise over
$300,000 by June 30, 2012, and, with more than 240 gifts, we are almost there! But another
$10,000 in donations is needed to be matched before the deadline. The Annual Fund is
the Laboratory’s primary source of unrestricted funds and is vital for our research,
education, and technology transfer programs, especially during this period of growth
and transformation. All donors making new and increased gifts will be invited to be
among the first visitors to the Center for Ocean Biochemistry and Climate Change
(opening in June) and the Bigelow Center for Blue Biotechnology, which opened on our
new campus last December. Please donate now online,
or by mail to:
P.O. Box 380
East Boothbay, ME 04544
Thank you to all the Annual Fund challenge participants who are generously helping to build the
future of ocean science, both here in Maine and worldwide.
Recent Scientific Papers
Balch, W. M, Drapeau, D.T., Bowler, B.C., and Huntington, T.G.
Step-changes in the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of the Gulf of
Maine, as documented by the GNATS time series. Marine Ecology Progress Series Vol.
450:11-35, 2012. Doi: 10.3354/meps09555.
Nuester, J., Vogt, S., Newville, M., Kustka, A.B., and Twining, B.S. The unique
biogeochemical signature of the marine diazotroph Trichodesmium. Frontiers in
Microbiology. Vol. 3, Article 150. April 2012. Doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2012.00150.
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