Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Ocean Life, Planet Health

eNEWS October 2012

Major New Funding for Ocean Acidification Research
 
October 31, 2012

$1 million in new support for research on ocean acidification
National Science Foundation Grant Focuses on Predators, Prey, and Global Ocean Processes
C. finmarchicus after a hearty meal of E. huxleyi (orange cells in the middle of the body). Photo by David Fields.

Bigelow Senior Scientists Drs. Barney Balch and David Fields have received a three-year, $999,956 grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate the effects of ocean acidification on an abundant, microscopic zooplankton species, the copepod Calanus finmarchicus; the calcifying phytoplankton Emiliania huxleyi that C. finmarchicus grazes upon; and the related effects that decreasing pH in the water column - a result of rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide — are having on carbon cycling in the world's ocean. The scientists will use state-of-the-art growth chambers in the Laboratory's new Center for Ocean Health to examine both the direct and interactive effects of ocean acidification on phytoplankton prey and zooplankton predators - a critical starting point for predicting the overall impact of ocean acidification in marine ecosystems.




The most fundamental level of biology
An Overview of Microbial Single Cell Genomics
The Single Cell Genomics Center at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences . ©2011 Christopher Barnes.

Dr. Ramunas Stepanauskas, director of the Laboratory's Single Cell Genomics Center, is the author of "Single cell genomics: an individual look at microbes," an overview of the rapidly growing field of microbial single cell genomics now available in Current Opinion in Microbiology. The article provides a basic introduction to this powerful technology, including recent breakthroughs it has enabled and its contributions to the study of microbial evolution.




A fitting tribute
Charles S. Yentsch Scholarship Established to Assist Young Oceanographers
The Yentsch family has established a new scholarship fund in memory of Laboratory co-founder Dr. Charles S. Yentsch, as a tribute to his role in mentoring many generations of students over his long career. The fund will assist young scientists in pursuing careers in oceanography and the marine-related fields. Please consider making an online donation in Charlie's honor today, and help ensure that his visionary work lives on, not only through his legacy at Bigelow Laboratory, but among future ocean scientists everywhere.

Image courtesy of NCMA.




BIOT 2012
Bigelow Scientist Addresses Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Symposium
Senior Research Scientist Dr. David McClellan was a featured speaker at the 2012 Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Symposium held at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah on October 25 and 26. McClellan's paper, "Directional Darwinian Selection in Proteins," was part of a program that brought leading computer scientists, engineers, and researchers from biotechnology, bioinformatics, and the medical research community together "to showcase state-of-the-art research and development activities in areas including genome sequencing and annotation, functional and computational genomics, transcriptomics, and to promote future interdisciplinary activity and research in these areas."




From Mainebiz Magazine:
"New Bigelow Lab opens more ocean science possibilities"
The October 1, 2012 issue of Mainebiz features a full-length article about the Laboratory's research, its positive impact the on Maine's economy, and its future at the forefront of ocean science. The story, available online, includes a summary of funding sources for the new campus, descriptions of the individual science wings, and growth projections for the next several years





Announcements

Center for Ocean Health on New Campus Nears Completion

Photo by Ed Siedel.

This recent aerial photograph of the Laboratory's new campus shows all three science wings of the new campus in East Boothbay. The Center for Ocean Health (the wing furthest to the left) will be ready for occupancy in mid-November.



Best Places to Work Ranking: More Good News

We were very proud to learn that the Laboratory ranked ninth out of 31 organizations in the small to middle category (15 to 249 employees) in the 2012 Best Places to Work in Maine Program. The Laboratory was notified in September that it was among the 42 companies that were selected as Best Places to Work by the program; the actual ranking was announced at an awards ceremony on October 11 in Lewiston, Maine. The Laboratory — the sole entry from Lincoln County — was the only nonprofit, science-focused institution in the top ten. The Boothbay Register covered the story in its October 18 edition.



Changing Seas, Human Challenges Scheduled for Broadcast on Speaking in Maine

On Friday, November 16 at 1 p.m., MPBN radio is scheduled to broadcast last spring’s special Café Scientifique program, recorded at the Strand Theater in Rockland, Maine. Tune in to hear this lively and wide-ranging discussion between “a scientist and a journalist” (Laboratory Executive Director Graham Shimmield and author and journalist Colin Woodard) about the vital connections between the ocean and our lives.



Bigelow Single Cell Genomics Center highlighted in Nature News

Synedra hyperborea (CCMP1423).Courtesy of NCMA.

The Laboratory's Single Cell Genomics Center is part of a news feature called "Genomics—the single life," in the current issue of the journal Nature. The article discusses how DNA sequencing from individual cells is changing researchers' understanding of cellular processes and the role of genetic diversity.



Become a Part of the Future

Photo by Greg Bernard.

Building our new state-of-the-art campus requires swift growth in annual funding, and we need your support to forge ahead. Please join our crucial work by making an online tax-deductible gift today. Our donors provide essential support for key research, education, and outreach initiatives, and help us develop new partnerships for a sustainable future. Please Donate Now. Thank you for helping to create one of the most modern ocean research facilities in the country, right here on the coast of Maine!



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