Drs. Cindy Heil and Nicole Poulton, along with Dr. Carter Newell of Pemaquid Oyster Company, received a SEANET mini grant from the University of Maine to study how seasonal differences in phytoplankton, the primary food source for oysters, impact oyster growth and productivity in the Damariscotta River.
Hundreds of visitors of all ages enjoyed Bigelow Laboratory's annual Open House on July 15, including U.S. Senator Angus King. Demonstrations by Bigelow scientists, plankton tows off the dock, hands-on science experiments, and a lab-wide scavenger hunt were just a few of the day's activities.
Two seed grants have been awarded to Bigelow Laboratory scientists through a new fund that supports commercialization activities and collaborations with industry partners.
Nine teachers from across Maine broadened the reach of their middle- and high-school science curricula during the week of July 18th by participating in Bigelow Laboratory's BLOOM Educators Program.
The Arctic, one of the fastest changing places on the planet, is the focus of a NASA-funded scoping study to be co-hosted by Senior Research Scientist Dr. Paty Matrai on July 28-29 at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.
Bigelow Laboratory will open its doors to the public several times during summer 2016 for tours, Café Scientifique talks, and the annual open house featuring art created by the Laboratory's first official Artist-in-Residence.
This summer Dr. Nichole Price will expand her research on coralline algae, known to help reestablish coral reefs, to include fungal diseases that infect these algae. Dr. Price’s fieldwork in the Central Pacific will examine the intersection of disease dynamics and climate change on these highly sensitive algae.
Bigelow Laboratory’s summer education programs have commenced, with the successful completion of the Keller BLOOM program--this year adding a sixth day of science education--for Maine high school juniors, and the arrival of a record number of 27 college interns from across the country.
Dr. Ramunas Stepanauskas was invited to the White House as part of the announcement of the National Microbiome Initiative. The Initiative, which will support microbial research across disciplines, named Bigelow Laboratory specifically and emphasized the Laboratory's research to improve single-cell genomics technology.
Drs. Pete Countway and Paty Matrai received a National Science Foundation grant of $1,093,785 to study microbial communities in Antarctica. Their research aims to better understand the cycling of DMSP, a compound that, when broken down, can lead to regional cloud formation.
Representatives of the Board of Trustees, Town, education team, and construction management broke ground for the new 32-residence. Construction will begin in earnest on May 9. The new student and visiting scientist residence is set to be ready for occupancy in September 2017.
18 photographs that make invisible marine microbes visible in visually stunning ways – our “Tiny Giants” – will be on display at the Redwood Library in Newport, RI from May 15-June 20. Dr. Graham Shimmield will be presenting there on World Oceans Day on June 8.
Researchers from Bigelow Laboratory and the US Geological Survey found that dissolved organic carbon from rivers emptying into the Gulf of Maine has increased over the last 80 years, a trend they predict will continue through 2100 if annual precipitation continues to increase.
This spring construction will commence on the Maine Algal Research and Innovation Accelerator (MARIA), a 3,000 square foot pilot-scale production greenhouse at Bigelow Laboratory. The greenhouse will facilitate research on new and varied ways that algae can be incorporated into products.
Fourteen participants from around the world converged at the Laboratory this week for an ICES Working Group on Phytoplankton and Microbial Ecology workshop. Dr. Nicole Poulton led the group, which provides review and advice on phytoplankton sampling methods and diversity issues.
Jesica Waller, who conducted research in David Fields’ lab on the American lobster, has been awarded the Edith Patch Award by the University of Maine in recognition of her “effective integration of research and outreach.” The award will presented on Earth Day, April 17, 2016.
Post doc Catherine Mitchell’s latest paper that demonstrates how satellites can be used to reveal the dynamics of suspended mineral particles was featured in the April 1 EOS Research Highlights. Mitchell, who works in the Balch lab, analyzed eight years of NASA data from the Irish Sea.
Crystal Hall was the winner of a full-size image of her choice from Bigelow Laboratory's Tiny Giants: Marine microbes revealed on a grand scale art exhibit. Her name was selected from over 100 donors who gave $250 or more to the Laboratory's Annual Fund.
Carter Shappy, a graduate of Maine College of Art, is our first artist-in-residence, working with Steve Archer on developing an installation for unveiling in June. Shappy is sharing his experiences and creative processes at https://art.bigelow.org. Follow along as he develops his science-inspired creation!
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences and Sailors of the Sea will gather at Phillips Gallery in New York City on March 22 to celebrate the technological and scientific achievement of a gallery of photos that capture microscopic marine microbes that are invisible to the naked eye.
Bigelow Laboratory was recognized for its philanthropic transparency and accountability by the GuideStar Nonprofit Profile with a gold level designation. GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information about nonprofit organizations and a leader in advancing transparency in the nonprofit sector.
For the past month, students at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, MA have pondered invisible marine microbes as part of the school’s science curriculum. Using photos of marine microbes in the visiting Tiny Giants exhibit, students learned “why marine microbes matter,” says art teacher Barbara Putnam.
Greatest output in peer-reviewed publications in Laboratory’s history. Proposal submission success rate of 25 percent. Extension of REU program for five years. Leading statewide algal cluster network. These are but just a few examples of the scientific, education, and enterprise accomplishments reported on in the 2015 annual report.
Nearly half of Bigelow Laboratory scientists are sharing their research findings with international colleagues at the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting in New Orleans. Included are 10 college students who will present research findings working under the mentorship of Bigelow Laboratory scientists.
The public is invited to the Laboratory on February 18 from 6-8 pm to learn about plans for the construction of the new student and visiting scientists residence. Ground will be broken in April for the 32-bed residence made possible by a grant from the Harold Alfond Foundation and a private donor.
Recognizing the importance of making science more relevant and accessible to meet societal needs, Bigelow Laboratory has launched two new Centers for Venture Research, specifically geared to translating basic ocean-related scientific research to inform problem-solving, policy, and public awareness.
Using unique drills for the first time, an international team of scientists collected rock samples from the shallow mantle of the ocean crust that bear signs of life, unique carbon cycling, and ocean crust movement. Dr. Beth Orcutt co-led the expedition with Dr. Gretchen Früh-Green (ETH Zurich, Switzerland).
David Emerson had another paper published in Frontiers in Microbiology that shed additional light on the role of iron oxidizing bacteria. Emerson and colleagues confirmed that iron present in basalt in the abyssal plain of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge serves as an energy source for bacteria.
The Harold Alfond Foundation awarded Bigelow Laboratory $3.1 m for construction of a 32-bed student and visiting scientist residence with four visitor’s apartments on the Laboratory’s East Boothbay Campus. Groundbreaking is set for April 2016, with opening in September 2017.
Dr. Christoph Aeppli will be spending the next three years investigating the long-term fate and effects of petroleum released during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. Aeppli will determine how the oil has weathered over time and how marine organisms may be affected by these changes.
Registration is open for the Algal Culturing Techniques Course hosted by the Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota May 15-20, 2016. It includes a biological sampling cruise, and hands-on laboratory training and lectures by experienced algal research scientists in world-class facilities.
A Tiny Giants-inspired semester at Colby College culminated with student presentations of scientific discoveries and science-inspired marble sculptures December 11th. Colby professors from six disciplines integrated Bigelow Laboratory’s Tiny Giants art exhibit into their curriculums to inspire creativity, thought, and knowledge about marine microbes.
Bigelow Laboratory recently received AAUS certification to ensure that its scientists who dive are fully prepared to dive safely while conducting underwater research. Facility Manager Tim Pinkham was certified as Dive Safety Officer. This certification enables reciprocity with other safe-diving institutions.
A paper published in Science reports that the relative abundance of coccolithophores in the North Atlantic has increased by an order of magnitude since the 1960s as ocean carbon input to the ocean has increased. The results were opposite of what scientists expected. Bigelow Laboratory scientist William Balch co-authored this significant paper.
Dr. José Antonio Fernández Robledo will spend the next year developing molecular tools to better understand dinoflagellates’ function and how they might transform themselves under varying conditions. This work is part of an $8 million initiative of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, involving 100 scientists in 33 institutions.
Senior Research Scientist Dave Emerson contributed to a chapter on the geomicrobiology of iron for Ehrlich’s Geomicrobiology, Sixth Edition. The updated version of this widely read textbook includes the latest advances in geomicrobiology that have accelerated in recent years. Emerson’s contributions involved his work with iron-oxidizing bacteria.
As part of the Tiny Giants-inspired curriculum at Colby College this semester, 20 Colby students in a variety of disciplines visited Bigelow Laboratory on Sunday November 1. The students came to get a first-hand look at some marine microbes and to learn more about ongoing research here.
Iron may play a much larger role in the biogeochemistry of the Arctic tundra than previously thought. Bigelow Laboratory scientists were the first to discover and report on microbial iron oxidation in the tundra and their potential impact on the Arctic’s response to rising temperatures.
A study in Science revealed that rapid warming in the Gulf of Maine may have contributed to collapse of cod fishing in New England and may explain why the fishery has not recovered. Bigelow Laboratory researcher Nick Record contributed temperature data and analysis to this landmark study.
On October 26th, an international team of scientists sailed from Southampton, UK, on board the British Royal Research Vessel James Cook. Beth Orcutt is one of the co-scientists leading the team that will explore the Atlantis Massif, a prominent, nearly 4,000 meter high underwater mountain.
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences won a prestigious international design award, from a field of 40 shortlisted entries from nine countries on three continents. It design was honored with the S-Lab (Sustainability) Award for Laboratory Improvement and Innovation for achieving collaboration, efficiency, and environmental performance.
Bigelow Laboratory scientists Dave Emerson and Jarrod Scott were involved in a study published in Nature that looked at the fecal material of baleen whales. They found that while baleen whales are carnivores, the microbes found in their guts share characteristics with both herbivore cows and meat-eating predators.
NCMA is developing a three-year program to train the next generation of scientists and managers in taxonomy of harmful marine algae, a key step in rebuilding and maintaining expertise critical to managing the impacts of harmful algal blooms in every U.S. coastal region.
Tiny Giants, our photographic art exhibit of marine microbes, will be at Colby College throughout the fall semester. Colby professors in biology, environmental science, the humanities, art, theater and dance will integrate the exhibit and concept of invisible marine microbes into their respective disciplines.
The National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota is now designated as an international depository authority by the World Intellectual Property Organization. It is one of three facilities in US that can securely hold algae and bacteria during patent process of natural-based products.
Sara Rauschenberg, a research associate in Ben Twining’s lab, was onboard the US Coast Guard Cutter Healy when it arrived at the North Pole on September 5, the first U.S. surface ship to do so unaccompanied, and only the fourth time a U.S. surface ship has reached the North Pole.
Dr. Beth Orcutt is lead author on a paper in Frontiers in Microbiology that describes the ability for rock-dwelling microbes to turn carbon dioxide into organic matter. She recently received funding to continue investigation of these microbes at North Pond, a site in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
Incoming postdoctoral researcher Stephanie A. Carr and Dr. Beth Orcutt used single cell genomics to identify an Atribacteria cell from frozen Antarctic sediment. Reported in Frontiers in Microbiology, this demonstrates the potential for single cell techniques to unlock a massive amount of genomic information in existing frozen sediment cores.
Dr. Nichole Price and Emily Donham were part of new research published in Nature Climate Change that provides a stark look into the future of ocean acidification and how it is making it difficult for coral to build skeletons and easier for other plants and animals to erode them.
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences awarded $1,000 scholarships to two Maine undergraduate students intending to major in the biological and earth sciences. The scholarships were awarded to Jasmin Waite of Southport and Payton Billingsley of Rockland. in honor of former Bigelow Laboratory research scientist, Dr. Maureen Keller.
Iron-eating bacteria are found throughout the global ocean, yet little is known about the mechanics of their oxidation process. An incoming postdoctoral researcher working with Bigelow Laboratory scientists Dave Emerson and Beth Orcutt have identified proteins involved in iron-oxidization, published recently in Applied and Environmental Microbiology.
U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced the National Science Foundation’s $298,674 award to Bigelow Laboratory to study interactions between viruses and parasites that cause Dermo disease in oysters, clams, and other bivalves. Joaquín Martínez Martínez and José Antonio Fernández Robledo will conduct the research.
In 2013 Bigelow Laboratory and the University of Mississippi formed a five-year Strategic Inter-Institutional Partnership Agreement for collaborative research and commercialization initiatives. The collaboration is making progress on identifying new compounds with anti-microbial activity and the potential to treat malaria.
Researchers José Antonio Fernández Robledo, Pete D. Countway, and Nick R. Record will be investigating oyster pathogens that impact aquaculture and potentially human health. Over two oyster-growing seasons, they will map the distribution of oyster pathogens and lay the groundwork for a forecasting program.
Senior Research Scientist Nick Record is partnering with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and the Island Institute to gather information from the public on where and when jellyfish appear in Maine waters. Scientists are asking public to share jellyfish sitings via Twitter, email, and Facebook.
Ten Maine teachers are learning first-hand about the latest in ocean sciences at a weeklong training program at the Laboratory beginning Tuesday, July 21. They will take new information learned in Exploring Oceanography and integrate it into their classrooms in the fall.
The Laboratory will open its doors to community visitors from 10 am – 3 pm on Friday, July 31, 2015 for its annual open house. Lots of hands-on activities are planned for guests of all ages. The event is free and all are welcome.
The 2015 Café Scientifique series runs on Tuesdays, July 14-August 25 at 6 pm at the Boothbay Harbor Opera House. Laboratory public tours are on Friday, July 17 and August 14 at 3 pm, with an Open House on Friday, July 31, 10 am to 3 pm. Mark your calendar!
Beginning this fall, a new BLOOM (Bigelow Laboratory Orders of Magnitude) program will be offered to students at North Yarmouth Academy. Students will come to the Laboratory for five days to conduct oceanographic field work, research, and a presentation of their results.
Drs. Nichole Price, Steve Archer, Barney Balch and Meredith White and researcher Jes Waller, collectively, had five articles published in a special edition of Oceanography on ocean and coastal acidification. Their research characterized ocean acidification in various parts of North American waters, helping facilitate informed resource management.
Bigelow Laboratory Executive Director Graham Shimmield and the Nature Conservancy Maine's Executive Director Michael Tetreault will discuss the intertwined roles of science and advocacy in finding solutions to pressing issues in the Gulf of Maine, Tuesday June 23 at the Frontier Cafe.
Bigelow Laboratory scientists will be again participating in Ocean Sampling Day on June 21, one of 160 sampling stations around the world to identify naturally occurring microbes in the global ocean. Citizen scientists can participate using a downloadable app and sampling at a convenient saltwater location.
A group of 90 visitors are at Bigelow Laboratory this week for the Third Annual Microbial Single Cell Genomics Workshop, June 14-18. Scientists from around the globe have come to East Boothbay to share research, methods, and ideas about this rapidly evolving field.
Senior Research Scientist Dr. Nick Record @SeascapeScience will be live tweeting during the Consortium of Ocean Leadership’s World Oceans Day Live Twitter Ocean event. Join in the conversation and ask a question about the ocean on Twitter #MyOceanQ, June 8m 1-5 pm EST.
A strategic plan providing a roadmap for how Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences will advance and grow its research, education, and enterprise activities through 2020 is available for review. The Board of Trustees and Senior Research Scientists unanimously endorsed it.
A special screening of the award-winning documentary North Pond: Search for Intraterrestrials featuring Senior Research Scientist Dr. Beth Orcutt will be shown on Thursday June 11 at 7 pm at the Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta. The event is free and open to the public.
The Maine Technology Institute is providing $50,000 to form a Maine algal cluster to help those involved in the macroalgae (e.g., sea vegetables) and microalgae (e.g., seed stock) industry take advantage of a growing market. Bigelow Laboratory is organizing the cluster effort.
Three new members have joined the Laboratory’s Board of Trustees—former president and CEO of the Consortium of Ocean Leadership Robert Gagosian, founder and chair of Women Working for Oceans Barbara Burgess, and chair emeritus of the New England Aquarium, R. William Burgess, Jr.
Sixteen Maine high school juniors will spend May 17-21 at Bigelow Laboratory learning about ocean science research. Working side-by-side with scientists, they will go on a research cruise, conduct experiments, and analyze results as part of the 26th annual Keller BLOOM Program.
The National Science Foundation awarded $123,380 to Bigelow Laboratory to support ten students in its “Undergraduate Research Experience in the Gulf of Maine and the World Ocean” this year. Directed by Dr. David M. Fields, the grant was renewed for five years, supporting ten students each year.
Ever wonder if we should fertilize the ocean? Drs. Ben Twining and Dan Ohnemus will be presenters during a four-part webinar series that will answer this question and more about biogeochemical processes, the carbon cycle, and climate. The series begins April 30.
Aquaculture business owners, processors, and marketers will join Bigelow Laboratory scientists on May 26th to explore ways to increase the resilience and international competitiveness of the shellfish, finfish, and algal aquaculture industries. The goal is to combine research and industry resources to maximize commercial development in sustainable ways.
Check out the many public events this summer at Bigelow Laboratory. From conversations with scientists at Café Sci events each Tuesday beginning July 7, 2015, to public tours, to an open house featuring "Tiny Giants," don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn more about why microbes matter.
Nine members of the Maine State Legislature visited Bigelow Laboratory for a tour of the facility on March 25. Representative Stephanie Hawke and Senator Chris Johnson co-hosted the event with Executive Director Graham Schimmield, who also led the tour.
Applications are being accepted for the Third Annual Microbial Single Cell Genomics Workshop. Colleagues from around the globe will be coming to Bigelow Laboratory to share research, methods, and ideas about this rapidly evolving field. Application deadline is March 29.
Bacteria that live on iron were found for the first time at three well-known vent sites along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Results were reported in PLoS One this week. Dr. Jarrod Scott was lead author, joined by Dr. David Emerson here and Woods Hole and University of Delaware colleagues.
Executive Director Graham Shimmield was unable to accept the Society for Technology's President's Award for his contributions to oceanography in person because he was 3,000 meters below the ocean's surface in the submersible Alvin. Shimmield was recognized for for advancing underwater technology and understanding of the ocean environment.
Drs. Beth Orcutt and Jarrod Scott will be presenting at Portland Public Library next week. Orcutt will be discussing a documentary film in which she is featured, March 18. Scott will be presenting on marine microbial biomes on March 19.
The invisible world of marine microbes will be revealed through a photographic art exhibit be at Lewis Gallery at Portland Public Library March 6-31. The free exhibit is an unprecedented opportunity to see the intricate beauty of these invisible, vital creatures.
Seven Research Experience for Undergraduates students and eight Bigelow Laboratory scientists will present their research findings at the 2015 ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting in Granada Spain from February 22-27. The international meeting brings together thousands of experts to address discuss global and regional aquatic issues.
2014 was a huge year at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. It marked 40 years of history with continued scientific advances, increased understanding, new equipment and collaborations. The 2014 Annual Report summarizes all.
Senior Research Scientist Dr. Beth N. Orcutt and the late Dr. Katrina J. Edwards from the University of Southern California co-authored a chapter in a book on subseafloor environments.The team reviewed what has been learned in the last decade about life in the ocean crust.
Bigelow Laboratory ‘s Dr. Beth N. Orcutt joined forces with Dr. Ivona Cetinić of the University of Maine's Darling Marine Center to articulate the continuing challenges facing women in oceanography in a ten-year review of female’s progress in oceanography. Drs. Paty Matrai and LeAnn Whitney contributed personal stories to the special issue of Oceanography.
Tiny Giants: Marine Microbes Revealed on a Grand Scale debuted January 15 to a sold-out audience at District Hall in Boston, MA. Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, the New England Aquarium, and Women Working for Oceans co-hosted the event.
Thirty-three aquaculturists from Canada and the Northeast U.S. are visiting Bigelow Laboratory as part of the Northeast Aquaculture Conference & Exposition, a three-day event bringing together those involved in Gulf of Maine aquaculture to find ways to move the industry forward.
Three new "Founders," those who give a substantial contribution to Bigelow Laboratory, were recently announced, bringing the total number of Founders to 15. These new gifts support research that is advancing what is known about the global ocean and its tiniest inhabitants.
Bigelow Laboratory has partnered with New England Aquarium and Women Working for the Ocean to bring the wonder, beauty, and intricacies of marine microbes into view. A photographic art exhibit, “Tiny Giants” will occur at District Hall in Boston January 15.
On December 4, Graham Shimmield and Beth Orcutt were two of three passengers to spend eight hours aboard the Alvin. Read Shimmield’s report on what it was like to be at 3,000 meters or a little under two miles below the surface.
SCGC has made significant progress scaling up and reducing the cost of single cell genomic sequencing services. Scaling up was achieved with new instrumentation made possible by the National Science Foundation and Illumina. New techniques created an eightfold reduction in costs, expedited turnaround times.
Graham Shimmield and Beth Orcutt had a scientific adventure aboard the human submersible Alvin on December 4. Al Jazeera America reported on their journey. Follow along at @DeepMicrobe and @phil_torres.
Herbert Paris, former president and CEO of Mid Coast Health Services, is the new chair of the Board of Trustees of Bigelow Laboratory. Paris takes over for David Coit, who served as Chair for the past six years and who has graciously agreed to remain on the Board.
Researchers have developed a new framework for assessing the role of microbial diversity in the global cycles of nutrients. In a PNAS paper, Dr. Mike Lomas and colleagues used new analytical methods that provide the first comprehensive in situ quantification of nutrient uptake of phytoplankton, with implications for global oxygen production and ultimately climate change.
Dr. Cindy Heil co-edited a special edition of Harmful Algae, which summarized five years of research about Florida red tides, revealing their complexity and offering suggestions to address red tide in the coastal waters of southwest Florida. The edition included 14 research papers from seven institutions.
During the first week of November, Dr. Ramunas Stepanauskas received two awards for his scientific accomplishments: the Lithuanian Ministry of Science and Education award for achievements in science, and MaineBiz’s designation as a “Nexter,” one of the ten people shaping the future of Maine's economy.
Executive Director Graham Shimmield will be the featured speaker at Science on the Screen at the Coolidge Theater in Brookline, MA on November 3. Shimmield will engage movie goers in the real science behind what is portrayed in the movie The Abyss.
53 international researchers simulated a deep-water upwelling – an event that can boost productivity in nutrient-starving waters – in the KOSMOS mesocosms off Gran Canary.The team collected 80,000 litres of deep-water to simulate the upwelling. Steve Archer’s Lab is participating.
Yesmalie Alemán Resto, a 2013 Research Experience for Undergraduates student, had her research findings conducted under the mentorship of Dr. José Antonio Fernández Robledo published in PLOS ONE. Alemán Resto expanded the compounds that inhibit the proliferation of an oyster parasite.
Genomic analysis of Zetaproteobacteria has increased understanding of how a bacterium can eat iron. These bacteria are part of a novel lineage that live at hydrothermal vents and play an important role in controlling iron dynamics in the ocean. Bigelow Laboratory scientists’ findings were reported in ISME Journal.
MaineBiz named Single Cell Genomics Center Director Ramunas Stepanauskas as one of ten people shaping the future of Maine's economy. Stepanauskas’ work in identifying secrets of microbial life in the deep ocean and his global collaborations were reasons for his selection.
In 2011, Drs. Nancy Moran and Philipp Engel of Yale University joined forces with Dr. Ramunas Stepanauskas and the Bigelow Laboratory Single Cell Genomics Center to uncover hidden diversity in honey bee gut bacteria. Reported in PLOS Genetics, their findings advance what is known about how threatened honey bees function.
Every summer for the past 25 years, the Keller-BLOOM (Bigelow Laboratory Orders Of Magnitude) program has brought together 16 Maine High School juniors to engage in ocean science at the world-renowned laboratory. Watch a new video about the program.
Three Bigelow Laboratory scientists are in Gran Canaria for a re-run of an international ocean acidification experiment that was thwarted by a severe storm earlier this year. Led by Steve Archer, they will test how marine plankton respond to increasing acidity.
The National Science Foundation awarded $7.4 million for research on species’ evolutionary history. Dr. Ramunas Stepanauskas is one of the principal researchers on this project that will provide a new window into the evolution of tens of thousands of species.
Led by Senior Research Scientist Mike Lomas, a team of Bigelow Laboratory scientists is aboard the R/V New Horizon, where they will spend the next three weeks working round the clock to learn how phytoplankton affect major nutrient cycles in the ocean.
Purdue graduate student Wes Halfacre will be deploying the 11th and 12th in the series of the Bigelow Laboratory-led “O-Buoys,” which measure atmospheric carbon dioxide, bromine oxide, ozone, and meteorological parameters in the Arctic pack ice.
The National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (NCMA) is on the road this fall. NCMA staff will present at the Algae Biomass Summit, the U.S. Culture Collection Network, and are working on a new contract to help develop an algal-based nutritional supplement.
Senior Research Scientist Ramunas Stepanauskas will be presenting how single cell genomics is transforming the field of environmental microbiology at the Boston Illumina User Group Meeting on September 11.
Research Experience for Undergraduates student Daniel Seidman used his award-winning claymation skills to answer the question of "Why Microbes Matter?" Don’t miss this entertaining and informative video that explains how marine microbes help keep the planet balanced and healthy.
Dr. Barney Balch led a team of four authors from Bigelow Laboratory and two from the National Oceanography Centre, who reported on their observations of the densest coccolithophore population in the Southern Ocean. Their findings were published in Limnology and Oceanography.
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences experts will share their knowledge of how to best culture and grow macroalgae (seaweeds) at the Maine Seaweed Festival on the Southern Maine Community College’s campus during a daylong event on Saturday, August 30.
Nineteen undergraduate students funded by the National Science Foundation and one Colby College intern summarized what they learned over the last 10 weeks working side by side with Bigelow Laboratory research scientists at a public presentation on August 14 at the Laboratory.
Dr. David Emerson studies Zetaproteobacteria, life forms that use iron as an energy source. His work on iron-rich microbial mats at Loihi Seamount off the coast of Hawaii was featured by the National Science Foundation in its Discovery series.
The Japanese Coral Reef Society recognized the innovative work of newly appointed Senior Research Scientist Dr. Nichole Price at the Asia-Pacific Coral Reef Symposium in Kenting, Taiwan. Price was designated as one of the world’s “Young Researchers” to watch.
Dr. Ramunas Stapanauskas’ single cell genomic analyses contributed to insights into the metabolism, lifestyle, and evolutionary history of the archaeal phylum ‘Diapherotrites,’ recovered from an underground water seep in an abandoned gold mine, as reported in ISME Journal.
Dr. Beth Orcutt is getting another chance to see life at the bottom of the ocean aboard the human submersible Alvin as part of a scientific team investigating the Juan de Fuca Ridge in the Pacific.
Bigelow Laboratory welcomed more than 500 guests on August 1 during its annual open house. Visitors had the opportunity to discover what a copepod looks like, how DNA is extracted, and how the ocean is changing through a variety of activities.
Nine high school teachers and one junior high school teacher from across Maine spent a week at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in July learning about ocean sciences so they could integrate what was learned into their classrooms this fall.
Get an insider’s view of life aboard the RV Melville as Senior Research Scientist Ben Twining, post-docs Jeremy Jacquot and Dan Ohnemus, and Colby College student Jade Enright investigate how diatoms use iron in waters off the Californian coast.
The Laboratory’s annual open house is set for Friday August 1, 2014 from 10 am – 3 pm for tours, hands-on activities, and the opportunity to ask ocean science experts questions. The event is free and open to the public.
Teiga Martin of Bremen and Jessie Moore of Orland received $1,000 scholarships in honor of former Bigelow Laboratory research scientist, Dr. Maureen Keller. The annual award is made to outstanding Maine undergraduates majoring in biology or earth sciences.
Research Scientist Dr. Nicole Poulton and University of Maine colleagues are aboard the RV Endeavor for three weeks on a NASA project to advance space-based capabilities for monitoring microscopic plants that form the base of the marine food web.
Senior Research Scientist Ben Twining, post-docs Jeremy Jacquot and Dan Ohnemus, and Colby College senior Jade Enright are aboard the RV Melville off the California coast until July 27 studying the role of iron uptake and storage by diatoms. Follow along on their expedition.
Postdoctoral researcher Meredith White has a story to tell and she will be sharing it in front of a live studio audience on Thursday July 17 at the Frontier Cafe in Brunswick at 7:30 pm. White was selected to participate in The Story Collider, a science storytelling event.
Senior Research Scientists José Fernández Robledo and Nicholas Record dug into 70 years of peer-reviewed publications about protozoan parasites that infest bivalve mollusks and found that when organisms can be cultured in the lab, a 3-10 fold increase in papers and greater understanding result.
The New England Estuarine Research Society (NEERS) recognized the contributions of Bigelow Senior Research Scientist Emeritus Dr. Peter F. Larsen for his exemplary service to estuarine science and to their organization with an honorary NEERS membership.
Senator Angus King, Senators Susan Collins, NASA program manager Dr. Paula Bontempi, Boothbay Town Manager Jim Chaousis, and Mary Bryant Bigelow are among invited dignitaries offering congratulations to Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences as it turns 40 on June 27, 2014.
Leaders of marine laboratories in the northeast and Great Lakes are meeting here to plan a way forward to cope with federal budget reductions, address implications of ocean acidification, and deliberate about how to best guide policy that affects their regions.
Senior Research Scientists William Balch and Michael Lomas lay the groundwork for establishment of an international Marine Biodiversity Observation Network that would provide regular monitoring of ecosystem function over large spatial scales at the microbial level in the June 2014 issue of Oceanography.
At high tide on Saturday June 21, Dr. Nicole Poulton will lead two sampling teams here that will join 160 other sampling stations around the world to identify microbes in the global ocean as part of Ocean Sampling Day.
Bigelow Laboratory is hosting 20 student interns this summer for ten weeks. Seventeen students are part of the REU program at the Laboratory and three Colby College students are completing internships in Science Communications, Information Technology, and Ecological Modeling.
Senior Research Scientist Christoph Aeppli and colleagues from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have developed a unique way to fingerprint oil, and successfully identified oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill years later, even after most of it had degraded.
Participants from Norway, Canada, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Brazil, South Africa and the U.S. have come to Maine for the National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota’s weeklong, laboratory intensive course in algal culturing techniques.
Postdoctoral researcher Meredith White has been named to the study commission recently established by the Maine legislature to investigate the impacts of ocean acidification on Maine’s commercial fisheries. Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick C. Keliher appointed White.
Many opportunities exist for the public to visit Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences this summer. Café Scientifique presentations run every Tuesday evening. Beginning July 11, 2014, public tours run alternating Friday afternoons. An open house is set for August 1.
On Friday May 30, Bigelow Laboratory was awarded the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce 2014 Green Award. The award was given for championing steps toward “creating a sustainable/resilient local community” through implementing positive energy solutions.
Fifty of the nation’s top ocean scientists are here this week to scope out a forward-looking research agenda that will integrate genetics, biology, and geochemistry to improve understanding of marine plankton responses to changing environmental conditions in the global ocean.
The Single Cell Genomic Center had its inaugural Advisory Board meeting on Tuesday May 20th. Director Ramunas Stepanaukas welcomed Tanja Woyke, DOE Joint Genome Institute, Gerrit van den Engh, Becton and Dickinson BioSciences, Rita Rossi Colwell, University of Maryland, Craig Muir, Third Rock Ventures, and Kostas Konstantinidis, Georgia Institute of Technology.
Sixteen high school students from across Maine will begin a weeklong residential program at Bigelow Laboratory on Sunday, May 18. This cohort marks the 25th annual Keller BLOOM (Bigelow Laboratory Orders Of Magnitude) Program .
Former president of Radcliffe College Linda Wilson became the newest member of Bigelow Laboratory's Board of Trustees on Friday May 9. Wilson had formerly served on the Advisory Board and Education Committee and brings a wealth of relevant experience to the Board.
Bigelow Laboratory’s design was recognized for the seventh time on Monday May 12th. WBRC Architects Engineers, in association with Perkin+Wills, received a merit award from the American Institute of Architects Maine for its design of the new Laboratory building.
President Barack Obama appointed Richard Spinrad, who began his career as a principal investigator at Bigelow Laboratory during the 1980s, chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on May 9. Spinrad will leave his post as vice-president of research at Oregon State University to return to NOAA where he previously served.
“This study may be setting a record for progress made in microbiology by analyzing just three drops of seawater,” says Senior Research Scientist Ramunas Stepanauskas and co-author of a paper published with MIT colleagues in Science that reported remarkable microbial genetic diversity.
Bigelow scientists Mike Lomas and Nicole Poulton teamed with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution colleagues Patrick Martin, Sonya Dyhrman, and Benjamin A.S. Van Mooy to advance what is known about how phytoplankton respond to potentially growth-limiting concentrations of phosphorus.
In a study published in ISME Journal, Joaquín Martínez Martínez, Willie Wilson, and Brandon Swan report on an innovative technique that can be used to target specific marine virus groups within as little as one milliliter of seawater.
Senior Research Scientist Mike Lomas and Director of NCMA was a guest lecturer at the Nippon Foundation-POGO Centre of Excellence on the German island of Helgoland in April. The program provides world-class education and training in observational oceanography to emerging and developing countries.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has certified the Bigelow Analytical Services (BAS) facility as the first in the nation to offer a new protocol to test for paralytic shellfish toxins in the state’s shellfish population. Other coastal states are expected to follow Maine’s lead in implementing this new protocol.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is taking a clear, concise position that climate change is happening here and now, with high risk of potentially irreversible changes with highly damaging impacts. AAAS also is offering guidance on what can and should be done about it.
The Consortium for Ocean Leadership has designated Senior Research Scientist Beth Orcutt as one of its Distinguished Lecturers. The Distinguished Lecturer Series is designed to bring the exciting scientific results and discoveries of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program to academic research institutions, museums, and aquaria.
Thor Sigfusson, PhD, president of the Iceland Ocean Cluster visited Bigelow Laboratory and shared his experiences about the challenges and opportunities of creating a cluster of marine-related businesses.
From March 6-13,scientists aboard the RV Pelican will be assessing the long-term impacts of oil and gas released in the Gulf of Mexico and learning more about how microbes may play a role in their natural degradation. Senior Research Scientist Beth Orcutt is leading the scientific investigation.
Bigelow Laboratory’s design by Perkins+Will captured an honorable mention in R&D Magazine’s 48th Laboratory of the Year Awards. This annual international competition recognizes excellence in laboratory design, planning and construction from the best new and renovated laboratories.
52 presentations. 16 researchers. 8 students. Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences will be a presence at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting that brings together the world’s ocean experts for scientific exchange across many and diverse marine disciplines.
Senior Research Scientist Steve Archer and Postdoctoral Researcher Kerstin Suffrian are spending 10 weeks in the Canary Islands on a National Science Foundation project to measure ocean acidification. They are determining how trace gas concentrations might change with increasing acidity.
Undergraduates looking for research experience are encouraged to sign up for Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences’ hands-on summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program “Gulf of Maine and the World Ocean.” The 2014 program dates will be June 9th - August 15th, and it will be held at the Laboratory's East Boothbay campus.
Darlene Trew Crist, a science communications professional with more than twenty years of experience in marine-related communications, has been named director of communications for the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay. She will begin her duties on February 10, 2014.
Attention all Maine high school and middle school science teachers! Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences hosts an annual Professional Development Workshop to enhance ocean science education in the state. Participants spend a day in the field on a research cruise, attend seminars by Bigelow scientists, and engage in hands-on laboratory learning activities. The 2014 "Exploring Oceanography" course will take place from July 8th to July 11th - for more information and to register for this FREE opportunity, check out our website!