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Heil, Poulton receive grant to study oyster diet on the Damariscotta River

Heil, Poulton receive grant to study oyster diet on the Damariscotta River

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.

Jul 26, 2016 | Read More »
Laboratory welcomes Senator King, public at Open House

Laboratory welcomes Senator King, public at Open House

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.

Jul 26, 2016 | Read More »
Spencer Entrepreneurial Fund grants awarded

Spencer Entrepreneurial Fund grants awarded

Two seed grants have been awarded to Bigelow Laboratory scientists through a new fund that supports commercialization activities and collaborations with industry partners.

Jul 26, 2016 | Read More »
Laboratory hosts seventh annual BLOOM Educators Program

Laboratory hosts seventh annual BLOOM Educators Program

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.

Jul 26, 2016 | Read More »
Matrai to co-host Arctic-COLORS conference

Matrai to co-host Arctic-COLORS conference

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.

Jul 26, 2016 | Read More »
Summer 2016 public events kick off July 1

Summer 2016 public events kick off July 1

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.

Jun 23, 2016 | Read More »
Price to study fungal disease in reef-building algae

Price to study fungal disease in reef-building algae

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.

Jun 23, 2016 | Read More »
Record-breaking summer of student mentoring underway

Record-breaking summer of student mentoring underway

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.

Jun 23, 2016 | Read More »
Stepanauskas visits White House

Stepanauskas visits White House

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.

Jun 23, 2016 | Read More »
Countway and Matrai to conduct microbial research in Antarctica

Countway and Matrai to conduct microbial research in Antarctica

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.

Jun 23, 2016 | Read More »
New residence construction begins

New residence construction begins

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.

May 9, 2016 | Read More »
Tiny Giants take Newport RI

Tiny Giants take Newport RI

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.

May 4, 2016 | Read More »
Color and phytoplankton changes in the Gulf of Maine

Color and phytoplankton changes in the Gulf of Maine

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.

Apr 21, 2016 | Read More »
Research and innovation accelerator to be constructed

Research and innovation accelerator to be constructed

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.

Apr 19, 2016 | Read More »
Plankton workshop draws international attendees

Plankton workshop draws international attendees

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.

Apr 7, 2016 | Read More »
Waller recognized for integration of research and outreach

Waller recognized for integration of research and outreach

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.

Mar 31, 2016 | Read More »
Mitchell's paper featured in EOS

Mitchell's paper featured in EOS

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.

Mar 30, 2016 | Read More »
Crystal Hall wins Tiny Giant

Crystal Hall wins Tiny Giant

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.

Mar 24, 2016 | Read More »
Art in the works

Art in the works

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!

Mar 21, 2016 | Read More »
Tiny Giants at Phillips in NYC

Tiny Giants at Phillips in NYC

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.

Mar 16, 2016 | Read More »
Lab receives gold fundraising rating

Lab receives gold fundraising rating

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.

Mar 15, 2016 | Read More »
Tiny Giants inspire St. Mark's School students

Tiny Giants inspire St. Mark's School students

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.

Mar 7, 2016 | Read More »
2015 report documents a year of accomplishments

2015 report documents a year of accomplishments

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.

Mar 4, 2016 | Read More »
26 attendees at Ocean Sciences meeting

26 attendees at Ocean Sciences meeting

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.

Feb 19, 2016 | Read More »
Public meeting on new residence February 18

Public meeting on new residence February 18

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.

Feb 16, 2016 | Read More »
New Centers for Venture Research launched

New Centers for Venture Research launched

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.

Feb 10, 2016 | Read More »
Orcutt's expedition finds signs of life in Earth's mantle

Orcutt's expedition finds signs of life in Earth's mantle

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).

Feb 1, 2016 | Read More »
Shedding more light on iron-oxidizing bacteria

Shedding more light on iron-oxidizing bacteria

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.

Jan 22, 2016 | Read More »
Harold Alfond Foundation funds new residence

Harold Alfond Foundation funds new residence

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.

Jan 5, 2016 | Read More »
Aeppli awarded grant to continue Deepwater Horizon work

Aeppli awarded grant to continue Deepwater Horizon work

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.

Dec 29, 2015 | Read More »
Algal Culturing Course Registration Open

Algal Culturing Course Registration Open

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.

Dec 17, 2015 | Read More »
Tiny Giants inspired discovery and art

Tiny Giants inspired discovery and art

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.

Dec 16, 2015 | Read More »
Laboratory designated safe diving institution

Laboratory designated safe diving institution

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.

Dec 8, 2015 | Read More »
Increased CO2 enhances plankton growth

Increased CO2 enhances plankton growth

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.

Nov 27, 2015 | Read More »
Fernández Robledo funded for Moore international initiative

Fernández Robledo funded for Moore international initiative

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.

Nov 12, 2015 | Read More »
Emerson contributes to classic Geomicrobiology text

Emerson contributes to classic Geomicrobiology text

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.

Nov 6, 2015 | Read More »
Colby students visit as part of Tiny Giants curriculum

Colby students visit as part of Tiny Giants curriculum

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.

Nov 6, 2015 | Read More »
Iron-eating bacteria play important role in Arctic tundra

Iron-eating bacteria play important role in Arctic tundra

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.

Nov 2, 2015 | Read More »
Cod's decline linked to warming Gulf of Maine

Cod's decline linked to warming Gulf of Maine

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.

Nov 2, 2015 | Read More »
International Atlantis Massif Expedition Underway

International Atlantis Massif Expedition Underway

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.

Oct 27, 2015 | Read More »
Lab's design is internationally recognized

Lab's design is internationally recognized

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.

Sep 30, 2015 | Read More »
Whale poop sheds light on whale microbiome

Whale poop sheds light on whale microbiome

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.

Sep 22, 2015 | Read More »
NCMA launches national harmful algal bloom training

NCMA launches national harmful algal bloom training

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.

Sep 17, 2015 | Read More »
Tiny Giants part of Colby College fall curriculum

Tiny Giants part of Colby College fall curriculum

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.

Sep 16, 2015 | Read More »
NCMA designation opens door to patents

NCMA designation opens door to patents

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.

Sep 11, 2015 | Read More »
Rauschenberg aboard historic North Pole crossing

Rauschenberg aboard historic North Pole crossing

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.

Sep 10, 2015 | Read More »
Past, present and future of studying life on the rocks

Past, present and future of studying life on the rocks

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.

Sep 8, 2015 | Read More »
Single cell genomics identifies frozen bacteria

Single cell genomics identifies frozen bacteria

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.

Aug 21, 2015 | Read More »
Ocean acidification making life difficult for corals

Ocean acidification making life difficult for corals

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.

Aug 20, 2015 | Read More »
Supporting future scientists

Supporting future scientists

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.

Aug 18, 2015 | Read More »
New insights into how marine bacteria oxidize iron

New insights into how marine bacteria oxidize iron

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.

Aug 13, 2015 | Read More »
Research to commence on how viruses affect shellfish dermo disease

Research to commence on how viruses affect shellfish dermo disease

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.

Aug 7, 2015 | Read More »
Making progress on new compounds with Ole Miss

Making progress on new compounds with Ole Miss

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.

Aug 6, 2015 | Read More »
Oyster pathogen study to launch

Oyster pathogen study to launch

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.

Aug 4, 2015 | Read More »
Public asked to share jellies data

Public asked to share jellies data

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.

Jul 27, 2015 | Read More »
Preparing teachers to teach ocean science

Preparing teachers to teach ocean science

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.

Jul 22, 2015 | Read More »
2015 Open House set for July 31

2015 Open House set for July 31

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.

Jul 21, 2015 | Read More »
Busy summer of public events 2015

Busy summer of public events 2015

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!

Jul 1, 2015 | Read More »
North Yarmouth Academy is new education partner

North Yarmouth Academy is new education partner

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.

Jun 29, 2015 | Read More »
Expanding ocean acidification understanding

Expanding ocean acidification understanding

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.

Jun 19, 2015 | Read More »
Gulf of Maine in Focus

Gulf of Maine in Focus

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.

Jun 19, 2015 | Read More »
Ocean Sampling Day, June 21

Ocean Sampling Day, June 21

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.

Jun 19, 2015 | Read More »
International group attending SCGC workshop

International group attending SCGC workshop

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.

Jun 12, 2015 | Read More »
World Oceans Day Live Twitter Event

World Oceans Day Live Twitter Event

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.

Jun 5, 2015 | Read More »
2015-2020 Strategic Plan released

2015-2020 Strategic Plan released

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.

Jun 5, 2015 | Read More »
Screening of deep-sea exploration documentary June 11

Screening of deep-sea exploration documentary June 11

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.

Jun 2, 2015 | Read More »
MTI provides funds to advance algae industry

MTI provides funds to advance algae industry

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.

May 28, 2015 | Read More »
Three new trustees named

Three new trustees named

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.

May 14, 2015 | Read More »
16 Maine high schoolers headed to Lab

16 Maine high schoolers headed to Lab

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.

May 13, 2015 | Read More »
REU receives five-year renewal

REU receives five-year renewal

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.

Apr 27, 2015 | Read More »
4-part GeoTraces webinar begins April 30

4-part GeoTraces webinar begins April 30

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.

Apr 23, 2015 | Read More »
Research solutions for aquaculture

Research solutions for aquaculture

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.

Apr 15, 2015 | Read More »
Public events galore in Summer 2015

Public events galore in Summer 2015

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.

Apr 15, 2015 | Read More »
State legislators visit laboratory

State legislators visit laboratory

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.

Apr 8, 2015 | Read More »
SIngle Cell Genomics Workshop in June

SIngle Cell Genomics Workshop in June

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.

Mar 23, 2015 | Read More »
Iron-oxidizing bacteria found on Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Iron-oxidizing bacteria found on Mid-Atlantic Ridge

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.

Mar 12, 2015 | Read More »
Shimmield recognized for contributions to oceanography

Shimmield recognized for contributions to oceanography

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.

Mar 11, 2015 | Read More »
Deep-sea exploration at Portland Public Library

Deep-sea exploration at Portland Public Library

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.

Mar 10, 2015 | Read More »
Tiny Giants exhibit in Portland in March

Tiny Giants exhibit in Portland in March

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.

Feb 23, 2015 | Read More »
Students and scientists present at ASLO

Students and scientists present at ASLO

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.

Feb 20, 2015 | Read More »
2014 Report on progress

2014 Report on progress

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.

Feb 17, 2015 | Read More »
Orcutt and Edwards write chapter on life in ocean crust

Orcutt and Edwards write chapter on life in ocean crust

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.

Jan 30, 2015 | Read More »
Bigelow Laboratory women contribute to decadal report

Bigelow Laboratory women contribute to decadal report

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.

Jan 26, 2015 | Read More »
Tiny Giants take Boston

Tiny Giants take Boston

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.

Jan 16, 2015 | Read More »
Northeast and Canadian aquaculture leaders visit Lab

Northeast and Canadian aquaculture leaders visit Lab

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.

Jan 13, 2015 | Read More »
Laboratory gains three new Founders

Laboratory gains three new Founders

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.

Dec 22, 2014 | Read More »
Tiny Giants to be revealed

Tiny Giants to be revealed

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.

Dec 16, 2014 | Read More »
Firsthand report on the Alvin

Firsthand report on the Alvin

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.

Dec 8, 2014 | Read More »
SCGC marks 5th year with new services

SCGC marks 5th year with new services

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.

Dec 8, 2014 | Read More »
Shimmield and Orcutt from the Alvin

Shimmield and Orcutt from the Alvin

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.

Dec 5, 2014 | Read More »
Paris assumes Board Chairmanship

Paris assumes Board Chairmanship

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.

Dec 2, 2014 | Read More »
Biology trumps chemistry in open ocean

Biology trumps chemistry in open ocean

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.

Nov 24, 2014 | Read More »
Heil leads effort to demystify red tides

Heil leads effort to demystify red tides

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.

Nov 6, 2014 | Read More »
Stepanauskas receives two awards in two countries

Stepanauskas receives two awards in two countries

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.

Nov 6, 2014 | Read More »
Shimmield to present at Science on the Screen

Shimmield to present at Science on the Screen

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.

Oct 31, 2014 | Read More »
Mesocosm experiment simulates deep-water upwelling

Mesocosm experiment simulates deep-water upwelling

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.

Oct 30, 2014 | Read More »
REU student’s oyster research published

REU student’s oyster research published

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.

Oct 23, 2014 | Read More »
New leads to how iron-oxidizing bacteria function

New leads to how iron-oxidizing bacteria function

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.

Oct 10, 2014 | Read More »
Stepanauskas helping to shape Maine's economy

Stepanauskas helping to shape Maine's economy

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.

Oct 6, 2014 | Read More »
SCGC sorting provides insight into honey bee function

SCGC sorting provides insight into honey bee function

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.

Oct 2, 2014 | Read More »
New video celebrates Keller BLOOM 25

New video celebrates Keller BLOOM 25

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.

Sep 30, 2014 | Read More »
Three scientists on 10-week international ocean acidification investigation

Three scientists on 10-week international ocean acidification investigation

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.

Sep 29, 2014 | Read More »
Stepanauskas is part of NSF’s new GoLife project

Stepanauskas is part of NSF’s new GoLife project

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.

Sep 19, 2014 | Read More »
Team investigating how phytoplankton help balance planet

Team investigating how phytoplankton help balance planet

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.

Sep 17, 2014 | Read More »
O-Buoys in the Beaufort Sea

O-Buoys in the Beaufort Sea

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.

Sep 15, 2014 | Read More »
NCMA sharing expertise and knowledge

NCMA sharing expertise and knowledge

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.

Sep 10, 2014 | Read More »
Stepanauskas to present to Illumina

Stepanauskas to present to Illumina

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.

Sep 9, 2014 | Read More »
Microbes Matter video created

Microbes Matter video created

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.

Sep 8, 2014 | Read More »
Report on densest coccolithophore population in Southern Ocean

Report on densest coccolithophore population in Southern Ocean

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.

Sep 4, 2014 | Read More »
Seaweed knowledge to be shared at festival

Seaweed knowledge to be shared at festival

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.

Aug 26, 2014 | Read More »
REU and Colby students present findings

REU and Colby students present findings

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.

Aug 14, 2014 | Read More »
NSF features Emerson’s research

NSF features Emerson’s research

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.

Aug 8, 2014 | Read More »
Price recognized by Japanese Coral Reef Society

Price recognized by Japanese Coral Reef Society

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.

Aug 6, 2014 | Read More »
Single cell genomics resolves evolutionary riddles

Single cell genomics resolves evolutionary riddles

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.

Aug 5, 2014 | Read More »
Orcutt to ride Alvin to the Pacific seafloor

Orcutt to ride Alvin to the Pacific seafloor

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.

Aug 5, 2014 | Read More »
500+ people visit Laboratory

500+ people visit Laboratory

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.

Aug 4, 2014 | Read More »
Maine teachers learn about ocean science here

Maine teachers learn about ocean science here

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.

Jul 31, 2014 | Read More »
Inside look aboard RV Melville

Inside look aboard RV Melville

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.

Jul 25, 2014 | Read More »
2014 Open House set for August 1

2014 Open House set for August 1

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.

Jul 25, 2014 | Read More »
Scholarships awarded to future scientists

Scholarships awarded to future scientists

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.

Jul 23, 2014 | Read More »
Poulton on NASA ocean carbon cruise

Poulton on NASA ocean carbon cruise

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.

Jul 18, 2014 | Read More »
RV Melville home to Bigelow researchers through July 27

RV Melville home to Bigelow researchers through July 27

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.

Jul 14, 2014 | Read More »
White selected for live science storytelling event

White selected for live science storytelling event

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.

Jul 14, 2014 | Read More »
Mollusk parasite culturing methods drive research

Mollusk parasite culturing methods drive research

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.

Jul 8, 2014 | Read More »
NEERS recognizes Larsen's exemplary contributions

NEERS recognizes Larsen's exemplary contributions

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.

Jul 3, 2014 | Read More »
Celebrating 40 years of discovery

Celebrating 40 years of discovery

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.

Jun 27, 2014 | Read More »
Ocean experts here to discuss pressing issues

Ocean experts here to discuss pressing issues

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.

Jun 25, 2014 | Read More »
Microbial monitoring in global ocean proposed

Microbial monitoring in global ocean proposed

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.

Jun 25, 2014 | Read More »
Lab to participate in international Ocean Sampling Day

Lab to participate in international Ocean Sampling Day

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.

Jun 20, 2014 | Read More »
20 student interns come to campus

20 student interns come to campus

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.

Jun 16, 2014 | Read More »
Forging new ground in oil forensics

Forging new ground in oil forensics

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.

Jun 12, 2014 | Read More »
NCMA course draws international participation

NCMA course draws international participation

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.

Jun 10, 2014 | Read More »
White appointed to Ocean Acidification Study Commission

White appointed to Ocean Acidification Study Commission

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.

Jun 5, 2014 | Read More »
2014 summer public events at Laboratory

2014 summer public events at Laboratory

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.

Jun 5, 2014 | Read More »
Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber gives Bigelow green award

Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber gives Bigelow green award

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.

Jun 2, 2014 | Read More »
Ocean experts scoping marine plankton research plan

Ocean experts scoping marine plankton research plan

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.

May 28, 2014 | Read More »
SCGC launches advisory board

SCGC launches advisory board

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.

May 23, 2014 | Read More »
25 years of learning science with scientists

25 years of learning science with scientists

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 .

May 16, 2014 | Read More »
Wilson elected to Board of Trustees

Wilson elected to Board of Trustees

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.

May 14, 2014 | Read More »
Laboratory design receives seventh award

Laboratory design receives seventh award

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.

May 13, 2014 | Read More »
Bigelow alumnus appointed to NOAA leadership

Bigelow alumnus appointed to NOAA leadership

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.

May 9, 2014 | Read More »
Ocean microbes display remarkable genetic diversity

Ocean microbes display remarkable genetic diversity

“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.

Apr 25, 2014 | Read More »
Shedding light on marine phytoplankton and phosphorus

Shedding light on marine phytoplankton and phosphorus

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.

Apr 25, 2014 | Read More »
Bigelow scientists open new window on marine viruses

Bigelow scientists open new window on marine viruses

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.

Apr 22, 2014 | Read More »
Lomas helps globalize ocean observation

Lomas helps globalize ocean observation

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.

Apr 14, 2014 | Read More »
FDA certifies BAS for first-in-nation shellfish toxin protocol

FDA certifies BAS for first-in-nation shellfish toxin protocol

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.

Apr 3, 2014 | Read More »
Scientists agree climate change is real

Scientists agree climate change is real

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.

Mar 20, 2014 | Read More »
Orcutt named Deep Biosphere IODP Distinguished Lecturer

Orcutt named Deep Biosphere IODP Distinguished Lecturer

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.

Mar 19, 2014 | Read More »
Iceland presents good business model

Iceland presents good business model

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.

Mar 17, 2014 | Read More »
Orcutt leads Gulf of Mexico research cruise

Orcutt leads Gulf of Mexico research cruise

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.

Mar 6, 2014 | Read More »
Perkins+Will design receives international recognition

Perkins+Will design receives international recognition

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.

Feb 28, 2014 | Read More »
Bigelow Laboratory scientists meeting with global peers

Bigelow Laboratory scientists meeting with global peers

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.

Feb 21, 2014 | Read More »
Bigelow researchers measuring ocean acidification off Canary Islands

Bigelow researchers measuring ocean acidification off Canary Islands

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.

Feb 14, 2014 | Read More »
2014 Research Experience for Undergraduates

2014 Research Experience for Undergraduates

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.

Feb 13, 2014 | Read More »
Darlene Trew Crist named new Communications Director

Darlene Trew Crist named new Communications Director

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.

Feb 3, 2014 | Read More »
Professional Development for Educators July 8-11

Professional Development for Educators July 8-11

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!

Feb 1, 2014 | Read More »