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Land of Extremes Is Colorful Guide to Natural History of the Arctic Tundra
5/4/12 -- John Hobbie and Alex Huryn, long-time principal investigators on the Arctic Long Term Ecological Research project at Toolik Lake, Alaska, have just finished a book about the natural history of the North Slope of Alaska, the only Arctic tundra...

Helping to Build the Next Generation of Scientists
3/16/12 -- The Ecosystems Center staff plays an active role in community outreach and education. Every year, scientists and research assistants volunteer to mentor students from the middle school and high school levels, helping them to refine ideas for their science fair projects....

Green to Measure Growth: Assessing Eutrophication's effects on Mummichogs
1/25/12 -- As part of his research on preserving healthy and productive salt marshes, Jimmy Nelson, postdoctoral researcher at the Plum Island Sound Long Term Ecological Research site, turned 28,500 mummichogs green last summer...

Ecosystems Center Scientists Named to International and National Committees
1/25/12 -- Hugh Ducklow, Jerry Melillo and Linda Deegan have been named to scientific advisory committees ....

Semester in Environmental Science Students to Present Independent Research at Symposium on December 16
12/19/11 -- After 10 weeks of intensive course work and five weeks of independent research, the students in the MBL's Semester in Environmental Science (SES) program presented the results of their projects at a symposium on December 16 at MBL's Speck Auditorium...

MBL Employees Donate Food and Presents to 20 Cape Cod Families
12/12/11 -- MBL employees and their families collected food and gifts for Cape Cod families that will be distributed through the Housing Assistance Corporation of Hyannis. More than 400 pounds of food, 200 presents and $500 in grocery store gift cards were donated for 20 families...

Research to Examine Role of Salt Marshes in Sequestering Greenhouse Gases
10/24/11 -- Assistant Scientist Jim Tang of the Ecosystems Center will be a principal investigator on a $1.3 million grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Nationa l Estuarine Research Reserve System Science Collaborative . Along with partners from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Woods Hole Science Center, the University of Rhode Island, Florida International University and several other non-profit organizations...

Shifting Seasonality on the North Slope: Using Arctic Grayling to Measure Climate-based Disruptions
10/21/11 -- Ecosystems Center scientists in the Arctic have documented evidence of longer ice-free periods in tundra watersheds. In the Fishscape project, Linda Deegan, Bruce Peterson, and Cameron MacKenzie...

Can the Salt Marsh Keep Up with Rising Sea Level? Measuring the Carbon Cycle Could Provide the Answer
8/12/11 -- A seven-meter high tower in the middle of the salt marsh at the Plum Island Long Term Ecological Research site in northern Massachusetts will measure the exchange of carbon dioxide (CO2)between the marsh and the atmosphere. It may also provide scientists with important information about how salt marshes respond to sea level rise and how well the salt marsh ecosystem - an important boundary between land and ocean ...

Deegan Elected Massachusetts Trustee of The Nature Conservancy
6/15/11 -- Linda Deegan, senior scientist at the Ecosystems Center, has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. “The coastal regions of Massachusetts stand at a critical moment—a time when the region faces significant challenges and opportunities to redirect human actions toward a sustainable and desirable future”...

The Land of the Midnight Sun: Flowers Offer Bursts of Color on the Tundra
6/15/11 -- Ecosystems Center researchers have returned to their Long Term Ecological Research site at Toolik Lake on the North Slope of Alaska, where the sun does not set from late May to late July....

Melillo Named Chairman of National Climate Assessment Committee
5/18/11 -- Distinguished Scientist Jerry M. Melillo of the Ecosystems Center has been named chairman of the National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee. The announcement was made by Jane Lubchenco, undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The committee will produce the next National Climate Assessment report for the United States....

From Alaska to Alabama, Teacher Will Bring Stream Research Into Classroom
4/29/11 -- Though Eve Kendrick will be worlds away from her Tuscaloosa high school students this summer, they will never be far from her mind. She will be creating lessons plans for them as she sits by a stream full of Arctic Grayling on the North Slope of Alaska...

Striped Bass Surprise Researchers by 'Summering' in Plum Island Sound
3/11/11 -- He first showed up on the shores of Plum Island Sound in June, near Middle Ground Island, hitting the best restaurants he could find throughout the summer. He stayed on through the season, heading south in September for the warmer climate of Delaware Bay. But when the summer rolled around again, he was back at his old haunts in Plum Island....

John Hobbie Participates in National Celebration of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's 50th Anniversary
1/21/11 --Senior Scientist John Hobbie and former President Jimmy Carter shared the podium at a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), held at the National Conservation Training Center of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, this month....

Students Wrap Up Semester with Symposium on Independent Research
12/17/10 -- Students in the Semester in Environmental Science (SES) program presented results of their independent research projects on December 17. The symposium featured 15-minute presentations ...

Comparative Analysis of Marine Ecosystem Organization (CAMEO) Science Plan
9/1/10 -- Ecosystems Center senior scientist Linda Deegan, CAMEO Science Director, welcomes comments on the recently developed CAMEO draft science plan.

One of World’s Dirtiest Jobs : Removing ‘Curtain’ from Arctic Lake
8/5/10 -- In 1985, a “curtain” was installed to divide Lake N2 at the Arctic Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) site at Toolik Lake, Alaska....

Graduations Ceremonies Held for New PhDs from the Ecosystems Center
6/24/10 --Graduation ceremonies were held at Brown University and Boston University last month and three Ecosystems Center graduate students received their PhD degrees....

Scientists Call for a New Strategy for Polar Ocean Observation
6/17/10 -- In a report published in this week’s issue of Science, a team of oceanographers, including MBL (Marine Biological Laboratory) Ecosystems Center director Hugh Ducklow, outline a polar ocean observation strategy they say will revolutionize scientists’ understanding of marine ecosystem response to climate change. The approach, which calls for the use of a suite of automated technologies that complement traditional data collection, could serve as a model for marine ecosystems worldwide and help form the foundation for a comprehensive polar ocean observation system......

Many LTER Scientists Honored by American Institute of Biological Science
6/3/10 -- The Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) network received the 2010 Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS). The award is presented annually for significant scientific contributions to the biological sciences.....

Nitrogen Deposition from Atmosphere Reduces Amount of CO2 Emitted from Temperate Forest Soils
4/27/10 -- Scientists have watched with concern the increasing amount of nitrogen released into the atmosphere from fossil fuels and fertilizer. While this element is essential to all life, too much nitrogen increases soil acidity and leaches into groundwater. Recently, however, a team.....

Neill Named Rosenthal Director of Brown-MBL Partnership
4/13/10 -- Ecosystems Center Senior Scientist Christopher Neill has been named Rosenthal Director of the Brown-MBL Partnership. Neill’s directorship is sponsored by an endowment of more than $2 million established by MBL Trustee and Brown Trustee Emeritus Charles Rosenthal and his wife, Phyllis....

MBL Names Melillo Distinguished Scientist, Promotes Neill to Senior Scientist
2/16/10 -- The MBL has honored Jerry Melillo by naming him Distinguished Scientist, a title held by only three scientists in the laboratory’s 112-year history. MBL director Gary Borisy praised Melillo, saying that he is “not only an outstanding scientist, ....

Why are the Cape Cod Sand Dunes Crusty?
2/5/10 -- Over the course of the last century, the inland parabolic, or U-shaped, sand dunes at Cape Cod National Seashore have marched from the northwest to the southeast, pushed by winter winds. Aerial photographs show that the dune fronts have moved....

Update from Panama

12/10/09 -- MBL Ecosystems Center scientists studying Panama’s tropical ecosystems have returned to their field site at the Liquid Jungle Laboratory (LJL) on the island of Canales de Tierra, Veraguas Province..

Reception Honors Brown-MBL Ph.D. Recipients Galford, Lasek-Nesselquist
12/9/09 -- Gillian Galford, graduate student of Jerry Melillo of the Ecosystems Center and Jack Mustard of Brown University, received her Ph.D. on November 24. She and Erika Lasek-Nesselquist, who both entered the Brown-MBL graduate program at its start in 2004, were honored at a reception December 9....

From Pole to Pole, MBL Science Journalists Join Climate Change Research
12/1/09 -- From the Arctic to the Antarctic, three journalists in the MBL Science Journalism Fellowship Program have been able to view first hand the effects of climate change in areas that are warming faster than anywhere else in the world...

We'll Miss You, Don!
11/16/09 -- Don Burnette retired as lab manager at the Ecosystems Center after 10 years at the MBL. Managing the center's laboratory was Don’s second career...

MBL Ecosystems Center Staff Donates Books to Help Local Elementary Schoolchildren Better Understand the Earth
10/29/09 -- Explaining the science of how the Earth works can be difficult, and especially challenging when the audience is elementary school students. But Molly Bang, well-known author and illustrator from Woods Hole...

Center Scientists Report on Impact of Global Biofuels Program
10/22/09 -- Jerry Melillo, senior scientist at the Ecosystems Center, is lead author of a report in Science Express released October 22 that finds carbon loss stemming from the displacement of food crops and pastures for biofuels crops may be twice as much as the CO2 emissions from land dedicated to biofuels production. Melillo, research associate David Kicklighter and colleagues used a global modeling system to look at the direct and indirect effects of land-use on greenhouse gas emissions. Melillo is also an author of another article in Science that reports a flaw in current carbon accounting as used by the Kyoto Protocol.

First Year of Diversity Initiative's Partnership in Education Program 'A Rousing Success'
9/16/09 -- Amias Polk had never seen the ocean before he came to Woods Hole this summer. “I’m from the land-locked state of Arkansas,” he laughed. In the past three months, however, Polk, a senior chemistry major at Arkansas State...

Chris Neill Awarded Bullard Fellowship by Harvard University
9/1/09 -- Ecosystems Center scientist Christopher Neill has been awarded a Bullard Fellowship by Harvard University for 2009-2010. He plans to spend his time in residence at Harvard Forest in Petersham, Massachusetts, combining his interests in Amazon science and journalism....

Modeling Deep-Ocean Microbial Ecosystem is Focus of First MBL/Brown PhD at the Ecosystems Center
8/17/09 -- Yawei (Wayne) Luo successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation on August 11. He is the second graduate in the joint MBL/Brown University PhD program, and the first from the Ecosystems Center ....

In Poland: Tradition Meets Ecological Innovation
7/8/09 -- Kate Morkeski, research assistant at the Ecosystems Center, spent the month of May in Poland on a Rotary International Group Study Exchange fellowship. "The entire experience was rewarding. The people were very welcoming and pleased to show us their country."...

Report Shows 'Unequivocal' Climate Warming
6/16/09 -- An important update on global warming, Global Climate Change: Its Impacts in the United States, has been completed....

Studying the Effects of Deforestation on Mangrove Estuaries in Panama
5/14/09 -- Ecosystems Center senior research scientist Ivan Valiela and his colleagues have spent much of their careers studying land-sea couplings and water quality in temperate coastal areas like Waquoit Bay....

Sediment Traps in the Sargasso Sea Provide Continuous Record of Oceanic Fluxes
2/12/09 -- While cruising off the coast of Bermuda might sound peacefully idyllic to many, resident Adjunct Scientist Maureen Conte orchestrates a finely-tuned, action-packed research cruise...

The Ecosystems Center: 2008 In Review
1/12/09 -- It was a year of education and outreach within the community and far away, welcoming new scientists and honoring established scientists, and conducting research throughout the world and close to home.

Children's Book Inspired by Antarctic and Coastal Research
12/16/08 -- Not many of us can say our work inspires children's books, but Ecosystems Center Director Hugh Ducklow's research in Anta rctica was one of the in spirations for Sea Secrets: Tiny Clues to a Big Mystery....

Hoophouse Construction Marks Beginning of New Plant Growth Facility
12/5/08 -- A crew of Ecosystems Center volunteers spent the warm afternoon of December 1 erecting a hoophouse at the MBL property at Technology Park in Hatchville. The hoophouse will be used immediately to house trees and sagebrush over the winter that Ecosystems Center senior scientist Zoe Cardon.....

Studying Bacterial Ecology in Waquoit Bay
10/31/08 -- Marine bacteria are key players in the ocean’s carbon cycle. They are the only organisms that are able to recycle the large pool of dissolved organic carbon that is ultimately derived from algal photosynthesis....

Partnership Encourages Collaboration Between Scientists and Teachers
10/27/08 -- Matthew Erickson, senior research assistant at the Ecosystems Center, and nine other scientists from Woods Hole scientific institutions presented their research to Falmouth, Bourne and Mashpee teachers...

In the News: NY Times, NPR and Other News Stories by MBL Science Journalists Highlight Arctic Science
9/12/08 --Ecosystems Center scientists are featured in recent articles and radio interviews by science writers and editors who spent two weeks this summer at the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) project at Toolik Lake, Alaska.

Science Minutes Inspire Young Reporters and Audiences
8/29/08 -- A group of urban high school students from Terrascope Youth Radio recently produced “Science Minutes” about research conducted by Ecosystems Center senior scientists Anne Giblin and Zoe Cardon.....

MBL Community Garden Created by Ecosystems Staff
6/24/08 -- The sunny patch of lawn between the C.V. Starr Environmental Sciences Laboratory and Homestead Administrative Building has been converted into a community garden for MBL employees...

Studying the Microbial Community in the Antarctic Winter
8/8/08 -- Along the Antarctic Peninsula, the ocean has warmed and sea ice has declined by 30% in response to climate change. Impacts on marine microbial communities are likely, and Ecosystems Center scientists are currently at Palmer Station ....

DDT Found in Penguins Due to Melting Glaciers
5/30/08 -- The pesticide DDT was banned in much of the world in the 1970's, but Adélie penguins today carry the same levels as the species did 30 years ago, when DDT was heavily used world-wide for insect control. Research conducted by Ecosystems Center scientist Hugh Ducklow and his graduate student Heidi Geisz....

Study Shows Streams Unable to Filter Increasing Amounts of Nitrogen
5/6/08 -- Streams and rivers are effective at removing nitrates at low concentrations but are unable to process increasing amounts of anthropogenic nitrogen, according to a recent paper in Nature by Bruce Peterson and Suzanne Thomas...

Hobbie Elected to American Academy; Peterson and Hobbie Honored by ASLO
4/28/08 -- Two scientists at the Ecosystems Center have recently received major national honors and awards. John Hobbie was named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies...

Effects of Land Use Changes on Alewife Population
4/8/08 -- Rita Oliveira Monteiro conducts her graduate research in some of Cape Cod’s most picturesque locations: Trunk River off Falmouth’s Surf Drive, Wing Pond in North Falmouth....

Alaska Fire Sparks New Research By Ecosystems Center Scientists
4/8/08 -- The tundra of the Arctic Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) site on the North Slope of Alaska sits above hundreds of meters of frozen ground (permafrost)...

MBL/Brown Graduate Student Tracks Advance of Amazon Agriculture
2/20/08 -- The southwestern Brazilian Amazon is one of the world’s largest agricultural frontiers. Native vegetation and pastures are rapidly being converted to heavily mechanized row-crop agriculture, including soybean and corn. Researchers from MBL’s Ecosystems Center and Brown University are studying how regional land cover and land use change affect carbon (CO2) and nitrogen (N2O) emissions to the atmosphere....

Two Terrestrial Ecologists To Join Ecosystems Center Staff
12/30/07 -- Two scientists, Zoe G. Cardon of the University of Connecticut and Jianwu (Jim) Tang of the Chicago Botanic Garden, have joined the Ecosystems Center staff....

Melillo Inducted into American Academy of Arts and Sciences
12/30/07 -- Jerry M. Melillo of the Ecosystems Center was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in October. The academy recognized Dr. Melillo for his work on soil biogeochemistry, global modeling and applying science to climate policy....