Wake up and smell the salt air! Thursday, June 8, is World Oceans Day, a day set aside to honor, protect, and conserve the world’s oceans. And our oceans have never needed it more. So, if you love oceans, Ocean Genome Legacy (OGL) at Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center urges you to stand up and do something. Give to the ocean-related charity of your choice. … Continue reading Happy World Oceans Day!
Everyone knows that social media has changed the world, revolutionizing the ways that many of us communicate with friends and family, get news, meet people, entertain ourselves, and shop. However, it is not always obvious that social media can also play a big role in science. A few years ago, a student in one of Ocean Genome Legacy’s (OGL) many international research collaborations shared a … Continue reading The Worm that Went Viral: Science Meets Social Media
What lives in the deep sea? For the most part, we still don’t know. That is why the Ocean Genome Legacy (OGL) has joined with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ship Okeanos Explorer to help discover and preserve deep-sea biodiversity. This week, thanks to this partnership, OGL added a new set of rare deep-sea DNA samples to its online catalog. Okeanos is the … Continue reading DNA from the Deep
Asian shore crabs, a highly invasive species, first appeared on the coast of New Jersey in the late 80s and have since spread up and down the East Coast. This winter, a talented high school student named Margaret “Maggie” Slein and her science teacher, Raymond Whitehouse, came to the Ocean Genome Legacy (OGL) seeking help on a project to understand the spread of this invasive … Continue reading There’s a New Crab Investigator in Town
Did you ever wonder where Ocean Genome Legacy (OGL) gets its DNA? For those of you who follow this newsletter, you will know that most of the time we get our DNA and tissue samples from hardcore scientists and academics. In many cases, they are some of the most respected and renowned scientists in their fields. But what you might not know is that we … Continue reading North Shore Frogman Dives for DNA
How can you find and identify fish without catching them? That’s a question Mark Stoeckle aims to answer with a bucket of water and DNA. Dr. Stoeckle, from the Program for the Human Environment at Rockefeller University, visited Ocean Genome Legacy (OGL) and the Marine Science Center earlier this month to speak about his exciting work finding and identifying fish based on environmental DNA (eDNA). … Continue reading Reeling in DNA: No Hook or Line Required
Corals are stressed! Rising seawater temperatures and other human-caused changes are stressing out corals, causing bleaching and diseased reefs around the world. Now, Ocean Genome Legacy’s (OGL) coral genome collection is helping scientists discover what makes some corals more resistant to stress than others. Please join us in protecting corals by making a gift to OGL today. Corals are more important than you might guess. … Continue reading Can Stressed-Out Corals be Saved?