When the Alvin was commissioned 50 years ago today on Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s dock, the three-person submarine was one of the only ways human beings could see, much less explore, the ocean’s floor. Read more.
When Natalie Boelman had the chance to spend a summer at the Marine Biological Laboratory working at the Ecosystems Center, it was a no-brainer. It meant discussing the ecological puzzles of the Alaskan tundra with mentors and collaborators just a few doors away instead of having them spread across the country.
That’s what got her to Woods Hole. What keeps the scientist coming back each year from her home base at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in New York City is swimming with her children in the ocean, walking them to their summer camp in the morning and back home at night and dining as a family at the picnic table just steps away from their back door. Read more.
WOODS HOLE — On the walls of Joan Ruderman’s corner office on the Marine Biological Laboratory campus are three reproductions of engravings done by German biologist Ernst Haeckel. Originally published near the turn of the 20th century, the panels were used in the days before PowerPoint to illustrate scientific concepts to students.
The vivid images display in intricate detail different parts of nature: hummingbirds in flight, Malaysian pitcher plants and orchids in bloom.
Ruderman had the panels hung after she became MBL’s 14th president and director in November. They harken back to her nearly four decades of work as a biologist. Now her focus has become the administrative side of science as she guides the independent nonprofit research institute through perhaps the most significant year in its history. Read more.