Whet your appetite for for all things Science with talks by MBL Scientists designed especially for non-scientists! 

Lecture Archive:


March 21
How to Make an Octopus: Lessons from the Genome
Carrie Albertin, Hibbitt Fellow

April 4
A Worm Fondness for Regeneration: A Story in Several Segments
B. Duygu Özpolat, Hibbitt Fellow

May 2
The Secret Life of Cape Cod Corals
Loretta Roberson, Associate Scientist


February 15
Looking closely: Why do some animals have such strange pupil shapes?
Lydia Mäthger, Assistant Scientist 

April 12
Understanding aging: Investigations of health and lifespan using a novel aquatic animal model
Kristin Houtler Gribble, Assistant Scientist 

May 10
What “Smart” Cephalopods Can Teach Us About Gene Editing
Joshua Rosenthal, Senior Scientist 

June 7
Finding Your Inner Fish
Neil Shubin, University of Chicago; MBL


January 5
Rising Seas and the Fate of Coastal Salt Marshes
Anne Giblin, Ecosystems Interim Director

February 16
Ebb and Flow in Soil Down Below: Plant Roots and the Ecosystem Commodities Exchange
Zoe Cardon, MBL Ecosystems Senior Scientist


January 14
Secrets Genomes Tell Us: G’s, T’s, A’s and Seas
Huntington Willard, Director and President, MBL

February 4
Genie Out of the Bottle: Biological Feedbacks and the Acceleration of Climate Change
Jerry Melillo, Distinguished Senior Scientist, MBL

March 24
Lessons From the Lamprey on Spinal Cord Regeneration
Jennifer Morgan, Associate Scientist, Eugene Bell Center, MBL


December 18
Amazon Soybeans, China and the Future of the World’s Greatest Forest
Chris Neill, Director of the MBL’s Ecosystems Center

January 8
Exploding Volcanoes and Microbial Life in the Deep Sea
Julie Huber, Associate Director, MBL’s Bay Paul Center

February 19
Interrogating a Microbial Planet
Mitch Sogin, Senior Scientist, MBL’s Bay Paul Center


January 9
It’s Not the Age, It’s the Miles: Understanding Biological Time
Jonathan Gitlin, Deputy Director of Research Programs, MBL

February 13
Welcome to the Plastisphere: the New World of Microbes Living on Ocean Plastic
Linda Amaral-Zettler, Associate Scientist, The Josephine Bay Paul Center, MBL


January 17
“Color Change and Patterning in Ocean Animals: Science, Art, and Technology”
Roger Hanlon, MBL Program in Sensory Physiology and Behavior

February 21
“Land of Extremes: Exploring the Natural History of Alaska’s Tundra”
John Hobbie, Distinguished Scientist and Senior Scholar, MBL Ecosystems Center

November 21
“Moving Cargoes in Neurons: I Think My Squid Has Alzheimer’s”
Joseph DeGiorgis, Providence College and Adjunct Faculty, Cellular Dynamics Program, MBL


October 11
“Encyclopedia of Life: Cataloging Every Species on Earth!”
Nathan Wilson, MBL