August 19, 2016 by Julia Pearl

Lecture given by Carol W. Greider of Johns Hopkins University; Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (2009) All lectures are free and open to the public


The MBL offers weekday tours late June through the end of August. Learn more about the Marine Biological Laboratory by visiting the newly renovated Pierce Exhibit Center at 100 Water Street in Woods Hole. New exhibits tell the story of the MBL and its impact on life sciences. Live animals, stunning underwater video footage, a hands-on microscope, and an interactive squid are all part of the visitor experience.We invite you to explore the Pierce Exhibit Center and learn more about the natural world around you. The Pierce Exhibit Center is designed for all ages. The Exhibit Center is open May – October.May: 11 AM-4 PM (Mon., Weds., Fri.); June: 11 AM-4 PM (Mon., Weds., Fri., Sat.); July-August: 10 AM-4:30 PM (Mon.-Sat.); September: 11 AM – 4 PM (Mon., Weds., Fri., Sat.); October: 11 AM – 3 PM (Mon., Weds., Fri. through Columbus Day). The Marine Biological Laboratory is an international center for research, education, and training in biology, biomedicine, and ecology.

Special Seminar – WHOI & Falmouth Stem Booster Sponsored

August 17, 2016 by Julia Pearl

Redfield Auditorium 45 Water Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543

“Functional Imaging of the Human Brain as a Window into the Mind” Nancy Kanwisher, MIT

Public lecture sponsored by the Falmouth STEM Boosters and the WHOI Information Office

Join Dr. Nancy Kanwisher, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at MIT and Investigator at MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research, as she shares striking new understandings of the human brain. Some of these findings were presented in a recent New York Times article, “New Ways Into the Brain’s Music Room.”

Twenty-five years ago with the invention fMRI it became possible to image neural activity in the normal human brain.  Many regions have been shown to carry out highly specific mental functions, like the perception of faces, speech sounds, and music, and even very abstract mental functions like understanding a sentence or thinking about another person’s thoughts. Dr. Kanwisher will discuss some of the evidence for highly specialized brain regions, what  these findings imply and what they do not, and what is next. To see Kanwisher’s short talks on the brain, which require no scientific background, go to:

The event is free and open to the public. Students are welcome and encouraged! Donations made at the door will benefit the FalmouthSTEM Boosters, a local non-profit organization connecting Falmouth Public School teachers and students with science, technology, engineering and math resources and opportunities.  For more information on the lecture and the STEM Boosters, or the WHOI Information Office at 508-289-2252.

MBL Club: Folk Singing

August 16, 2016 by Julia Pearl

Join Jeremy Korr & Friends for the return of this MBL tradition and Woods Hole favorite! Every Tuesday throughout the summer season. MBL Club Members, free; Guests, $5; Children 10 and under free.

Guided walking tours of Woods Hole Inn

August 16, 2016 by Beth Colt

Woods Hole Historical Museum
579 Woods Hole Road
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Take a guided walking tour of Woods Hole Tuesdays in July & August, or take a self-guided tour using a guidebook available for purchase in our Museum Shop.  Virtual tours are also available on our website.


Science made Public

August 16, 2016 by Beth Colt

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 3:00 PM

Ocean Science Exhibit Center
15 School Street
Woods Hole, MA 02540

SCIENCE MADE PUBLIC – During July and August, WHOI’s Ocean Science Exhibit Center and Information Office at WHOI sponsor a series of public talks by WHOI scientists and engineers designed for a lay audience. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Living on the Edge: A Bio-physical Cruise on the R/VNeil Armstrong to the New England Continental Shelf Break
Gareth Lawson, Associate Scientist, Biology Department

At the edge of the continental shelf, the water depth drops off abruptly from a
few hundred feet to more than a mile deep. This is a highly dynamic area,
influenced by a variety of currents and processes, and is also home to a
multitude of marine organisms, from plankton to commercial fish to whales. Come
learn about a recent cruise on the research vesselNeil Armstrong to the New England shelf
break, where an interdisciplinary team of WHOI scientists and students deployed
a sophisticated suite of instruments and nets to understand how ocean physical
processes affects the marine ecosystem.

Slow Flow Yoga

August 16, 2016 by Julia Pearl

Join Carmina Mock for another season of Slow Flow Yoga.Session (minimum 5 class), $10/class; Drop in, $12/class

The New Geostophic String Quartet

August 13, 2016 by Beth Colt

Woods Hole Public Library
581 Woods Hole Road
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Listening at the Library, playing selections by Beethove, Dvorak, Part

Tickets $20 at Eight Cousins, Bank of Woods Hole, Woods Hole Public Library, online and at the door.


Not Born in the USA: A Folk Music Benefit Honoring our New American Neighbors in Woods Hole

August 9, 2016 by Beth Colt


Please join us for this special benefit concert featuring New England favorite, Adam Ezra of the Adam Ezra Group. Adam will be playing an acoustic folk concert with his bandmate Corinna Smith on the fiddle. This is a unique opportunity to hear Adam’s music and storytelling in an intimate setting. This benefit concert was created to help raise awareness and funding for Mark Chester’s incredible new book project: THE BAY STATE: A MULTICULTURAL LANDSCAPE. This book features beautiful portraits of more than 300 naturalized U.S. citizens of the Commonwealth and proceeds will benefit The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA). You will also have the chance to meet a few of the people featured in the book. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet Mark, and to learn more about this inspiring project and how you can obtain a signed copy of the book fresh off the press!

Walking Tour Woods Hole

August 9, 2016 by Beth Colt

Woods Hole Historical Museum
579 Woods Hole Road
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Take a guided walking tour of Woods Hole Tuesdays in July & August, or take a self-guided tour using a guidebook available for purchase in our Museum Shop.  Virtual tours are also available on our website.


Science made Public: Breaking the Ice

August 9, 2016 by Beth Colt

Ocean Science Exhibit Center
15 School Street
Woods Hole, MA 02540

SCIENCE MADE PUBLIC – During July and August, WHOI’s Ocean Science Exhibit Center and Information Office at WHOI sponsor a series of public talks by WHOI scientists and engineers designed for a lay audience. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Breaking the Ice: Tracking the Effects of Climate Change in the Arctic

Lauren Kipp, Joint Program Student, Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry Department
The Arctic is particularly susceptible to climate change, but little is known about how increased temperatures, diminishing sea ice, and the thawing of frozen land will affect the Arctic Ocean and its ecosystems. Last summer, researchers from all over the world traveled to the Arctic Ocean to measure ocean chemistry and gain a better understanding of this unique environment. Learn about how the Arctic is changing in response to a warming climate, how we can measure those changes, and what it’s like to conduct research at the top of the world.

Woods Hole Science Stroll

August 6, 2016 by Beth Colt

August 6, 2016 • 11am – 3pm

Water Street, Woods Hole

A FREE public event

  1. Woods Hole Science Aquarium

Marine animals, touch tanks, harbor seals in an outdoor pool.

  1. NOAA Dock

NOAA Fisheries
Displays related to research on whales, sea turtles and other protected marine species, fish, water chemistry and plankton, and tracking ocean currents. Learn how to identify whales; identify sea turtles; step inside a life-size (43-foot) inflatable humpback whale (weather permitting).

US Coast Guard (USCG)
Tour the USCG 45-foot response boat;* see a shipboard damage control demonstration and techniques to control flooding; watch a search and rescue demonstration with a USCG helicopter and rescue swimmer. Time of demonstration will be communicated on the day of event. *Availability of activities is subject to change based on USCG operations.

US Geological Survey
See the SeaBoss vehicle, which collects seabed images and sediment samples in coastal regions, and participate in interactive demonstrations of underwater video capabilities by the SeaBoss.

  1. Waterfront Park

Buzzards Bay Coalition
Learn all about the 10th annual Watershed Ride to help save Buzzards Bay. Get details, ask questions and sign-up for this fall tradition.

Sea Education Association/SEA Semester
From Plastics to Plankton! Conduct simple experiments to better understand plastic pollution in the ocean, a serious problem that affects birds, fish, and ocean mammals; use a microscope to get up-close and personal with the ocean’s wanderers: plankton!

US Geological Survey
Meet the authors of a new book on the Cape Cod National Seashore. Check out the interactive displays on shoreline change, 3-D sea-floor mapping, and predicting hurricanes. Try your hand at a demo about how scientists sample gas from the Earth.

Woods Hole Historical Museum
Check out reprints of historical photographs and publications about the long history of science in Woods Hole. Kids will enjoy a number of games including a “fishing game” with cod of various sizes in a bucket.

Woods Hole Research Center
Learn about Climate research conducted around the world by the Woods Hole Research Center. Measure the amount of CO2 absorbed by plants, using a CO2 Analyzer.

WCAI – the Cape, Coast, and Islands NPR Station
Play “Guess That Sound,” a children’s activity involving ocean life and ocean environment sounds. Meet the host of “Living Lab,” Heather Goldstone.

  1. Marine Biological Laboratory Pierce Visitor Center and Gift Shop

Colorful exhibits tell the story of the MBL and its impact on life sciences.

  1. Marine Biological Laboratory Marine Resources Center

Tour the facilities and see live animals in the touch tanks. Space is limited; sign up on-site.

  1. Zephyr Education Foundation

See the effects of sea level rise, storm surge waves, and tsunamis as you model coastal processes using “augmented reality sandboxes.” The activities are suitable for ages 9 and up. Younger children benefit from adult supervision.

  1. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Dock

NOAA Ship Bigelow
Reserve a space for your tour* of the NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow. Learn about the research conducted aboard the ship and see what it’s like to live onboard. *Reservations required. Visitors to the ship must have a valid photo ID. Tours require the ability to climb several flights of stairs. Please wear sensible shoes; no backpacks, no strollers. For free ticket visit

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution displays
Get up close with some working oceanographic instruments and research vehicles used in oceans around the world. Check out Splash Lab science demos and make your own Science Stroll souvenirs at the kids activities table.

  1. WHOI Redfield Auditorium

Come see a kid-friendly film for free at 2 pm sponsored by the Woods Hole
Film Festival

  1. Buzzards Bay Coalition Discovery Center

Explore a marine touch tank full of animals from Buzzards Bay and hands-on family friendly activities.

  1. WHOI Ocean Science Exhibit Center

Videos, displays, and exhibits include marine mammals, Titanic, hydrothermal vents, polar research and many more.

Music at the Festival 2016- Landfall Restaurant

August 3, 2016 by Beth Colt

Wednesday, August 3rd – The Uptown Horns Super Group ramps it up at 10:30 p.m. at The Landfall Restaurant, Luscombe Ave. Woods Hole

SCREEN & STAGE: John Altman – Composer, Arranger, Saxophonist and Conductor

August 3, 2016 by Beth Colt

Since starting his career at the age of 3 with Judy Garland, Emmy and BAFTA winning composer John Altman has enjoyed a multi faceted career as composer/arranger/saxophonist and conductor. Among his movie credits are Goldeneye, Titanic (for which he provided all the period music), Life of Brian (for which he arranged Always Look On The Bright Side of Life), Shall We Dance, Little Voice and most recently the BFI restoration of the 1928 silent classic Anthony Asquith’s Shooting Stars. He has written over 4,000 TV commercials worldwide and as a saxophonist has performed with Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Van Morrison and Amy Winehouse among others.

As an arranger he has been responsible for 19 platinum records including hit songs for Rod Stewart, George Michael, Tina Turner, Barry White, Diana Ross, Bjork and Van Morrison.

John Altman will screen the film Shooting Stars on Thursday, August 3rd at 7 p.m. at Lillie Auditorium, followed by a “Conversation with John Altman” hosted by David Gross.

On Creating a New Score for Shooting Stars by John Altman



Guided Walking Tours of Woods Hole

July 19, 2016 by Beth Colt

Take a guided walking tour of Woods Hole Tuesdays in July & August, or take a self-guided tour using a guidebook available for purchase in our Museum Shop.  Virtual tours are also available on our website.


Science made public – The power of waves at Martha’s Vineyard

July 19, 2016 by Beth Colt

During July and August, WHOI’s Ocean Science Exhibit Center and Information Office at WHOI sponsor a series of public talks by WHOI scientists and engineers designed for a lay audience. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Power of Waves at Martha’s Vineyard

Anna Wargula, Joint Program Student, Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering

Norton Point, the southern barrier beach of Martha’s Vineyard, is one of the most dynamic coasts in Massachusetts. In April 2007, an inlet breached during the Patriot’s Day storm, exposing Katama Bay to tides and waves from the Atlantic Ocean. In August 2011, Hurricane Irene struck Martha’s Vineyard with 18-foot waves and 40-mile-per-hour winds and stopped the normally two-knot tidal flows out of the bay. Learn how WHOI scientists make measurements in breaking waves and strong currents and what these measurements tell us about ocean waves’ impacts on tidal flows in inlets and bays.

5 Best Honeymoon Destinations on the Upper Cape

July 18, 2016 by Beth Colt


Planning a honeymoon on Cape Cod? With its sandy beaches, fresh squeezed summer cocktails, and picturesque bike paths, the Cape has always been high on the list for newly-weds looking for a romantic and restorative honeymoon. Below, we’ve rounded up our five favorite lodging options for the Upper Cape, your honeymoon Cape Cod dream locale. Starting with…

The Captain’s Manor Inn


Conveniently located just steps from Falmouth’s Main Street, this upscale Bed & Breakfast has a classic, 1950’s elegance — with rooms that will make you feel both comfortable and special. Breakfast can be enjoyed on the expansive veranda overlooking the grounds and gorgeous greenery. We recommend their made daily and in-house blueberry scones, perfect destination for your honeymoon Cape Cod style.


The Nobnocket Boutique Inn


Want something a little more modern? The Nobnocket Inn, newly restored with a contemporary, British flare, is Vineyard Haven’s best new Bed & Breakfast, and the perfect excuse for the forty-five minute ferry ride over. You won’t want to leave once you arrive, and owners Simon and Annabelle will instantly make you feel at home. Spend your honeymoon window shopping the adorable (Obama approved!) shops in Vineyard Haven, or take a day trip down island for a chance to enjoy the many picture-perfect beaches. See our complete tour of the Inn here.


The Belfry Inn and Bistro


At the Belfry Inn & Bistro in Sandwich, every room is different. Once a Catholic church with high, vaulted ceilings, you’ll have a chance to sleep in a king bed below a magnificent stained glass window! Gold Winner of Cape Cod Life’s best Bed & Breakfast — the Inn also houses one of the Cape’s finest restaurants, where an evolving menu offers a fresh and seasonal take on American cuisine. Try the local burrata with eggplant Caponata, or the Belfry burger with tomato jam and crispy Prosciutto.


Camping on Sippewissett Campgrounds


Sticking to a budget, or more of the outdoors-y types? Rent a tipi at Sippewissett Campgrounds, which offers 100 sites equipped with picnic tables and fire pits — and even a laundromat. Take advantage of the campground’s free daily shuttle to the beach and ferry, or rent bikes for a scenic trip into Woods Hole for hot coffee and Popovers at Pie in the Sky. A honeymoon Cape Cod complete with s’mores and catching fireflies in a jar could be yours!


Woods Hole Inn


And last but not least — the Woods Hole Inn. We could go on and on about the romantic charm of this bustling port town — from the waterfront restaurants to the sweet seals at the aquarium to the best lobster tacos on Cape Cod — all just walking distance from the Inn. Take a trip to the Vineyard (the Inn is just steps from the Steamship Authority ferry terminal), or keep it local with lots of beaches, a bike path that hugs the shore, and evenings sipping champagne on our private water-facing deck. We can guarantee you’ll fall in love with this place we call home.


Woods Hole Historical Museum’s Biennial Auction and Tag Sale

July 16, 2016 by Beth Colt

Woods Hole Historical Museum’s Biennial Auction and Tag Sale. The auction is Saturday, July 16, and the tag sale is Sunday, July 17. One of the museum’s biggest fundraisers of the year.

The events take place on the museum’s grounds at 579 Woods Hole Road in Woods Hole. Parking is at the WHOI Challenger lot, next to the museum.

Auctioneer is the colorful Phil Stanton

Viewing at 9:00 a.m.

Bidding at 11:00 a.m.

Extensive selection of boats, maritime items, furniture, artwork, collectibles and more.

MBL Friday Evening Lecture

July 15, 2016 by Beth Colt

“Bacteria as Master Regulators and Aphrodisiacs” Nicole King, University of California, Berkeley; Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Creating Ships in a Bottle – Demonstration

July 13, 2016 by Beth Colt

Join Gerald Ross in an artsy Demonstration for your own nautical DIY projects at the Woods Hole Historical Museum!


Building Ships in a bottle 11 AM- 1 PM

Staff Spotlight — Meet Kaylee Costa

July 11, 2016 by Beth Colt

FullSizeRenderKaylee Costa, Front Desk & Red Chair Travels Coordinator
Kaylee Costa has been working at the Woods Hole Inn for several years now, and you may know her as the superstar who saved another employee’s life last year.  (And if not, read all about that right here.)

What is the best part of the job? The people!  I love meeting people from all over the world and hearing about their faraway lives. My goal is to visit everywhere at least once. I am currently taking notes for my bucket list.

What is your favorite breakfast item at Woods Hole Inn? The tomato soup cake because it is vegan and really good!

What is your favorite place on Cape Cod or the islands?  I love driving Route 6A from Barnstable to the Sagamore Bridge.  I recommend it to guests who want to explore towards the outer Cape.  It’s one of America’s oldest roads (sometimes called the Old King’s Highway)  with antique houses lining this winding original cow path.  I have picked out many of my future homes along that drive.  It really gives you an authentic sense of the history of Cape Cod.

What is your biggest accomplishment? In my off time, I enjoy competitive racing. I recently did a “Spartan Sprint,” an extremely hard challenge but I finished it.  I was able to complete a lot more obstacles than I thought possible. It was a goal of mine for 2016.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.  I love to read. I have finished 36 books since January 2016.

What is the best place you have traveled so far?  I love Prague. I visited for a month once with a college group.  We went to five countries and I knew the least about Prague before I got there.  Just showing up with zero expectations was the best part. I loved everything about it!  Prague is a beautiful old city with this huge stone bridge filled with artists,  not to mention — the food was amazing. Rome is a close second.  I have been there twice and really love it too.

MBL Friday Evening Lecture

July 7, 2016 by Beth Colt

“Digging for Genes that Affect Behavior” Hopi E. Hoekstra, Harvard University; Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Music at the Festival 2016

June 30, 2016 by Beth Colt

Saturday, July 30th – Sarah Swain and the Oh Boys kick it off at 11 p.m. at the Captain Kidd, 77 Water Street, Woods Hole.

Sarah Swain and the The Oh Boys feature Sarah on guitar and vocals, slide guitar virtuoso Jerry Smith, “Rocket” Ron Siegel on upright bass and Liam Hogg on drums.

Their set features Sarah’s original compositions, mixing in old Wanda Jackson and other classics as well as some lost garage rock nuggets. It’s rockabilly with a splash of soul…and a vibrant energy that’s downright contagious.


Tour the New Research Vessel R/V Neil Armstrong, an insider photo essay

June 26, 2016 by Beth Colt

new research vessel in Woods Hole

Woods Hole officially welcomed a new $100 million dollar research ship called the R/V Neil Armstrong on Saturday June 25th.  Over 25 years in the planning, this gleaming new floating laboratory was open for the day, with thousands of lucky visitors (including me!) invited on board for a full tour.

Woods Hole is the NASA of the ocean.  Led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, our tiny village is a world leader in understanding everything about ocean science.  I have been looking forward to my VIP insider tour since the invitation arrived weeks ago.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution WHOI

Our tour was led by Cyndy Chandler, longtime WHOI scientist and veteran of many “cruises” which is what the scientists call a research trip out on the boat.

new boat in Woods HoleOur group was pretty stoked as we boarded, looking up at this huge ship loaded with high tech gear.

Woods Hole research boats

Check out the Bridge of the R/V Neil Armstrong

First stop was the bridge, where we learned the ship is controlled by the tiniest wheel plus a couple of joysticks like a video game console.  The navigator explained that the technology of the ship’s engines allows them to remain in an exact location within a few inches if the seas are calm.

inside tour of research vessel in Woods Hole

What about inside the ship?

We traveled up and down the ship’s hallways, seeing bunk rooms, a floating hospital room, a fully handicap accessible room, recreational spaces and laboratories where the scientists do their work at sea.

R/V Neil Armstrong in Woods Hole

Cyndy explained how communications at sea have changed since she started at WHOI in the 1970’s.  She said the new internet connection was great for morale as shipmates can communicate regularly with loved ones, but sometimes she missed the quiet of leaving distractions behind.

Woods Hole scienceShe told us the labs were stripped of gear as each science cruise brings their own computers and equipment aboard.

research vessel in Woods Hole, interior

See the Galley of the R/V Neil Armstrong

The galley is where the 40+ scientists and crew eat all their meals.  The chef talked about the challenges of cooking and serving meals when the boat is in a rough sea.  I appreciated the small plastic sign he had over the serving area (“free beer tomorrow“) which he removed from the former vessel R/V Knorr before it was sold to the Mexican Navy.

visit inside the RV Neil ArmstrongOutside, we looked back at the Woods Hole waterfront from on high.  The ship feels at least four stories tall,

Woods Hole newsand I spied Quicks Hole Tavern and the Woods Hole Inn from this cool new vantage point.

visit to the research vessel Neil Armstrong

On the aft deck, they explained how experiments start with a huge crane that can lower equipment into the water as well as an ingenious system of deck bolts for ever-changing special gear.

visiting a research vessel in Woods Hole

Back on the Docks

Back out on the docks, there were exhibits, t-shirts, photo-ops and more.  I looked at the “CTD” device that measures conductivity, temperature and depth — one of many things lowered off the ship to collect data.

RV Neil ArmstrongGuides were wearing purple t-shirts with a graphic image of the new ship and the slogan “R/V Neil Armstrong — one giant leap for the ocean.”  In many ways, the mysterious ocean is one of the last unexplored corners of planet earth, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole is much like NASA in it’s mission to understand the darker corners of the deep blue sea.

exploring the RV Neil ArmstrongGoofing around at the end of the tour of the R/V Neil Armstrong with one of the divers suits, I am deeply appreciative of WHOI for their generous welcome, this amazing tour, and the ongoing science to which they are so dedicated.

Welcoming World Class Scientists, Everyday

It’s pretty cool living next door to all the big things happening at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.  It can sometimes be a little intimidating to welcome these world-class scientists to the Woods Hole Inn, but we are reminded that while our research is focused on simpler things like good linens, spotless rooms and the world’s best home made granola, everyone needs a good night’s rest.

Woods Hole MA ocean research

The Village Market, Woods Hole

June 25, 2016 by Beth Colt

Creative arts and fresh local produce in the heart of Woods Hole village every weekend from June through October.

Woods Hole has all the feel of a Cape Cod fishing village, and is still home port to a commercial fleet.  It is full of world-renowned scientific institutions such as the Marine Biological Laboratory and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

It is at the end of the Shining Sea Bicycle Path and is the way to Martha’s Vineyard.  With lots of fine dining as well, Woods Hole is visited by many during the summer.

If you are here on a weekend we hope you will drop in to the Market, located in the Old Fire Station Building next to the Community Hall on Water Street.

And, if it’s a bright day, you might be greeted by a pirate captain at his table of treasures from the deep, as you cross the bridge !

Friday Evening Lecture Series: “Fishing for the Secrets of Stickleback and Human Evolution” David M. Kingsley, Stanford University; Howard Hughes Medical Institute

June 24, 2016 by Beth Colt

Lecture Abstract:

How do new traits evolve in nature? Can we find particular genes and mutations that underlie dramatic differences in colors, or skeletal structures, or the nervous system in wild species? Are evolutionary mechanisms predictable, or are there many different ways of evolving new traits? For many years the answers to such questions were largely unknown. However, in recent years, new methods have begun to reveal the detailed genetic and genomic basis of evolutionary change in natural species. Dr. Kingsley will describe the insights that have come from his pioneering genetic and genomic studies of very young fish species that adapted to many new environments around the world. He will also illustrate how the lessons learned from this system can now be applied to many other organisms, including studies of modern human variation, and the search for key mutations that have contributed to the unique traits and capabilities that have evolved in the human lineage.