Gribble Lab

Transgenerational Inheritance. Aging. Aquatic Ecology. Evolutionary Biology.

Research in the Gribble lab addresses questions of plasticity and evolution of life history strategy and aging, with a focus on transgenerational inheritance of phenotype. We combine perspectives and methods from ecology, biological oceanography, evolution, and molecular biology to investigate how environment and genetics together determine and an organism’s lifespan, reproduction, and health phenotypes. We are particularly interested in understanding “maternal effects,” or how a mother’s physiology and environment affects the phenotype of her offspring, potentially across multiple generations.  

Lab News

April 2023: We are hiring! A Postdoctoral Scientist position is available to investigate the epigenetic mechanisms of maternal age effects, as part of our projects supported by an NSF CAREER Award. To apply:

June 2022: The lab has received its first R01 from the NIA! We are excited to continue our work on the role of mitochondrial function and dynamics in maternal age effects on offspring health and lifespan.

April 2022: Just published: van Daalen, S.F., C.M. Hérnandez, H. Caswell, M.G. Neubert, K.E. Gribble. 2022The contribution of maternal age heterogeneity to variance in lifetime reproductive output. The American Naturalist 199(5):603-616. 

February 2022: Aksel Jensen was awarded 1st place at the FHS Science Fair and 2nd place at the Region V Science fair for his project, Toxicity of Road Runoff Entering the Waquoit Bay Estuarine System.

January 2022: Aksel Jensen joined the lab as a Website Designer. Welcome Aksel!

January 2022: Kate Allcock joined the lab as a Research Assistant. Welcome Kate!

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We are a part of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), a research institution dedicated to scientific discovery – exploring fundamental biology, understanding biodiversity and the environment.