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For Immediate Release: March 4, 2011
Contact: David Gallagher, MBL, (508) 289-7725; dgallagher@mbl.edu

Hop Over to Wellfleet for Mass Audubon Event
MBL scientist to speak about frogs and human health; other events geared to children

Xenopus frog
MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—Can you tell the difference between frogs and toads? What exactly is a “Spring Peeper”? These, and many other questions for young and old will be answered at “Puddle Jumpers,” a March 12 celebration for children and adults at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, sponsored by Mass Audubon. The event is free with membership or sanctuary admission.

For the adults, Dr. Joshua Hamilton of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole will speak from 10:30 to 11:30 AM. Dr. Hamilton will discuss Xenopus frogs as a model for human health research, exploring the frog’s unique, regenerative powers and discussing its connection to breakthroughs in human tissue engineering, cancer research, and understanding birth defects.

Events for children will be held throughout the day, including “Fantastic Frogs” for children ages 4 to 12, from 10:30 to 11:30 AM; and “Teeming Toads” for families with children ages 7 to 14, 1:30 to 2:30 PM. Discovery hikes around the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary will also start at 12:00 noon and 3:00 PM. Call 508-349-2615 or visit http://www.massaudubon.org/wellfleetbay for more information.

HamiltonDr. Joshua Hamilton is the MBL’s Chief Academic and Scientific Officer, and a Senior Scientist in the Josephine Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution. He studies how arsenic and other toxic metals increase disease, and has pioneered new methods for investigating effects of environmental contaminants on human health.


The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is dedicated to scientific discovery and improving the human condition through research and education in biology, biomedicine, and environmental science. Founded in Woods Hole, Massachusetts in 1888, the MBL is an independent, nonprofit corporation.