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During a recent trip to islands of Micronesia, WHOI marine chemist Konrad Hughen and his team surveyed shallow water reefs to study the response of corals to global warming and ocean acidification. As part of the expedition, team members extracted cores from large corals using a water-powered drill. The cores contain physical and chemical clues to how the reef environment changed over the lifetime of the coral and how the corals responded to those changes. (photo by Whitney Bernstein, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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Research activities in the Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry (MC&G) Department are focused on exploring the broad spectrum of processes that influence chemical cycling in the oceans and their interactions with the atmosphere, land, and Earth’s interior. Critical to these efforts are considerations of how ocean chemistry influences and responds to biological activity and the impact of anthropogenic activity on the marine environment. We are a diverse group of researchers working at the interface of multiple disciplines using a combination of laboratory, field-based, and computational approaches. Projects range in size from single investigator studies to large collaborative projects involving investigators from multiple institutions.

Last updated: March 3, 2017

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