Events & Happenings

May 2017
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 12:00 PM Novel Insights into Harmful Algal Bloom Ecology Through Deployments of Robotic In Situ Biosensors8:00 AM Diving First Aid for the Professional Diver8:00 AM Diving First Aid for the Professional Diver12:00 PM There will be no Biology Department seminar today12:00 PM There will be no seminars today
 2:00 PM Trace Element Proxies and Mineral Indicators of Hydrothermal Fluid pH and Metal Content and Seafloor Massive Sulfide Deposit Formation Processes10:00 AM Oceanic Turbulence and Highly Intermittent Plankton Ecosystem
 12:15 PM Linking Organic Matter Chemistry to Its Degradation by Sunlight in Aquatic Ecosystems
 1:30 PM Transition from a Continental to an Oceanic Rift in the Northern Red Sea
 3:05 PM Dimensions of Continents and Oceans - Water Has Carved a Perfect Cistern
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12:15 PM Organic Matter Sulfurization and the Carbon Cycle12:15 PM There will be no MC&G Department seminar today12:00 PM Investigation of Ocean Sunfish, Mola Mola, that Strand on the Shores of Cape Cod, MA12:15 PM Collective Phenomena in Living Matter -- A Case Study on Emperor Penguins 1:30 PM Alexandrium catanella Cyst Dynamics in a Coastal Embayment: Temperature Dependence of Dormancy, Germination, and Bloom Initiation
1:30 PM Pito Deep - Revisiting Pacific Lower Crust, the 3rd Dimension of Magnetic Stripes & Long, Lost Hydrothermal Vents12:15 PM Direct Measurement of Momentum, Heat and Mass Fluxes and Their Use in Marine Boundary Layer Studies
3:05 PM Air-Sea Interaction, Water Mass Formation and Ocean Circulation -- From Warm-Salty (Red Sea) to Cold-Fresh Waters (Southern Ocean)
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12:00 PM There will be no seminars today12:15 PM Mantle Volatile Signatures from the East African Rift and the Origin of Economically-Viable Helium-Rich Seeps12:15 PM There will be no AOP&E Department seminar today12:00 PM Avenues of Coral Acclimatization in Response to Rapid Environmental Change12:00 PM There will be no seminars today
3:05 PM New Views of the Gulf Stream
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12:00 PM There will be no seminars today12:15 PM There will be no MC&G Department seminar today12:15 PM Land-Sea Water Exchange from Ripples to Shelves: Implications for Chemical Inputs to the Coastal Ocean3:30 PM Influence of Dispersal Processes on the Global Dynamics of the Emperor Penguin, a Species Threatened by Climate Change12:00 PM There will be no seminars today
3:05 PM Production, Export, and Oceanic Impacts of Greenland's Glacial Meltwater3:30 PM Mesozooplankton Are Not Herbivores: The Importance of Microzooplankton in Mesozooplankton Diets
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12:00 PM Memorial Day Holiday (Institution closed)12:00 PM Dante's 9th Circle of Hell Is Ice (A Fact that Is Not Unrelated to the Study of Light and Algae in Polar Ocean Ecosystems)12:15 PM Is the Universe Stringy, Loopy, or Just an Entangled Mess?
12:15 PM How Do We Detect Life that Turns over More Slowly than the Ocean? Geochemical Methods to Study the Deep Subsurface
3:05 PM The Generation of Rossby Waves and Wake Eddies by Small Islands

Other Events and Notes of Interest


Presents the video “Secrets of the Shining Knight” on Friday, June 15, at noon, in Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water St., Woods Hole. A knight in shining armor may sound like a character out of a storybook, but once upon a time, knighthood was serious business, and for countless medieval fighters, their armor was what stood between life and death. But what was it really like to live beneath the metal? How was that shining armor crafted, and how strong was it? Could it withstand impacts from the most lethal weapons of the day, including crossbows, muskets, and early guns? NOVA challenged blacksmith Ric Furrer and master armorer Jeff Wasson to recreate parts of an elite armor that was originally manufactured in the Royal Workshop founded by King Henry VIII. We trace their successes and setbacks from start to finish as they rediscover centuries-old metalworking secrets, then put their new armor to the ultimate test against a period musket.Sponsored by the Information Office. Coffee, tea, and cookies served. Donations accepted.


Presents Artist Lily Simonson on Friday, June 22, at noon, in Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water St., Woods Hole. Lily will present her recent collaborations with WHOI researchers aboard the R/V Atlantis and E/V Nautilus. Her resulting paintings based on deep-sea geochemical seeps and hydrothermal vents comprise her newest exhibition, Lily Simonson: Painting the Deep, which opens June 30, at the Harvard Museum of Natural History.Lily works in tandem with researchers at remote field sites to create larger-than-life paintings of uncanny organisms in extreme environments–from the deep sea to Antarctica. Enveloping viewers in dramatic, atmospheric scenes, Simonson's work evokes the immersive experience of exploration. Simonson has served as the resident artist aboard five different oceanographic expeditions and spent three months scuba diving and camping in Antarctica as the 2014-15 National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Awardee. Simonson holds a BA from UC Berkeley and an MFA in Painting from UCLA. Her works have been exhibited across the US and Europe and her art has appeared in a range of media outlets, including Interview MagazineAtlas ObscuaraPacific Standard, the LA Times, and LA Weekly. Sponsored by the Information Office. Coffee, tea, and cookies served. Donations accepted.


A photographic retrospective featuring modern portraits paired with their historical predecessor of telling the story of the men and women of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). Open daily 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., through June 22 at the MBL Club, 100 Water Street, Woods Hole, Mass. Free and open to the public. Brought to you by Art Lab LLC.


Members of the Woods Hole Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla will talk at the library on Monday, June 18, at 7:30 p.m., about pollution, environmental protection laws, local aquatic invasive species, and the America’s Waterways Watch program, which asks recreational boaters to take an active role in staying alert for suspicious activity on the waterfront. Auxiliary members will also be available to answer questions about boating rules and regulations. Author Wendy Hinman returns to the library on Wednesday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m., with her new book Sea Trials: Around the World with Duct Tape and Bailing Wire which tells a true story of a sea adventure, this one about her husband’s family when he was a teenager and they were sailing around the world. The library will begin the new season of its Social Justice Book Club on June 27. The book club was formed in the summer of 2016 by summer resident Ruth Gainer who is continuing to lead the group and its discussions. All the books chosen for the group focus on issues of poverty, racism, and the justice system. This year, Ruth has expanded the program so there will be a total of four books read and discussed. In each case, copies of the book will be available at the library and also at Eight Cousins Books, for those who wish to own their own copy. The books are all recent releases. At the first discussion on June 27, participants will be discussing The Color of Law, a Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein. On July 11, participants will be discussing Backlash: What Happens When We Talk Honestly About Racism in America, by George Yancy. On July 25, participants will be discussing When They Call You a Terrorist: a Black Lives Matter Memoir, by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele and on August 8, participants will be discussing Give Us the Ballot, by Ari Berman. For more information, call the library at (508) 548-8961, or visit the library’s website


Begins on Monday, June 18 with lectures running through August 10. This year's principal lecturer will be Professor Andrew Woods from the University of Cambridge. If you would like to receive weekly lecture schedules by email, please contact Julie Hildebrandt at All lectures will be held at Walsh Cottage.


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