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 the video “Dolphins: Spy in the Pod – Part 2” on Friday, July 21, at noon, in Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water St., in Woods Hole. In this two-part series, join us for a front row seat into an in-depth look into the lives of dolphins. The series incorporates unique footage from 13 ingenious “spy” cameras including animatronic squid, a robotic turtle, and even a dolphin “double agent.” Sponsored by the Information Office. Coffee, tea, and cookies served. Donations accepted.


Presents the the video “Building Chernobyl's MegaTomb” on Friday, July 28, at noon, in Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water St., in Woods Hole. Engineers race to build a massive dome to contain the crumbling remains of the reactor. Sponsored by the Information Office. Coffee, tea, and cookies served. Donations accepted.


Upcoming talks at MBL’s Meigs Room, Swope Conference Center, June 28 – August 2.  For a listing of the free talks & to register, please visit For questions, please contact


Is hosting a Solar Fair aimed at residential solar opportunities for WHOI employees. Join us in Clark Lobby on Thursday, July 27, from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., where representatives from the solar field are available to answer your questions as to whether you are interested in solar panels on your roof or off-site solar (if your roof is aging and trees are abundant).  Come by and talk to the experts from local solar companies! It's helpful to bring a recent copy of your utility bill.


Before the age of electronics, navigation required charts, tools, and detailed calculations. Captain Virginia Land McGuire of Sea Education Association will explain the “Fundamentals of Navigation” - the basics of celestial navigation and the principles of dead reckoning - in a Woods Hole Historical Museum Conversation on July 20 at 12:30 p.m., in the Woods Hole Public Library lower level meeting room. The talk complements the museum’s exhibit in gallery one, “Navigating the Seas in the Age of Sail,” which showcases centuries-old charts on loan from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Data Library and Archives and tools that include sextants, taffrail logs, lead lines, compasses, and chip logs. The museum is located at 579 Woods Hole Road. For more information,


During July and August, knowledgeable WHOI volunteers guide visitors on free walking tours through the WHOI dock area and other restricted village facilities. Tours are offered at 10:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. Reservations are required. To reserve your spot, please visit


With live music by the Woods Hole Folk Orchestra and a Dance Leader happens the first Saturday of every month from 8-11 p.m., all year round in the Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water Street in Woods Hole. Admission is $10, kids half price. All are welcome. For information, call the Armstrongs at (508) 548-6661.


LynchPin Productions Theatre Company presents “Emily Dickinson & I” the journey of a portrayal - the true story of an actress’s struggle to write a one-woman play about her literary heroine, America’s foremost female poet, Emily Dickinson, on July 7 and 8 at 8:00 p.m., and July 9 at 4:00 p.m., in the Woods Hole Community Hall located at 68 Water Street in Woods Hole. Fourteen years and one dress later what emerges is an interwoven biography of both artists as Edie Campbell makes sense of her own experiences through Emily’s letters and poems. The hall is accessible to people with disabilities. Admission is $15. Advance tickets are available at Eight Cousins Books on Main Street in Falmouth or by reservation from Maria Moniz, (508) 540-4305. For more information, visit


Is sponsoring the following events:
• Beach Cleanup with Skip the Straw group, SEA, and T3C on Saturday, July 15, at Surf Drive Beach at 9:00 am. Meet at tennis court parking lot on WHOI’s Quissett Campus.
Come join in the fun, enjoy a break from your hard work, and meet new people!


Isheld the first Wednesday of each month at the Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water Street, Woods Hole. The next one will be Wednesday, August 2, from 7-10 p.m. All ages & levels are welcome. Admission is $5 for adults. Children are free. For more information, call (508) 540-8950.


On Tuesday, July 25, at 3:00 p.m., the WHOI Ocean Science Exhibit Center will host a presentation by Daniel P. Zitterbart, postdoctoral scholar in the Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Department, titled “March of the Many: Collective Behavior in Emperor Penguin Colonies.” The emperor penguin, an iconic polar seabird, is dependent on sea ice and thereby very sensitive to its changes. If sea ice decreases, local and global bird populations are predicted to decline by the end of the century. Little is known about their year-round behavior and how much they might be able to cope with a changing habitat. Learn interesting facts on emperor penguin behavior and how WHOI scientists study emperor penguins using the latest remote observing systems. The “Science Made Public” talks are free and open to the public. The WHOI Ocean Science Exhibit Center is located at 15 School Street in Woods Hole. Visit for more information or call (508) 289-2700.


The library is seeking donations for their third annual “Accessories and Adornments Sale” of new and gently used jewelry and accessories for men and women.  The library would like women’s jewelry, scarves, hats, belts, and sunglasses, and men’s ties, belts, sunglasses and hats (but not baseball caps). The Accessory committee is also looking for a few very special items which will be used in a silent auction. The sale will be held on Saturday, August 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., but donations can be dropped off at the library at 581 Woods Hole Road before then, whenever the library is open. The library is proud to welcome costume professional Nellie Kurz as the second speaker in the Lassalle Summer Dance Series on Tuesday, July 25, at 7:30 p.m. Nellie is a costume designer and constructor, working full time in the Costume Shop at the Boston Ballet for the last three years. On Monday, July 31, at 7:30 p.m., Joan Burstyn will give a power-point presentation at the library titled “Growing Up in London, England During World War II.” On Thursday, July 27 and August 3 & 10, from 2-4 p.m., the library will be offering a collage workshop taught by artist/educator Rose Mosner. Rose canvased neighborhood stores for fabric scraps, wallpaper sample books, left over wool, and scraps from a local lumber yard. Since the number of students is limited to ten, potential participants should register promptly by calling the library at (508) 548-8961. She also asks participants to bring a shopping bag full of materials, specifically scissors, glue, pencils, some background cardboards (corrugated board from old boxes are fine), fabric scraps, textured papers, strings, wools, plastic scraps and odd shapes, colored pencils, paints, markers, and whatever else comes to mind. She adds that old magazines are “a must.” The Summer Book Club on Social Justice will meet on August 2 and August 30, at 7:30 p.m., in the library. Woods Hole summer resident Ruth Gainer, who is leading this book group, has chosen "The Warmth of Other Suns" by Isabel Wilkerson as the first book. She describes the book as a “big but rewarding book that is especially important for current social justice issues.” These programs are free and open to the public. For more information please call the library at (508) 548-8961 for visit


Hands-on activities for kids using water, and fun for kids of all ages – at the Ocean Science Exhibit Center, located at 15 School Street in Woods Hole. Splash Lab will be held on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. No reservations necessary. For more information, call (508) 289-2663.


Which runs for eights days from July 29-August 5, presents feature length and short documentary films and will host two panel discussions on science as part of its "Bringing Science to the Screen" program. For more information, tickets, and a complete listing of this year's films, visit or find us on Facebook.


Located at 15 School Street, Woods Hole, is open Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For more information, call (508) 289-2663. WHOI merchandise is available year-round by visiting our online store at