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 “Treasures of the Earth: Metals” on Friday, May 26, at noon, in Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water St., in Woods Hole. What is it about the nature of metals that have made them a pillar of human civilization? Sponsored by the Info Office. Coffee, tea, and cookies served. Donations accepted.


Presents the the video “Treasures of the Earth: Power” on Friday, June 2, at noon, in Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water St., in Woods Hole. Drill underground to see the treasures that power our world—today and into the future. Sponsored by the Info Office. Coffee, tea, and cookies served. Donations accepted.


Friends of Nobska Light will be holding public tours on May 30 and June 1 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., weather permitting. Children must be at least six years of age and 45 inches tall to enter. Admission is free. Donations to support the lighthouse preservation and restoration are welcomed. The line will be closed for tours at the closing time above. Anyone in line by then will be admitted. Shoes and shirts required. No food or drink or smoking is permitted in the lighthouse. Backpacks, large purses, large camera bags not allowed in the light room. Infants in carrying pouches are not allowed in the lighthouse.  No liability is accepted for personal items left unattended in or on the grounds of the lighthouse. The lighthouse is located at 233 Nobska Road, Woods Hole, Massachusetts.


Isheld the first Wednesday of each month at the Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water Street, Woods Hole. The next one will be Wednesday, June 7, 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.


The library is continuing its series of lectures about recent scientific research. The month of May will see WHOI/MIT Joint Program graduate students and post-doctoral fellows “stepping out” to give public talks about their current research in a public-friendly atmosphere, using vocabulary that all will be able to understand. Interested people of all ages and levels are invited to attend these free lectures. The next lecture will be on Monday, May 22, at 7:30 p.m. Speakers are Meghan Jones and Megan May.Meghan Jones’ lecture is titled “The Structure of the Seafloor: What We Know and How We Know It.” Megan May’s lecture is titled “Mainly Microbes.” The series will continue through May. The program will be held in the library’s lower level meeting room and is free and open to the public. The library will host its next travel talk on Wednesday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m. Woods Hole residents Nan and Phil Logan traveled to the island nation of Malta in March and found “ghosts of knights, temples older than Stonehenge, and loads of boats.” They will be showing photos of the intriguing architecture and archeology, as well as some of the colorful boats native to Malta. They will also touch on the rich history of the area, most notably the Knights of Malta, who moved across the Mediterranean to Malta after the Crusades. To hear more about this fascinating country, with its limestone cliffs arising from the seabetween Sicily and the North African coasts of Tunisia and Libya, come to the library at 581 Woods Hole Road for this event, which is free and open to the public. For more information on any of these events, call the library at (508) 548-8961 or visit


The public is invited to tour the SSV Corwith Cramer and meet the crew on Saturday, June 3, from 3-5 p.m., on Dyers dock, Woods Hole. The SSV Corwith Cramer is a 134-foot brigantine and state-of-the-art sailing school vessel. It is the senior flagship of SEA Semester, a study abroad program run by Sea Education Assoc. Interested in learning more about SEA’s high school and undergraduate programs?  Join our Admissions Open House at 171 Woods Hole Road, June 3, from 1:30 - 3 p.m. For more information, call (508) 540-3954 or visit


Luisa Bocconcelli, Woods Hole resident, has returned home after spending the school year as a student ambassador in Morocco. She will talk about her experience, and show slides of this exotic North African country at the library on Wednesday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m.  Luisa, daughter of WHOI scientists Alessandro Bocconcelli and Laela Sayigh, and student at Falmouth Academy, has traveled extensively in her short life, visiting her family in Italy almost every year, and spending 1/2 of her 10th grade year in Spain. As her senior year drew closer, Luisa looked for something that would push her limits and take her to new horizons. She was accepted into the competitive US State Department’s Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad program, which was created after September 11, 2001 (by senators Edward Kennedy and Richard Lugar) in an effort to increase cultural exchange and awareness with predominantly Muslim countries.  This talk is free and open to the public. The audience is asked to enter through the library’s lower door, which is handicapped accessible. The library is preparing for its big late-spring book sale, to be held on Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The shelves on the wall of the room used for the book sale are already bursting at the seams. By the day of the sale, cartons of more books will be brought in, to be displayed on tables set up throughout the room. One of the great attractions of this sale is that the books are sorted by type. Two of the leaders of the book sale committee are retired librarians, so the careful arrangement is only natural! Sections of the shelves are devoted to history, biography, natural history, cooking, gardening, children’s, and other subjects. Most of the new additions to be put on the tables are particularly alluring, and include brand new fiction and local books, all perfect for gift giving or summer reading. A noted addition to this sale is a collection of books from the library’s president, Prosser Gifford, who is trying to downsize his own library. Chief among his books are collections of poetry, literature, and other specialized non-fiction volumes. As always the sale will include lots of gardening, craft, and cookery books, as well as recent handsome children’s books. Also, the library will move some of its recently discarded titles into the sale. After opening day, the sale will continue only during the library’s regular open hours, which include every late afternoon from Monday through Saturday. For more information on any of these events, call the library at (508) 548-8961 or visit


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