Events & Happenings



Public Event: Life without Sunlight at Deep-sea Hot Springs

Sunday, August 27, 2017 • 6-8 p.m.
Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, MA

Sponsored by the Elisabeth and Henry A. Morss, Jr., Colloquia Endowed Fund

July 2017
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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12:00 PM There will be no seminars today12:00 PM Independence Day Holiday (Institution closed)9:30 AM From Miraflores to Great Sacandaga: Understanding the Potential Ramifications of Channel Deepening in U.S. Estuaries12:15 PM Response of Cetaceans to Anthropogenic Noise - From Behavioral Responses to Cumulative Effects8:00 PM Drunken Sailors, Coin Flips and How to Read Genomes
10:00 AM Oceans and Human Health: Understanding How Environment Influences Our Genes2:06 PM Evaluation of Mixing Coefficients in the Deep Ocean
12:15 PM Drawing Embryos Together: Seeing the Embryology of Crepidula
12:15 PM The Flying Sailboat, an Infinite-Range Ocean-Monitoring Drone Bioinspired by the Albatross
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1:00 PM Basic Lifesaving CPR 12:15 PM Thorium and Particle Dynamics in the North Atlantic12:00 PM There will be no Summer Student Lecture Series today12:00 PM Living Marine Resource Science Priorities for the North Atlantic Region - A NOAA Fisheries Perspective12:00 PM Combining Multiple NEFSC Data Sets to Build a Better Understanding of the Importance of Euphausiids to the NEUS-LME
3:00 PM How to Teach Your AUV New Tricks12:15 PM New Laser-Based Approaches for Methane Sensing 12:15 PM Before Organisms Were Models: Thomas Hunt Morgan's Experiments with Marine Organisms in Late 19th Century Woods Hole8:00 PM Bacteria as Master Regulators of Metabolism
3:05 PM Ocean Surface Velocity Measurements from Air and Space3:00 PM The Isotopic Structures of Natural Organic Molecules
4:00 PM Massachusetts Offshore Energy and Environmental Research Public Forum (see below for more information)
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12:00 PM There will be no seminars today12:15 PM Biogeochemistry of the Deep Marine Biosphere9:30 AM Microbial Production of Siderophores in Response to Iron Limitation in the Ocean12:00 PM Monitoring the Eastern Tropical Pacific Tuna Fishery from Space8:00 PM KATP Channels and Neonatal Diabetes: From Molecule to New Therapy and Beyond
3:00 PM Invasion of the Body-Snatchers10:00 AM Upstream Sources of the Denmark Strait Overflow2:05 PM Western Boundary Currents in a Changing Climate: Case Study of the Agulhas Current
3:05 PM Valley Flows in the Ocean12:15 PM Environmentally Adaptive Autonomy for Undersea Acoustic Sensing, Communication and Navigation3:00 PM Inclusive Excellence in Science: Race Matters
12:15 PM The First Thirty Years: The Endocrine Disruptor Concept in Embryo
3:00 PM The Saga of an Exploding Beach
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12:00 PM There will be no seminars today12:00 PM Sex and Contaminants in Fish: Hot Spots, Big Testes, and High-Activity Males9:30 AM Microbes, Fluids, and Rocks: Life Beneath the Seafloor12:00 PM Extreme Weather and Climate Events with Ecological Relevance - Extreme Hydroclimatic Conditions During 2010/11 in Australia12:00 PM Understanding and Modeling Aging
12:15 PM There will be no MC&G Department seminar today10:00 AM Piping Plovers, Storms and the Evolution of Early Succession Habitats on Barrier Islands2:05 PM Eddy Dynamics of Poleward Eastern Boundary Currents
3:00 PM March of the Many: Collective Behavior in Emperor Penguin Colonies 11:15 AM Southeast Asian Monsoon Variability in the CESM-Last Millennium Ensemble
3:05 PM Ocean Submesoscales as a Key Component of the Global Heat Budget12:15 PM Part 2: MEMS IMU Navigation with Model-Based Dead-Reckoning and OWTT for AUVs
12:15 PM Part 1: Intelligent Endurance for AUV Gliders
5:00 PM How High Will the Tide Be? Ice Sheets and Sea-Level Rise
11:15 PM Ocean Warming's Influence on Extreme Precipitation Events: Indian Ocean, 2010-11
11:15 PM Role of Ocean and Atmospheric Heat Transport in the Arctic Amplification
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12:00 PM The History and Legacy of the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works®
1:00 PM Science, Education, and Filmmaking in Patagonia

Other Events and Notes of Interest


Presents the the video “Treasures of the Earth: Power” on Friday, August 18, 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 Information Office. Coffee, tea, and cookies served. Donations accepted.


Presents the the video “Search for the Super Battery” on Friday, August 25, at noon, in Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water St., in Woods Hole. Explore the hidden world of energy storage and how it holds the keys to a greener future. Sponsored by the Information Office. Coffee, tea, and cookies served. Donations accepted.


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.


Is held the first Wednesday of each month at the Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water Street, Woods Hole. The next one will be Wednesday, September 6, 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.


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.


Twenty-eight artists have donated their time and talents to do amazing artwork on 24" tall wooden lighthouses to support “The Friends of Nobska” restoration efforts at Nobska Lighthouse. The little lighthouses have been traveling in Falmouth all summer. See them in person at Martha's Vineyard Saving Bank in Woods Hole until August 18 – then at the keepers house in conjunction with the open tower tours August 22, 24, 29, and 31, from 10:00 a.m. - noon. Meanwhile the lighthouse tower is open for tours Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10:00 a.m. - noon through August, weather permitting.


The Social Justice Book Club of the library has been reading and meeting in discussion all summer. Their first book was The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson, about the migration north and west of freed slaves in the century after the Civil War. The second meeting of the group focused on two books: James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time and the recent update by Jesmyn Ward The Fire This Time. That evening also featured a stimulating and thoughtful talk by Dr. George M. Langford, nationally known cell biologist and neuroscientist and his wife Sylvia Langford, bringing the topic to a very personal and local level.  After these two stimulating evenings of discussion, the Book Club continues with its study of the third book of the summer, Never Caught. It tells the story of Ona Judge’s quest for freedom while George and Martha Washington tried to use federal power to keep her enslaved. With impeccable research, historian Erica Armstrong Dunbar weaves an engrossing tale that offers fascinating new scholarship on how one young woman risked everything to gain freedom from the famous founding father. The Book Club will meet to discuss Dunbar’s book at the library, 581 Woods Hole Road, on Wednesday, August 30, at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the lower level of the library which is handicapped accessible. See the website for more details.


The Woods Hole Business Association is proud to partner this September with the world – renowned Woods Hole science community to present “Destination Science: Discover Woods Hole,” a weekend packed full of free events in celebration of the global impact being made by laboratories right here! Come this fall to experience Cape Cod like a local, with themed weekend events. The theme September 15 – 17 is “Rachel Carson: Women in Science Pioneer.” This weekend will commemorate the 55th anniversary of Carson’s groundbreaking work, Silent Spring, released on September 27, 1962. Carson’ s ties to Woods Hole run deep; she first arrived in 1929 as a 22 – year – old summer researcher with the Marine Biological Laboratory. It was the first time she saw the ocean, and she learned to swim in the waters of Woods Hole. Carson also worked for the Bureau of Fisheries (now part of NOAA), and conducted research at its station in Woods Hole. In 1949, she became the first woman to go to sea on its research vessel, the Albatross III. For more information about this special weekend, please visit


Located at 15 School Street, Woods Hole, is open Monday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., through the end of August. In September and October, the center will be open Monday – Saturday from 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