Events & Happenings



Cinema & Science by the Sea

July and August
Redfield Auditorium, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

"Know your Ocean" Science Chats

Tuesdays in July and August at 3:00 p.m.
WHOI's Ocean Science Discovery Center Auditorium, 
15 School Street, Woods Hole

July 2018
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12:00 PM There will be no seminars today12:15 PM There will be no MC&G Department seminar today12:00 PM Independence Day (Institution closed)12:00 PM Art as Outreach: The Intersection of Painting and Research8:00 PM Can the Brain's Structure Reveal its Function?
3:05 PM There will be no Physical Oceanography Department seminar today
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3:05 PM Mixing at the Gyre Boundary: Discovery of Wave Breaking and a New Form of Ocean Turbulence at the Gulf Stream Front12:15 PM Comparative Geochemistry of Iron in the SE Tropical Pacific and the Western Indian Ocean9:30 AM Vignettes on the Early Life Stages of Fish10:00 AM The Political Economy of Deforestation in the Tropics8:00 PM Frugal Science in the Age of Curiosity
3:00 PM A Current of Change Off Cape Hatteras10:00 AM Microbial Life and Survival Strategies in the Carbon- and Energy-Limited Lower Oceanic Crust12:00 PM Baleen Whale Localization Using a Single-Hydrophone: Method, Results, and Perspectives
3:05 PM Interactions Between Near-Inertial Waves and Balanced Currents at Ocean Fronts12:15 PM Unexpected High-Q Peaks and Pervasive Nonstationarity in the Infragravity Wave Band for Deep Seafloor Pressure Measurements2:00 PM The Circulation of the Antarctic Margins in a Changing Climate
4:00 PM The Fevers of Reason3:00 PM Strategies for Facilitating and Supporting a Diverse Geoscience Talent Pool and Workforce: Lessons Learned
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12:00 PM There will be no seminars today12:15 PM Science Diplomacy and Next Generation Arctic Marine Shipping Assessments 9:30 AM There will be no Summer Lecture Series today12:00 PM Echolocation of Toothed Whales - From Basic to Applied Research10:00 AM Radium Isotopes as Tracers of Boundary Inputs of Nutrients and Trace Elements to the Coastal and Open Ocean
3:00 PM Understanding the Majestic Blue Whales of Patagonia11:30 AM AOP&E Scientific Staff and Postdoc Presentations3:00 PM Fixing Sexual Harassment: Nothing Less than Culture Change
3:05 PM How Does Pacific Water Enter the Interior Arctic Ocean?8:00 PM Neurobiology of Parenting Behavior
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10:00 AM Remote Sensing of the Upper Ocean Turbulence: From Submesoscales to Dissipative Scales12:15 PM Natural Climate Solutions: Who, What, When, Where and Why?9:30 AM The Dance Between the Ocean and the Atmosphere12:00 PM Making the Seafloor: Insights from Active-Source Seismology8:00 PM The Co-Evolution of Life and Rocks: Insights from Data-Driven Discovery
3:00 PM Oases in the Deep - Dark Life at Deep-Sea Vents10:00 AM Why Sunshine Matters for Oil Spills
3:05 PM The Surprising Skill of Sea Surface Salinity in Seasonal Prediction of Precipitation on Land
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2:00 PM Doctoral Dissertation Defense of Thesis12:15 PM Emerging Hypotheses from Marine Metabolite Measurements in the Ocean
2:00 PM Biological Propulsion in (and of?) the Ocean3:00 PM 52 Million Points and Counting: A New Stratification Approach for Mapping Global Marine Ecosystems
3:05 PM Flow in and Around the Samoan Passage: Implications for Abyssal Mixing in the Pacific

Other Events and Notes of Interest


Presents Simon Ryder-Burbidge who will present “I thought the horseshoe crabs were part of my family”: Investigating ocean connectivity and coastal values in Falmouth, Massachusetts” on Friday, August 17, at noon, in Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water St., Woods Hole. Determining how citizens relate to the coastal zone is as an important element of coastal governance today. Previous research has identified several indicators to examine connections between coastal communities and marine environments, but do those data reflect the perceptions of the people who live there? A growing body of literature points to the importance of integrating public perceptions into coastal decision-making processes. Here, a 2017 survey conducted in Falmouth, Massachusetts acts as a case study, investigating how residents perceive connections to the ocean. Results point to strong sensory and place-based attachments to the marine environment and a variety of social values tied to the coast. Analysis includes recommendations on how public perceptions data can be used by science communicators and coastal planners, and identifies relational values as a means to frame connections in broader public discourse. This study suggests that public perceptions could provide the foundation for a community-based Ocean Connectivity Index, to better understand how social values relate to spatial parameters in coastal areas. Sponsored by the WHOI Visitor Center. Coffee, tea, and cookies served. Donations accepted.


Presents part two of the video “Into the Amazon” on Friday, August 24, at noon, in Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water St., Woods Hole. Into the Amazon tells the remarkable story of President Theodore Roosevelt’s journey with legendary Brazilian explorer Candido Rondon into the heart of the South American rainforest to chart an unexplored tributary of the Amazon. Sponsored by the WHOI Visitor Center. Coffee, tea, and cookies served. Donations accepted


On Monday August 13, at 7:30 p.m., Brian Engles, will speak at library about his new novel Wildball.Fans of local summer baseball are sure to be intrigued by this book. Brian Engles grew up in Falmouth before attending Boston University to earn a degree in film & television. His debut novel Wildball was just published in April of 2018. Its summer baseball backdrop was indeed inspired by the Cape Cod Baseball League whose games Brian has attended his whole life. The next in the series of Lassalle Dance Lectures will be held on Tuesday, August 14, at 7:30 p.m., at the library. This series reflects a complete change from the recent talks about classical ballet. It will feature two currently performing, award-winning hip hop dancers, “The Wondertwins.” They will be coming over to Woods Hole from The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard to give a talk entitled “Hip-Hop in the 21st Century (and Before).” The library will be holding its biggest book sale of the season, starting on Saturday, August 18, at 10 a.m. The sale will run on the first day till 5 p.m. After that, it will continue during regular library hours. The “Book Sale” volunteers have been very busy preparing for this sale. Most of the books are recent gifts to the library, donated especially for the sale. Newcomers to the sale will be surprised and delighted at the careful arrangement and universally low prices. (The base price for hard-backs is $2). Even the “higher priced” volumes are very reasonable. For more information, call the library at
(508) 548-8961 or visit the website


The next in the series of Lassalle Dance Lectures at the library will be held on Tuesday, August 21, at 7:30 p.m. It will feature Adam Weinert, a performance-based artist born and raised in New York City. He began his training at The School of American Ballet and continued on to Vassar College, The Juilliard School, and New York University, where he recently earned a Master’s Degree under the tutelage of André Lepecki. Adam has danced with The Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company, The Mark Morris Dance Group, Shen Wei Dance Arts, and Christopher Williams and for six years, served as the Artistic Associate to Jonah Bokaer. Keith Gessen will be speaking in Woods Hole as a part of a national book tour introducing his new novel “A Terrible Country.” This is his second book, ten years after his celebrated debut, “All the Sad Young Literary Men.” In the meantime, he has founded the magazine n+1.  Mr. Gessen’s talk will be held in the library on Wednesday evening, August 29, at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Eight Cousins Book Store will be in attendance, offering Mr. Gessen’s book for sale. He, of course, will be happy to autograph the copies. For more information, call the library at (508) 548-8961 or visit


Opens its 2018-19 season with a Skylark Spotlight recital by soprano Fiona Gillespie Jackson. Gillespie Jackson’s recital, Bold Outlaw, is a musical exploration of the legend and history surrounding Robin Hood, featuring folk, Medieval, and Renaissance music from France and the British Isles. Gillespie Jackson brings with her the talents of three additional musicians – her sister, Genevieve Gillespie, a Celtic fiddler and vocalist; Paul Morton, a versatile musician with extensive experience in classical guitar, theorbo, and lute; and tenor Bradley King. Bold Outlaw will be presented on Saturday, August 25 at 7 p.m., at Church of the Messiah in Woods Hole. Tickets are $20 general admission/$10 students and music educators


On August 26 from 5-6 p.m., at the Church of the Messiah, Church Street, Woods Hole, there will be a lecture titled “Why is the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Resistant to Resolution and What Should be Done?” by Prof. Nadim Rouhana. All are welcome to attend. For details, to join an email list, or to donate, visit their website (MEFF is a 501(c3) nonprofit).


Presents “The Terrible Infants” on August 18 and 19 at 4 p.m.  A series of twisted tales for all ages. Tickets are $15 and $5 for ages 16 and under. This event is presented by the Woods Hole Theater Company. On August 18 at 7:00 p.m., the Community Hall presents “Summertime Blues” featuring Les Sampou and Dawna Hammers. Tickets are $15 at the door.  These events are held at the Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water Street, Woods Hole, Mass.


On Tuesday, August 21, at 7:30 p.m., the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Woods Hole Film Festival will be showing the film Jawsoutside on the lawn area behind Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water Street, Woods Hole, Mass.A local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer team up to hunt down a great white shark wrecking havoc in a beach resort. Bring your own blanket or beach chair. If raining, it will be shown inside Redfield Auditorium. Prior to the film, there will be an introduction by a WHOI researcher.


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