Events & Happenings

Week of April 9, 2017
Mon Apr 10

Fisheries Catch and Ocean Productivity in a Changing Climate

12:00 PM • MBLs Speck Auditorium
Charlie Stock, NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

NEFSC Seminar Series

Sponsor: NEFSC

Tue Apr 11

Increased Fluxes of Shelf-Derived Materials to the Central Arctic Ocean

12:15 PM • Clark 507
Lauren Kipp, WHOI

Sponsor: MC&G Department

Origin of Transform Faults and Gravity Rolls?

1:30 PM • Carriage House
David Sandwell, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Geodynamics Seminar Series

Sponsor: Dir. of Research & Academic Programs Offices

Satellite Observations of Convection-Wind Coupling

3:05 PM • Clark 507
Thomas Kilpatrick, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Sponsor: Physical Oceanography Department

Wed Apr 12

There will be no AOP&E Department seminar today

12:15 PM

Thu Apr 13

Multi-Scale Physical-Biological Interactions with Harmful Algal Populations

12:00 PM • Redfield Auditorium
Lourdes Velo-Suárez, French National Center for Scientific Research

Sponsor: Biology Department

Fri Apr 14

There will be no seminars today

12:00 PM

Other Events and Notes of Interest


Presents the video “Secrets of the Sky Tombs” on Friday, April 21, at noon, in Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water St., in Woods Hole. Evidence discovered in the world’s highest tombs reveals ancient rituals and beliefs. Sponsored by the Information Office. Coffee, tea, and cookies served. Donations accepted.


Presents part one of the the video “Rachel Carson” on Friday, April 28, at noon, in Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water St., in Woods Hole. “Rachel Carson” is an intimate portrait of the woman whose groundbreaking books revolutionized our relationship to the natural world. When Silent Spring was published in September 1962, it became an instant bestseller and would go on to spark dramatic changes in the way the government regulated pesticides. Sponsored by the Information Office. Coffee, tea, and cookies served. Donations accepted


WHOI and the Woods Hole Film Festival are sponsoring “Fun & Films for Families” school vacation week activities from Monday, April 17 – Thursday, April 20. On Monday, April 17, at 11 a.m., in Redfield Auditorium, the animated film “Song of the Sea” will be shown, followed by a conversation about seal research in the Exhibit Center with biologist Andrea Bogomolni.  On Tuesday, April 18, at 11 a.m., the “Wild Kratts Deep Sea Adventure” episode will be screened, featuring a segment filmed in Woods Hole on the Atlantis with Alvin and in biologist Tim Shank’s lab. Following the screening, Bruce Strickrott will talk in the Exhibit Center about adventures using Alvin. On Wednesday, April 19, at 11 a.m., “The Boat Builder” starring Christopher Lloyd will be screened. The film is for audiences age 12 and up. To reserve seats for any of the film screenings, please visit The WHOI Ocean Science Exhibit Center will host “Splash Lab” hands-on activities from 1 – 3 p.m., Monday, April 17, through Wednesday, April 19, and “Story Time” on Thursday, April 20, at 11 a.m., with Hovey Clifford reading “A Fish Out of Water.” For more information, contact


The library is celebrating “National Poetry Month” throughout the month of April, hoping to bring a breath of spring to all participants. “Poetry for Lunch” will be held every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. People are welcomed to stop by, read the poem of the day, and stay to discuss it. (Photocopies of the poems will be available). This is a casual and fun way to celebrate National Poetry Month, and people don't need to have any poetry experience to participate. Barbara Blair and Ron Geering will give an illustrated talk at the library on April 24, at 7:30 p.m., about their recent trip to the ancient winter market in Roros, in central Norway. The market has been held in this interior Norwegian town for hundreds of years, and represents an annual gathering of the native peoples, including the Sami, to trade craft items and food stuffs. Traditionally, and still to a lesser degree, participants arrived by sleigh, pulled either by reindeer or Norwegian ponies. Ron and Barbara, who had been captivated by stories of this market and its array of traditional crafts, decided that this was the year when they too would trek to the market. The next five weeks 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. Most of the talks will be held at 7:30 p.m., on the Monday nights. Two additional sessions will be held; the first on Wednesday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m., and another on Saturday, May 20, at 3:00 p.m. Each session will feature two speakers for 30 minutes each, with 20 minutes of talk and 10 minutes for questions. Jim Yoder, WHOI’s dean of Education will introduce the speakers. The first two speakers, on Wednesday April 26, are Sebastian Essink  and Hilary Palevsky, both engaging speakers. Sebastian’s talk is titled “Adrift in Fresh Water of the Bay of Bengal.” He is a grad student who is trying to understand how the ocean spreads out materials (e.g. pollutants, freshwater and oil spills) and aggregates others (e.g. plastics and organisms). Besides using floating sensors that collect data while following the ocean currents, he simulates drifting objects and organisms in numerical ocean models. Dr. Hilary Palevsky, whose talk is “Ocean Acidification: The Lesser-Known Twin of Climate Change," is an oceanographer studying how the ocean regulates global climate by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and the role of phytoplankton in the marine carbon cycle. Hilary is a postdoctoral scholar at the WHOI, where she uses autonomous sensors and numerical model simulations to study the ocean without getting wet. These events are free and open to the public. For more information on any of these events, call the library at (508) 548-8961 or visit .


Will be held the first Wednesday of each month at the Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water Street, Woods Hole. The next one will be Wednesday, May 3, from 7-10 p.m. All ages and levels are welcome; no partner necessary. Admission is $5 for adults. Children are free. For more information, call (508) 540-8950.


Will host a public lecture, “Time and Tide: An Anthropology of the Ocean,” by Jeff Wescott, assistant professor of Anthropology at SEA, on Sunday, April 30, at 2:00 p.m. Anthropology, the comparative study of what it means to be human across societies and cultures, offers powerful ideas to help us understand the complex connections between humans and the world’s oceans. The recent turn toward “ocean optimism” by many marine conservationists and ocean advocates raises questions about how people view the human-ocean relationship in temporal terms; that is, the ocean as an object of our future-thinking. This talk will explore how people of different cultures engage in future-thinking in environmental settings, with the goal of clarifying how we in the SEA community can more effectively communicate ocean science and policy in public contexts. The lecture will be held at James L. Madden Center Lecture Hall, Sea Education Center, 171 Woods Hole Road, Falmouth. It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. This lecture is part of SEA’s Spring Lecture Series.


In its 4th consecutive year, and the first time in the USA, OSES2017 Cape Cod builds on the well-known and expanding OSES Event legacy established in Windsor, Edinburgh, and Malta.  Cleaner and smarter energy systems mean sustainable economic growth.  Offshore energy and storage capitalizes on the tremendous resource opportunities associated with coastal regions.  Over half the world lives near the coast. Its energy should too. OSES2017 will feature the following non-exhaustive compilation of topics:
• Coastal/Offshore Energy Harvesting Technologies
• Coastal/Offshore Energy Storage Technologies
• Coastal/Offshore Generation Integrated Storage Technologies
• Islanded Energy System Innovations
• Transmission Technologies
• Environmentally Symbiotic Relationships in Energy Systems
• Coastal/Offshore Carbon Capture and Sequestration Technology and Policy
• Innovative Mechanisms in Renewable Energy Market Design
This years’ symposium will be held at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution July 11-14, 2017. Early registration deadline ends Friday, May 10, 2017. For more information and to register, go to


The museum will be holding its 11th Biennial “Woods Hole Model Boat Show” on Saturday, April 22, and Sunday, April 23.  Hours are 9:00 a.m., to 4:00 p.m., on Saturday and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., on Sunday. Exhibitors come from all over New England and beyond. The centerpiece of the event is a village-wide array of model boat displays, featuring watercraft of every description: extravagant yachts, sturdy tugs, imposing military vessels, elegant steam-powered boats, and everything in between. There is also a lot of fun to be had outside, as the boat show features radio-controlled model boats racing on the harbor, plus model boat kits that kids can assemble and then launch in a kids’ pool. There is truly something for everyone! Admission prices are $15 for an adult; $5 for ages 12 to 17; free for children under age 12. Admission admits you to all exhibits and events over the two days of the show. For more information, visit or call (508) 548-7270.


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