Events & Happenings

Week of July 29, 2018
Mon Jul 30

Biological Propulsion in (and of?) the Ocean

2:00 PM • Redfield Auditorium
John Dabiri, Stanford University

2018 Sears Public Lecture

Sponsor: Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Program

Doctoral Dissertation Defense of Thesis

2:00 PM • Clark 507
Paul Lerner, MIT-WHOI Joint Program

Scavenging and Transport of Thorium Radioisotopes in the North Atlantic Ocean

Sponsor: Academic Programs Office

Tue Jul 31

Emerging Hypotheses from Marine Metabolite Measurements in the Ocean

12:15 PM • Clark 507
Elizabeth Kujawinski, WHOI

Sponsor: MC&G Department

52 Million Points and Counting: A New Stratification Approach for Mapping Global Marine Ecosystems

3:00 PM • Clark 507
Dawn Wright, Environmental Systems Research Institute

Steinbach Scholar Seminar

Sponsor: Academic Programs Office

Flow in and Around the Samoan Passage: Implications for Abyssal Mixing in the Pacific

3:05 PM • Clark 201
Larry Pratt, WHOI

Sponsor: Physical Oceanography Department

Wed Aug 1

Invasion, Adaptation, and Body-Snatching Parasites

9:30 AM • Redfield Auditorium
Carolyn Tepolt, WHOI

Summer Lecture Series

Sponsor: Academic Programs Office

Marsh-Estuarine Sediment Fluxes: Implications for Coastal Morphology and Carbon Cycling

10:00 AM • Redfield Auditorium
Julia Moriarty, USGS

Sponsor: Academic Programs Office

AOP&E Joint Program Student Presentations

11:30 AM • Redfield Auditorium

Sponsor: AOP&E Department

Biogeochemical and Phylogenetic Signals of Proterozoic and Phanerozoic Microbial Metabolisms

1:00 PM • Clark 507
Danielle Sarah Gruen, MIT-WHOI Joint Program

Doctoral Dissertation Defense of Thesis

Sponsor: Academic Programs Office

Thu Aug 2

Soundscapes in King Penguin Colonies

12:00 PM • Redfield Auditorium
Dan Zitterbart, WHOI

Sponsor: Biology Department

Fri Aug 3

Sea Surface Temperatures in the Western Tropical Atlantic During the Last Interglacial Warm Period

10:00 AM • Clark 507
Ashley Davis, University of South Carolina

Summer Student Fellow Final Presentation

Sponsor: Geology & Geophysics Department

Movements and Oceanographic Associations of Large Pelagic Fishes in the North Atlantic Ocean

2:00 PM • Redfield Auditorium
Camrin Donald Braun, MIT-WHOI Joint Program

Doctoral Dissertation Defense of Thesis

Sponsor: Academic Programs Office

Life without Oxygen

8:00 PM • Lillie Auditorium
Dianne Newman, California Institute of Technology

Friday Evening Lectures Series

Sponsor: MBL

Other Events and Notes of Interest


Presents the video “Sinking Cities: Miami” on Friday, December 14, at noon, in Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water St., Woods Hole. Miami is beloved for its beaches and waterfront homes and businesses. See how engineers and planners are trying to protect Miami from rising seas and ever-more-frequent and violent storm surges that could destroy the city’s tourist and business economy. Sponsored by the WHOI Visitor Center. Coffee, tea, and cookies served. Donations accepted.


Presents the video “The Real Story of Christmas” on Friday, December 21, at noon, in Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water St., Woods Hole. Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. For two millennia, people around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature. Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of their religion. Popular customs include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive. Sponsored by the WHOI Visitor Center. Coffee, tea, and cookies served. Donations accepted.


Presents “Dinner & A Movie,” a monthly screening series of independent films from October through May. On the night of each screening, ticket purchasers may present their ticket prior to the film for discounts and special offers at participating restaurants. Please note, screening ticket purchase does not include food or drink from participating restaurants. Participating restaurants include The Captain Kidd, Water Street Kitchen, The Landfall, and Quicks Hole Tavern. Contact individual restaurants for reservations and the most up to date information. The screenings take place at WHOI’s Redfield Auditorium, located at 45 Water Street in Woods Hole, and start at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. The facility is wheelchair accessible. “Dinner & A Movie” is supported in part by a grant from the Cape Cod 5 Charitable Foundation Trust, the Falmouth Fund of the Cape Cod Foundation, Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Tickets are $14 general, $12 members, and $10 students/veterans and are available in advance via or at the door. The program is subject to change. No refunds or exchanges unless screening is cancelled or rescheduled by the Festival. Screenings may be rescheduled due to various reasons, including inclement weather. All screening information will be posted on the Woods Hole Film Festival Facebook page.


The Coalition for Children “Holiday Open House Party” will be held on December 19, from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., at the library. There will be snowflake and snowmen crafts for kids! All ages welcome. This event is free thanks to the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) Grant. For more information, view the website or call the library at (508) 548-8961.


The library will be holding the first of its winter “Crafternoons” on Saturday, December 22, at 3 p.m., in a craft planned specially for the Winter Solstice.  Participants will make “luminarias,” candle holders of small glass jars with colorful tissue paper glued to their outside surface. They will provide cheery colorful light to dispel the short, dark days of winter. The luminaria, or farolito, is a small paper lantern (commonly a candle set in some sand inside a paper bag) which is traditional in southwest United States at Christmas time, especially on Christmas Eve. The library’s flame-proof version is perfect for lighting up the dark and giving as gifts! This craft is so simple, yet satisfying. It will be open to all ages, with no early registration necessary. For more information, call the library at (508) 548-8961.


Presents “A Seaside Solstice,” a sea-themed celebration of the solstice featuring music, poetry, drama, and dance in the style of the Renaissance on Saturday, December 15, and Sunday, December 16, at 4 p.m. at the Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water Street, Woods Hole, Mass. Admission is $20 for adults and at the the door; $17 advance; $12 students; $1 children under age 12.  You can purchase tickets at Eight Cousins Books, Main Street, Falmouth, Mass., or  For more information, contact, (774)-392-0780, or visit


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