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Departments, Centers & Labs

Nearly 400 scientists and engineers at WHOI are organized into one of six research divisions and also address a range of cross-disciplinary issues through several centers, labs, and groups, as well as four Ocean Institutes.

Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering

Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering

Focusing on research into ocean processes from the turbulent surf zone to the abyssal depths.

Biology

Biology

Studying the biology of marine organisms, their spatial & temporal distributions, and their complex interactions.

Geology & Geophysics

Geology & Geophysics

Studying the role of the oceans in past climate change, the structure and tectonics of the ocean basins and margins, and composition and dynamics of Earth's mantle.

 Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry

Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry

Using chemical analyses in the field and lab to model and observe ocean processes to help better understand how the global ocean works.

Marine Policy Center

Marine Policy

Conducting social scientific research that integrates economics, policy analysis, and law with basic research in ocean sciences.

Physical Oceanography

Physical Oceanography

Exploring the physics and geography of the dynamic, interconnected global ocean.

Labs & Groups

Labs & Groups

WHOI scientists run a variety of labs and groups that investigate questions across departments and disciplines. Browse by

Centers

Centers

Across departments and sometimes in collaboration with other organizations, WHOI staff contribute to a variety of Institution centers.