Labs, Groups and Service Centers

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Multidisciplinary Instrumentation in Support of Oceanography (MISO)

The intent of establishing the Multidisciplinary Instrumentation in Support of Oceanography (MISO) Facility at WHOI is to provide an adequate pool of commonly used and essential digital imaging equipment and associated sensors and acoustic transponders for various large-scale experiments and programs in the ocean sciences.

Northeast National Ion Microprobe Facility (NENIMF)

The Northeast National Ion Microprobe Facility (NENIMF) is an outgrowth of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Regional Ion Microprobe Facililty.

National Ocean Sciences Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (NOSAMS)

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's National Ocean Sciences Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Facility (NOSAMS) was established in 1989 to process and analyze a large number of small volume seawater samples (>13,700) collected as part of the World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE).

Bernhard Laboratory

Research Interests:  Benthic foraminiferal ecology and paleoecology; Biogeochemistry of redox boundary sediments in both modern and ancient environments; Microaerophilic and anaerobic protists from Oxygen Minimum Zones and methane and cold seeps; Protistan-prokaryote symbioses; Culturing of deep-sea benthic foraminifera to ground truth paleoceanographic proxies; Microbial communities of laminated sediments; Sub-millimeter life positions of microorganisms in sediments; Application of various microscopic techniques (TEM, SEM, LSCM) to marine microbial ecology.

Cape Abilities Partnership

Cape Abilities partners with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to provide quality work at the small and mid-scale production level, while offering opportunities to individuals with disabilities in the science and technology field.

Coastal Systems Group

The Coastal Group at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution seeks to better understand natural processes and human impact in coastal areas through historic and paleoceanographic study.

Cohen Lab

Research in the Cohen Lab focuses on climate change and its impact on life in the ocean.  Particularly interested in calcification, a process that produces the tiniest seashells, and coral reef ecosystems so big they can be seen from space.

Edgcomb Laboratory

The Edgcomb laboratory studies the diversity and evolution of protists and their distribution and community structure, particularly in marine micro-oxic and anoxic/sulfidic environments.

The Gaetani Lab

Studying experimental petrology and geochemistry.

Marine Seismology and Geoacoustics Group

This group focuses on seismic wave propagation in heterogeneous and anisotropic media typical of the marine environment and on the effects of the seafloor in long-range ocean acoustic propagation.  Natural sources (for example, earthquakes, whale calls, and storm generated noise) and controlled sources (for example shipping, explosions and airguns) are considered.  Techniques include borehole seismic experiments in the seafloor and time-domain finite-difference synthetic seismogram methods.

Ocean Bottom Seismograph Laboratory

The Ocean Bottom Seismograph (OBS) Lab at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution was formed in 1975 to develop seafloor instrumentation that would enable scientists to image the structure of Earth’s crust beneath the seafloor and to record earthquakes from tectonic plate boundaries.  Since then, the WHOI OBS Lab has deployed and recovered more than 1,700 ocean bottom seismographs across the globe with instrumentation that has evolved from a handful of simple hydrophone-only instruments in 1975 to a current fleet size of 90 OBS, including 15-month-capable, combined broadband and strong-motion OBS.

Paleo Mass Spectrometer

A new Finnigan mass spectrometer system for the analysis of calcium carbonate samples was purchased by the Paleoceanography research group at WHOI in 1992. It was installed by Finnigan in March 1993 and has been in operation since April of 1993.

Paleoceanography & Climate

The thirty-plus members of the Paleoceanography & Climate Group at WHOI use natural archives—sediment cores, corals, glacial ice—and state-of-the-art analytical tools to understand climate-linked changes in the circulation, biology, and chemistry of the oceans.

Seafloor Samples Laboratory

The Seafloor Samples Laboratory of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has more than 14,000 archived marine geological samples that have been carefully recovered from the seabed. The inventory includes long, stratified sediment cores, rock dredges, surface grabs and samples collected by DSRV Alvin.

The Mantle Rocks (Veronique Le Roux)

Using petrology, geochemistry, field work, experimental petrology, and 3-D imaging of mantle-derived rocks, Veronique Le Roux's lab aims to answer fundamental questions on the nature of the Earth’s mantle.

WHOI Arctic Group

The Arctic Ocean is an important component of the global climate system. Processes occurring in the Arctic Ocean affect the rate of deep and bottom water formation in the convective regions of the North Atlantic and influence ocean circulation across the globe.