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September 4, 2014

Scientists Apply Biomedical Technique to Reveal Changes Within the Body of the Ocean

In a study published in the journal Science, a research team led by WHOI demonstrated that they can identify and measure proteins in the ocean, revealing how singled-celled marine organisms and ocean ecosystems are operating.

September 3, 2014

WHOI Scientists Receive $1 Million Grant from MacArthur Foundation

WHOI scientists have received a $1 million grant from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to develop science-based climate change adaptation solutions for coastal communities.

August 19, 2014

WHOI Announces 2014 Ocean Science Journalism Fellows

Eight writers, filmmakers, and multimedia science journalists from the U.S., England, and The Gambia have been selected to participate in the competitive Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Ocean Science Journalism Fellowship program. The program takes place September 7-12, 2014, in Woods Hole, Mass., on Cape Cod.

August 18, 2014

Three WHOI Scientists Named 2014 American Geophysical Union Fellows

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientists Rockwell Geyer, Susumu Honjo, and Delia Oppo have been elected 2014 fellows of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

August 11, 2014

REMUS SharkCam Captures Upclose Encounters with Great Whites

When a team from WHOI took a specially equipped REMUS SharkCam underwater vehicle to Guadalupe Island in Mexico to film great white sharks in the wild, they captured more than they bargained for.

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August 6, 2014

Mercury in the Global Ocean

WHOI scientists report on the first direct calculation of global mercury pollution in the world's ocean. The study shows three times more mercury in upper ocean since the Industrial Revolution.

August 4, 2014

DEEPSEA CHALLENGER Travels to NYC for Cameron Film Premiere

The one-of-a-kind, deep-diving submersible DEEPSEA CHALLENGER will travel from its home at WHOI to the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan, on Mon., Aug. 4, for the premiere of the feature film, “DEEPSEA CHALLENGER 3D.”

August 1, 2014

Newly Discovered Juvenile Whale Shark Aggregation in Red Sea

Whale sharks (Rhincodon typus)—which grow more than 30 feet long—are the largest fish in the world's ocean, but little is known about their movements on a daily basis or over years. A newly discovered juvenile whale shark aggregation off Saudi Arabia is giving researchers a rare glimpse into the lives of these gentle giants.

July 15, 2014

Dispersant from Deepwater Horizon Spill Found to Persist in the Environment

A new study has found that the dispersant compound DOSS, which decreases the size of oil droplets and hampers the formation of large oil slicks, remains associated with oil and can persist in the environment for up to four years.

July 3, 2014

"Science Made Public" Lecture Series Celebrates Alvin's 50th Year

This summer, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s “Science Made Public” series celebrates the deep-diving submersible Alvin’s 50 years in operation.

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July 2, 2014

James Bellingham Appointed Director of WHOI Center for Marine Robotics

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has appointed James Bellingham as the first director of its Center for Marine Robotics.

July 1, 2014

Tags Reveal Chilean Devil Rays Are Among Ocean's Deepest Divers

Thought to dwell mostly near the ocean's surface, Chilean devil rays (Mobula tarapacana) are most often seen gliding through shallow, warm waters. But a new study by scientists at WHOI and international colleagues reveals that these large and majestic creatures are actually among the deepest-diving ocean animals.

Emperor Penguins and Climate Change
June 29, 2014

Study Finds Emperor Penguin in Peril

An international team of scientists studying Emperor penguin populations across Antarctica finds the iconic animals in danger of dramatic declines by the end of the century due to climate change.

June 22, 2014

Understanding the Ocean's Role in Greenland Glacier Melt

Research by scientists at WHOI and the Univ. of Oregon sheds new light onto the connection between the ocean and Greenland’s outlet glaciers, and provides important data for future estimates of how fast the ice sheet will melt and how much mass will be lost.

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June 12, 2014

Climate Change Winners and Losers

A group of scientists have traced the genetics of modern penguin populations back to their early ancestors from the last Ice Age to better understand how three Antarctic penguin species – gentoo, Adélie, and chinstrap penguins – fared in response to past climate change.

recovering sediment trap at sea
June 5, 2014

How Do Phytoplankton Survive Scarcity of a Critical Nutrient?

Like all other life forms, phytoplankton require the element phosphorus to carry out critical cellular activity, but in some parts of the world’s ocean, phosphorus is in limited supply.

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June 5, 2014

Iconic Research Submersible Alvin Turns 50

Alvin, the iconic research submersible owned by the U.S. Navy and operated by WHOI, turns 50 this year. Christened on June 5, 1964, the sub has been a workhorse for U.S. scientists, safely taking approximately 2,600 researchers on nearly 4,900 dives, and enabling countless scientific discoveries.

 

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May 21, 2014

WHOI Scientist Collaborates with Falmouth High School Art Students

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) biologist Dr. Rebecca Gast and Falmouth (Mass.) High School art teacher Jane Baker have teamed up to bring the excitement of polar research to Falmouth art students. 

Hal Caswell
May 16, 2014

Caswell Selected for Mindel C. Sheps Award

The Population Association of America (PAA) selected WHOI biologist Hal Caswell  to receive the 2014 Mindel C. Sheps Award for his contributions to mathematical demography. The prestigious honor is awarded to one scientist biennially on the basis of important contributions to knowledge either in the form of a single piece of work or a continuing record of high achievement.

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May 14, 2014

Scientists Test Hearing in Bristol Bay Beluga Whale Population

How well do marine mammals hear in the wild? WHOI biologist Aran Mooney and his colleagues are the first to publish a study of hearing in a population of wild marine mammals.

May 10, 2014

Robotic Deep-sea Vehicle Lost on Dive to 6-Mile Depth

On Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 2 p.m. local time (10 p.m. Friday EDT), the hybrid remotely operated vehicle Nereus was confirmed lost at 9,990 meters (6.2 miles) depth in the Kermadec Trench northeast of New Zealand. The unmanned vehicle was working as part of a mission to explore the ocean's hadal region from 6,000 to nearly 11,000 meters deep. Scientists say a portion of it likely imploded under pressure as great as 16,000 pounds per square inch.

 

May 7, 2014

New Sensor Array to Monitor Impacts of Changing Gulf of Maine Conditions on New England Red Tide

Scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) are kicking off an innovative NOAA-funded pilot program using robotic instruments and computer modeling analysis to shed light on changing ocean conditions in the Gulf of Maine as they relate to the harmful algal bloom (HAB) phenomenon commonly known as the New England red tide.

April 22, 2014

WHOI Hosts Public Forum and Art Exhibit on Impacts of Climate Change to Polar Animals

No place on the planet is more vulnerable to climate change than the polar regions of the Arctic and the Antarctic. To discuss this, leading scientists in the fields of polar research will convene at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) for a scientific workshop that will also include a free public event and art exhibit.  

April 15, 2014

WHOI Awarded Top Rating among Charities

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has received the highest rating for sound fiscal management, accountability, and transparency by Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest charity evaluator. WHOI has earned the highest 4-star rating for seven consecutive years, a distinction attained by only 2 percent of all charities rated.

April 10, 2014

Scientific Mission Will Explore One of the Deepest Ocean Trenches

An international team of researchers led by deep-sea biologist Tim Shank of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) will use the world's only full-ocean depth, hybrid remotely operated vehicle, Nereus, and other advanced technology to explore life in the depths of the Kermadec Trench.

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April 9, 2014

Study Tests Theory that Life Originated at Deep Sea Vents

Research by geochemists at WHOI is the first to test a fundamental assumption of the theory that life emerged from deepsea hydrothermal vents, and finds that it may not have been as easy as previously assumed. Instead, their findings could provide a focus for the search for life on other planets. 

 

March 28, 2014

Newly Upgraded Alvin Sub Passes Scientific Sea Trials

Scientists gave the rebuilt Alvin submarine two thumbs up after field-testing the nation’s only human-occupied deep-sea research vehicle for the first time after a major $42-million overhaul that dramatically upgraded the sub's capabilities. 

March 26, 2014

Scientists Identify Core Skin Bacterial Community in Humpback Whales

Researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and colleagues identified a core skin bacterial community that humpback whales share across populations, which could point to a way to assess the overall health of these endangered marine mammals. 

March 11, 2014

Enhancing Fisheries Science and Education in the Northeastern U.S.

The NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC), the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), and the University of Massachusetts School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) are working together to train future generations of scientists in a program designed to address an anticipated shortfall of researchers in the fields of quantitative fisheries and ecosystem science. 

March 10, 2014

New Research Shows Elevated Mercury from in-Ground Wastewater Disposal

As towns across Cape Cod struggle with problems stemming from septic systems, a recent study by a Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientist focuses on one specific toxic by-product: mercury. In a study of local groundwater, biogeochemist Carl Lamborg found microbial action on wastewater transforms it into more mobile, more toxic forms of the element.

February 28, 2014

Chris Land Joins WHOI as General Counsel and VP for Legal Affairs

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has appointed Christopher Land to be its General Counsel and Vice President for Legal Affairs. Land assumes his post on March 3.  

February 25, 2014

Scientists Train the Next Generation on Oil Spill Research

As part of on-going research nearly four years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) will team up with a group of high school students in Florida to collect remnants of oil from Gulf Coast beaches this week.

February 24, 2014

Radioactive Ocean Website Garners Public Support

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has teamed up with the public to build the most comprehensive and up-to-date dataset on marine radiation levels in the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster. 

February 19, 2014

Three Years after Fukushima: Tracking Radionuclides in the Pacific Ocean

A press conference with scientists researching Fukushima radiation in the Pacific

February 18, 2014

Karnauskas Selected for 2014 Sloan Research Fellowship

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientist Kristopher Karnauskas has been selected to receive a 2014 Sloan Research Fellowship. Awarded annually since 1955, the fellowships are given to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars—the next generation of scientific leaders.

February 13, 2014

Killing Whales by Design and Default

While countries such as Japan, Norway, and Iceland often are criticized for their commercial whaling practices, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) marine biologist Michael Moore points out how the majority of nations are also complicit in killing whales by deploying commercial fishing gear.

February 12, 2014

Solving An Evolutionary Puzzle

For four decades, waste from nearby manufacturing plants flowed into the waters of New Bedford Harbor—an 18,000-acre estuary and busy seaport. The harbor, which is contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and heavy metals, is one of the EPA’s largest Superfund cleanup sites. It’s also the site of an evolutionary puzzle that researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and their colleagues have been working to solve.

February 6, 2014

A Look Back and Ahead at Greenland's Changing Climate

Over the past two decades, ice loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet increased four-fold contributing to one-quarter of global sea level rise. However, the chain of events and physical processes that contributed to it has remained elusive. One likely trigger for the speed up and retreat of glaciers that contributed to this ice loss is ocean warming.

January 28, 2014

Radioactive Ocean Website a Success

With concern among the public over the plume of radioactive ocean water from Fukushima arriving on the West Coast of North America and no U.S. government or international plan to monitor it, a new project from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is filling a timely information gap.

Alvin
January 24, 2014

Deep-Diving Sub Alvin Cleared to Return to Service

After a three-year overhaul and major upgrade, the United States' deepest-diving research submersible, Alvin, has been cleared to return to work exploring the ocean’s depths.

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January 16, 2014

Coral Reefs in Palau Surprisingly Resistant to Naturally Acidified Waters

Ocean researchers working on the coral reefs of Palau in 2011 and 2012 made two unexpected discoveries that could provide insight into corals’ resistance and resilience to ocean acidification and aid in the creation of a plan to protect them.

January 14, 2014

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Scientist Receives Grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has awarded Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) assistant scientist Anna Michel $200,000 to develop a sensor that will enable scientists to analyze how methane emissions fluctuate in the Arctic.

January 14, 2014

How Radioactive is Our Ocean?

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) marine chemist Ken Buesseler began sampling and analyzing seawater surrounding the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant three months after the 2011 disaster. Today, he launched a crowd sourcing campaign and citizen science website to collect and analyze seawater along the West Coast of North America as the radioactive plume travels 5,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean this year.

January 8, 2014

New Study Finds Extreme Longevity in White Sharks

Great white sharks—top predators throughout the world's ocean—grow much slower and live significantly longer than previously thought, according to a new study led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).