WHOI Trustees create committee to complete $200 million campaign
Seated left to right: Nancy Newcomb, Reuben Richards, Newt Merrill, Bob Gagosian, Ted Dengler
Standing: Tom Wheeler, Rod Berens, Carl Peterson, Peter Aron, Dan Stuermer, Jim
Not pictured: Bob James, Bill Kealy, Jack O'Brien and David Stone
Trustee Campaign Committee has been established to lead WHOI’s $200
million capital campaign to the finish line. To date, the campaign has
raised $150 million.
The committee, chaired by Newt Merrill,
comprises Rod Berens, Bob James, Nancy Newcomb, David Stone, and four
chairmen of the Ocean Institute Trustee committees: Peter Aron (Deep
Ocean Exploration Institute), Ted Dengler (Ocean and Climate Change
Institute), Bill Kealy (Coastal Ocean Institute), and Reuben Richards
(Ocean Life Institute). Jim Moltz, Tom Wheeler, and Carl Peterson are
The campaign has already helped fund WHOI’s new coastal research vessel Tioga
and campus improvements, including two new buildings and additions that
increased the Institution’s total laboratory space by 30 percent. Now
the campaign is focused on completing endowments for the Ocean
Institutes and for the Access to the Sea (ATS) Initiative.
ATS endowment funds development of advanced seagoing technologies and
opportunities for high-risk, high-reward seagoing research, often in
remote, unexplored regions.
The Ocean Institutes, created in
2000, fund early-stage, high-potential research and collaborative
research among geophysicists, biologists, chemists, physical
oceanographers, and engineersresearch unlikely to receive government
To date, the Ocean Institutes have disbursed about $16
million in private funds to more than 150 scientists, engineers, and
students at WHOI. Several Institute-funded proof-of-concept projects
have leveraged substantial federal funding.
Chris German (Photo courtesy of Chris German)
Tip your hat to new head of deep-sea vehicles facility
For Chris German, the road to WHOI included a stop at Buckingham Palace
for a medal that recognized his contributions to marine science and
“The queen wasn’t there, so Prince Charles
distributed the medals,” said German of the 2002 honor, given to
British citizens for “contributions to the United Kingdom above and
beyond the normal call of duty.”
In January 2006, German
became the new chief scientist of the National Deep Submergence
Facility. The federally funded facility, operated by WHOI, provides a
small fleet of deep-sea vehicles for use by the national scientific
community, ranging from the Alvin submersible to the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Jason.
comes to WHOI after 15 years at the National Oceanography Centre at the
University of Southampton, where he spearheaded development of
Britain’s first ROV, Isis, which was built at WHOI.
earned B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in geology and geochemistry at the
University of Cambridge in England. He studies the geochemistry of
superheated fluids emanating from seafloor hydrothermal vents, which
sustain exotic communities of life in the sunless depths.
career-long search for vents has made him well acquainted with the
deep-sea technology required to find and study them. He has sailed as
chief scientist on American, British, German, and Icelandic ships and
also participated on French, Portuguese, Japanese, and Russian research
He is currently co-chair of ChEss, an international
project of the worldwide Census of Marine Life that steers research on
deep-sea chemosynthetic ecosystems (“a lonely geochemist among
biologists,” he joked).
Chris Reddy (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Reddy wins Leopold award to communicate research
Marine chemist Chris Reddy has been selected as a 2006 fellow of the
Aldo Leopold Leadership Program, sponsored by the Stanford Institute
for the Environment. He will join 17 researchers from various
scientific fields and North American institutions in an intensive
training program designed to help them communicate environmental
research more effectively to non-scientists.
The program was
launched in 1998 with the goal of encouraging and teaching scientists
to share their observations and findings with policymakers, media, and
the public. The program is named for Aldo Leopold, a renowned
environmental scientist whose writingsincluding his 1949 book, A Sand
County Almanachelped focus the modern American conservation movement.
Bill Jenkins (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Jenkins is new director of national mass spectrometer
Physicist Bill Jenkins, a senior scientist and 32-year veteran of the
WHOI Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department, has been named the
new director of the National Ocean Sciences Accelerator Mass
Spectrometer (NOSAMS) facility. Jenkins is just the third director of
the facility, established in 1989 on WHOI’s Quissett campus to provide
radiocarbon analysis (principally carbon-14 dating) of marine sediments
and the organic and inorganic compounds that reside in the water.
succeeds John Hayes, a WHOI senior scientist who had led the facility
since 1996. In addition to managing a staff of 17 and a $3 million
budget (half from the National Science Foundation, half from user
fees), Jenkins will lead NOSAMS scientists in stretching and improving
the capabilities of the national facility.