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Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry Research Highlights

A Faster Way to Better Reactions

'One-pot' approach could speed syntheses of new products
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Minerals Made by Microbes

Some geology naturally requires biology
Source: Oceanus Magazine

A Mighty Mysterious Molecule

Chemical compounds are the currency in ocean ecosystems
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Tracking a Trail of Carbon

Leaf waxes buried in Lake Titicaca holds clues to once and future climates
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Short-circuiting the Biological Pump

Tiny chemical compounds help choreograph a planet-size dance
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Jet Fuel from Algae?

Scientists probe fuel potential in common ocean plant
Source: Oceanus Magazine

New Use for Well-known Algae

Same compound in ocean plant offers double scientific value
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Where Did Deepwater Horizon Oil Go?

Tracking where and how oil traveled in the deep ocean isn't easy
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Proteomics Reveals Ocean's Inner Workings

Scientists adapt biomedical tool to study marine ecosystems
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Uncovering the Ocean's Biological Pump

Scientists reveal the hidden movements of particles and chemicals in the sea
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Drug Discovery in the Ocean

Marine microbes are potential sources of disease treatments
Source: Oceanus Magazine

The Mesocosm Lab

New WHOI experimental facility replicates nature on smaller scales
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Mining Marine Microbes for New Drugs

The sea holds potential to combat resistance to antibiotics
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Behold the 'Plastisphere'

Colonies of microbes flourish on tiny bits in the ocean
Source: Oceanus Magazine

An Oddity about Lyme Disease Bacteria

Unlike any other known life form, they don't require iron
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Corals' Indispensable Bacterial Buddies

Like humans, corals may be superorganisms
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Japan's Triple Disaster

Earthquake and tsunami led to release of radioisotopes
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Lyme Disease Bacteria Have Quirky Needs

Unlike most organisms, it uses manganese instead of iron
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Groundwater: The River No One Sees

Corals help measure hidden flow
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Barnacles and Biofilms

Could tiny predators help banish barnacles?
Source: Oceanus Magazine

The Retreat of the Gualas Glacier

Scientists find a surprising cause for diminishing icefields
Source: Oceanus Magazine

The Glacial Chronicles

A student documents life and research in Greenland
Source: Oceanus Magazine

River Quest

Scientists sample the world's rivers to assess the planet's health
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Bacteria Exhibit Altruistic Behavior

Some microbes make antibiotics to benefit their kin
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Elemental Journeys

Humans have changed how chemicals move on our planet
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Deep-sea Vents Yield New Species

Scientists explore the Mid-Cayman Rise in the Caribbean
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Do Oil and Corals Mix?

WHOI scientists explore impacts of Deepwater Horizon
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Underneath and Overlooked: Groundwater

A conversation with WHOI marine chemist Matt Charette
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Scientists Discover the "Vitamin B12 Claw"

Newfound protein is key for algae growth in the ocean
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Lessons from the 2011 Japan Quake

What have scientists learned about its cause and consequences?
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Marine Microbes vs. Cystic Fibrosis

Scientist seeks medicines from nature
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Tracking Toxic Chemicals in Oil Spills

Does out of sight mean into the air or into fish?
Source: Oceanus Magazine

On the Trail of Mercury in the Ocean

Between smokestack and fish, mercury becomes more toxic
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Scientists Solve a Deepwater Horizon Mystery

What was that odd flotsam that appeared after the Gulf oil spill?
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Searching for Life on the Seafloor

Mid-Cayman Spreading Center could harbor unknown organisms
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Tracking an Elusive Chemical: Estrogens

What impacts might these hormones have in the coastal ocean?
Source: Oceanus Magazine

The Ocean's Tiny Chemists

A new tool helps sort out a hubbub of microbial activity in the sea
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Every Chromatogram Tells a Story

Technique detects the multitude of chemical compounds in oil
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Research Road Trip

Audio slideshow: A three-day, 500-mile quest for tarballs
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Psychotherapy for Plankton

Life can be stressful out there in the microscopic marine world
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Up From the Seafloor Came a Bubbling Brew

Scientists use a novel method to measure rate of Deepwater Horizon oil spewing into the Gulf
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Four Men. Twelve Hours. One Crucial Sample.

In a tense overnight mission, scientists grab oil from the deep
Source: Oceanus Magazine

A Plume of Chemicals from Deepwater Horizon

Some hydrocarbons from the oil spill lingered in the depths
Source: Oceanus Magazine

A Small Sip from a Big Gusher

A deep-sea device proves ideal for getting essential samples
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Oil, Microbes, and the Risk of Dead Zones

Did oil-eating microbes deplete oxygen in the Gulf of Mexico?
Source: Oceanus Magazine

After the Oil Spill, Finding a Drop in the Ocean

New, highly sensitive method can track dispersant in Gulf of Mexico
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Recycling Rare, Essential Nutrients in the Sea

Key marine bacterium appears to thrive by reusing scarce iron
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Microbes Hitch Rides on Plastics in the Sea

Scientists reveal hidden microscopic world on floating plastic debris
Source: Oceanus Magazine

How Does Toxic Mercury Get into Fish?

A WHOI scientist examines mysterious chemistry in the sea
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Plastic Particles Permeate the Atlantic

Scientists find new clues about what happens to plastics in the ocean
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Asphalt Volcanoes on the Seafloor

An audio slideshow on the exploration of Il Duomo
Source: Oceanus Magazine

The Once and Future Corals

An audio slideshow: Research on the reefs
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Bacterial 'Conversations' Have Impact on Climate

'Quorum sensing' helps control how carbon moves in the sea
Source: Oceanus Magazine

The Promise and Perils of Seafloor Mining

Can minerals be extracted from the seafloor without environmental impacts?
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Exploring an Icy, Invisible Realm in Antarctica

Audio Slideshow: Researchers search for tiny marine life at the heart of a fertile ecosystem
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Tracking Nitrogen's Elusive Trail in the Ocean

The 'isotope effect' offers a new way to follow where nitrogen goes
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Another Greenhouse Gas to Watch: Nitrous Oxide

Where are steadily rising levels of the gas coming from?
Source: Oceanus Magazine

A Most Ingenious Paradoxical Plankton

How do similar organisms co-exist in the same ecological niche?
Source: Oceanus Magazine

How Does Nature Deal with Persistent Pollutants?

Graduate student explores biomagnification of chemicals up the food chain
Source: Oceanus Magazine

For Graduate Student, Research Is a Gas

Well, two gases actually, and both have key impacts on climate
Source: Oceanus Magazine

DMS: The Climate Gas You've Never Heard Of

Made by tiny plants in the ocean, dimethylsulfide helps make clouds in the sky
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Earth, Wind, and Fire in Antarctica

Scientists unravel a story inscribed in lava and written by the wind
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Popular Way to Assess Oil Spills Can Be Misused

WHOI chemist issues warning before 'pom-pom' method becomes standard practice
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Making Nanotubes Without Harming the Environment

Scientists seek to help industry manufacture new 'wonder material' safely
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Protecting Public Health by Preventing Pollution

A graduate student seeks ways to curtail contaminants in the environment
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Extinction of Neanderthals Was Not a Climate Disaster Scenario

New Research Reveals That Abrupt Climate Change Was Not the Primary Cause of Species Disappearance
Source: Media Relations

WHOI Hosts Iron Fertilization Conference

Woods Hole Symposium Considers the Issues Involved in Using the Seas as a Solution to Global Warming
Source: Media Relations

Acid Rain Has a Disproportionate Impact on Coastal Waters

Research Suggests Sulfur, Nitrogen Emissions Play a Role in Changing Chemistry Near the Coast
Source: Media Relations

B12 Is Also an Essential Vitamin for Marine Life

The vitamin has impacts on the marine food web and Earth?s climate
Source: Media Relations

Effects of Climate Change and Ocean Acidification on Living Marine Resources

Scott Doney, Senior Scientist, Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry Department
Presented to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation's Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard

Ocean's "Twilight Zone" Plays Important Role in Climate Change

New study identifies a critical link influencing the ocean's ability to store carbon dioxide
Source: Media Relations

Still Toxic After All These Years

Does oil spilled in 1969 still have impacts on wildlife? Ask a fiddler crab.
Source: Oceanus Magazine

The Growing Menace of Chemical War

Iraqi insurgents are now using suicide bombs laden with chlorine gas, a significant expansion in terrorism. Victims of chlorine gas die miserably, as I learned as an undergraduate chemistry major....
Source: Providence Journal

Follow the Carbon Trail

The movement and transformation of carbon in the ocean have large climate implications
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Researchers Find Substantial Amount of Mercury Entering the Ocean through Groundwater

New pathway for pollution may change views of how much mercury is lingering in coastal waters
Source: Media Relations

How Long Can the Ocean Slow Global Warming?

How much excess carbon dioxide can the ocean hold and how will it affect marine life?
Source: Oceanus Magazine

The Coral-Climate Connection

The skeletons of corals on the seafloor preserve records of how ocean circulation has changed
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Swimming in the Rain

Novel untethered vehicle catches 'marine snow' falling through the sea
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Dust Busters for the Oceans

A new instrument seeks answers that are blowing in the wind
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Graduate Student Discovers an Unusual New Species

Unlike other magnetotactic bacteria, the "barbell" bacterium heads in its own direction
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Earth Can't Soak Up Excess Fossil Fuel Emissions Indefinitely

By the end of the century, the land and ocean may reach their capacity to absorb greenhouse gas from the atmosphere
Source: Oceanus Magazine

The Deeps of Time in the Depths of the Ocean

Discoveries of unusual marine microbes are radically changing our views about the evolution of life
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Mistaken Identity

Two bromine compounds found in whale blubber are natural products, not industrial pollutants
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Water Flowing Underground

New techniques reveal the importance of groundwater seeping into the sea
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Oil in Our Coastal Back Yard

Spills on WHOI's shores set the stage for advances in mitigating and remediating oil spills
Source: Oceanus Magazine

Living Large in Microscopic Nooks

Newly discovered deep-sea microbes rearrange thinking on the evolution of the Earth? and life on it
Source: Oceanus Magazine

The Remarkable Diversity of Seafloor Vents

Explorations reveal an increasing variety of hydrothermal vents
Source: Oceanus Magazine

When Seafloor Meets Ocean, the Chemistry Is Amazing

In more and more places, scientists are finding large amounts of natural gas on the ocean bottom
Source: Oceanus Magazine

The Cauldron Beneath the Seafloor

Percolating Through Volcanic Subsurface Rocks, Seawater is Chemically Transformed into Hydrothermal Fluid
Source: Oceanus Magazine

How to Build a Black Smoker Chimney

The formation of mineral deposits at mid-ocean ridges
Source: Oceanus Magazine