SAW Research Projects


The program features a semester-long, for-credit research project overseen by a WHOI scientist or engineer in a wide range of oceanographic research areas.

See the WHOI Areas of Research and WHOI Departments, Centers & Labs for potential projects and advisors.

2016 SAW student research projects:
Cynthia Becker, Ithaca College
Localized impact of aquaculture effluent on Red Sea coral reef water nutrients and microorganisms
Advisor: Amy Apprill, Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry

Laura Chrobak, University of California, Berkeley
Design of an Imaging System for a Glider
Advisors: James Kinsey and Brian Claus, Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering

Lauren Dana, Bryn Mawr College
Wind wave production on a gently sloping tidal flat
Advisor: Britt Raubenheimer, Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering

Patrick Orenstein, Brown University
Observing the Atlantic Meridional Mode (AMM) in simulations of North Atlantic hurricanes
Advisor: Jeff Donnelly, Geology and Geophysics

Mary Caroline Regan, Wake Forest University
Tracking ocean productivity through stable carbon isotope analysis in meso and bathy pelagic fishes of the North Atlantic
Advisor: Simon Thorrold, Biology

2015 SAW student research projects:
Megan Behnke, St. Olaf College
Ice Rafted Debris Exceeds Proglacial River Sediment as a Source of Potentially Bioavailable Iron to Coastal Waters in Greenland
Advisors: Matt Charette, Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry, and Fiamma Straneo, Physical Oceanography

Lina Davidson, Barnard College
Timescales and Efficiency of Salt Marsh Restoration
Advisor: Amanda Spivak, Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry

>>Additional examples of WHOI undergraduate research projects